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A Mini Cooper tour of London

It’s an inspiring story: two blokes start chatting in the hallway while waiting for a job interview. They’re both recent graduates, jobless, and there are several hundred applicants for the job vacancy. They soon realise that not only are their chances of landing the job slim, but that they would probably hate the job. They […]

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The spectacular Guy Fawkes fireworks show in St. Albans

Guy Fawkes Night is celebrated throughout the United Kingdom on or around 5th November and commemorates the foiled attempt to assassinate King James I. Every year, the Brits celebrate Guy Fawkes night with bonfires and fireworks; it really is a fun evening for everyone. On my recent blog trip to St. Albans, I had the […]

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Experiencing St. Albans

St. Albans is a city in the county of Hertfordshire, about 30 kilometers north of London. Known for its markets and stunning cathedral, St. Albans can trace its history back to Roman times when it was called Verulamium. I’ll be spending the next few days in St. Albans on a blog trip organised by my […]

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A walk through London’s Theatreland

A guest post by Paul Joseph, a London-based author and writer. Paul has written for national magazines and websites, and helps to run a blog on London theatre. If there’s a city in the world made for walking, it’s London. Teeming with history and splendour, every corner turned presents a vestige of the past, often […]

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Ten incredible bridge walks

I love bridges, from the simple brick-and-mortar and wooden contraptions (I’m not so sure about the rope kind) to the massive engineering marvels with their elegant spans and towering masts. Some cross a simple stream or small creeks whilst others traverse wide rivers, harbours and canyons. It’s always a joy to cross a bridge on […]

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Thames estuary at sunset

Plane views: London City Airport

London City Airport (LCY) is my absolute favourite of all the airports serving London. It’s small (getting through it is a breeze) and well-connected to the City (via the efficient Docklands Light Rail). One of the highlights (for me, at least) of flying to LCY is the approach. All flights from the European continent approach […]

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900 year-old St Mary’s Church inspired the famous poet Lord Byron, who studied at the nearby Harrow School.

My velvet escape travel tip: London

“My velvet escape travel tip” is a guest series about what the name ‘Velvet Escape’ evokes and what that would be in the hometown of the guest writer. With this series, I hope to uncover travel tips from places around the world to help visitors have a truly local experience. The more famous the city, […]

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