England

Miss Polly Rae - Between the Sheets Hostess

Between the Sheets: Burlesque on South Bank London

Turn up the fleeting British Summer Time heat with a visit to Miss Polly Rae as she stars in Between the Sheets at London South Bank’s Underbelly Festival. The Underbelly...

I Loved Lucy - set

I Loved Lucy: Tribute to Lucille Ball in London West End

Lucille Ball rightfully snatched her Queen of Comedy title, while starring as the determined, scheming redhead in I Love Lucy. The combination of Lucy’s indefatigable spirit, gumption and a pinch of...

The London Eye

Best London Finds from #Traverse17

The Traverse 2017 pre-conference events in London were the perfect excuse to travel locally. Since moving abroad for love and settling into the UK, I had stopped exploring the city....

Filipino Foods - Platter

Scrumptious Filipino Foods with the Philippines Tourism Board

Filipino foods completely won me over during a 3-day trip to Manila and the Taal Volcano. During those72 hours, I happily downed chicken adobo on rice, halo-halo and fresh seafood...

Brick Lane Curry Tour Taj Stores

Curry Crazy on the Eating London Brick Lane Tour

Guilt prompted me to book the Eating Europe Brick Lane curry tour in London. Due to a salt beef bagel sandwich addiction fed by the nearby Beigel Bake, I spent over...

Tapas Day 2017

Tip Top Tapas on Spanish Tapas Day

An interesting cultural aspect of dining in Spain (aside from their incredibly late dinner times!) is sharing tapas. Tapas are small dishes, so a group will generally order several of...

Processing the London Bridge Terror Attacks

Processing the London Bridge Terror Attack

We almost walked right into the London Bridge terror attack. Thankfully, a friend of a friend’s warning text message arrived just in time to stop us from heading into the...

On The Town - Set

A Night “On The Town” in London’s Open Air Theatre

For a break from London and a breath of old Manhattan, head to Regent Park’s Open Air Theatre for a showing of On The Town. Choreographed and directed by Olivier...

Masurca Fogo

Lisbon in London: ‘Masurca Fogo’ Dance Review

‘Masurca Fogo’ – Pina Bausch & Dancers (1998) The late Pina Bausch’s dancers brought a refreshing splash of Lisbon to London’s Sadlers Wells Theatre during a particularly long and dreary...

Virgin Money Lounge

Virgin Money Lounge in Central London

The Virgin Money Lounge Londoners regularly pay and (rightfully) complain atrocious rent. This is why the Virgin Money Lounge in Central London is so novel. The lounge, just a minute’s...

London Terror Attacks

Reflections on the London Terror Attacks

A friend’s Facebook post alerted me to the London terror attacks less than 20 minutes after they were reported. But after working next to a tube (metro) station where a...

Santorini

Top 10 Travel Highlights of 2016

I’m ready to say “sayonara” to 2K16 – a year that kicked off with a car crash and continued to metaphorically drizzle for its duration. Though coming home to J...

Tea

The Power of a Hot Tea in England

When threatened with a knife during a store robbery, the British employee requested to finish her tea. Although taken back, the burglar denied her the pleasure of finishing her hot...

Om-Nom-Nama: Raw Food in London Review

I reviewed, reposted and drooled over the Nama Food Instagram account daily for two months thanks to a work partnership. Intrigued by their organic, vegan raw food concept and finding...

Cheese & Wine Tasting in Hampton

Over the past decade, seemingly everyone who enjoys eating, owns a smartphone and regularly uses social media accounts is a self-declared foodie – or unabashedly uses the #foodie and #omnom[nom(nom)]...

Henley Royal Regatta Aboard the ‘Alaska’

“Oooh, I bet you’ll see loads of Toffs at the Henley Royal Regatta,” breathed my co-worker. Noticing my befuddlement she quickly added, “You know – rea-­llllllly rea-lllllly rich people in...

Sea of Bluebells at Hucking Estate

Bluebells flower each spring, dotting the ground with indigo blossoms – which, at the height of their beauty – spread out and blanket the ground in a sea of soft...

London Lumiere Festival

The free London Lumiere Festival premiered across the city of London from January 14 – 17. As the festival draws to a close, one of the trending Twitter hashtags is #LumiereLDN… with...

Christmas Season Discoveries in the UK

Though the days are short and often overcast, the holiday spirit makes London living much more pleasant. Here are a few traditions that I learned about this year.

5 Ways National Rail Almost Stole Christmas Eve

Trotting out of work at 4:00 PM on Christmas Eve (not a big concession from my employer, but I’ll take what I can get), I avidly hoped to avoid the...

3 Reasons Why It’s Hard to Make Friends in London

Truth: It is hard to make friends in London. Although finding friends in any new city can be daunting, making acquaintances in London is especially challenging. With the list below,...

Poppy Day: Remembrance at Tower of London 2014

Although Poppy Day occurs annually, the dramatic “Blood Swept Lands and Seas of Red” installation by Paul Cummins and Tom Piper brought 888,246 ceramic poppies to the Tower of London...

World Travel Market: London

A visit to the World Travel Market was the perfect remedy to the dismal daily global news that erupts into incendiary internet headlines and spews out of the TV.

London Travel Massive Party 2015

Networking: schmoozing, boozing and self-promotion, all while ingratiating the other party.  While I’ve been a brand ambassador for large spirits companies, I feel strange promoting myself at the London Travel Massive...

Travel Photography Tips from Matthew Williams-Ellis Seminar

Since my travel for budget is modest and vacation days are dwindling, I have resorted to second-hand experience of the other cultures via travel talks and museum or art exhibitions....

Serpentine Pavilion 2015: An Interactive Rainbow Chrysalis

A segmented conglomeration, seemingly constructed out of cellophane and party streamers, was constructed as the Serpentine Pavilion 2015.

Filming of Chatty Man at ITV London Studios with Alan Carr

My sister-in-law snagged tickets to the filming of Alan Carr’s Chatty Man show at the ITV London Studios, where I ended up sitting at alone.

The Roof Gardens: London

The perfect summer get-away spot lays right in the heart of the city, at the London Roof Gardens, 6 stories above the hustle and bustle of the city. The flowering...

White Cliffs of Dover and Samphire Hoe

A few weeks ago my ears perked up to the dreamy “We’ll Meet Again” tune, a number one hit in 1940, and Dame Vera Lynn appeared on the TV, recounting...

“Shoes: Pleasure and Pain” at the Victoria & Albert Museum

Because of my museum-guilt complex, feeling guilt at attending exhibits whose information I won’t remember, I would not have shelled out 12 pounds for the Shoes: Pleasure and Pain exhibit...