Tyntesfield

If I was ever to write an Agatha Christie-style 1920s murder mystery, I'd set it at Tyntesfield, a gloriously Gothic manor surrounded by acres of land in the middle of the Somerset countryside. It's the sort of place where you could imagine cocktail-drenched parties full of bright young things taking place and then a dead... Continue Reading →

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London – Kew Gardens

I was in London in the spring catching up with friends, when one of my friends suggested we spend the day at the Royal Botanic Gardens in Kew. I love Kew Gardens and hadn't been there for years, so I was more than happy to revisit one of my favourite London haunts. Home to more... Continue Reading →

London – The Charterhouse

Last Friday, the Charterhouse, near Smithfield Market in London, opened to visitors for the first time in its 700+ year history. I'd walked past the medieval manor many times when I lived in London, always dying to have a peek inside, so when I was in London yesterday, my friends and I decided it was... Continue Reading →

Bletchley Park

I was given the GCHQ Puzzle Book for Christmas, and while I've only solved the first three puzzles so far, it reminded me that I've not yet blogged about my visit to Bletchley Park, the centre of Britain's code-breaking activities during the Second World War. I have an incredible amount of respect for the men... Continue Reading →

Winchester

I'd been dying to go to Winchester for ages. Partly, because it was the ancient capital of England, and partly, because I've been reading lots of Norman history books and the city crops up a lot as the setting for quite a bit of drama. So after years of 'I must go...' and not doing... Continue Reading →

The Ginstitute

Gin has never been my tipple of choice, I'm more of a rum and tequila girl, but when one of my friends asked if I fancied spending an afternoon making my own gin, I jumped at the chance. The Ginstitute experience at The Portobello Star in London's Notting Hill is essentially a three-hour masterclass in gin – an hour-long... Continue Reading →

Sunken Cities

The latest in a series of blockbuster exhibitions from the British Museum, Sunken Cities is a spectacular display of ancient Egyptian artefacts uncovered from the Mediterranean Sea, as well as objects from the British Museum's collection and leading Egyptian museums. The artefacts were discovered during the underwater excavation of two long-lost Egyptian cities, Thonis-Heracleion and Canopus,... Continue Reading →

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