How To Plan The Ultimate Weekend Away In London

Posted by on Jul 13, 2014 in Travel Tips | 0 comments

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Sometimes we need to get away from it all. Weekend trips are an excellent way to unwind and treat yourself for the hard work you put in so that you can pay the bills. There are some vibrant cities in the United Kingdom but many people never get to experience them. Weekends are perfect for exploring such places. You don’t want to waste your main holiday in a bustling city after all. Yes, that will be some people’s idea of heaven, but most prefer to head for sunny beaches on an extended holiday.

London is our capital, so it is only right that it plays host to many cultural and architectural attractions. There is much to see and do there, so to make the most of a weekend break, you must plan well.

Here are a few ideas to help you plan the ultimate weekend away in London.


Your first consideration must be the travel arrangements. There are good rail links from all over the country, so if you enjoy travelling by rail that might be the answer. If you are springing the trip on a loved one as a surprise, why not hire a chauffeur driven limosine from to get you there in style? The door to door service will ensure that you arrive relaxed and stress free.


The internet makes the job of finding accommodation straightforward. All hotels and guesthouses have websites of their own or appear on booking agency websites. You can browse them at your leisure to find the perfect place within your price range.

Things To See

There are too many attractions to fit in one visit; here are a few suggestions.

  • The Houses Of Parliament. Parliament is an important building. It is where we planted the seeds of democracy, and it has influenced the politics of the world. The architecture is magnificent too.

  • The British Museum. This museum is one of the best in the world. It houses some of the greatest archeological discoveries from all over the world. Now that we live in enlightened times, many of the countries have started to ask for their property back. The Rosetta Stone gave us the code for translating Egyptian hieroglyphs, and the Elgin Marbles show the craftsmanship of the ancient Greeks. You can see the Staffordshire Hoard that contains incredible examples of workmanship in the dark ages.

  • The London Eye. You should book your ride in advance if you want to avoid the queues here. You get stunning views of the city on a trip that lasts about forty-five minutes.

  • The West End. You must take in a show on one evening. But which one will you choose? Phantom Of The Opera is my favourite, but there are many other long-running  shows to tempt you.

  • The National Portrait Gallery. If you enjoy art and history, there is no better place for you to visit. See the faces from our distant past captured forever in oils by the masters of their time. Of course, you will find modern portraits of celebrities there too. They will be ancient history one day.

Now you can appreciate the need to plan a weekend with military precision. You can’t take in all of the sights, but you can have an experience to remember. I hope you have a wonderful time.

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Great British Coastal Camping Sites That are Ideal for Your Next Vacation

Posted by on Jul 10, 2014 in Travel Tips | 0 comments

With summertime now upon us, millions are in search of the perfect vacation spots for this year’s fun in the sun. There are literally thousands of destinations all over the country where travellers can take advantage of local nightlife, daytime shopping, and all-around relaxation. You may be at a loss when it comes to picking one venue or locale to visit due to this fact. Those who love to hit the road in their campers and caravans may be able to enjoy a bit more for a bit less, since accommodations won’t be a logistical or financial issue. The coast is inarguably one of the favourite destinations for summer travellers – have you been considering a getaway to the ocean? Below, we’ll discuss four great coastal getaways that have on-site camping facilities so that you can bring the family (and the caravans) along.

Treen Farm

Located just a couple of kilometres from Land’s End, Treen Farm is situated along the shores of Cornwall and is within walking distance of some of the best beaches in the area. You’ll be able to access well-travelled coastlines, as well as isolated beaches that must be hiked to in order to reach. Not everyone will appreciate the isolation, but a variety of other fun times can be had here: surfing and boating are both abundant activities in and around Treen Farm. You can reserve spots for caravans here for as little as eleven pounds per day, which makes it a great and low-cost way to enjoy summertime.

Ayr Holiday Park

Nestled directly next to the port of Saint Ives, the Ayr Holiday Park has abundant space for camping and caravans, and can be considered a “luxury” camping spot. Currently priced at around £30 per day, this ideal location will give you access to a variety of boating, surfing and fishing opportunities, as well as pristine beaches on which to soak up some summer sun. Outside showers and a children’s play area are just a few of the extra amenities your money will buy you here. Even if you don’t have a caravan or camper – and if you don’t, you can find caravans for sale in your area by visiting Gumtree – there are plenty of hotels and other amenities nearby to make this a prime vacation spot no matter what.

