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Here's my latest newsletter: articles, a 'guess where' photo and ideas for this weekend in London.
Wondering if 2 days in Edinburgh would be enough to see anything? Here's a suggested 2 day itinerary to show you how much you could get done in a short time. Read on... And then you need to think about where to stay in Edinburgh. We stayed at Safestay Edinburgh, a large and funky hostel.
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I tried #TheLostPalace  at Banqueting House and have since been told my experience was nothing like anyone else's.
On for the summer only, The Lost Palace takes visitors to...
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So where did I stay on my recent visit to Edinburgh? Here's where!
Safestay Edinburgh is a large hotel in an excellent city centre location. Here's an honest review of a two night stay with all the pros and cons.
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I stayed at the amazing Safestay York last week and found it be family-friendly and more like a boutique hotel!
When I think of hostels I expect huge dorms and very little sleep. Safestay York is nothing like that as it's best compared to a boutique hotel.
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I was really impressed with this afternoon tea and would definitely recommend.
Bettys York is one of the iconic cafe tea rooms from this renowned Yorkshire brand. I tried the afternoon tea and can tell you what it's really like.
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The design for the new Museum of London in West Smithfield has been chosen!
I showed you the shortlisted architectural designs for the new Museum...
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The Thames Clippers Cream Tea sounded perfect for me: cruising along The Thames drinking unlimited tea and eating scones with cream and jam. But did it live up to my expectations?
I really like travelling on The Thames and I really like tea and scones so I tried the Thames Clippers Cream Tea. But did it live up to my expectations?
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Here's my latest newsletter with articles, guess where photos & ideas for the weekend.
Looking Ahead. I included lots of ideas for this month in an earlier newsletter. For transport fans it's the Bromley Bus Garage Open Day on Saturday. And if you're into colour it's the Holi Festival in Wembley on Saturday. For a central option, the excellent Seven Noses of Soho walking tour is ...
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Here's how to make the most of two days in Edinburgh.
Ever wondered if a weekend in Edinburgh would be long enough to see very much? Here's how you can make the most of just two days in Edinburgh city centre.
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How to make the most of a couple of days in York.
York is a great city break destination and the traffic-free centre makes is ideal for families. Here are my suggestions for 2 days in York with kids.
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Find out what to expect from the 2016 summer opening of the Buckingham Palace State Rooms.
The 2016 Buckingham Palace public opening of the State Rooms is a big improvement on previous years with a new route and lots more seating.
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Latest newsletter all about things to do in London in August.
Did you work out where this 'guess where' photo was taken (seen in last week's newsletter)? This was taken from the British Library forecourt and you can see St Pancras station beyond. Do you know where this photo was taken? Location to be revealed in next week's newsletter. Looking Ahead.
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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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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.
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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.
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reviewed 2 years ago