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Halloween in Edinburgh: Touring the City’s Dark Side

October 30, 2014
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Edinburgh is celebrated for its macabre sights and stories – its cemeteries, its bodysnatchers, the buried Mary King’s Close. But even if you ignore the macabre, it’s a city that can be downright weird. For instance there’s the Heart of Midlothian, a little mosaic heart set in the pavement where the old Tolbooth – prison, […]

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Five Ways Tyneside is Great

October 17, 2014
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Tyneside is … great art. There’s the Baltic, a converted flour mill that presents continually changing exhibitions of contemporary art. The top floors give one of the best views of the Tyne and its bridges that you can possibly get, and exhibitions have included such diverse artists as Antony Gormley, Damien Hirst, Yoko Ono, and […]

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Visiting London Alone? Spoil Yourself!

November 13, 2013
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It can be daunting to visit new places on your own — even for seasoned travellers, and especially when it’s a vast city like London. I’ve been in the Big Smoke three times in the last week, visiting different people on each occasion. But I still love exploring London alone. You can’t get lost here […]

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Manchester: The Perfect Family City Break

November 6, 2013
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Manchester surprised me. I headed there on a flying overnight visit for work, and I’ll be absolutely honest: I wasn’t expecting much. But as soon as I stepped out of the train station, the uniqueness of this city hit me. I fell in love with the tall, red brick warehouses – once home to a […]

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Top 10 things to do near Kensington High Street

May 9, 2013
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I went to university at London’s Imperial College, meaning that I was lucky enough to spend my first year in student halls which were grand (at least from the outside) red brick apartment buildings smack bang next to the Royal Albert Hall. It was a fantastic year and coupled with the excitement of starting university […]

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Checking in, checking out: Hope Street Hotel, Liverpool

April 24, 2013
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You think we’d have done enough travelling by now to ensure we were streetwise enough to get on the right train from our local station. But no. Still, we breezed into Liverpool Lime Street on a sunny Wednesday afternoon and strolled up to the Hope Street Hotel at the top end of the city centre. […]

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Early evening fun in Soho, London

March 19, 2013
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I love going out in London, and I love Soho. What I don’t like are the queues, the dress codes, the members-only access and the crowds of people trying to squish into the latest hotspot. The solution? Hit the town early! For a friend’s 30th birthday, we headed out to Vinoteca’s Soho branch for a […]

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