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Here are my suggestions for things to do in east London in October (for Fraser Place Canary Wharf). http://london-canarywharf.frasershospitality.com/en/news/whats-on-in-london-in-october-2016-near-canary-wharf.html
Exciting events are happening near Fraser Place Canary Wharf serviced apartment this October, you can’t afford to miss them.
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Really proud to see my Safestay York write-up in the latest edition of Budget Traveller's Luxury Hostels of Europe: http://budgettraveller.org/LuxuryHostelsOfEurope.pdf
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Do you know where you can find a Wild West town in Edinburgh?
Unknown to most Edinburgh residents, the Edinburgh Wild West is worth seeing as it's such a bizarre find in an upmarket neighbourhood.
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And here's why should NEVER get a City Cruises trip in London. They really should be ashamed of themselves.
I've taken Thames boat trips with City Cruises many times and have brought together all of my reviews to show why you shouldn't travel with City Cruises.
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Have you tried to #ridetheslide? I've been down the world's longest and tallest tunnel slide so I can tell you what it's really like.
The Orbit on the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park in east London has a 178m tunnel slide. Are you brave enough? Here's my Orbit slide review to help you decide.
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I really enjoyed this afternoon tea so I took a lot of photos to share with you. Enjoy!
Conrad London St James changes its afternoon tea menu regularly for limited edition and seasonal teas. Conrad Candy Shop is the prettiest sugar rush!
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Here's my round-up of recommended things to do in the Kensington area (written for Fraser Suites Queens Gate) http://london-queensgate.frasershospitality.com/whats-on-in-london-this-october-2016-near-kensington-,news_viewItem_5001-en.html
Keep up to date with all the latest news and happenings on the Fraser Suites Queens Gate blog; from exciting events to exclusive offers.
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My latest newsletter with articles, a 'guess where' photo & ideas for the weekend in London.
I've been busy writing the monthly round-ups (which I'll share next week) and have had a wonderful commission to write about London in 2017 so I can assure you next year is going to be another fantastic year for London! Not a new article but definitely one that's worth reading or how ...
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Here's my latest newsletter with articles, a 'guess where' photo and ideas for this weekend in London.
Here's why you should never use City Cruises. It's not just my opinion but I've got evidence from the last 5 years (photos, audio & video recordings) to prove they con tourists to give them money every day. Read on... Can you get good value from a 1 day London Pass?
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Here's my latest newsletter with articles, a 'guess where' photo and ideas for this weekend in London.
Did you work out where this 'guess where' photo was taken (seen in last week's newsletter)? This was taken on Winsley Street, W1, just off Oxford Street, looking at Eastcastle Street (and the All Saints church behind on Margaret Street).
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Here's my latest newsletter with a focus on things to do in September in London. There's also a 'guess where' photo and ideas for this weekend.
Did you work out where this 'guess where' photo was taken (seen in last week's newsletter)? This is Mary Queen of Scots on the side of a building along Fleet Street. (I saw it while on The Original Tour sightseeing bus.) Do you know where this photo was taken? Location to be revealed in ...
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I really enjoyed this open-top bus sightseeing tour around London.
A sightseeing bus means you can see a lot in a short time – without tired legs! The Original Tour has been in London for over 65 years and is a fun day out.
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Laura Porter writes about London. And family travel. And other stuff.
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Laura Porter writes the About.com London Travel site, and Laura's London for Anglotopia.net. She's also a VisitBritain Super Blogger too. She fits in further freelance writing while sustaining an afternoon tea addiction to rival the Queen's.
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Included in The Independent's 50 Best Travel Websites: http://www.independent.co.uk/extras/indybest/travel/the-50-best-travel-websites-8646338.html and About.com Travel is ranked no.4 in the world: http://skift.com/2013/11/18/the-top-25-consumer-travel-media-sites-around-the-world/
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Buckingham Palace – A Royal Welcome | @AboutLondon Laura
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Each summer The State Rooms at Buckingham Palace are opened to the paying public. As well as enjoying the grandeur, a 'special exhibition' i

A 2015 Guide To Open-Air Cinema In London - WBSA
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Check out our guide for the best places to watch open air cinema in London.

