Jaillen Yehia

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London Pho Finder: Moc Kitchen Review

Written by Jaillan Yehia

I review the pho at central London’s Moc Kitchen in my pursuit for Vancouver-grade Vietnamese food here in the UK.

Looking 4 Parking Review: Meet & Greet Parking at Heathrow

Written by Jaillan Yehia

After the excitement of booking a holiday comes the bit nobody enjoys – the pre-holiday chores. From figuring out who’s going to look after the house/kids/dog/cat, to charging your electronic devices, packing, getting currency sorted and reading the latest rules on hand luggage, there’s a million and one things to do before you fly. Deciding […]

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 […]

Calling All Carat Collectors: 3 Diamond Destinations For Geezers & Gals

Written by Jaillan Yehia

They’re a girl’s best friend, they’re forever, and they’re timeless. You find diamonds appearing everywhere in our language as well as our jewellery boxes; they’re ‘in the rough’ as well as on the soles of your shoes. They’re the only precious stones which have had world famous slogans invented about them and to which countless well-known terms […]

3 Things I Learned On A Luxury London Dessert Tour

Written by Jaillan Yehia

I turn tourist for the day and try out one of Urban Adventures’ London day tours. And despite covering some well-trodden West End ground, I learn 3 things that even as a native Londoner I had NO idea about – until now – all while munching on lovely Ladurée macaroons along the way. Read on to see […]

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 […]

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 […]

How To Hula Your Way Around Hawaii Without Leaving London

Written by Jaillan Yehia

Hawaii might be all about sunshine and fresh air in the warm waters of the Pacific, while London is more drizzle and dirty air alongside the polluted waters of the Thames – but you can say aloha to an entire day of island life in the capital, here’s how to do it…

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…

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 […]

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 […]

Women Of The World: The Pop-Up Photo Gallerists

Written by Jaillan Yehia

  When is an art gallery not quite an art gallery? When it’s a pop-up gallery.  Meet the ladies behind the art world’s only pop-up fine art photography gallery, taking inspiring international images from London to Paris, Singapore to Madrid, because, well ‘being in one place all the time is boring’. 

The Bigger Picture: An Exhibition of Words by A.A. Gill & Images by Tom Craig

Written by Jaillan Yehia

“The one thing words and pictures have in common is that their craft is all in the editing. Out of the streaming confusion of information and images, we have to sift and select the things that make a cogent, coherent, engaging plot…..what is happening just outside the picture are the words. And when we get […]

Women of the World: The Artist & Tsunami Fundraiser

Written by Jaillan Yehia

After hearing about the suffering of students in her native Japan following last year’s disaster, Kaori Homma decided she had to do something to help. She gathered together fellow artists from the University of Arts London where she is a lecturer, and started putting together an art auction with a difference – here she explains […]

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 […]

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.

Chocolate Holidays

Written by Jaillan Yehia

You can indulge your passion for chocolate in a far flung location such as Nicaragua but if you’d rather stay closer to home you can get a chocolate holiday feeling without leaving Blighty too. Here are three places to head to for a chocolate holiday…

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?  

Malaysia Night at Trafalgar Square

Written by Jaillan Yehia

Now in its second year, Malaysia night at Trafalgar Square, which ran from 3-10pm on a sunny and unseasonably warm 23rd September 2011, showcased Malaysian culture and fashion, as well as the country’s popular cuisine.

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.

Come on Jamon!

Written by Jaillan Yehia

Spanish cuisine seems to be taking over London – first a mini Spanish festival on the pavement outside Whole Foods, complete with delicious Sangria, and then first rate Iberican cuisine (and more Sangria, *hic*) courtsey of London’s only outpost of the Spanish hotel chain Melia International.

Thailand for the Tastebuds: How to Make Mango and Sticky Rice

Written by Jaillan Yehia

I’ve been obsessed with mango and sticky rice since having it for the first time in a Thai restaurant in the Petronas towers, Kuala Lumpur. Since then I’ve taken every opportunity to sample different versions of this delicious dessert – and I’ve even sought out a few recipes in a bid to find out how to make mango […]

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 […]

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.