Shell Island

Along the coast of Snowdonia, you’ll find Shell Island, which is a modestly priced resort for caravans and travellers alike. The cost to stay here is around £15 per day, and you’ll have access to a variety of beautiful beaches, a large peninsula of sand dunes where you’ll be able to camp, and lots of facilities. A supermarket, restaurant, pub, showers and laundry services are available in the area, making this a great place even for those who just want to camp traditionally.

These three great camping spots – Shell Island, Treen Farm and Ayr Holiday Park – make perfect destinations for your summer camping vacation. With relatively low costs, beautiful views and plenty of relaxation to be had, the only question left to ask is, “why haven’t you booked your trip yet?”

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The Top 10 Attractions In London For You And The Family

Posted by on Jun 24, 2014 in Travel Tips |

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London is a diverse and exciting city with some of the world’s best sights and attractions. Many of London’s top 10 attractions are free, making them affordable places to soak up some culture.

Whether you prefer history or modern art, you’ll find it at one of these must-visit spots.With so much to do, it’s hard to narrow down the long list of reasons to visit, but below you’ll find ten of the best based on the latest visitor numbers.

British Museum (Free Entry)

The world-famous British Museum shows off the works of man from prehistoric to modern times, from around the world. Highlights of the museum tour include the Rosetta Stone, the Parthenon sculptures and the mummies in the Ancient Egypt collection.

National Gallery (Free Entry)

The crowning glory of Trafalgar Square, London’s National Gallery is a huge space jam-packed with Western European paintings from the 13th to the 19th centuries. In this iconic art gallery, you can find works by masters such as Van Gogh and Da Vinci.

Natural History Museum (Free Entry)

As well as the dinosaur exhibition, the Natural History Museum boasts a collection of the biggest, tallest and rarest animals in the world. See a life-sized blue whale, a 40-million-year-old spider, and the beautiful Central Hall.

Tate Modern (Free Entry)

Sitting proudly on the banks of the Thames is Tate Modern, Britain’s national museum of modern and contemporary art. Its fascinatingly unique shape is due to it previously being a power station. The gallery’s restaurants offer incredible views across the city.

London Eye

The London Eye is a major feature of London’s skyline. It boasts some of London’s best views from its 32 carriages; each weighing 10 tonnes and holding up to 25 people. Hop on aboard for a truly breathtaking experience, with an unforgettable perspective of more than 55 of London’s most famous landmarks – all in just 30 minutes! It’s certainly more of an experience on a sunny day, but you can never quite plan for that with British weather.

Science Museum

See, touch and experience the major scientific advances of the last 300 years, and don’t forget the awesome Imax cinema. Entry is free to the Science Museum, but some exhibitions require tickets.

Victoria and Albert Museum

The V&A celebrates art and design with 3,000 years’ worth of amazing artefacts from around the world. A real treasure trove of goodies, you never know what you’ll discover next: furniture, paintings, sculpture, metalwork and textiles; the list seems endless.

Tower of London

Take a tour with one of the Yeoman Warders around the Tower of London, one of the world’s most famous buildings. Discover its 900-year history as a royal palace, prison and place of execution, arsenal, jewel house and zoo! Gaze up at the White Tower, explore the medieval king’s bedchamber and cast your eyes upon the Crown Jewels. You can look, but don’t touch!

National Maritime Museum

Visit the world’s largest maritime museum and see the historic Queen’s House. Who knows what you might uncover.

Madame Tussauds

At Madame Tussauds, you’ll come face-to-face with some of the world’s most famous faces. From Shakespeare to Lady Gaga – you’ll meet influential figures from showbiz, sport, politics and even royalty. Strike a pose with Usain Bolt, get close to One Direction or receive a once-in-a-lifetime audience with Her Majesty the Queen.

So there are some of the most popular attractions in London as of today. There are so many things to do in England’s capital city, and it’s fair to say you’ll be worn out by the end of the day – it’s truly tiring. Make sure you take a look at the hotels with Venere to grab yourself an affordable hotel in close proximity to the attractions. At least in that way, you can recharge your batteries and still be close to all the fun!

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No More Novelty Ties: Three Unforgettable Father’s Day Gift Ideas

Posted by on Jun 6, 2014 in Tips |

Every year we are all faced with a dilemma. Yes, that’s right, it’s Father’s Day again soon, and this time there’s no more room in his sock draw, the kitchen cabinet already has one too many novelty ‘#1 Dad!’ mugs and the bottle of whisky you bought him last year is still half full and quickly collecting cobwebs. Surely buying Father’s Day presents should be easier than this? Wrong. After all we can’t be blamed, what do you buy for the man who’s “been there, done that, got the t-shirt”?

