A Hike on Hadrian’s Wall Path

The Hadrian Wall trail

Hadrian’s Wall is one of northern Europe’s greatest remnants of the Roman Empire. It was effectively the northernmost border of the entire empire, which in its heyday extended into three continents. Construction of the wall was initiated by Emperor Hadrian in 122 AD—the wall was more or less complete no more than six years later, a feat so impressive that it could only be done by the Romans. I ... Read Full Article

My Love Affair with Great British Food

Stargazey Pie

I love British food. When people ask me what I love about the United Kingdom, what keeps me coming back, I often blurt out “food!” Some people laugh. Most think I’m joking. Britain, they note, is not exactly known for its cuisine. But I beg to differ. Perhaps it’s because I’m a Minnesotan. Midwesterners, Northerners, we like our meat and potatoes and we like them covered in gravy so thick ... Read Full Article

Best Restaurants for Late-night Dining in London

Balans, one of the best restaurants in Soho

New York might be the city that never sleeps, but London follows pretty close behind. At least that’s true when it comes to its late night dining options. Now you can enjoy a meal at some of the best restaurants in London... 24 hours a day! This wasn't always the case, of course. Historically, if you were hungry after a night out, you'd have to rely on private member's casinos, kebab vans or hotel ... Read Full Article

Best Wine Bars in London

pouring wine at the Vinoteca in Kings Cross

Where are the best wine bars in London? London, for wine lovers, is a true Aladdin's cave. It's a city that embraces all wine from all regions and leaves none behind. Indeed, there are few other places in the world where you can find both traditional wines made in Georgian Qveris and shiraz from New Latitude regions, such as Thailand. Here's a Short Guide to the Best Wine Bars in London The ... Read Full Article

A Book Lover’s Tour of London

Daunt Books has a quiet hushed atmosphere.

The English do love to read. And nowhere is this more evident than in London Town’s plethora of bookshops. Although I long ago tapped out London’s most noteworthy tourist sights (and many of a lesser degree) I still schedule a hedonistic day or two of book shop browsing when I’m passing through London. Bookshops are spread widely throughout London’s suburbs, so you can waste a lot of subway ... Read Full Article

Stonehenge and Bath: Time Travel in the West Country

Stonehenge dominates Salisbury Plain

Time played a major role in my day trip from London to Stonehenge and Bath. It meant getting up early, for a start, an activity that has never been one of my strong points. But such is the allure of Stonehenge and Bath that I made the effort to roll out of bed in time to join the tour at Victoria Coach Station in central London for a tour that would cross the country and take us back roughly 5000 ... Read Full Article

Posh London Has a New Home: The Beaumont Hotel

The lobby of the Beaumont Hotel in London

London: globally significant for being a central hub of finance, culture, history – not to mention shopping. As such, there is no shortage of fabulous places to stay when hopping across the pond. However, we’ve fallen especially hard for one newly opened hotel, with a crush so intense we can only compare it to seeing Love Actually for the first time or slathering clotted cream across a scone. ... Read Full Article

Getting Nautical in Greenwich

The grand buildings of Greenwich contrasted with the skyscrapers of Canary Wharf on the other side of the river

There are many ways to reach the Royal Borough of Greenwich in southeast London. You can take the bus, or the underground, or the futuristic Docklands Light Railway. Or, in keeping with the strong naval heritage of the area, you can take a boat. Along with the profusion of tourist cruises on offer, commuter boats stop at Greenwich pier, and it is by far the best way to get an overview of the area. ... Read Full Article

Top 5 Cornwall Festivals for 2015

Newquay Fistral Beach coast PhSR 01

Cornwall sees its fair share of festivals and events, but if you had to choose just one, which would you attend? Holidaycottages.co.uk has put together their top five annual events to help you decide the best time to visit Cornwall. Flora Day, May Celebrated for hundreds of years, Flora Day isn’t quite like any other festival in Cornwall. The folk festival brings the town of Helston to life ... Read Full Article

Sampling Traditional English Fare in York

My favorite carvery: The York Roast Co. on Stonegate

The Romans knew it as Eboracum. To the Saxons it was Eoforwick. Then the Vikings named it Jorvik. Today we know it as York. From Roman times onward, Eboracum would become such a well-established political and commercial center that people continued to live here for millennia. Due to the numerous uncovered artifacts (many of which can be seen in the town’s numerous museums), and its plethora of ... Read Full Article