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 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 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…

Panoramic view of London's Sky Garden

London’s Sky Garden

The Sky Garden opened in 2015 at the top of the building at 20 Fenchurch Street (commonly referred to as the Walkie Talkie for its curious shape) in the City of London. Although access to the garden is free, tickets need to be booked in advance online. After going through airport-style security checks (including photo ID…

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…