Sure, inviting your old man to a pint down at the pub or a meal in the local restaurant is always a nice idea, but why not treat him to something more special this year? Something he won’t have forgotten about two hours later. Rest assured readers, this year you won’t have to watch on with a grimace as your father yet again feigns enthusiasm for a new tool box, or fakes an interest in the latest celebrity cook book. Follow us as we give a definitive list to the three coolest gifts a guy can get this 15th June.

Supercar Experiences

1. Remember driving toy cars around the legs of your kitchen table as a kid? Well so does your Dad. Most men dream of driving the fastest cars from their early childhood. Supercar Experiences offers that dream by combining the world’s best Supercars with the perfect customer service. With a range of over 60 Supercars to choose from your Dad can finally recreate James Bond in an Aston Martin, release his inner Stig in the latest Porsche or discover his meta Michael Schumacher in a Ferrari. Let your Dad hit the open road in luxury this summer for the supreme Father’s Day thrill.

Up at the O2

2. Don’t be so short sighted as to give your father a tie for Father’s Day, see the bigger picture with O2’s 360 degree panoramic views of London from the roof of an icon. Let your father discover a different side to the London he thought he knew so well. Ideally located near historic Greenwich, the Olympic Park and Canary Wharf, the O2 is offering the ultimate Father’s Day ‘Urban Man-taineering’ experience, with gourmet cheese tasting, male grooming and massage parlour specials to celebrate the nation’s Dads. A choice of three expeditions is available including the opportunity to see the city unwind at sundown in the Sunset Expedition and the chance to see the bright lights of London in the Twilight Expedition at a range of up to 15 miles and at only 26 pounds; this is surely a present we can all toast to.

Helicopter Flight

3.If 15 miles isn’t enough for you, if you are looking for something a little more extreme, then perhaps you might be interested in the British International Helicopter’s flight training and sightseeing services. Sit back and enjoy the heavenly views as you weave along the River Thames and rise above the city’s greatest monuments in an AS350 helicopter or get hands on and learn the meaning of the British International Helicopter’s mantra: “To fly is heavenly, to hover is divine”. With flights over London, your old man might even notice other fathers enjoying the Up at the O2 experience below.

There is certainly no need to be rummaging desperately for a last-minute gift at the local shopping centre, the night before the big day this year. Avoid the crowds and book your Dad the perfect, unforgettable gift online this year, after all, he is the reason you are here.

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London for Couples: Things to Do

Posted by on May 29, 2014 in Uncategorized |

London is the capital of the UK, but many people still haven’t been. I go to London once per year with my other half, and we love doing different things each time. It’s amazing how you can stay in a different hotel, plan a few different activities, and it’s as if you’re in a whole different place altogether! Here are just some of the things you should do as a couple in London:


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See a Show

London has many theatres, and each one has their own unique show for you to see. You can choose between shows like Matilda, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Les Miserables, The Lion King, and loads more. There’s a show to suit all tastes so don’t miss out on a trip to the theatre.

The London Eye

The London Eye is something everyone should do at least once. You get to see London from the highest point there is, and have amazing photo opportunities while up in your oval shaped booth. Book it before you travel to get a great deal.

Madame Tussauds

You might not think that looking at waxworks of famous people is your thing, but it’s definitely worth a visit. You can see realistic looking waxworks of all your favourite celebrities, politicians, and even be scared out of your wits by the new ‘scream’ attraction.

Restaurants and Cafes

There’s no shortage of great restaurants and cafes dotted all around London. It can be difficult to decide where to go, but I recommend going to Beirut Nights, who serve the best shisha in London!

Camden Market

Camden market is a must, in fact; I want to do it every time I go! You can get all kinds of amazing street food there, fresh lemonade/orange juice, handmade jewellery, vintage clothes, and all kinds of other trinkets and tidbits. The atmosphere is indescribable, so go on over and see for yourself.

Covent Garden

This area of London is slightly more posh than the others, but if you can set a chunk of your budget aside for it you’ll have a great time. There are some lovely little shops around, some specialising in children’s toys, others specialising in every kind of tea you can imagine. While you’re there, have a bite to eat at one of the classy restaurants. Me and my other half went to a fancy fresh restaurant and ordered burgers and chips – but they were award winning, and definitely the best burger and chips we’d ever eaten!

Although people say it’s too pricey, I’ll definitely be going back next year.


London has one world class shopping experience that’s hard to beat. You have all kinds of options, but of course Oxford Street is the place to go if you’re looking to shop until you drop. You have all of your favourite shops there: Topshop, Topman, JD, Miss Selfridge, Pandora, MAC, and not too far away you have Harrods. Even if you don’t plan on buying anything from Harrods, it’s worth a look! You may even spot some celebrities in there as you browse the items.

