New River Walk: A short but charming leafy walk through Islington’s Canonbury

What’s particularly fascinating about central London is that while it’s both busy and heavily built up, the city has lots of small strips of nature bursting at the seams. North London’s Islington, located in central London and close to the City of London, has many examples of this – in the form of squares, parks, even its own woodland and nature reserve, and New River … Continue reading New River Walk: A short but charming leafy walk through Islington’s Canonbury

Canalside Treks: Grand Union Canal through London’s Kensal Green to Paddington

Regent’s Canal is London’s most well known canal route and possibly the busiest with passengers on foot, cyclists and boaters alike, but if you venture further westside and into north-west London, you meet the Grand Union Canal. The longest canal in the UK at 137 miles, Grand Union Canal links London to Birmingham – from the vibrant west of London, it leads out into the … Continue reading Canalside Treks: Grand Union Canal through London’s Kensal Green to Paddington

Barnsbury Wood: London’s smallest nature reserve and Islington’s hidden gem

Whether you are new to London, live in London or are visiting London, the city has a glorious box of delights to discover when it comes to greenery and open spaces. Granted, you do have to travel further out, towards the suburbs, to enjoy a wider expanse of nature, but Zone 1 too has its highlights, albeit small ones. North London’s Islington, an area within … Continue reading Barnsbury Wood: London’s smallest nature reserve and Islington’s hidden gem

Urban Nature Trail: Parkland Walk southside from Finsbury Park to Highgate

London is one of the busiest cities in the world but thankfully it also happens to be one of the greenest. Around 47% of London is green space, and in spite of property developers’ desire to turn the capital into an unnatural concrete jungle, there is a far mightier force at play here that is unrivalled – Mother Nature herself and the many Londoners who are … Continue reading Urban Nature Trail: Parkland Walk southside from Finsbury Park to Highgate

Ruislip Lido: Life’s a beach at this magical land in the London ‘burbs

Whenever someone mentions a lido in England, visions of a near-Olympic-sized outdoor swimming pool tends to awaken. But a lido in the suburbs of North-West London is far from what people would imagine or expect a lido to be. Ruislip Lido is actually a 60-acre lake with a sandy beach, albeit artificial, surrounded by woodlands. It also features a railway line – which operates during school holidays … Continue reading Ruislip Lido: Life’s a beach at this magical land in the London ‘burbs

Sustainable Stays: The Dome Garden, Forest of Dean, UK

Glamping is a great way for those who want to experience the great outdoors and feel a sense of community without “roughing it” as such. The Dome Garden, set in the midst of the ancient Forest of Dean in Gloucestershire, is a glamping site featuring a set of eco-conscious, geodesic domes providing accommodation for small to large groups. Providing a perfect pit stop to enjoy the … Continue reading Sustainable Stays: The Dome Garden, Forest of Dean, UK

Venice: Sinking city facing climate change challenges

Famed for its gondolas, waterways and bridges, the city of Venice is no longer a crown in the Italian jewel so to speak. A shadow of its former self, the city could be underwater within a century if the acceleration in global warming is not quelled and flood defences installed, according to research. Venice, a system of islands built into a shallow lagoon, is extremely vulnerable … Continue reading Venice: Sinking city facing climate change challenges

Stonehenge: Experiencing complete peace and perfect balance on a hot summer’s day

Stonehenge is England’s most iconic ancient site. As a kid, I always wanted to visit the stone circle, but I did not get the chance to nor did I understand at the time what that immense pull or draw to go there was about. Now as an adult and with an awareness of energy, the healing powers of sacred sites and a greater sense of … Continue reading Stonehenge: Experiencing complete peace and perfect balance on a hot summer’s day

Tarot Guidance for Saturday 30 June 2018: Temperance

Balance is required in everything that one does. You may be made aware today of areas in your life where there are excesses. It could be that you need to cut down on your spending and find ways to bring it into balance. There are simple and creative solutions that you can explore. Tarot Image: […] via Tarot Guidance for Saturday 30 June 2018: Temperance — Continue reading Tarot Guidance for Saturday 30 June 2018: Temperance

Travel Ideas: Savour up an afternoon tea aboard a repurposed London double decker bus

London’s iconic double decker buses have been repurposed in a number of creative ways – everything from an onboard farm, mobile home and even a touring afternoon tea bus. A novelty way to enjoy a British afternoon tea while taking in some of central London’s highlights and sights – Big Ben, The Houses of Parliament, Westminster Abbey, St James’s Park, Hyde Park, The Royal Albert … Continue reading Travel Ideas: Savour up an afternoon tea aboard a repurposed London double decker bus