Jaillen Yehia

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Things To Do In Thanet: 10 Reasons To Be A Tourist In East Kent

Written by Jaillan Yehia

As well as writing about travel on this very website, I’m the travel editor of a print magazine published in Thanet, a part of England that’s close to my heart. I often find myself bragging about what I consider to be the best corner of my own country to the people I meet when travelling […]

Antiques & Ales: A Day Out Near Farnham By Bike

Written by Jaillan Yehia

I recently moved to Farnham, Surrey, a pretty market town less than an hour’s train ride from London. Since the move I’ve been to Egypt, Italy, Menorca, the list goes on, but I’ve not made enough time to explore the area in which I actually live, until now. I decided to get out my trusty […]

My Multicultural London: 5 Ways To Experience London’s Diversity

Written by Jaillan Yehia

I just couldn’t concentrate on anything or anywhere but London this weekend, for obvious reasons. So I decided to write my own little post of defiance, to give the tiniest of glimpses, from own my personal perspective, on why London’s AMAZING multicultural energy won’t change no matter how many times we are the focus of attack by those […]

Days Out In Surrey: Winkworth Arboretum

Written by Jaillan Yehia

Winter had well and truly arrived in the south of England on the day I went for a snowy walk at Surrey’s Winkworth Arboretum. This 149 acre woodland, set around a lake and boathouse, has around 1000 different species of trees, shrub, plants and flowers, with textbook idyllic views of the surrounding Surrey countryside…

The Great British Blogging Bake Off (& Me)

Written by Jaillan Yehia

I’m typing this post a bit more slowly than usual as I’m juggling an enormous slice of cake while I write; it has a chunk of thatched roof and half a door on it which makes it cumbersome to eat, but it’s still really tasty. That may sound a bit odd but the cake was […]

Fancy Learning to fly a 737 in Devon?

Written by Jaillan Yehia

I went to Devon for a weekend of cream teas and beach walks. But ever one for adventure when I discovered that the UK’s best flight simulator is right here on the south coast, I set aside a couple of hours to try it out. This is the story of learning to fly a 737 in […]

Weekend Shortcut: A Weekend In Devon For Foodies

Written by Jaillan Yehia

Weekend Shortcuts are posts written to help you put together a perfect weekend away without tearing your hair out during the research phase. This weekend shortcut covers everything you need to know for a food-filled 2- day break in Devon, a truly delightful part of South West England that’s simultaneously easily accessible yet somehow feels unhurried and […]

Christmas Travel: Does Devon Have The UK’s Most Historic Mince Pies?

Written by Jaillan Yehia

Munch on mince pies made with flour dating back to the Domesday Book I travelled to Devon this December to discover the festive history behind the first Christmas card ever designed. But while in the southerly English county, famous for its beautiful beaches and picture postcard villages, I discovered the area has another incredible – […]

Travel To The Home Of The First Christmas Card

Written by Jaillan Yehia

Christmas crackers, the Queen’s speech, mince pies, Boxing Day, Christmas pudding – England has plenty of festive traditions which are regarded with complete puzzlement by the rest of the world. England also has an even bigger Christmas claim to fame – one that is somewhat of a secret. The first Christmas card was invented right here, conceived and designed in the English county of Devon. […]

Going Glamping: A South East Safari At Kent’s Port Lympne

Written by Jaillan Yehia

I’ve been looking forward to writing about my short break safari at Kent’s Port Lympne Reserve ever since I got home. But every time I sit down to tell you about the experience, I end up getting distracted by all my photos of the cute baby rhino, ickle giraffe and all the other animals they have roaming around […]

The Real Life Brexiter: Swapping Somerset For Mexico City

Written by Jaillan Yehia

However you may feel about the Brexit vote, the EU referendum has had one undisputed result – to inspire more Brits than ever before to consider moving overseas. Internet searches on relocating to anywhere from Scotland and Ireland to Australia and Canada have skyrocketed post-brexit, and the changing face of Europe has caused a lot of Brits to […]

