Dubai, United Arab Emirates

​The soundtrack to my whistle-stop trip to Dubai was the annoyingly catchy Everything Is Awesome from The Lego Movie. I couldn’t get the tune out of my head because from the moment I boarded the plane to when I returned to Blighty everything was, well, you know, AWESOME! And here are some of the reasons…

London

Kew Gardens is so vast that it’s difficult to see everything in one visit. You really need to get there for when the gates open at 10am, but getting to the capital that early is never easy, especially with kids in tow. So why not make a weekend of it by staying nearby on a…

London

EGGS & soldiers have been a favourite lunch time snack of mine for as long as I can remember, but until recently I had never been tempted to have it for pudding. Curiosity got the better of me when I noticed it on the dessert menu at the Pickled Hen restaurant in London, and two…

Liverpool (review published 2016)

For a truly Shrek-tacular Christmas there really is only one place to go this year. Liverpool has become the first UK city to host DreamWorks Lights, a Chinese lantern attraction featuring much-loved characters from the blockbuster animated films Shrek, Kung Fu Panda and Madagascar. There are around 100 lanterns on display and our two youngsters,…

Swansea (review published 2015)

We awoke to views of a marina filled with speedboats and some ​very expensive yachts. Then, after breakfast in a dining room that overlooked a landscaped garden with palm trees, we stepped straight on to miles of golden sands. Sounds like we were staying at some boutique hotel in the Med, except that the sea…

London (review published 2010)

The helicopter was taking off not 50 metres from the window of our hotel room. Yet, such was the quality of the floor to ceiling triple-glazing, we could hardly hear the whirling of its blades. My wife and I had come to expect nothing less during our weekend at the new Hotel Verta in Battersea,…