Stratford-upon-Avon is somewhere that everyone should visit at least once in their lives. It’s a tourist mecca, but for a reason with a history that holds proud and literary links to Shakespeare, making it a great place to spend a little time. We picked Alveston Manor Hotel and Spa for several reasons, and loved every sun-soaked minute that we stayed there. We’ve visited before, years ago as a day trip from London, but this time… View Post

Hidden Secrets of London: Chiswick House and Gardens

Hidden Secrets of London: Chiswick House and Gardens

There should be a law passed declaring that all historic houses and gardens must be visited at the end of sunny days, and as near to twilight as possible. There is a magic in dappling sun as it beams lazily through tree boughs that can’t quite be put into words. Especially in the beautiful Chiswick House and Gardens grounds. Chiswick House is a magnificent neo-Palladian villa set in beautiful historic gardens in west London. The house… View Post

Unique England: The Kington Langley Scarecrow Competition

Unique England: The Kington Langley Scarecrow Competition

England to me is personified in 3 words; beauty, history and a touch of the surreal. There really isn’t quite a country like in the whole rest of the world. (I could write thousands more words on this Island – and have done – but let’s stick to 3 for the sake of this post not topping out at 18,000 words.) Enter stage right the annual Kington Langley Scarecrow Competition. From intrepid explorers conquering the… View Post

A Taste of Modern Luxury: A Staycation at …

A Taste of Modern Luxury: A Staycation at the Montcalm Royal London House Hotel

Of late life has been crazily busy – working, planning, scheming et al – and so when I found myself on a rainy day in London, clutching shopping bags in the dour rain with a supperclub in the evening, I simply decided a treat was in order. That treat was a staycation at the Montcalm Royal London House Hotel in Moorgate. Sitting in a cafe, idly flicking through my favourite hotel booking website (mostly because… View Post

5 of my Favourite Churches and Temples to visit …

5 of my Favourite Churches and Temples to visit in London

I loves me a church or temple, especially tucked way in the metropolis of London. There is something soothing, uplifting and endlessly fascinating about spires, minarets and gloriously stained glass windows shining their jewelled tones on a polished floor. At university when I was studying architecture, we were asked to compare and contrast two very different styles of churches, but expressly forbidden to discuss the religious aspects. I decided to rebel and do it anyway… View Post