Valentine Hotel Hotlist: 6 Sexy Places To Spend Time With A Special Someone

Written by Jaillan Yehia

A romantic weekend away for Valentine’s Day – sounds like a great idea in principle, right? But as anyone who has tried to book even a simple night away with their partner already knows, the process of finding the perfect hotel for romance isn’t all hearts and flowers. You’re searching for seclusion and sophistication in […]

All I want for Christmas is……To Visit 10 European Christmas Markets

Written by Jaillan Yehia

At the start of winter I usually struggle with the idea of weekends away to colder European countries – ever clinging onto that last bit of winter sun. But that all changes come Christmas when I’m a sucker for short breaks to snowy cities and can’t wait to hit the European Christmas markets to stock […]

My Mayfair Lady – A Local Girl’s Guide To London’s Exclusive Square Mile

Written by Jaillan Yehia

Most people think of Mayfair and imagine upscale hotels, the beautiful boutiques of Dover Street Market and the high-end establishments of Shepherd Market but take it from a local girl, whether you’re more of a Professor Higgins or an Eliza Doolittle you can still find your fun in Mayfair…

How To Holiday Monaco-Style Without Leaving London

Written by Jaillan Yehia

I’ve got a different kind of seven step program for you in this post; one that won’t help break your addictions to travel, shopping and good food but which will show you where to find your fix of the luxurious Monte Carlo lifestyle without leaving London. Here I share my 7 favourite places in the […]

3 (Free) Things I Miss About London

Written by Jaillan Yehia

When we think of a big city like London we automatically think of the headline attractions that make it famous – and we tend to assume that a trip to the big smoke has to cost the earth. For me moving away from London highlighted the fact that the best things in life, and in […]

My 14 Most Memorable Travel Moments of 2014

Written by Jaillan Yehia

Some years I’ve travelled farther afield, some years I explored a little closer to home, but every year I consider myself a traveller. That’s because wherever I go, I’m always looking for change and adventure. This year I changed where ‘home’ was – instead of London, England it was Vancouver, Canada – meaning adventure has […]

I Know What I Did Last Summer – 7 Secret Sunny Moments From My 2014 Travels

Written by Jaillan Yehia

In my previous post I got all nostalgic about summer and highlighted 7 spectacular spots from my summer months in British Columbia – but even though I’m happily embracing Autumn (complete with at least 7 pairs of boots to assist me) I’m still singing the praises of some of last season’s most special memories. Here […]

5 European Cities That Are Famous For Finance

Written by Jaillan Yehia

We all know London is one of the world’s most famous business and banking hubs, but luckily for us Londoners it’s well-known that our city has more to offer than moolah; tourists flock here for the food, fashion, culture and coolness that comes with a being a financial capital. But across Europe certain cities’ reputations are overshadowed […]

The Perfect Place To Stay in Brighton – Vine Street Studios

Written by Jaillan Yehia

I often evangelise about the saving grace of apartment rental as opposed to hotel stays for a certain type of trip. Usually I’m preaching to the converted but some people would need a miracle of water-to-wine proportions before they’d give up 24-hour room service, the breakfast buffet and a decent concierge (though perhaps not the in-room […]

The Stylish Way To Brave Blackpool

Written by Jaillan Yehia

A weekend break to Blackpool probably isn’t the first thing that pops into your head when you think of a stylish staycation, but by combining a visit to the stunning Lancashire countryside with a trip to the kitsch and cheesy seaside town made famous by ballroom dancing and bright lights, you can get the best of both […]

10 Things To Do In King’s Cross

Written by Jaillan Yehia

There’s far more to the regeneration of King’s Cross than Eurostars and Champagne Bars – the station complex is just the tip of the renovation iceberg. Dip your metaphorical toe into the coolest canalside area in London with this list of 10 things to do in King’s Cross – try them out one by one […]

The View From The Shard (and the secret view from the Shard)

Written by Jaillan Yehia

It’s been nearly four years in the making, is nearly twice as high as any other London viewpoint, and allows you to see the greatest city on earth in all its 360-degree glory. Here’s my report on The View From The Shard – plus I’ll show you the secret viewpoint that paying visitors will never get to […]

