Soak up the festive atmosphere at Hyde Park’s Winter Wonderland.  See the Warner Bros. Studio Tour London decked out for Christmas with Hogwarts in the Snow. Discover how Queen Victoria spent Christmas as a child at Kensington Palace. Join the V&A‘s Victorian Christmas parties and make seasonal decorations.   Take a romantic stroll through the colourful Enchanted Woodland at Syon Park. Marvel at the magnificent Christmas tree at Windsor Castle. Go ice skating in London Get your skates on at Somerset House‘s glorious 18th-century courtyard ice rink. Enjoy magnificent views of Henry VIII’s residence at the Hampton Court Palace ice rink. Skate in the shadow of the spectacular Tower of … Continue reading THINGS TO DO AT CHRISTMAS


Christmas can be maddening. Between the endless barrage of tacky songs, rampant commercialization, and saccharin sentimentality, some of us can’t wait for it to end.  Others have taken a bolder stance, however, and created new holidays for themselves. These holidays are celebrated with varying degrees of seriousness and good humor, but do offer alternatives to Christmas and the issues many people have with it. From the secular to the silly, here are five of the best.  The Winter Solstice Representing the shortest day of the year and the beginning of a long trudge back to days with reasonable amounts of sunlight, … Continue reading CHRISTMAS ALTERNATIVES


If you’re ready to make a lifestyle change, are looking for motivation, or simply need a kick in the pants to move you to achieve your goals, chances are there’s a podcast for you. With their casual, conversational attitude, podcasts offer the listener a glimpse into the minds of some of the world’s most successful people. According to Podcast Insights, there were over 28 million podcast episodes broadcast in 2018. While this provides a wealth of information it also creates sensory overload. How do you find the best of the best? We’ve done the work for you. From bestselling authors to business … Continue reading LIFESTYLE PODCASTS