Great London Restaurants: Social Wine and Tapas

Great London Restaurants: Social Wine and Tapas

Stylish, sleek and atmospheric, I immediately loved the vibe at Social Wine and Tapas. Being part of the Michelin-starred chef Jason’s Atherton’s group of restaurants (which can be found around the world, including 9 eateries in London alone), I was expecting good...

24 hours in the New Forest and a stay at the historic Bell Inn

24 hours in the New Forest and a stay at the historic Bell Inn

As a small herd of donkeys cross the road in front of us we stop the car. I wind down my window and as the group wanders by, one sticks it head in to say hello. We’re nose-to-nose. He’s completely unfazed by our giggling and cooing but soon moves on when he realises...

Where to find the best Christmas lights in London

Where to find the best Christmas lights in London

Christmas in London is just magical. And the annual Christmas lights display, in particular in Regent Street this year, is not to be missed. Follow my self-guided walking tour to see the best of the festive displays.

Top 15 things to see, do and eat in Eastbourne

Top 15 things to see, do and eat in Eastbourne

From its stunning Victorian pier and art deco bandstand to the cosmopolitan marina complex, an award winning contemporary art gallery or fabulous cliff top walks, there’s no end of things to see and do in Eastbourne.

Flash, Bang, Wallop, Half a Sixpence Transfers to the West End

Flash, Bang, Wallop, Half a Sixpence Transfers to the West End

As the first few notes of the banjo rang out across the auditorium, a grin began to spread across face. My mum leant over and whispered, "I already know I'm going to love it!", mirroring my own thoughts precisely. Over the next few hours I sat smiling like a Cheshire...

Video: The longest zip wire in England

Video: The longest zip wire in England

Have you ever dreamt you were flying? I certainly have. As I skimmed over the treetops it was as if my dreams of flying were finally coming true. This ride on England's longest and fastest zipline, however, wasn't the only adrenaline-inducing experience I was going to...

The Songs of the Baka in the Rainforest of Eden

The Songs of the Baka in the Rainforest of Eden

As I made my way through the lush greenery of giant ferns and towering palm trees I could hear the sweet sound of Baka songs floating through the air. Interlocking, polyphonic rhythms and melodies woven together. Songs that prepared the tribe and the animals of the...

Review: Snoozebox at the YHA Eden Project

Review: Snoozebox at the YHA Eden Project

Sheets of rain pour down as I walk up to a row of shipping containers. In the dim light I search for the number 108. It's not long before I find it and as I peep inside I think yes, this will suit me just fine for the next couple of nights. My private room had...

Happy New Year from London’s Winter Wonderland

Happy New Year from London’s Winter Wonderland

Every time I visit Hyde Park's Winter Wonderland it seems to get better and better. Here are my tips for getting the most out of your visit. As well as numerous scream-inducing funfair rides, there's a magical Christmas market called Angels Market. It was the first...

Photographing the Red Squirrels of Brownsea Island

Photographing the Red Squirrels of Brownsea Island

Sitting on a log in the dappled sunshine I catch a glimpse of rust dashing passed out the corner of my eye. The next moment he’s right there beside me, just a foot or so away. It’s such a joy to finally see one of the many red squirrels that Brownsea Island is famous for.

Journey back in time on a steam train to Bodiam Castle

Journey back in time on a steam train to Bodiam Castle

Standing on the platform I can’t yet see the train but I can hear it. Images of Casey Jones (a-steaming and a-rollin’) pop into my head. As I hear the first ‘Woo Woo’ a beautiful Victorian steam locomotive comes chugging around the corner. This fabulous old train on the Tenterden Steam Railway is taking me to a fairytale castle where knights once woed fair maidens and, no doubt slew the odd dragon or two.

Road tripping in Europe (and the birth of the AA)

Road tripping in Europe (and the birth of the AA)

While I'm not a big fan of driving, I'd much rather be behind the map than the wheel, and it is not the most eco-friendly mode of transport by a long shot, sometimes travelling by car really is the best way to explore a new destination, giving you the flexibility to...

Spring comes to Kew Gardens in London

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...