Confession: How I Stalked The Shard

Written by Jaillan Yehia

Imagine a building so tall the view from the window is like looking out of an aircraft. Imagine standing on a floor so high that helicopters are below you. And imagine 40 miles of London views, from the Olympic to Wembley Stadiums, all laid out before you. Imagine no more: the EU’s highest building, The Shard […]

The Northern Renaissance: Dürer to Holbein – European Art at Buckingham Palace

Written by Jaillan Yehia

Buckingham Palace’s Queen’s gallery unveils more artistic treasures this week with the opening of The Northern Renaissance: Dürer to Holbein exhibition, a collection of Northern European art which includes the painting that defines the world’s image of Henry VIII, plus a painting freshly unveiled after a two-year-long conservation project and a collection of prints by the art world’s original […]

8 Things Every Tourist In London Needs To Know

Written by Jaillan Yehia

London is a city of over 8 million people, so here are 8 things every tourist in London needs to know – they should help you fit in, do as the locals do and get more out of your trip to the best city on earth.

My Top 10 London 2012 Pictures

Written by Jaillan Yehia

It’s hard to capture the brilliance, exhilaration and atmosphere of London 2012 in words. So here are my favourite London 2012 pictures – 10 images of London’s Olympics all taken with my own camera or iphone and all making me brim with pride at the amazing show London is putting on…

A New Forest Weekend Break

Written by Jaillan Yehia

Want to feel virtuous and enjoy walks in the outdoors one minute – then devour entire home-made lemon cakes from a quaint tea room the next? Here’s my guide to the perfect New Forest weekend break…

Top 10 Japanese Restaurants in London

Written by Jaillan Yehia

London has more global cuisine than anyone could hope to eat in a lifetime including a bewildering array of around 450 Japanese restaurants, but how can you find the most authentic Japanese restaurants in the capital if you don’t know your sushi from your sashimi? In this guest post Japanophile and Japan Journeys expert James […]

Top 10 Worldwide Gardens At Hampton Court Flower Show

Written by Jaillan Yehia

Hampton Court Flower Show 2012 is now open – and by visiting you won’t just get to see some amazing and innovative gardens set in the grounds of a beautiful English Royal Palace. You’ll also get to travel the world, from Nicaragua to Africa via the gardens on display. Here are 10 ways to be […]

Get Ideas Above Your Station with ‘Diamonds A Jubilee Celebration’

Written by Jaillan Yehia

‘The saddest thing I can imagine is to get used to luxury’ said Charlie Chaplin. Well you get used to luxury pretty quickly on a visit to Buckingham Palace. Get ideas above your station with a visit to the Palace’s Summer Opening and Diamonds A Jubilee Celebration Exhibition…(read on for my tips on getting the most out of […]

Postcards From Sunny Bognor Regis

Written by Jaillan Yehia

Bognor Regis. The name may conjur up images of faded seaside grandeur and have connotations of titter-worthyness, sticks of rock, Butlins holiday camps and end-of-the-pier shows, but let’s face it this place is up there in Britain’s collective consciousness, so if you’ve got a spare sunny day off here in Blighty the surprisingly photogenic seaside town is well […]

Leonardo Da Vinci’s Lost Bodies

Written by Jaillan Yehia

You probably already know that Leonardo da Vinci was one of the greatest artists to have ever lived, but the Italian inventor also made some startling discoveries about the human body which were light years ahead of their time – and subsequently lost to the world for nearly 400 years.  The Queen’s Gallery at Buckingham […]

The New Battle of Hastings: The Jerwood Gallery

Written by Jaillan Yehia

A shiny new and exciting modern art gallery surrounded on all sides by signs and graffiti deploring its very existence? Who knew a gallery could cause such a furore? See what all the fuss is about and take in the East Sussex sea air with a visit to Hastings’ Jerwood Gallery.

Southwold – A Photo Journey

Written by Jaillan Yehia

A photographic journey around Southwold, one of England’s favourite seaside towns.

