Seven Dials: A London Mystery Solved

by Guest Contributor on December 15, 2011

Seven Dials, London

Seven Dials is a mystery.  It’s a strange name for a district of London. Even when you think you’ve solved the puzzle – the name refers to the sundials on the pillar at the junction of seven streets – another mystery raises its head – why Seven Dials when there are only six?  And why […]


A Guide to London Ground Transportation

by Katy Stewart on December 14, 2011

London Underground sign

There are so many things to do and see in London, from finding a bargain in Portobello Market to visiting one of the many museums or galleries. However, it is a huge and sprawling city,  famed for its traffic jams and congestion.  With so many transportation options, it can be hard to know which to […]


Visiting the British Museum

by Katy Stewart on December 9, 2011

Located in the refined, quiet district of Bloomsbury, the British Museum is in a prime location for lovers of culture. With independent bookshops, tranquil gardens and intellectual venues hosting a range of exhibits and events, Bloomsbury feels like a world away from the brash and busy streets which surround it. At its heart is the […]

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Tower of London

by Jenni Ingersoll on December 5, 2011

I find it ironic that so many tourists come to visit a place that was originally designed to keep others out.  While a visit to the Tower of London may have been an unpleasant experience during medieval times, by today’s standards it is a not to be missed adventure when visiting London. Dating back to 1066, […]

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Welcome to London: The South Bank

by Katy Stewart on December 1, 2011

2012 is truly going to be London’s year. With Royal celebrations and the Olympics coming, there’s already a  festive atmosphere and there has never been a better time to visit the British capital. But it is a huge, busy city where people rush around at a frenzied pace, making it quite disorienting at first. So […]


Shopping on London’s Pimlico Road

by Rita Cook on November 9, 2011

Pimlico Road London

London anytime of year is perfect, but during the colder months when you can’t hang around outside and play, there is really nowhere better to spend time than in the Pimlico Road area. Afterwards, duck into nearby Harrods for a shopping excursion. It’s the place to see and be seen for the chic and elegant […]


In Search of London’s Best Curry

by Guest Contributor on October 19, 2011

Chicken Tikka Masala

Indian food is so much a part of Britain’s heritage that chicken tikka masala – which some surveys say is the nation’s most popular dish –– doesn’t even exist in India (well, except perhaps as a re-export!).  And even if chicken tikka masala isn’t actually the national dish, sub-continental food is certainly part of modern […]

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Visiting Kensal Green Cemetery in London

by Tui Snider on October 6, 2011

Well-tended roses at Kensal Green cemetery in London

With over 65,000 graves spread across 72 acres (29 hectares) Kensal Green is one of London’s most impressive cemeteries. This garden style cemetery once boasted its own conservatory, and even today includes a section where gardeners maintain a separate rose bush for each plot. Visitors can easily spend an afternoon wandering through its heavily wooded […]


Chewton Glen Hotel: A Perfect Day at an English Spa

by Katy Stewart on September 8, 2011

Chewton Glen Hotel, Hampshire.

It was an early start for a weekend morning, but as we got into the car, the sun was shining and our spirits were high. We had booked the perfect mother-daughter day out: a trip to the luxury spa at the Chewton Glen Hotel, deep within the English countryside. We drove through little villages and […]


Vine and Dine at Denbies Vineyard, Dorking

by Honor Dargan on August 30, 2011

Denbies Vineyard in Surrey

“See, swirl, sniff, swirl, sip, suck, and savor.” These were the words of Victor, the Tours and Facilities Manager at Denbies Wine Estate. I had just spent a few hours with him learning about the Vine and Dine tour that takes place here during the month of October. And apparently, if I wanted to increase […]