England

England is an Aussie’s first stop on any major European vacation. Yes, London’s the gateway, but it’s also the connection with our commonwealth ancestry, shared sense of humor and love of cricket (though we’re not big fans to be honest). As a child, Bernie traveled extensively around England, but in the interests of keeping the info and photos current and our adventures shared, we’ll be adding content from our visits to the UK.

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See London from a fresh perspective on Hampstead Heath

Hampstead is one of London’s wealthiest hamlets and its heath provides a welcome escape from central London’s traffic. Every great city needs its green spaces for clean air and as a place to let off steam. Hampstead Heath, like Wimbledon Common has been one of those places that although not a traditional attraction, will give you a local’s perspective of their city...

Platform 9 and 3/4s, King’s Cross Station, London

For our generation, King’s Cross Station was known for being a square on the Monopoly board. Ask the kids today and they’ll be like – Meh-nopoly more like. Now it’s famous for another kid favorite – Harry Potter. In J.K.Rowling’s Harry Potter series, the train to Hogwart’s Castle departs from King’s Cross at Platform 9 and 3/4s. Of course, there’s no...

Review: Plum and Spilt Milk, London

Situated on the first floor of the Great Northern Hotel, within the Kings Cross Station precinct, Plum and Spilt Milk is a stately, English experience…golden age of travel with a few mod cons. We didn’t cry over spilt milk, but the beans weren’t anything to write home about. Plum and Spilt Milk had been on our list of brunch options to try while we were...

Teddington Lock, London

The Tower of London, Buckingham Palace, Piccadilly Circus, Teddington Lock? London has no shortage of tourist attractions. So what in heaven’s name took me on an early morning bus ride out to a scenic stretch of the Thames out at Teddington Lock?   To backtrack a little, I (Bernie) had flown solo for the first time over to London to see the first Monty Python...