Lanterns and lion statues in London's Chinatown

Chinese New Year in London

Chinese New Year is celebrated in London in style. On the weeks before the main event, normally held on a Sunday, Chinatown streets in London’s West End are adorned with hundreds of red paper lanterns. The celebrations start with a parade through Central London with floats, lion dances and the sound of firecrackers going off…

View of lavender and a large tree

Mayfield Lavender Farm, a sea of purple

Mayfield Lavender Farm is located in Banstead in the county of Surrey, a short drive (less than 20 miles) from London and well connected by public transport. The easiest way to get to the site without driving is by travelling from Central London (Victoria Station) to West Croydon train station and board the 166 bus which…

View of London's Blackfriars Bridge

Bridges of London, a riverside walk

A pleasant riverside walk from Vauxhall Bridge to Tower Bridge, will give the opportunity to walk past all the bridges in Central London and visit many of the attractions along the way. The first building to see next to Vauxhall Bridge on the Albert Embankment is the MI6 Building, seen in many movies including the…

View of yellow and red tulips

Keukenhof, tulip extravaganza

Every year, between March and May, people from all over the world travel to Keukenhof in Holland to admire its beautiful tulip displays. Scattered around 32 hectares, there are more than 800 varieties of tulips in many colors arranged in beautiful patterns all around the park. In addition to the open-air displays, more flower arrangements…

View of the beach and the cathedral in Positano

The Amalfi Coast and Pompeii

Mention to anyone the Amalfi Coast and immediately images of villages on cliffs, sunny beaches and good Italian food come to mind! A stretch of land in the region of Campania in the South of Italy, the Amalfi Coast is one of the most popular holiday destinations in Italy. The international airport at Naples is the gateway for visitors…

View of Porte de Paris

Lille, a surprising discovery

Lille in Northern France is often bypassed on the Eurostar route from London to Paris. But people alighting at Lille-Europe station will discover a city with a lot to see and do. Right outside the station the sculpture “Les tulipes de Shangri-La” by the Japanese artist Yayoi Kusama, is a nice welcome to Lille. It…

View from the dome of St.Paul's Cathedral

The City of London and Covent Garden

The City of London, is also known as the Square Mile as it occupies an area of just over one square mile. A busy financial center during the week, it is almost deserted at the weekend, probably the best time to visit without the crowd of office workers running around. There are many buildings to…

View of a red carriage and Hampton Court Palace

Hampton Court Palace and Gardens

Hampton Court Palace, located in the county of Surrey, can be reached by train from Waterloo Station in Central London in just over half an hour; in summer boats travel to Hampton Court all the way from Westminster Pier but depending on the tide, the trip can take up to 4 hours so maybe not…

View of the front entrance to Leeds Castle

Leeds Castle: the loveliest castle in the world

Leeds Castle is not as the name would suggest anywhere near the city of Leeds but it is in fact in Kent not far from Maidstone. Advertised as “the loveliest castle in the world” it makes for a perfect day trip from London. Connected by train from London Victoria, it takes just over an hour…