Happy New Year from London’s Winter Wonderland

Four years ago I spent a lovely New Year's Eve exploring Hyde Park's Winter Wonderland. As well as numerous scream-inducing fun fair rides it included (and still does) a magical Christmas market, the first one I'd ever visited. Since then I've been to many more but...

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Spring comes to Kew Gardens in London

Daffodils, blossoms and magnolia trees greet me as I pass through the gates into Kew Gardens. It's a little early for bluebells but soon the woodlands here will be carpeted with them too, a favourite subject of many a photographer. At last the sun is shinning. Spring...

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Beheadings, ravens and whopping great diamonds!

As I walk through the one foot deep, steel doors, that would have looked more at home protecting a high-tech bank vault in the latest blockbuster, I catch my breath and gaze at the bejewelled sword and scabbard suspended in the air before...

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Hoovering Hogwarts (The Making of Harry Potter)

I was surprisingly, unsurprised when I received a text one afternoon simply saying "I'm hoovering Hogwarts". The sender of the text was indeed referring to the school of witchcraft and wizardry from the magical world of Harry Potter, brought to life by the pen of J K...

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Fortnum and Mason at Christmas

Having recently visited the world-renowned department store, Fortnum and Mason, in London's Piccadilly, let me take you back in time... The shop's story began way back in 1707, when royal footman, William Fortnum, opened a shop in St James Market with his landlord,...

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London Days Out: Christmas shopping in Covent Garden

I love Covent Garden at Christmas. There's always a lively atmosphere, the buildings are decorated with festive garlands and baubles, there's a huge Christmas tree and of course the usual excellent street entertainers; it's the perfect place to pick up some unusual...

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London Days Out: A luxury shopping spree in Harrods

Just say the word 'Harrods' and images of stylish luxury fill my mind from Yves Saint Laurent couture to Steiff teddy bears, not forgetting, the famous food halls of this, the largest department store in Europe. Covering over 4.5 acres, spread across 5 floors and with...

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London Days Out: The Natural History Museum

I'd heard good things about the Natural History Museum in South Kensington in London, so when we arrived to find a long queue I wasn't too worried, thinking it would be worth the wait. And boy, was it worth it. Even without a single exhibit inside this is a must see...

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Cultural cock-ups and blogger blunders!

No matter how well-travelled you are it is still possible to make mistakes when you are in a new culture or even one you are fairly familiar with. What to you may seem a perfectly innocent remark or action can cause offense or even outrage! Here are four tales from...

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London Days Out: Brick Lane

Brick Lane, in a part of East London once known for its slums and Jack the Ripper, has long since been famous for its Indian restaurants, markets and the biggest Bangladeshi community in London.   Brick Lane Market The best time to visit Brick Lane is without...

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London Days Out: Camden’s Markets

Camden is one of my favourite parts of London. Full of life throughout the day and late into the night there's plenty to see and do there whether you're looking for interesting shops, great inexpensive restaurants, lively pubs, superb live music or simply fancy a spot...

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London at Christmas

London at Christmas really is a wonderful place to be. The Christmas lights in town look stunning and shops such as Harrods and Selfridges are famous for their seasonal window displays. Everywhere is hectic but there's a feeling of celebration in the air. One of my...

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Mela, one of the best Indian Restaurants in London

When the Mela restaurant invited me to dine at their restaurant on Shaftesbury Avenue I was delighted. From the outside it certainly doesn't look anything special but having read about the awards they have received and the many excellent reviews, I knew we were in for...

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Celebrating International Day of the Girl in London

Last week Malala, a 14 year school girl in Pakistan, was shot in the head and neck by the Taliban while coming home from school because she had spoken out about the rights of girls to an education. It was a poignant reminder that the education, that so many of us take...

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Reflections of London

It's been a few weeks since I posted a 'Travel Snap' so this is long overdue! During a recent river cruise on a rainy day in London I took this image through the window as we passed the Houses of Parliament. These cruises are a great way to see London. Relax and take...

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Teppanyaki culinary extravaganza in Camden

Last weekend I had a really wonderful night out at SEN NIN - Japanese Teppanyaki & Sushi Restaurant in Camden, London. For someone who loves Chinese, Thai, Indian, Italian, West African... in fact every type of food imaginable and who writes about cuisines from...

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