London

Fancy yourself as a travel writer or photographer

 

Well, why not explore your creative potential at the Travellers Tales inspiring weekend workshops with leading sector professionals in London next month. I attended the fantastic workshop weekend last February and found the advice and experiences shared invaluable. All levels of experience welcome.

* COMPASS POINTS TRAVEL WRITING WORKSHOP
With the travel editor of the Financial Times. May 7 & 8.

* VIEWFINDER TRAVEL PHOTOGRAPHY WORKSHOP
With the editor of Outdoor Photography magazine. May 21 & 22.

‘Remember remember the 5th of November …

 

gunpowder treason and plot’, as the children’s rhyme goes.

Bonfire Night is a great night in the UK to get out in the brisk autumn air, mingle with the locals, eat lots of sugary holiday treats (toffee apples, treacle toffee, candy floss) and see some impressive pyrotechnics.

London that won’t break the bank

 

Magnificent Nunhead Cemetery

London may be known for being one of the most expensive cities in the world but what a lot of people don’t know is that there are loads of totally free activities to fill your days and nights, leaving you with more pennies to save for your next trip. London’s museum and galleries have been free for some time now but there are lots of other cheap, cheerful and less-well known attractions just waiting to be discovered. So here it is: an insider’s top five tip-off to get you started (and when you’ve got through these, pick up one of the many free newspapers given out on the underground to give you even more ideas).

Great ideas for a bank holiday in London

 

The UK has so few national holidays that we treasure those 8 bank-holiday Mondays sprinkled throughout the year; and, with May having a greedy 2, you have to make sure you make the most of your long weekends – even if it typically rains, as we all know it will!

As the Spring bank holiday is only few days away here’s what we did on the last May Day bank holiday to give you a few ideas for what you can do with yours:

Sugoi ne! Japanese treats for all tastes in the heart of London’s West End

 

Loos so advanced you need instructions!

What could be better after a long day shopping in the West End or sight-seeing around central London than treating yourself to a ‘kaiten’ sushi buffet and a cold glass of Kirin at the award winning Yo! Sushi.

Their newest restaurant has just opened on Market Place, two minutes from Oxford Circus, and comes complete with genuine Japanese toilets to try out: push the buttons and you’ll leave Yo! Sushi feeling fed, watered, clean and refreshed.

‘Painting a brighter future for the endangered Asian elephant’

 

Elephant Parade is a conservation campaign that shines a multi-coloured spotlight on the urgent crisis faced by the endangered Asian elephant. Conceived and organised  by www.elephantfamily.org, the event sees over 250 brightly painted life-size elephants located around central London this summer from May to July 2010.