Comfortably the most compact city I’ve ever visited; at 600m by 1km, Valletta is Europe’s smallest capital. Although tiny, it still manages to pack a lot into its old centre. With its domed skyline and the golden hue of the sloping streets giving Valletta the appearance of an ersatz Jerusalem, it was founded in the 16th-century by the Knights Hospitaller and the narrow alleys with … Continue reading Top 5 Contemporary Things to See & Do in Valletta: A Dispatch From Malta
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
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
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
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
Nothing quite prepares you for Napoli. Stepping out of the Toledo metro station on the Via Toledo I wasn’t quite sure what to expect, I came here for a long weekend solely on the recommendation of my Italian tutor. I’d heard the rumours about Naples; chaos, rubbish piled high, petty and organised crime are some of the stereotypes that are frequently bandied about. What I … Continue reading Lo spirito dei Napoletani: A Dispatch From Naples.