London commemorates the Centenary of the Armistice

This year, Britain’s Remembrance Sunday coincides with the Centenary of the Armistice, marking the end of World War I.    Events will take place throughout the country on Sunday 11th November.    In London, commemorations will concentrate on Whitehall and at the Cenotaph monument.  As is traditional we will remember the fallen in all conflicts. [...]

Christmas services at Westminster Abbey

If you’re in London during December you might want to participate in one of the Christmas services taking place in Westminster Abbey.    Dates have recently been announced.    Services, which are free and require no booking, commence on 2nd December, then the 16th and throughout the Christmas period.    This is a unique experience [...]

The best place to watch the Lord Mayor’s Show!

It’s time to plan your itinerary for the oldest and grandest civic procession in the world, taking place in London on Saturday 10 November 2018.   This is the Lord Mayor’s Show in the City of London.   Knowing the best place to watch the Lord Mayor’s Show will add to your enjoyment! The show can trace [...]

The hidden streets of Barcelona; Raval

Among the most popular of European city breaks is Barcelona.   Its mild climate, vibrant culture and quick (and inexpensive) flights make it a perfect weekend trip from London. Many visitors are familiar with the popular areas of La Rambla, Place de Catalunya, Park Guell and Diagonal.   But visitors shouldn’t miss the historic area around the [...]

The NFL season arrives in London!

London partied in Piccadilly yesterday to launch the NFL season in the UK.   America's National Football League consists of 32 teams.   The exciting thing is that six of the teams will play in London during 2018/19.   The results all going forward to the American league – so we’re guaranteed some fireworks, both on and off [...]

HMS Belfast – a Royal Navy cruiser in the ‘Pool of London’

Continuing the naval theme of the previous post on the Mary Rose, here is something far more recent!   A time capsule from World War II and a reminder of the debt we owe to servicemen - as well as a great adventure for kids.  Being in central London and with elevated views over the City [...]

The Mary Rose – new museum reveals its magnificence

King Henry VIII’s warship, the Mary Rose, sank in the Solent on the south coast of England during an engagement with the French Fleet in July 1545.   The disaster was witnessed by many, including the King.   It was 450 years before she was seen again - after the world’s largest underwater archaeological excavation brought her [...]

How to watch Changing the Guard in London

Every day of the week in London, there are two guard changing ceremonies that display the splendour of Britain’s constitutional monarchy against a backdrop of historic royal palaces. One guard changing is located at ‘Horse Guards’, off Whitehall, and the other takes place outside Buckingham Palace.  Both ceremonies happen at 11am, except on Sunday when [...]

48 hours in ‘The Athens of the North’

Earlier this year, we set off to 'The Athens of the North' to visit some of my old haunts, see the key sights once again - and watch a rather important rugby match. In the early 1800's Edinburgh re-branded itself 'The Athens of the North' to reflect its growing importance.  It has been the capital [...]

How to watch the final stage of the Tour de France in Paris

The 105th Tour de France starts on Saturday 7 July in the Vendee.  Some 3500 km later, the 22 teams and 176 riders will aim to complete the 21 stages in Paris, on Sunday 29 July. To see the final stage in Paris, book an early departure (c.7am) on Eurostar (St Pancras to Gare de [...]