Photograph – The Chinese community in Limehouse, London Docklands c/o Tower Hamlet Library and Archives. The Chinese have been long overlooked in British history, but a new exhibition called “Chinese and British” at the British Library reveals a rich seem of ‘hidden’ heritage. As a teenager my parents […]
“On a dark night, the ghosts emerge to fright”. That’s what people say about Bolsover Castle in Derbyshire, dubbed England’s “most haunted”. The notorious reputation of the castle has grown over the years with sightings of ghosts, unexplained apparitions and paranormal activity. Earlier this year, I embarked on […]
18 Folgate Street may look like an ordinary old house on a historic street in Spitalfields, but once inside, it’s quite extraordinary. The house is a Noah’s Ark of historic objects, a mirror to a lost period in history. It’s like being stuck inside a Charles Dickens novel […]
Discover 10 reasons why Beamish open air museum is one of the best tourist day trips in Britain.
Crete is the sunshine island, blessed with beautiful scenery, golden beaches and ‘picture perfect’ holiday resorts. Over the centuries Crete has survived the destructive force of earthquakes, ancient conflicts, and invasions. But the story of a dark period in the island’s modern history is less well known. Crete’s […]
Crete is a brilliant travel destination with its sunny weather, beautiful beaches, and archaeological treasures. Like most Greek holiday destinations, it’s a relaxing and laid back experience – less frenetic than Italy and Spain, and more chilled out than most Mediterranean countries. But like any holiday hotspot, there […]
Go on board Ocelot, a former submarine at the forefront of the Cold War.
The Isle of Bute is a pretty island on the west coast of Scotland, the perfect place for a short, relaxing break. In Victorian times Bute was a popular playground for Glaswegian tourists. It was part of the “Scottish Riviera” and its harbour was once packed with steam […]
The town of Jarrow on Tyneside has a long history dating back to the Romans, Vikings and the beginnings of early Christianity. But it’s perhaps most famous for the Jarrow Crusade of 1936 when 200 men marched from Jarrow to London in protest against mass unemployment. I was […]
Daugavpils is Latvia’s second city and is world famous as the birthplace of American painter Mark Rothko. It also boasts a stunning star shaped fortress and a dark Jewish history.