One of Holland Park peacocks

Holland Park, peacocks, sculptures and a Japanese garden

Holland Park is London’s secret oasis; located between the affluent neighbourhoods of Kensington and Notting Hill, somehow away from the tourist route. The park stretches over 22 hectares and can be accessed by underground from the stations of High Street Kensington, Notting Hill Gate and Holland Park. Although Holland Park can be visited alone, a…

Dancers and red confetti in Notting Hill

Notting Hill Carnival

Notting Hill in West London might be famous worldwide for Portobello Market and a movie with the same name starring Hugh Grant and Julia Roberts but, every year since 1966, the area attracts large crowds for the Notting Hill Carnival. A two-day event over August Bank Holiday Weekend that started as a small gathering, it…

View of the Elizabeth Tower at sunset

A close encounter with Big Ben

By now everyone should know that Big Ben is not the name of the clock tower next to the Houses of Parliament in London but, it is the nickname given to the Great Bell which stands at the top of the tower. The original bell was cracked beyond repair during testing and a new bell…

View of Greenwich Astronomy Center

London’s Royal Borough of Greenwich

Greenwich in South East London, is now known as the Royal Borough of Greenwich after the Queen awarded the borough with the prestigious title in 2012, recognizing the global importance of Greenwich, home of the Prime Meridian. Very well connected by bus, train, boat and the Docklands Light Railway (DLR), a visit to Greenwich will…

One of London Zoo tigers

London Zoo, a wild day out

A visit to London Zoo in Regent’s Park is an educational and entertaining day out enjoyed by children and adults too. There are over 750 species at the zoo so, some careful planning is necessary to get to see as many animals as possible; tickets can be purchased at the gates or online where a number of…

The green lawn at Kensington Palace

London’s Kensington Palace and Gardens

Kensington Gardens are part of London’s Royal Parks; almost an extension of Hyde Park they cover an area of West London between Knightsbridge and Bayswater. The Royal Albert Hall, one of the most important music venues in the world, is located just across Kensington Gardens. Opposite is the Albert Memorial, a monument commemorating the death…

View of Tower Bridge and St.Katharine's Pier in London

London: an itinerary for first time visitors

As Samuel Johnson once said: “When a man is tired of London, he is tired of life; for there is in London all that life can afford.”…and he was right, London indeed offers endless possibilities for both locals and visitors. A first time visit to this cosmopolitan city will only scratch the surface and many…