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The Ginstitute

The Ginstitute: Making Your Own Gin in London

The Ginstitute has been on my radar (gindar?) for a while. In fact, all the way back in 2013 I listed it as one of the things I wanted to try in London. It took me a few years to get around to it (these things can’t be rushed) but with a friend’s big birthday coming up – the kind… Read more →

Thinking of booking the Ginstitute, a gin blending experience in London? Read this honest review about the day including venue, booking & value for money.... Read more →
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10 Best Things To Do In Scotland on the West Coast

I was in my 30’s by the time I took my first trip to Scotland – quite an embarrassing confession given: a) Scotland is the neighbour of my native England; b) I didn’t need a passport (or even a flight) to get there; and c) I’d otherwise managed to take myself literally half way around the world (to Hong Kong,… Read more →

Searching for the superlative, I travelled to Scotland's (Glasgow and the Lochs) to find the 10 best things to do in Scotland on the west coast.... Read more →
London South Bank Walk

London South Bank Walk: The Best Sights to See

Once upon a time, South London wasn’t a very desirable place. It was the part of London that was the home of asylums, prisons and taverns of ill repute. Little did our medieval ancestors know that with these ‘features’ they were laying the foundations for one of London’s most exciting tourist enclaves. Think of London’s attractions and the South Bank is… Read more →

The best sights to see on a London South Bank Walk for free with pictures, route map and food and drink recommendations. See some of London's oldest bits.... Read more →
How to use the tube in London

How to Use the Tube in London (Without Pissing off the Locals)

Want to find out how to use the Tube in London (without pissing off the locals)? Read on… I’ve been using the Tube in London a lot recently and as I’m no longer living or working in the Capital, I’m starting to see the underground transport network in a whole new light. Sure, the Tube is awesome – it’s one of… Read more →

Want to know how to use the Tube in London, without getting killed by a local? Follow these 10 tips from someone who used to be a local herself.... Read more →
reasons to be grateful for great britain

45 Reasons to Be Grateful for Great Britain

I know Thanksgiving isn’t a British holiday, but given we suddenly appear to be claiming Black Friday as if it were our own, I thought I’d use this significant US holiday to think about all the great and wonderful things that make up the country that I call home. Which caused me to check out a few facts about Great… Read more →

Travel has made me grateful. From human rights to leading healthcare to inventing the world wide web, these facts about Great Britain prove its greatness.... Read more →