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Best movies set in London

Best movies set in London – Sofa Travels series

As the world stays indoors for a while, Sofa Travels is here to bring the world to you! This time, we’re focusing on the best movies set in London. I should probably warn you (in a good way) – there’s a lot of Hugh Grant in this list. A lot. Not surprisingly, the British actor has starred in some of the best British movies from the 90s and early 00s, so you know you’re in for a good one.

Without too much waffle, here are the best movies set in London in chronological order. Remember to use the hashtag #SofaTravels to let us know you’re joining the movement, or to just simply share other movies to watch. Have fun!

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Best movies set in New York

Best movies set in New York City – Sofa Travels series

It’s no secret that I live and breath travel. Whether it’s a UK mini break, a flight across the pond or a trip to the nearest Australian brunch place in London, I try to experience as many of the little pockets of the planet as I possibly can. This blog is focused entirely on bucket lists and food for a reason! Now, with the current COVID-19 restrictions in place, travelling to another city (let alone to another country) has become almost impossible, only when strictly necessary.

So I’ve found myself wondering…How can we bring travel to our homes? How can we do a bit of country hopping from the commodity of our sofas? That’s why I figured I would share some of the best movies set in different parts of the world in a series of posts I’ve called, well, Sofa Travels.

Each post will transport us to a particular city and points in time without actually leaving our living rooms. It comes with a checklist too (and will hopefully also inspire a little summer holiday when all of this is over). We’re starting with iconic movies set in New York. Use the hashtag #SofaTravels to let us know you’re joining the movement, or to just simply share other movies to watch.

Here are the best movies set in New York City in chronological order.

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St George's Chapel and Windsor Castle Lower Ward

Things to do in Windsor and Eton

After bringing you my guide to Windsor Castle I thought it was only fair to pop up a recommendation list with some of my favourite things to do in Windsor and Eton. Located on the banks of the River Thames, Windsor is famous for being one of the official residences of Queen Elizabeth II. This, and the fact that it’s quite close to London has made quite lively and popular among tourists.

This perspective seems to quieten when you cross the bridge that separates Windsor and Eton. The latter is a much calmer historic town that has that je ne sais quoi, very intellectual and quintessentially British. With a rich heritage, beautiful surrounding countryside and history that connects both towns, Windsor and Eton are great for a quick weekend escape. And there is plenty to do for those who either want to relax or explore.

So without further waffling, here are my top things to do in Windsor and Eton.

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George IV gateway, Windsor Castle entrance

Visiting Windsor Castle – Everything you need to know

Windsor Castle is the biggest and oldest inhabited castle in the world. Located in the city of Windsor, in Berkshire and about 22 miles west of London, Windsor Castle has served as the royal residence of the British monarchy for over 1,000 years. It still is, up to this day, where the British Royal Family (and in particular, Her Majesty The Queen) spends most of their private time.

With 13 acres of magnificent grounds, the Gothic St George’s Chapel and a palace that features some of the most luxurious ceremonial and private rooms in the country, Windsor Castle is the perfect representation of a quintessentially British royal household. And guess what? You can explore most of the palace on a self-guided tour in 2.5-3 hours; even if The Queen is there! Just look out for the Royal Standard flag waving above the Round Tower.

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Glacier point overlooking half dome, Yosemite

Travel, food and bucket list highlights of 2019

Happy New Year and new decade! In true tradition, I am here to recap on some of my favourite things of the year (read: travel, food, cocktails and bucket list activities that have finally been crossed off!). What an awesome year 2019 has been. Full of wonderful memories, pinch-me moments (yes, Yosemite really is THAT mesmerising) and discovering countless of new delicious dishes, this year has made me feel even more fortunate about where I am at the moment. Like with everything, there have been some ups and downs as life likes to throw a little bump on the road sometimes. However, I’m one to believe life is about balance, and there’s always plenty of positives that counteract the moments we feel most vulnerable about. And 2019 has been full of of them.

Here’s a look back at our 2019 highlights. I hope you had just as much fun as we did!

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Kelvingrove museum and Glasgow University from Kelvingrove park

Glasgow’s West End – Everything you need to see

With a weekend escape to Scotland’s biggest city on our agenda (and no, I’m not talking about its capital, Edinburgh), Sam and I were extremely excited to discover a little more about Glasgow, particularly the West End of Glasgow. Full of bohemian personality, incredible gothic architecture and a huge list of hot spots (food alert everyone!), Glasgow’s West End is one of the best parts to explore and stay in. After quickly settling in and dropping our bags, it took us no time to go out and explore the cobbled streets and marvel at the beautiful Victorian Houses. With everything in a walkable distance (a bonus when the Scottish weather brings a fair few showers), I couldn’t help but put together a little list of recommendations for everyone that’s heading to gorgeous Glasgow’s West End.

Here’s our travel guide to Glasgow’s West End – enjoy!

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Fellow Glasgow residents - red squirrel, deer and fox graffiti, Glasgow city centre mural trail

Glasgow Mural Trail guide and map

As the largest city in Scotland, Glasgow couldn’t be more different to the winding cobbled alleys, green cliffs and medieval architecture of its eternal rival Edinburgh. Once heavily industrialised, the Scottish city has long forgotten its grey past and has completely transformed into the blooming cultural hub that it is now. It will come as no surprise that Glasgow was recently named the top cultural and creative centre in the UK by the European Commission.

One of the creative initiatives by the Glasgow City Council that provides an excellent way to explore the city is the Glasgow City Centre Mural Trail, an unmissable display of graffiti works by local and international artists that bring to life the once empty façades. This is perhaps one of the most attractive ways of discovering Glasgow’s buzzy charm.

Jump to see the Glasgow Mural Trail map.

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