Off the Tourist Trail: A Dispatch from Amsterdam

Amsterdam. A city of gable roof houses and nearly a million bicycles. There are over 65 miles of canals and more bridges than Venice. It’s the city of Rembrandt, Johan Cruyff and Anne Frank. Possibly the most cosmopolitan small city you’re ever likely to visit, it has the cultural clout of a city triple the size. The city of Amsterdam is maybe more famous for … Continue reading Off the Tourist Trail: A Dispatch from Amsterdam

Johnny’s Falafel: A Dispatch from Tel Aviv

Whenever I visit somewhere new, I like to seek out the “institutions”. Those historic food and drink venues that are as a much a part of the fabric of a city as a Cathedral or a Museum. Often, they even have their own cultural identity. Whether it’s a historic fin-de-siècle café or a famous 24-hour restaurant, most cities have them. London has the Beigel Bake … Continue reading Johnny’s Falafel: A Dispatch from Tel Aviv

The Oval Night Market: A Dispatch from Bethnal Green

An area in constant flux, Bethnal Green has an exciting new addition to its late-night line-up. Throughout the summer on selected weekends, there has been a pop-up night market in The Oval off Hackney Road, in the shadow of the old gasworks. There are craft stalls selling everything from jewellery to statement socks, a retro craft beer trailer, cocktails from the Mixology Brothers offering a … Continue reading The Oval Night Market: A Dispatch from Bethnal Green

A Surprise Sojourn: A Dispatch From Brussels

I’d always wanted to go to Brussels, I’m not sure why, but it was always somewhere that appealed. On a recent trip back from Amsterdam, we arrived here only for Eurostar to cancel our train. Bad news aside, it was the perfect opportunity to explore Belgium’s capital. Best of all, Eurostar is footing the bill. With only 2 nights and a day here, these are … Continue reading A Surprise Sojourn: A Dispatch From Brussels

Welcome to Bethnal Green: A Dispatch from The East End

Originally a poverty stricken slum area, Bethnal Green is shaking off its dour high-rise image and becoming a destination in its own right. For over a century it’s been a melting pot of original East Enders, Jewish, Italian, and Bangladeshi families but its proximity to the City of London has seen working professionals moving in, and with it, rapid gentrification. Think £3 coffees, grown men … Continue reading Welcome to Bethnal Green: A Dispatch from The East End

Maze-like streets and rain-drenched plazas: A Dispatch From Seville

Sevilla, the capital of Andalucía. The city of sunshine, flamenco, and orange trees. Possibly the most Spanish of Spanish cities and the most exotic of European cities; the bullfighter is still adored and the multi-coloured streets lend an air of colonial Cartagena. The very name conjures images of sultry evenings spent picking at tapas and drinking vino tinto elbow-to-elbow in a packed bar down a … Continue reading Maze-like streets and rain-drenched plazas: A Dispatch From Seville