How To Use The Tube in London – First Timers’ Guide

London underground sign by London Eye

London Underground is one of the fastest and cheapest ways to get around the city. But the Tube (as it’s locally known) can be daunting for first-time visitors. I lived and worked in the capital for over a decade, using the Underground daily. Here’s my guide to how to use the Tube in London. What … Read more

20 Best Beatles Attractions in Liverpool (with Map)

street art showing the four beatles in colours

On 9 February 1961, four Liverpool lads – John Lennon, Ringo Starr, George Harrison, and Paul McCartney – gave their debut performance at The Cavern Club in Liverpool. Over 60 years later, The Beatles remain as popular as ever. And nowhere is that more true than in the city of the band’s birthplace, Liverpool. As … Read more

30 Best Places To Visit on a British Isles Cruise

Wild atlantic way green cliffs and sea

It was late spring in the British Isles and after poring over the many cruise destinations offered by Swan Hellenic, I did the thing that surprised even me. I decided to explore my own country. Britain. By sea. Until now, my most common view over the British Isles has been by air as I leave. … Read more

Swan Hellenic – Where Culture & Luxury Combine

In 1931, at a time when Britain was still effervescing from the roaring twenties, a gentleman named W.F. Swan set up a small family run travel business called Swan Travel Bureau. Over the decades, and together with his son, Kenneth, they pioneered a new style of adventurous expedition cruising that remains at the heart of … Read more

14 Best Things To Do In London’s South Bank

london bridge on south bank

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 … Read more

17 Best Things To Do In Stratford-upon-Avon, England

anne hathaways cottage stratford upon avon

Born in 1564, William Shakespeare wrote just shy of 1 million words during his relatively short (52 year) life, yet amongst them are some of the most well known and often quoted words in the world. Some 500 hundred years after his death, his work is still performed both at The Globe Theatre in London … Read more

14 Best Things To Do In Liverpool, England

Royal albert dock in liverpool

Born in Liverpool, I know the city inside out. Yet, it wasn’t until I came home after spending years overseas that I started to explore my city as a tourist. Showing my travel friends around the city, I finally took time to visit Liverpool’s many tourist attractions. In this guide, I’ll give you the best … Read more

Where to stay in London – Area Guide & Hotels

The Chesterfield Mayfair hotel room

London is a big place, there’s no denying that. So one of the toughest things when planning a trip to the British capital can be deciding where to stay. There are plenty of amazing places to choose from, but the best area for each individual can vary depending on a range of different factors, including … Read more

50 Best Things to do in London, England

River boat on thames with london eye

London is one of the most popular tourist destinations in the world, from people taking day trips from other parts of the British Isles, to those flying all the way from the other side of the planet to visit one of the world’s most diverse, beautiful and exciting cities. Between its charming medieval streets seeping … Read more

How To Visit The Tower of London

The tower of London with British flag

A 1,000 year old fortress and castle that has been used as a Royal palace, the Royal Mint, a prison and place of torture, that houses the Crown Jewels and and has been home for a menagerie of exotic animals, it sounds like something out of a Harry Potter book; except the Tower of London … Read more