United Kingdom Trip Itineraries
Brighton with the kids
Kids and the beach go together like peanut butter and jelly. Brighton is the UK's answer to salty air and crashing waves, and while it may not have the tropical climate of Hawaii or the Caribbean, it more than makes up for it in history and personality. For a low-key weekend at the seaside, Brighton has nearly everything (okay, so it's missing schools of dolphin) you could want.Photo courtesy of Pip R. Lagenta read more about Brighton with the kids... Read More
For Discerning Gay Travelers
I've organized a trip for you in Brighton on Gay Pride weekend, simply the best time to come to Brighton! Book early to avoid disappoint. The Hilton Metropole is arguably THE HOTEL to stay at. If you fancy something more hedonistic, there are also several hotels in the area that double as saunas and/or clubs like LEGENDS and THE AMSTERDAM. Have a stroll around the Lanes to round out your partying at Preston Park, the Brighton Pride Parade Hub. In Terms of clubs, I thoroughly recommend The Queens Arms and Charles Bar on the Brighton waterfront. Expect them to be packed on Pride Saturday. Mix it up with the Brighton Museum and Art Gallery and add some gourmet food and stir. Quite a cocktail! read more about For Discerning Gay Travelers... Read More
My Oxford Guide
There's an art to getting to know a city, especially in a limited timespan. By taking you to all corners of the city and letting you chill in a cafe and soak up the atmosphere and tasty food, this guide gives you more than the tourist hotspots can offer. You will see where the Oxford locals hang out, get chatting to regulars in pubs, and discover the real charm of Oxford. You will unavoidably become steeped in the city's rich culture and history by being a living part of it. Enjoy! read more about My Oxford Guide... Read More
Best Cardiff accommodation
There is a wide range of accommodation available in Cardiff, no matter what your budget. If it's an über-cool designer hotel you're after Big Sleep, situated near Cardiff Indoor Arena and the train station, is the place for you. For waterside luxury it’s Cardiff Bay's St David's Hotel that you should be checking into. It's not only stylish but also well located for those wishing to see a show at the Millennium Centre. If you want to know what you're going to be getting in advance, opt for chain hotels Marriot Cardiff or Cardiff Hotel, or for leafy surrounds choose Pontcanna and its Abbey Hotel. read more about Best Cardiff accommodation... Read More
First time in London
London's magical little streets and bustling sights will have you soon planning a second trip. While the bulk of attractions are centrally located and walking is highly recommended to soak in the British charm, exploring London on all its iconic modes of transport is half the fun of visiting this city. Hop on a red double decker bus across Tower Bridge, hail a black cab to take you to afternoon tea at the Ritz and ride the Underground to out to Kew Gardens. But before setting off, purchase a London transportation card called an Oyster card at any Tube station for easier travel option around town.
London is divided into many neighborhoods and is separated by the River Thames. For the most part first time visitors will stay on the north side of the river with the exception of the busy strip known as the South Bank, home to the London Eye, Shakespeare's Globe Theatre and the Tate Modern. Knightsbridge and Kensington are known for shopping, green spaces and museums yet are also gorgeous residential areas full of Georgian and Victorian homes and mews. Mayfair, Soho and Covent Garden house London's finest theatres, restaurants, nightlife and those famous gathering areas of Piccadilly Circus and Trafalgar Square. The splendor of UK royalty and government are located in Westminster and Victoria while The City, a name given to London's original square mile, is London's banking and justice hub.
This little first timers guide will point in the direction of the do not miss sights, top museums, the best of British cuisine and London hottest night spots. Grab an umbrella and some comfortable walking shoes and let London lure you. read more about First time in London... Read More
Best Things to do in Edinburgh
When staying for four days in Edinburgh there are certain top attractions you must see. The Edinburgh Dungeon is one of the most gruesome and infamous sights of the city. Be prepared to be scared with life-like wax models, scene re-enactments and methods of torture from Edinburgh’s bloody past. When your stomach has settled opt for Wee Windaes Restaurant, the small iconic building set on the Royal Mile offers a hearty lunch for visitors. The Edinburgh Festival Theatre is a great venue for exciting productions, so check the listings and book ahead. Edinburgh is also home to luxurious accommodation in particular The Balmoral Hotel, treat yourself to one of their stylish rooms and you will be treated like royalty throughout your stay. read more about Best Things to do in Edinburgh... Read More
A Day to Remember
This is a fairly relaxed guide to choice Oxford spots. You'll get to enjoy colleges both extremely famous and more unsuspecting, check-out the latest art exhibition whilst examining the Ashmolean's treasures, stroll down Oxford's most famous street, Broad Street, and then head to somewhere a bit off the beaten track, Cowley, for a delicious supper. read more about A Day to Remember... Read More
Cardiff's best walking spots
Just because you are basing your break in a city, doesn't mean you won't get plenty of opportunities to wander through the Welsh countryside.
In the city you can while away a few hours wandering through Roath Park and Bute Park. To the southeast of the city Penarth offers you a seaside promenade and gardens to wander through, while to the north you can spend hours exploring the woods around the fairytale Castell Coch.
While in Wales it is worth making the trip to Swansea Bay, for long strolls along the beach. Especially if you have time to get up onto the Gower Peninsula while you’re there. read more about Cardiff's best walking spots... Read More