Surprising as it may seem, London wasn’t always the British capital. The Essex town of Colchester held that honour for 17 short but prosperous years. The town's full history spans Roman rule, the Norman Conquest, Saxon settlements, the Reformation, the Black Death and the English Civil War and all have left their mark on the landscape.
The Queen loves it, James Bond loves it, and even commoners like me are quite partial to it. It’s strawberry jam. But not just any anonymous peanut butter and jelly filling. A jam made with special miniature strawberries grown in a small corner of the UK.
Like any good spectator sport, royal weddings require a stash of snacks for enthusiastic viewers. But popcorn and hotdogs—no. Royal weddings call for something more occasion-appropriate. Which is why I, actual British person, was called in for snack expertise. Anyone for yeast extract on a crumpet? Bergamot-infused tea with a side order of marshmallow tea cakes?
If you want to discover London at its most creative, irreverent and fun, head east. The most multicultural corner of the capital has kept its working-class feel despite the arrival of hipsters and ad agencies. The vast area east of Liverpool Street Station and north of the River Thames is constantly reinventing itself. East London’s food, drink and art scenes don’t just push the envelope, they rip it open and invite you to the party. Here are the coolest neighborhoods to check out on a jaunt ...
Shakespeare once wrote that all the world’s a stage, but these days it’s more like a movie set. Here are 65 film locations you should check out on your travels.
“Is Transylvania a real place?” Start typing this question into Google’s search bar and it will quickly autocomplete the query for you. No region in Europe exudes such an air of mystery and captures the imagination quite as vividly as Transylvania. Do wolves and vampires really roam the jagged mountains? Maybe you should come and find out.
Every year on November 5th, Guy Fawkes Night sets Britain’s skies ablaze with fireworks. Also known as Bonfire Night, it’s a tradition dating back more than 400 years.
The Queen has only given one interview while a sovereign. Her true personality remains elusive to the public. However, one thing is clear: Queen Elizabeth is an introvert, or at the very least, an ambivert.
A Billionaires' Playground
Welcome to the most luxurious stretch of the Riviera. A Cap Ferrat yacht charter whisks you into a world of untold riches. A peninsula punctuated by cypress trees and sub-tropical gardens. Villas hidden behind majestic gates. Timeless, glamorous and chic. Superstars blend with Michelin stars. The Port of St Jean is the most sought-after fishing village on Earth.
Cambodia’s second city, Battambang, is often overlooked as people flock to more popular destinations like Phnom Penh and Siem Reap. It might not have the big-draw palaces, temples, nightlife and museums of those cities, but it has plenty of surprises to discover below its sleepy surface, especially lately.
Quick question: could you really visit Penang and go home without a souvenir? I didn’t think so. From silks and spices to artisan crafts and modern gifts, Penang is a fantastic place to shop.
If you’ve spent any amount of time in Istanbul, it becomes pretty clear who rules the streets of the sprawling metropolis. Is your neighborhood cat a kitster, a voyeur or a cling-on?