Revolutionary London, Egyptian Style

Written by Jaillan Yehia

On first learning of my Egyptian heritage, my boyfriend’s grandma told me the story of her memorable moment at the pyramid of Giza as a young girl during the height of the British Empire. Chaperoning a friend in 1930’s Cairo, she was invited on a tour of the great pyramid’s interior. Stooping to make her […]

The Perfect Place to Stay in Salisbury – The Lazy Cow

Written by Jaillan Yehia

For a romantic and cosy rural getaway in a chic all-English, half-timbered setting, The Lazy Cow in Salisbury will make you feel as pampered as that famous massage-treated kobe cattle.  Hotels are often described as being ‘perfect for a relaxing weekend away’. The sentence is thrown around a lot but on closer examination, isn’t always strictly true. What […]

Salisbury Cathedral Sculpture Exhibition by Sean Henry

Written by Jaillan Yehia

On a trip to Salisbury Cathedral, I found the following exhibition of sculpture on display, by the artist Sean Henry. The modern figures, with their briefcases and lattes were startlingly incongruous in the classical setting of one of Britain’s most famous cathedrals.

South Bank Chocolate Festival

Written by Jaillan Yehia

Today was the last day of London’s South Bank Chocolate Festival, so I popped along to nibble on some goodies. The Chocolate Festival  is essentially a collection of high quality chocolate, cake and sweets stalls set in the area around the Royal Festival Hall.

Hardraw Force, England’s Highest Waterfall

Written by Jaillan Yehia

Set in a wooded ravine just outside the tiny hamlet of Hardraw in the Yorkshire Dales, near the famous Pennine Way, Hardraw Force is England’s highest unbroken waterfall.

The Bloomsbury Festival 2011

Written by Jaillan Yehia

Bloomsbury is an area of London which evokes an enormous sense of history – the Bloomsbury Set, the British Museum, Blue Plaques on the walls of Georgian townhouses – but in the present day it isn’t really somewhere most Londoners would consider a tangible place to while away a weekend – yes the Bloomsbury Festival shows you just how much the […]

Soho’s Secret Tea Room

Written by Jaillan Yehia

I had been so looking forward to my afternoon tea at Soho’s Secret Tea Room – a delightful looking hidden afternoon tea spot, secreted in a room above legendary Soho pub The Coach and Horses. So what went wrong?  

Winchelsea: The Blueprint for New York?

Written by Jaillan Yehia

Winchelsea is a tiny but fascinating East Sussex town overlooking a wide stretch of shingle beach, a stone’s throw from its better-known Ancient Town counterpart of Rye. It’s also a town which, some say, inspired the blueprints for the city of New York.

London Open House 2011

Written by Jaillan Yehia

London Open House never ceases to amaze and delight me, and after each London Open House weekend in the capital I find out a few more hidden facts and details about London, while seeing a few more architectural gems in my home town.

How To Do London Open House

Written by Jaillan Yehia

London Open House is an amazing way to discover hidden parts of the city, and best of all it is completely free. Here I share my tips for getting the most out of  London Open House weekend.

Dungeness Details

Written by Jaillan Yehia

Inhospitable, desolate, wild, windswept: these words come up time and time again when describing Dungeness, and for those seeking a sense of the surreal, there’s no place quite like Kent’s southernmost tip.

London Calling: Incredible Views of London From The BT Tower

Written by Jaillan Yehia

It’s not often I get to see London from a new angle, and having lived here all my life I feel like I know the West End like the back of my hand. But this weekend I was lucky enough to travel in one of the fastest lifts in Europe (at 15 miles per hour) to […]

The Perfect Place to Stay in Suffolk – Oak House

Written by Jaillan Yehia

  There’s nothing we Londoners like more than getting out of the big smoke and into the sticks; and those who want to enjoy the Suffolk countryside at a truly quirky and charming B&B should head straight over to Oak House, in Gislingham.

The Perfect Place to Stay in London – The Zetter Townhouse

Written by Jaillan Yehia

I was on a mission to track down the perfect hotel for a decadent day of afternoon tea, gossip and girlish fun, and one by one had written off many of the hotels in Central London for being too corporate, too cliched or too bland. I had The Boundary on my decadent shortlist, along with The Town Hall […]

Visit London’s Latest Postcode, The New Kings Cross

Written by Jaillan Yehia

Fancy a Micro Break around a brand new area of London? Then head to The New Kings Cross, which is changing beyond recognition every day, and literally creating entire new streets, areas and even a new postcode for Londoners to explore.