Wondering where to spend Christmas in the UK? Well, Christmas in London is like no other place. There’s always something to do in London of course, whatever the season (check out my London bucket list to find some cool ideas!). But in winter, and especially at Christmas time, the British capital gets filled with lights, chestnut stands, Christmas decorations and a jolly atmosphere all over.
If you’re looking for a unique way to celebrate the festive season, there’re a few Christmas events in London you don’t want to miss. Here’s our magical guide with the best things to do in London at Christmas!
The Cotswolds has everything you’d expect from the idyllic English countryside. Rural landscapes, green hills filled with sheep and quaint villages. With old churches and cottages built with traditional honey coloured Cotswold stone, it’s pretty dreamy indeed. There are plenty of beautiful places to visit in the Cotswolds.
Once a medieval area of high-quality wool trade (“Cots” meaning sheep and “wolds” hills), it was designated an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) in 1966. And judging by my description above, this shouldn’t come as a surprise. It covers an area of 790 sq miles and spans several counties including Gloucestershire, Worcestershire, Oxfordshire, Somerset, Wiltshire and Warwickshire. And it’s only a two hour drive from London!
Whether you’re on a tight schedule or simply don’t know where to start, fear not. I have some top tips to make the most out of a countryside holiday in rural England. Here are the best places to visit in the Cotswolds on a long weekend trip.
With the current travel restrictions due to COVID-19, travelling abroad is a little out of the question for many. Especially when this can involve a mandatory quarantine period on return. Luckily, this also means it’s the perfect time to turn that post-lockdown getaway into a UK staycation instead.
And really, there’s no better time to rediscover the UK and enjoy what’s right in front of you. With National Parks, Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB), picturesque medieval towns and some of Britain’s finest coastal scenery, there’s a type of staycation for everyone in this beautiful country. If you’re not sure where to go on holiday in the UK, here’s a list of the best staycation ideas, in no particular order. Right here. At home.
Glasgow is a historical city with a lot to offer. It boasts some of the best architecture of both the UK and Scotland, the street art scene is one of the largest in the UK, only second to London, and some of the museums are the most visited outside the capital. And the food? It has some of finest dishes and whisky I have tried, dare I say.
Now, it can be difficult to know what are the best things to do in Glasgow when you’re visiting for the first time. Whether you have a full week to explore Glasgow or are just ‘scratching the surface’, I’ve included a complete list of recommendations for you to choose from. It’s up to you – you can do them all or go with the flow! Either way, I’m sure you’ll have a blast.
Here are the best things to see and do in Glasgow.
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.
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.
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!