As a nineties child, I grew up with Harry Potter. I vividly remember my mum sitting on my bed, reading me the first chapter of the first book and being hooked immediately. As I got older, I would count down the days until the next book was released and then hide myself away in my room until I’d finished it. You can imagine my delight then when Warner Bros. Studio Tour London opened.
Notting Hill is a beautiful district in West London, located in the north of Kensington within the Royal Borough of Kensington & Chelsea. It is home to some of the most stunning mews and boutiques in London and is famously featured in the 90’s film Notting Hill. It’s a lovely escape from the hustle and bustle of central London and somewhere that definitely should be on your London ‘to-visit’ list!
There are so many places I would love to travel to, many of which are on the other side of the world (Australia, New Zealand and Fiji I’m looking at you) but there are actually some really lovely get-aways right on the doorstep. Last year, I visited the Lake District for the first time and was completely blown away by the views, walks and places to explore.
Just over an hour south of Edinburgh, across the border is the sleepy, coastal town of Alnmouth. With its own train station, it’s highly accessible from both London King’s Cross and Edinburgh Waverley and is just a stone’s throw away from other beautiful towns such an Alnwick and Warkworth.
Alnwick is one of those places that is a home away from home. Admittedly, it is partly the people that make this place so special for me, but I do think it is a lovely place to escape to, whether you have an emotional connection to this area or not. There are so many things to do and see here, from fantastic beach walks, to tasty brunches (have a read of my food-y picks here) to bookshop browsing- there is something for everyone.
Just south of the Scottish border is the very beautiful county of Northumberland. It is the northernmost part of England and is home to the quaint town of Alnwick. For a fairly small town there are so many lovely things to do and see here, especially in the summer months.
One of the best things about London is that it’s so well connected. From Edinburgh you can catch a fast train that gets you to London in just four and a half hours, which does work out slightly quicker than flying and is the perfect opportunity to get stuck into a good old book and catch up on the odd email or two.