Malmaison Oxford

Inside Malmaison Oxford

From Castle to Prison to Hotel

Following the Norman invasion of England and the Battle of Hastings, William the Conqueror was crowned King of England on Christmas Day, 1066. The Norman aristocrats who fought for William expected a little something for the effort, and so William handed out land. This proved unpopular with the subjugated natives, so they did what oppressed people do: rebel.… Continue Reading →

The Standard

The Standard - Indian Restaurant

Indian Restaurant in Oxford

English cuisine has a lot of stereotypes assigned to it, but the one we can all agree on is that food, like pretty much everything else in England, is expensive. Vacation budgets should be used to eat food, not be eaten up by food, so in England, it becomes a bit of a challenge to find a place that provides delicious, quality food at a modest price, even when you are paying for them in pounds and pence.… Continue Reading →

The Lake District


Romantic Scenery and Charming Vistas

“The earth was all before me. With a heart
Joyous, nor scared at its own liberty,
I look about; and should the chosen guide
Be nothing better than a wandering cloud,
I cannot miss my way.”

— William Wordsworth, The Prelude

The beauty of England’s Lake District has inspired artists and poets since the beginning of time, and it has been a favorite destination of romantics for centuries.… Continue Reading →

London Calling

Calling Big Ben

“When a man is tired of London, he is tired of life; for there is in London all that life can afford.”
― Samuel Johnson

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London Eye

The London Eye Sees All

When you go on vacation, going to the top of things is often high on the list of sightseeing activities, and London has its fair share of tall buildings and monuments. However, the London Eye is one of the easiest, accessible and most spectacular ways to get an eagle eye view of  London.… Continue Reading →

London Tube Ghost Station Posters

Abandoned London Tube Stations - Penney Design

Lovely Tube Infographics

As you’re whizzing past stations on the London Underground, do you ever wonder what happened to the closed and abandoned stations? Well wonder no more – Robert Penney has designed really cool infographic posters detailing exactly what’s going on in the Tube’s disused stations. See all 5 of the posters over in his portfolio & then buy yours here.Continue Reading →