Parkour has become increasingly popular in recent years. In October 2016, Parkour was officially recognised as a sport by the UK – the first country in the world to do so. Following this, London has become a hotspot for Traceurs (individuals who practice Parkour) to work on their craft.
If you love shopping, dining out, and sight seeing, these are some of Sydney’s most popular places to visit in Sydney.
Winter is on its way out and Spring is almost here, meaning that London is coming into full bloom. The appeal of warmer weather, an abundance of gorgeous flowers decorating the busy streets and the promise of longer days all make our city incredibly popular in Spring – just make sure you know how to deal with lily pollen stains if you’re heading for the parks!
Whenever you’re heading to London, it’s always a good idea to get some tips from someone who knows it well before you go. This is where I come in! As a Londoner, I’ve put together some of my top tips to help you make the most of your city break.
Avoid Rush Hour
If you’re travelling on the tube, bus, train or any other kind of transport, always, always avoid rush hour when you can. These times tend to be from between 7.30AM-9AM and 4.30PM-6.00PM. It gets super busy so avoid at all costs!
Plan Your Day
Before heading out, make sure you’ve planned everything. The places you’re visiting, the right tubes to get there, food places nearby – knowing what you’re doing and when will make your days a whole lot smoother.
Get an Oyster Card
If you’re planning on using the tubes and buses, definitely get an Oyster card. They make travel much easier and will save you a whole lot of both time and money! Head to a tube station to pick one up for free.
Buses Don’t Accept Cash
Our city buses are completely cashless, meaning that if you want to hop on you’re going to need either an Oyster card or a debit or credit card that uses contactless payment. We really are living in the future over here!
A Free Day Out
If you want to save some cash, there are plenty of things that won’t cost you anything in London. Pop to museums such as The Natural History Museum, The Science Museum or The Victoria and Albert Museum which are all free. If you’re lucky and the weather is good, take a stroll in a park. There are a lot to choose from: Hyde Park, Regents Park, St. James’ Park, just make sure you know how to get rid of lily pollen stains if you’re going in Spring or Summer!
We’re Not Big Tippers
Sometimes a tip will be included in the bill in London, but if not then around 15% should be okay. Staff won’t get offended if you don’t leave an exact percentage, though. A restaurant meal is the only time you should always tip, really – they won’t expect it in a bar, taxi or café, though it can be nice if you’ve received good service.
Avoid Shopping on Saturday
I would definitely stay clear of Oxford Street and Regent Street on a Saturday if you can help it. It gets super busy and your relaxing shopping trip will turn into more of a crazy ordeal. Check out quitter places like Redchurch street in Shoreditch for some quirky shopping spots you won’t find anywhere else!
Travel on a Bike
Boris Bikes are a cheap, eco-friendly and fun way to get around London. You can rent a bike from one of the many docks scattered around London and then pop it back into another one when you’re done.
Check Out Markets
We have loads of great markets that are on throughout the week, including in Camden and Brick Lane – two hot spots for lovers of all things alternative and indie. Check them out online and find one that appeals to you, whether you’re more into fine food, stylish clothing or quirky finds!
Places to Explore
If you’re in need of some inspiration of places to explore, here are a few popular areas of London that could be right up your street:
• Notting Hill
• Covent Garden
Don’t forget to take lots of pictures and enjoy your trip!
Written by Guest Writer
Kira Kolosova, MAVENS OF LONDON
She has worked as Editor at SHIFT London, London College of Fashion, University of the Arts London and has a Bachelors Degree in Fashion Journalism with London College of Fashion. PLUS a features and fashion editorial intern for PAUSE Magazine and HEARST MAGAZINES UK
Many visit the Lake District for its fabulous scenery, others for the great range of activities such scenery offers. From hiking and climbing to a simple desire for tranquillity, the region is a unique experience in England, and one so many visitors return to time and again.
Both children and adults alike have been enraptured with Arthur Ransome’s classic tale of adventure and friendship, Swallows & Amazons, since its release all the way back in 1930.
With a thrilling narrative that combines treasure hunting, swashbuckling and the carefree exploits of childhood – the story has undoubtedly stood the test of time, even receiving a film adaptation as recently as 2016 starring Andrew Scott (Sherlock) and Kelly Macdonald (Boardwalk Empire).
One of the main draws of his writing are the vividly beautiful environments he describes. The best part about this? You can visit them!
An admirer of the Lake District and its natural splendour, Ransome combined aspects of many places including Windermere and Coniston Water to craft the vivid world the protagonists of his novels explore.
Read on to find out how you can cast off into your very own Swallows & Amazons adventure.
They say a persons’ home is their castle. Well in this case, they really are! Here are some of the best royal residencies in the UK, how you can visit them and what to look out for!
This title is the first Chapter of “The Way to St. Werburgh’s”, and oh! Is it just the perfect title.
“It was 1819, perhaps a year of destiny. George III’s long reign was drawing to a close; his granddaughter Victoria was born, later to be one of the greatest rulers of the British empire; and soon the self-indulgent, sentimental reign of his son George IV would lower the past prestige of the royal family, despite the fact that he had served as Regent for some years.”
