Tagged with UK

Walking Tour of Wapping

Walking Tour of Wapping

On a freezing cold morning, I found myself walking around derelict spots of east London in a bid to uncover hidden secrets about my home borough, Wapping. I don’t want to give away all the surprises but The Bill,  The Battle of Cable Street, Tobacco Dock, Graham Norton and News International all featured heavily…as well … Continue reading

Weekender in the real capital

Weekender in the real capital

Can you believe I’ve lived in the UK for 3.5 years and I had never visited Winchester? The old capital of England? The home of kings, of artists, of politics for hundreds of years? I know, it’s shocking. I recently atoned by going on a fantastic weekend girls’ trip resplendent with chilly blue skies and costume silliness. … Continue reading

Birthday Day Out

Birthday Day Out

Last year was definitely a birthday to remember, drinking wine and riding Vespas in the winter, Tuscan sunshine. This year I wanted to do something a bit closer to home. It’s not always easy to rally people to get excited for a birthday in chilly February but this year I managed to attract a small … Continue reading

A wintry day in Salisbury

A wintry day in Salisbury

It’s been a while between posts…mega Christmas season post coming soon! In the mean time let’s talk about how I did my first bit of exploring for a while yesterday in Wiltshire. I’ve been drawn to visit Salisbury for a while now; not so much for the prehistory of Stonehenge (which is only 20 miles away) but … Continue reading

Behind the most learned of doors

Behind the most learned of doors

More English day trip fun! Naomi’s friend organised for us to come along on the Cambridge ‘Bridge the Gap’ five mile charity walk, which takes charitable folk such as ourselves for a look-see behind the doors of Cambridge’s most well-known colleges. With an early train ride to start from London, we commenced the five mile … Continue reading

A castle with cupcakes

A castle with cupcakes

This weekend I found my actual idea of heaven…a classic castle with a gourmet food festival. If there had been a petting zoo and wine tasting I probably would never have left. I managed to trick Naomi into coming to Leeds Castle on a day out; not really that hard once I showed her the Food … Continue reading

London, shaken not stirred

London, shaken not stirred

I’ve been busy lately, and poor. And that can only mean I have been getting out and exploring London. Of course there is never a shortage of activities going on in this incredible city – from the totally touristy to the hyper hipster, it’s quite easy to spend all one’s spare change on culture, food, … Continue reading

The REAL Game of Thrones

The REAL Game of Thrones

Britain’s ‘Ultimate Castle’ met Australia’s ultimate castle nerd this week…at long last! Ever since I picked up my first Sharon Penman book at age 13 I have wanted to visit Warwick Castle, for so many reasons. The history, which rivals George R R Martin’s imagination, number one. The fact that it has been so well … Continue reading

Finally facing my Waterloo

Finally facing my Waterloo

I moved to a new house about a month ago smack bang in the middle of Waterloo. I like this area, it’s impossibly close to the city (20 minute walk to work, my commuter colleagues couldn’t resent me more!), the Thames and all things nice in between. Edgy yet touristy; bustling but peaceful; hip, rough, modern and vintage … Continue reading

Taking the Brighton sea air

Taking the Brighton sea air

One does often lack the clean air and time to repose in the capital so, as many other millions have done in the past few centuries, I boarded a train to Brighton to take the healthy, bracing sea air. Only an hour away and £10 return, it’s probably the cheapest and most relaxing day trip I … Continue reading