One of the things that surprised me when I first moved to London was how much more particular British people are about what counts as a city than I am. Back in California I used the words “city” and “town” interchangeably, not knowing or caring what the technical status of a place was. But over the years I’ve learned to watch my language or get berated by a Brit. Whether it’s the presence of a cathedral, a royal grant, or another qualification, I know when to call a place a city (and more importantly, when not to). I’ve also enjoyed traveling to a number of cities, especially the less visited. If you’re interested in exploring more cities in the UK, today I bring you 9 underrated cities in Britain that are worth visiting.
Westminster isn’t exactly under the radar. With Big Ben and the Houses of Parliament, this London neighborhood is one of the most visited in the city. But there’s a lot going on in the area besides the main attractions, and today I want to share some of my favorite things to do in Westminster with you.
Edinburgh is one of my favorite cities. Between the beautiful streets, hilltop castle, and secret villages, I could spend a lifetime exploring. But there are lots of nearby places that are worth a visit, too. If I can tear myself away, I like getting out into the towns and countryside around the Scottish capital. If you’re the same, today I want to share 11 day trips from Edinburgh with you.
It’s time for another London itinerary. My London travel guide series has been a popular one, and today I want to continue the tradition. I’ve shared my ideas for how to spend anywhere from one to six days in London, and now I want to share my 1-week London itinerary with you.
It amazes me that Northumberland is so undiscovered. This county in the northeast corner of England has everything from iconic castles to stunning coastline, yet few people seem to know about it. I’ve spent a lot of time here over the last few years, and now I’m back on a secret mission (all will be revealed on my Instagram feed in May). I’m visiting some of my favorite spots, and today I bring you my 3-day itinerary for Northumberland’s North Sea coast.
Spring is here. After what felt like a never-ending winter, London’s finally warming up and showing signs of the season. I’ve been getting outdoors as much as I can, and the gardens are looking spectacular. Not just in London, either. All around the UK, spring is taking over. If you want to see the best of the season, today I bring you 15 of the prettiest spring gardens in Britain.
I love a good cafe, and when that cafe is pretty I love it even more. London has no shortage of coffee shops and cupcake places, but a few stand out for their decor and design. I find myself seeking them out and returning to be inspired by what they’ve created. If you want to revel in the beauty of these pretty cafes in London, read on.
Bahrain is the pearl of the Gulf. This 33-island archipelago is one of the world’s smallest countries, but it manages to pack a lot into a little area. Known for its exquisite pearls, historic forts, and more liberal attitude than some of its Middle Eastern neighbors, the kingdom has drawn me in and shown me a wealth of things to do in 2 days in Bahrain.