London Aquarium – Sea Dragons | @AboutLondon Laura
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I'd heard Sea Life London Aquarium has a new exhibit of sea dragons so it seemed like a good time to return. The picture I'd seen was amazin

Zippos Circus – OMG 2015 | @AboutLondon Laura
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@AboutLondon Laura. Q: Where do you find out all of these things about London? A: It's all in my head. Let me share some of that with you. M

Brown Pebble | @AboutLondon Laura
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@AboutLondon Laura. Q: Where do you find out all of these things about London? A: It's all in my head. Let me share some of that with you. M

Anarchy & Beauty: William Morris & His Legacy | @AboutLondon Laura
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William Morris (1834-96) is known for many things. He was a gifted poet, architect, painter, writer and textile designer. He wanted everyone

Little Blue Men | @AboutLondon Laura
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Last week, there was a temporary art exhibition at The Petrie Museum of Egyptian Archaeology which chose to integrate with the exhibits in g

pod Food London Review | @AboutLondon Laura
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Have you tried a pod takeaway lunch? Let me tell you what's on offer.

Things To Do On The Royal Mile in Edinburgh | VisitBritain Super Blog
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Find out what there is to see and do along The Royal Mile in Edinburgh.

The Boy Who Climbed Out of His Face - London Review | @AboutLondon Laura
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The Boy Who Climbed Out of His Face is an immersive (and bonkers) theatre experience in Greenwich for summer 2014.

Steam Train on The London Underground | @AboutLondon Laura
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On Saturday 2 August 2014, I was lucky enough to not only see a steam train on the London Underground but to also take a ride from Moorgate

Royal Childhood at Buckingham Palace | @AboutLondon Laura
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Each year, the summer opening of the State Rooms at Buckingham Palace has a special exhibition and this year it's all about Royal Childhood.

Cooking Them Healthy
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Our easy to understand 7 top tips to keeping them fit & healthy

SUDA Thai London Restaurant Review | @AboutLondon Laura
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SUDA Thai is a Covent Garden Thai cafe restaurant with plnety of choice for vegetarians and a great fast lunch menu.

Tour de France in London | @AboutLondon Laura
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On Monday 7 July 2014, Stage 3 of Le Tour Yorkshire - Grand Depart 2014 (the Tour de France) reached London. I decided to watch at Woodford

Churchill War Rooms | @AboutLondon Laura
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Are the Churchill War Rooms worth the money? Here's my honest review and plenty of photos to help.

Bridge – Museum of London Docklands | @AboutLondon Laura
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In celebration of the 120th anniversary of Tower Bridge, the Museum of London Docklands has a free summer exhibition simply called Bridge al

The Historical Experience is somewhat unusual as you are led around in a group by a costumed guide who acts the part of a member of the household when Franklin lived here. The guide interacts with audio and video in each room yet most rooms are without furniture. You can't speak to the guide as they have to play their role but at the end a member of staff comes to answer questions. Unusual but I still learned a lot.
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reviewed a year ago
Good to combine a visit here with Wellington Arch too. There's an audio guide which is a bit 'dry' yet quite informative, but I recommend speaking to the gallery staff as then discovered the secret windows, hidden doors and other wonders. It's a shame there's not more in the shop - it's mostly books - but I still spent over an hour exploring inside.
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reviewed a year ago
I really like the Chop'd salads but find this branch disappointing as they salads are not fresh. It's a small shop so I thought I'd grab something and sit outside but everything looked so 'tired' I decided to go elsewhere. It turns out there isn't a kitchen at this site so the salads are only fresh in the morning. I'll stick with the Paternoster Square branch which is always fresh.
Public - a year ago
reviewed a year ago
Great location in a courtyard just off Long Acre in Covent Garden. St Martin's Courtyard is all about shopping and dining so SUDA has outdoor seating making it a great place to stop for a drink too. The lunch menu is served quickly and the smoothies are yummy. I'm a fan of the spring rolls and plan to pop back again soon just for those.
Public - 2 years ago
reviewed 2 years ago
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It's a simple attraction, with a small exhibition about the Arch and another temporary exhibition, but it's worth visiting in the morning as the Household Cavalry (fancy soldiers on horses) pass through on their way to Changing of the Guard at Horse Guards Parade. The horses come through at 10.30am and the attraction opens at 10am.
Public - a year ago
reviewed a year ago
They've got it right with this central London sister hotel to The Hoxton Hotel, near Old Street. I stayed in a 'Cosy' room which was large enough for a short stay. We overlooked the main road but heard nothing in the room. There's a lot of styling going on here (Roberts radio, Penguin paperbacks, old radiogram, etc) but it works. The restaurant is worth visiting for too - I just wish they had more vegetarian options.
Public - a year ago
reviewed a year ago
This tea house is truly lovely. On the top floor of Kingly Court, off Carnaby Street, is this wonderful oasis offering a huge range of delicious teas; with many blends created in-house. There are beautiful cakes too including a gluten-free option. There's also gluten-free bread for sandwiches, etc too. I really like the 'Beautiful Skin' blend and, as well as tasting nice, it really does improve your skin and hair.
Public - 2 years ago
reviewed 2 years ago