So you’ve never been to Liverpool?

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Visit Liverpool with me

It’s famously the birthplace of Beatles, the home of UK no. 1s, the European Capital of Culture 2018 and the site of the ‘Three Graces’ buildings that line the World Heritage Site on the waterfront. Not yet ticked Liverpool off your bucket list? This might change your mind.

With such a rich culture (did I mention the music heritage?) including its brilliant museum offering and the fact that it has more listed buildings than any other city outside London, Liverpool had always been up there on my ‘places to visit in England’ list. I knew that my boyfriend, who I can barely tear away from his piano, would be keen and so I plotted to take him there on a surprise trip for his birthday.

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January in St Ives

St Ives cliff view over the seaside English town in January

St ives in Cornwall is beautiful in January when the sun shines

A Cornish Weekend Away

When you go on a trip and 1/3 of your time is spent travelling there and back, you hope it’s going to be worth it. Luckily, St Ives, situated right down in the most southerly point of England WAS. With its charming little houses stacked around the bay, two lighthouses and almost as many bakeries as there are dogs on the beach, it’s something out of a children’s book.

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See where the road takes you!

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No plans are the best plans

2 weekends ago, I invited my Mum to meet me in north London with nothing but an overnight suitcase and her adventure face on.

All I’d told her was that she’d have to drive a few hours over the weekend but that our discoveries along the way would make it more than worth the effort. With a car hired and a bed for the night covered, it was time for an adventure! Continue reading “See where the road takes you!”

A Weekend in Whitstable 

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Whitstable’s best shops

Now that Spring is supposedly in full swing, it’s time to start planning those weekend day trips. I’d gotten the bug since weekending in the city of Manchester so next up, to mix things up a little, I took to the coast by way of Whitstable.

Not too far from its jazzy sister Margate, Whitstable stands for your classic retro seaside destination. I might not have thought to go if it hadn’t been for the dolls at Betty Magazine urging me to discover it (they were also mostly responsible for said trip to Margy and will be for foreseeable excursions in the future).

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Whitstable is a calm harbour town founded on fishing and now making its name for its creative community, kitsch shops and community spirit. Pop into local pub The Duke in the afternoon and you might yourself having a jig with a local whilst a band jams on stage.

Here are a couple of places worthy of note that had my camera at hello…

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How to spend a weekend in Manchester

Creative, quirky places in Manchester

One of my general life resolutions is to educate myself more about this island I live on. So when a long weekend between jobs came free, I hopped on a quick 2 hour train from LDN to Manchester to discover the city that everyone holds dear.

My boyf and I stayed in this lovely spacious Air bnb (as always) and it proved to be the perfect location for our ambles around the creative Northern Quarter. With lots of close streets, Manchester is the perfect city to get lost in and discover for yourselves. We fell into the Craft and Design Centre by accident (photo of the artists studios below) and came across more restaurants we loved the look of than we could ever have hot dinners. #GreedyPeopleIssues

On the evening we stayed in the city, we drank craft beers in a ‘tasting room’ basement and then popped to a jazz gig next door. Here are a couple of the favourite places we ate, shopped and drank in that are worth putting on your list. Then see where the night takes you!

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