“The Northern spring was fast approaching, to gladden the hearts of all Englishmen Grand old oaks and spreading yew trees, majestic chestnuts and elegant birches vied with shy wood violets and bursting daffodils to greet the new season.
Blackbirds and sky larks, sparrows and finches, swallows and thrush, wrens and nightingales plied the air with ceaseless song, and the whole English landscape breathed new life with the melting snow” Continue reading “Oh, to be in England!”
Brought to you by Peninsula Tea Gardens, ‘Parisian afternoon tea’ was divine, and scrumptious dipping in different tea flavours and trying out different tea sandwiches on the banks of the Swan River in Perth, Western Australia.
Sandwiches are a a variety from the following:
– ham, egg, and Dijon mustard with mayonnaise
– Roast Beef and Horseradish with avocado mayonnaise
– and my favourite was Smoked Salmon and cucumber with salmon mousse and cream cheese
They were stacked and presented on a three – tiered curate stand together with fine bone china and silverware.
The pink macaron was a delight!
I arrived about 45 minutes early, so I decided to take the time to take some photos for the blog, so that you can enjoy a snippet of what it would be like. It was so inviting, and welcoming, and I really loved walking around the area whilst children and parents were about the farm. At first I didn’t know if I was in the right spot, but then learnt that Tranby House is the name of the historic farmers cottage from the early 1800’s and then they turned it into Peninsula Tea Garden. It is described as an english cottage styled farm house and the house is 19th century style. It was named Tranby House in 1923, and is one of the oldest surviving buildings from the early settlement of the Swan River Colony.
Second course, of course, was Scones served with strawberry preserve and whipped cream.
There was an assortment of French styled cakes and petite fours, and my choice of tea was ‘Stockholm’. The variety of teas to choose from were English Breakfast, Earl Grey, Lady Grey, Lover leap, Kenilworth, Assam, Darjeeling, Camomile, Buddha’s tears, Wuyi, Loolacondera, Serendip chai, and Barbado Dream.
I would mention the details of each tea, but if you click on the website, and go to Menu, then Full Menu, the details of each tea will be listed on the menu for you to look at.
I wanted to try the Kenilworth for something REALLY English, but I decided on Stockholm, and because we loved it so much, my friend bought it for me as a present.
Something delicious to have at home!
Served with a pot of tea, my choice was Stockholm with milk served with fine bone china. I did have a look underneath the cup to see which one it was called but I have forgotten what this one was called! If I had a choice I would’ve chosen the pink Old Country Roses of course! I thought the silverware left an exquisite feel to the high tea!
This is the gift bag with the ‘Stockholm’ tea in it. Great to have some goodies for home!
All in all, it was a wonderful experience to have a “proper” high tea with fabulous friends, and it was an experience I will never forget. There is also a ‘light tea menu’ you can experience or just ‘Peninsula Tea’ which is a selection of dainty finger sandwiches, the freshly baked scones with shipped cream, two delicate cake slices, and a pot of tea of your own choice. Vegetarian options are also available.
Bookings are essential. You can click on the website I highlighted for you, and click on “Book Now”. If you would like to see more reviews other than my own, to get more of an insight as to what other people like about it, look at the reviews on ‘Their Moments‘.
Gluten free options are also available, and when seated the staff will ask about dietary requirements. The staff were great, and the view was magnificent of the Swan River, so it was really nice to sit and overlook the river whilst munching on sandwiches and sipping yummy tea.
There are also specials available, such as the smoked salmon salad, or ploughman’s lunch.
So, there is quite a few to choose from if you are not having the ‘high tea special’.
I would particularly like to try the ‘Sweet Tea’ because they recommend to have the Stockholm tea with the scones, cakes and seasonal fruit.
If you are a Mum, it is great to organise a “Children’s Tea Party” which is only $14.80 per head.
So, for an exquisite afternoon tea, don’t forget to book at Tranby House’s Peninsula Tea Garden. Go to the “High tea and booking” tab on their website.
Opening hours are Monday to Sunday 8am to 5pm.
You can call on 08 9272 8894
MAYLANDS, WA, 6051
And now, as we are about to welcome the new year, suddenly we realize – this is our fresh start, a new chance, a life full of things that have never been. There are new questions to be asked, new challenges to be embraced and new things and people to be loved (or the old ones, cherished even more). With the new year ahead we’re embarking on a journey with so many answers to be discovered and lived in this new transformative year, full of delight and self-discovery. This is the perfect time to dream and plan, as only dreams give birth to change. New year is the time to be brave.
If you’re one of the lucky ones who have finally decided it’s time they introduced a change in their lives with this upcoming year, we’re giving you a few tips to stir you into thinking straight – for yourself:
In my recent post, How to live a successful life, I talked about short term goals, and long term goals. I am a huge goal kind of girl, where I love to write down all my goals for the future, and to have the motivation to succeed in something. I have come up with the idea of writing down a list of my current AND future goals, and dreams of where I want to be NEXT year!!!!