London

Travel ideas for London and things to do in London

London: Thames Towpath walk - Richmond deer park
City Break Travel Ideas, England, Hiking Travel Ideas, London, United Kingdom

Walking the Thames towpath from Kew to Hampton Court in London

This walk on the Thames towpath is probably best done over two days, one from Kew to Richmond (7 kilometres) and one from Richmond to Hampton Court Palace (13 kilometres). Or you could do it in one big day! Regardless of how long you take to walk it, this section […]

The Queens House, Greenwich Park, London
City Break Travel Ideas, England, Europe, London, Unesco World Heritage Sites, United Kingdom

The Queen’s House Greenwich, London

This gem of a Georgian palace adorns the front of  Greenwich Park in the city of London and there is so much to love about the Queen’s House. For a start it was designed by Inigo Jones, a famous architect who pushed orderly, classical principles of design in opposition to the […]

Canary Wharf, London
City Break Travel Ideas, England, Europe, London, United Kingdom

Of ships and kings in London’s Docklands

The London Olympics had a major effect on London’s Docklands area. The part of East London around Stratford was redeveloped with state-of-the-art stadiums, a giant shopping malls, the world’s biggest McDonalds (oh no!), high speed train links and the new gondola ride across the River Thames from the Royal Docks […]

Drummers at Notting Hill Carnival, London
City Break Travel Ideas, England, Europe, London, United Kingdom

England: All the colour of London’s Notting Hill Carnival

When I first went to the Notting Hill Carnival in London I felt a bit nervous. There were comments in the papers about this huge West London festival’s past reputation for violent crime, riots and racial tension. Now, having attended three times, I think this massive celebration of London’s West […]

The Lea Valley, east London
City Break Travel Ideas, England, Europe, Food & Drink Travel Ideas, London, United Kingdom

Top 10 things to do in East London, UK

East London was my stomping ground for many years and here are my top 10 things to do in east London, my favourite ways to spend time in this fascinating, multi-cultural, artistic and increasingly trendy part of town. When you look at the east London map you can see how […]