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Five things to do around London Heathrow Airport

London Heathrow Airport isn’t much of a tourist sight unless you’re fascinated by airplanes. Yet it is one of the world’s busiest international airports so chances are many of us will end up going there at some stage and some will need to while away a few hours or even longer. Most people who stay […]

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Velvet moments: travel photo – a lavish kind of London

The Velvet Moments travel photo series is a collection of photographic moments that define a Velvet Escape travel experience. Launched in January 2010, the series houses many of my favourite photos taken around the world. I decided to take this series a step further by inviting some of my favourite travel bloggers to contribute a […]

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Velvet moments: travel photo – the Thames by night

The Velvet Moments travel photo series is a collection of photographic moments that define a Velvet Escape travel experience. Launched in January 2010, the series houses many of my favourite photos taken around the world. I decided to take this series a step further by inviting some of my favourite travel bloggers to contribute a […]

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Velvet moments: travel photo – above the clouds of London

A guest contribution from Melvin Boecher, the founder of Traveldudes. We were invited to London to celebrate a friend’s wedding on the 31st of December. It was fantastic! As we were already in London we also did some sightseeing. I’ve never been on the London Eye, so we decided to go for it. It was […]

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A guided tour of Westminster Abbey

A guest post by Andrea Kirkby. Westminster Abbey is one of the London landmarks that I always think takes an entire day to itself. I know some people ‘do’ it in an hour and a bit, but it is the sort of place that richly repays a more leisurely, lingering visit. And there’s far more […]

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Unravelling the mysteries of theatrical Covent Garden

A guest post by Andrea Kirkby. Covent Garden wasn’t quite in at the start of London’s theatrical tradition – Shakespeare’s Globe for instance was south of the river and other early playhouses clustered in the East End – but it’s been the centre of London’s theatreland since the time of Charles II. Nell Gwyn acted […]

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Explore the temples of London

A guest post by Andrea Kirkby. Sometimes you know when you step into a place that it is holy. You feel the weight of the years, the atmosphere charged with silence and veneration; the air seems colder and thinner than in the street outside and there’s a sense of something invisible being there. I never […]

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Windmills of London

Think of London, and you think of… windmills? Perhaps not! You’re more likely to associate them with Amsterdam. But once you get out of the centre, London contains a surprising number of rather fine windmills. It had many more until comparatively recently. For instance there were mills in Shoreditch, Clerkenwell and even Holborn in the […]

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Culinary delights in London

London is the cosmopolitan heart of England and visitors to the city will be overwhelmed with the fantastic array of eateries and styles of cuisine available to suit all tastes and budgets. Whether you are staying in hotels or holiday apartments London will not be a disappointment to you. Celebrity chefs At present, there is […]

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An inside look at London

A special guest post by Alex Johnson of World Reviewer. There is nothing more discouraging for me, as a traveler, than arriving at my destination to find rain, snow, bitter cold or maybe even all three. When the weather outside is frightful and all you have with you are the thin layers that fit in […]

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