Urban Nature Trail: Parkland Walk northside from Alexandra Palace to Highgate

London’s longest nature reserve, Parkland Walk, follows the route of the railway line from another era that used to run between Finsbury Park and Alexandra Palace. What stands today is a tranquil path featuring urban nature in its wildest, unadulterated and intriguing form. Many people walk the four-and-a-half mile stretch that is Parkland Walk – including both northside and southside – as a whole. I however decided to break it … Continue reading Urban Nature Trail: Parkland Walk northside from Alexandra Palace to Highgate

Book Review: The London Compendium by Ed Glinert

London is certainly one of the most “colourful” cities in the world, and one of the oldest. It owes its colour to both its rich past and present. Weighing in on that colourful past and present is Ed Glinert, a Londoner “who has walked the city from Limehouse to Lambeth, Whitehall to Whitechapel, unravelling its mysteries along the way”. The London Compendium: A street-by-street exploration … Continue reading Book Review: The London Compendium by Ed Glinert

Plastic fishing in Amsterdam with Plastic Whale

Plastic Whale is making a ride along Amsterdam’s canals all the more worthwhile and purposeful by encouraging boat riders to come and enjoy plastic fishing in an effort to clean up the city’s waterways. A two-hour outing, Plastic Whale takes visitors out on a tour of the city’s infamous canals while fishing for plastic. Volunteers go “plastic fishing” with nets and collect the garbage from the canals before … Continue reading Plastic fishing in Amsterdam with Plastic Whale

Urban Nature Trails: Morden Hall Park, South London

Morden may commonly be referred to as “the stop where the Northern Line ends”, but the suburb also happens to host one of south London’s best kept green secrets – Morden Hall Park. A National Trust-run park, Morden Hall Park gives visitors a taster of days gone by in the here-and-now. A former deer park, it too has retained its agricultural and industrial history preserving … Continue reading Urban Nature Trails: Morden Hall Park, South London

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