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WHAT’S NEW IN LONDON IN 2021

As of today (2 August 2021) fully vaccinated travellers from EU and USA don’t have to quarantine when arriving in England. Whether you should come over is another debate…but it definitely makes a visit to London a tiny bit more realistic this summer. If you decide to visit, it’s worth checking the requirements before booking as they keep changing.

Between the pandemic and the various protests over the last 18 months, things have changed, just like everywhere else. And today I’m sharing the biggest travel related ones that might make a difference to your vacay.
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Packing Tag: Cabin Getaway Summer Packing List

I recently went on a three-night cabin/tiny house getaway and packing for it proved quite the adventure in itself!

So I wanted to share what I crammed into my bag, plus the things I forgot or can recommend, all in the hope it might help you out if you’re planning a cabin getaway soon.

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Awesome Things I’ve Seen & Done Lately

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Just collecting some of the things that have made me happy in the last 1-2 months as we head into the second half of 2021.

Getting my first jab has to be the best thing that has happened in a while! I also managed to move the second one a few weeks forward, initially I had to wait 12 weeks(!) and now it’s 8. Now I’m praying Europe will let us in without having to isolate after arrival.

The six sugar snaps and strawberries I grew and picked from my garden. And the first tomatillo and tomato flowers that have come through the other day. Ironically, it’s on the two plants I neglected and left outside when the weather switched from tropical Summer to rainy Summer. The ones that I protected are all little divas and haven’t done much – yet.

The new walks I’ve been doing as per my Summer wish list. So far the Three Commons just outside zone 5 has been my favourite: it felt like being in the countryside for a split second. Then there was the Greenway in East London, which is perfect for when it rains as most of the path is paved (don’t worry it’s still green), and has an abundance of elderflower trees on its sides.

Speaking of elderflower: making elderflower cordial has been another favourite thing. Also, rhubarb lemonade. Three of my Oddbox deliveries had some in it and I went for the lemonade as rhubarb crumble is not my thing.

Although the idea was to revisit my favourite ice-cream spots, I tried out a new place as well. I can highly recommend the pistachio gelato at Eataly, it’s absolutely delicious and well worthy of an extra scoop.

All the new flowers that have come out in the last few weeks. One of my local parks is just too pretty right now, so I can’t help but have to visit regularly.

strawberry picking stanhill farm

Going to a Pick Your Own farm to pick strawberries! Many of the PYO farms are hard to get to by public transport + on foot, but I managed to make it to one. And then I made jam and strawberry shortcake cobbler with my little red gems (don’t tell my own strawberry plants I’m growing at home – they’ll get jealous!)

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25+ Best Parks In & Around London

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No matter the weather or the season, there’s always something to see and do in the many green spaces that London has to offer. And sure, some of them are more green and peaceful than others, but all the parks below have something unique to entice you to go and explore them.

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London Summer 2021 Bucket List

It’s that time again! Today I’m sharing my London Summer Bucket List with all the things I can’t wait to go see and do in possibly the best season of the year (yes, I’m saying that to all the seasons).

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Tried & Tested: Unique & unusual places to stay less than two hours from London

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Are you looking for a different, unusual or unique accommodation? And ideally less than two hours from London? Here are three spots I tried and tested. Whether it is an overnight stay in a castle, tiny house or lighthouse – you won’t be bored in these unusual places on your next staycation.

Stay In At Actual Lighthouse

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Belle Tout Lighthouse - Beachy Head - unique place to stay

Belle Tout Lighthouse - Beachy Head - unique place to stay

Belle Tout Lighthouse - Beachy Head - unique place to stay

Belle Tout Lighthouse - Beachy Head - unique place to stay


Belle Tout Lighthouse - Beachy Head - unique place to stay

 

Lighthouses once served as beacons of light and safety on the night seas, but technology has made most lighthouses obsolete and many have turned into hospitality accommodations. One of those is Belle Tout Lighthouse in an enchanting location on the cliffs just outside Eastbourne. The lighthouse went out of operation in 1902 and has had several owners. Since 2008, it has been a unique bed and breakfast with 6 guest rooms, a breakfast room and a lounge area with panoramic views upstairs.

Do note that not all the rooms are in the actual tower, one of the two that is, is the original Lighthouse Keeper’s room with a loft bed, en-suite bathroom and the most amazing view.

Breakfast is served at the lighthouse, but for lunch or dinner you’ll have to walk 30 mins to a nearby pub or drive or take a taxi to Eastbourne.

How to get there: Twice an hour there is a direct train from London Victoria to Eastbourne taking around 1 hour and 20 minutes. From there you can walk to Belle Tout, take a bus or car/taxi.

Book A Room In An Castle Near London

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Always wanted to stay in a castle? Sadly Buckingham, Kensington or Windsor Palace are not on your favourite accommodation booking site, but you don’t have to go all the way to Scotland to stay in one. There’s a castle 40 minutes from central London where you can head to for your next staycation.

Hever Castle, with its double moat, is best known for being where Anne Boleyn spent her childhood years. Years and years later, William Waldorf Astor not only restored the castle, but also built an entire Tudor section that now has been turned into a B&B. You can visit the castle during the day, but save the gardens for when the day visitors have left, and you have the entire grounds to yourself (and the other few guests).

Breakfast is served in the great hall of the Tudor building, during visiting hours you can get food at the cafe on the castle grounds or walk to one of the nearby pubs.

How to get there: Trains from London Bridge get you there in 40 minutes. From Hever Station it’s a 20 minute walk to the castle.

Tiny Cabin In The Middle of Nowhere Getaway

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Looking for a place surrounded by woods and meadows and very few other people? Go for one of the Unplugged cabins. At Unplugged you lock away your phone at arrival and enjoy your midweek/weekend offline.

The cabin is suitable for two people (dogs are also welcome) and has a double bed, a kitchenette with a two-burner stove and a little sitting area. You’ll also find a cosy wood stove to keep you warm. There is a (Scandi) toilet, sink and shower. Outside is a picnic table and an outdoor fire bowl/BBQ to sit around as the sun goes down. Here are some things you can do in the area.

You might be able to pick up some eggs on your walks, but you’ll have to bring the rest of your breakfast, lunch and dinner. There are also two pubs serving food within 2 hours walking distance.

How to get there: Currently, there are two Unplugged locations. Both are about 1 hour from London + a short taxi ride.