Have you done anything on this list? Did you enjoy it as much as me? Let me know in the comments!


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Getting the Most out of your Time at Uni in London

Posted by on May 27, 2014 in Travel Tips |

If you’re lucky enough to study at one of London’s 40 high education institutions, you no doubt want to make the absolute most out of the fantastic experience you’ve got, whether you’re British or have come from further afield.

Life in London can be quite pricey and quite daunting as it’s a huge capital city with approximately 8.308 million residents as of 2013. However, it has a student population of over 400,000, so you’ll be far from alone when it comes to joining them! There are many reasons why studying in London is such an appealing prospect, and you can make your time there even more amazing by making the most out of it.

We’ve put together a list of tips for doing just that so it’s an experience you’ll treasure forever.

Get to grips with the transport

Sure, transport in one of the world’s busiest cities can be slightly confusing and difficult to master, yet once you’ve learnt the ways to the main places you need to go, like uni and the shops, you’ll soon get the hang of it and will understand it more and more. There are lots of resources out there to help you too, so you don’t have to wander around the Victoria line tearing your hair out for too long! A good starting point is the London transport website which will give you updates on any issues, too.

Check out free and cheap things to do – yes, they exist!


Everyone has a preconception that life in London is really expensive, and yes, whilst things like rent and groceries can be significantly higher than that in more northern English cities, there are plenty of free and cheap things you can do to keep yourselves entertained. After all, not all those 400,000 students are going to be millionaires, are they?! Get yourself a UCAS student discount card for just £10 for discounts and offers at loads of retail stores and restaurants. It even entitles you to discount on entry fees of lots of top London attractions.

Most London student accommodation companies, like those with Urbanest will mean you’ll barely want to leave your student room in London, anyway! Parties will definitely always be at yours!

See as much as possible

London is one of the most iconic cities in the entire world and it’s so clear to see why. With world famous attractions including Big Ben, the London Eye, Tower Bridge, Buckingham Palace (to name a view) you’ll feel like you’re in a movie every time you step out of your front door. Aim to see all those amazing things before you leave, and take pictures of everything. The beauty of this is that it’s free, too! You could make a scrapbook of all the things you’ve seen and done.

Take advantage of the business contacts you can make


Approximately 20% of London students are international, meaning you’ll soon find yourself with friends from all over the globe. This can be great in terms of learning new things and trying things you’ve never tried, but it can also be good in terms of networking. Also, London is one of the business capitals of the world so you’re in a great place for when it comes to looking for a graduate job.

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Why Take Your Gadgets to London with You

Posted by on Apr 12, 2014 in Travel Tips |

A trip to London is a hugely exciting affair for anyone but what will you pack? Clearly you will want to think of the UK capital’s changeable weather when it comes to your clothes.

However, one issue you might not consider is that of taking your gadgets away with you. The good news is that there are some very good reasons why it makes sense to take your phone, tablet or laptop away with you now.

To Play Games

There are lots of things to do and see in London but you will probably also have a few quiet moments as well. Train journeys and evenings in your hotel are a couple of the occasions in which you might find time to sit down with your gadgets and play some games.  Top quality wagering sites such as GameVillage Bingo will allow you to pass your quiet times in London having fun and maybe even scooping some cash prizes. Just think how a big win could pay for a good part of the trip or let you travel back to London again sooner than you had expected to be able to do.

To Use an App or Two

There are lots of fantastic apps in London for you to choose from. These can help you find a restaurant, locate a free Wi-Fi zone, choose a pub or do any one of a number of other things. Loading a few apps onto your phone or tablet before you go can help you get more out of the trip and get things done more quickly once you arrive. If you aren’t used to having a lot of useful apps available at home then you will love being able to use all of the great London ones available. You might even find a fantastic augmented reality app which makes the streets of London come alive for you.

To Find Out Deals

London is an expensive city to spend time in but there are some bargains to be had. By being aware of all of the latest online deals for hotels, restaurants and shows you can make sure that you don’t pay over the odds for anything. There are many different sites offering discounts, deals and coupons for activities in the capital. If you choose wisely then you can make sure that you spend as little as possible. Apart from the money aspect, it also feels great to go on a trip somewhere and get terrific deals on the things you do and see.

To Stay in Touch

Many of us now choose to stay in touch while we travel, using Facebook, Twitter or even a good old fashioned phone call or text message. While you are having a lot of fun in London you can send back photos, videos and messages telling everyone how great it is. There are a number of free Wi-Fi zones across the city, so be sure to work out where and when you want to get connected.


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