Gir Lion Lodge - London Zoo

Would you stay overnight at a zoo?

When I told people I was going to stay at London Zoo for the night in its new lodge next to the lions, the most common reaction was “Oh my, aren’t you scared?”. And while fear hadn’t crossed my mind, I did have another doubt. I have mixed feelings about zoos. A huge part of … Read more

Things to do in Bristol - Colourful houses in Clifton, Bristol

The 89 Best Things to Do in Bristol: A Handpicked City Guide

Bristol is well-known as one of the UK’s most creative and exciting cities. It often tops the charts of the best places to live in England and, after moving here in 2016, I have to agree. Londoners like me flock to Bristol, tired of the pace of the capital but still keen to have all … Read more

Best views in London - Duck and Waffle

The best views in London

It’s the final episode of my London video project – ‘Victoria’s Insider Guide to London’. We’re currently working on a new series with Expedia, so there will be more videos coming soon about other places in the UK, but for now here’s the last London video. It’s all about where to find the best views … Read more

Best UK arts festivals - Hay on Wye

Five of the best arts festivals in the UK

One of my favourite things about the British summertime is its festivals. Once upon a time this conjured up images of muddy fields and rock music, but nowadays there are festivals to suit almost every taste. And while sometimes mud is a part of it, other festivals take place in whole villages where you can … Read more

Around the world in 7 London meals – Brixton Village

Around the world in seven London meals

One of the most beautiful things about London is its diversity. It’s home to people from all over the world who have brought little pockets of culture to corners throughout the city. One of the best things about this is the food: the capital is home to some of the best international cuisine in the … Read more

Best afternoon teas in London

The best afternoon teas in London

As you know, tea and cake are two of my favourite things, so can you imagine how excited I was when tasked with finding the best afternoon teas in London? It has to go down as one of the best jobs I’ve ever had, and trying some of London’s best afternoon teas was one of … Read more

Leman Locke- Hipster hotel in London

The six most hipster hotels in London: London’s best boutique hotels

Until recently, I’d never stayed in London as anything other than a resident with my own bed to return to. But now we’ve made the move to Bristol, I’ve had the opportunity to explore some of London’s hotels. As always, I was on the hunt for some place special – creative hotels with unique design, stylish touches … Read more

Edinburgh Gin Experience

The Magical World of Gin Making in Edinburgh

I don’t know if it’s because I’m in the birthplace of the Harry Potter books, or because I’ve always had a penchant for the magical, but right now I feel like I’m in a potions class. There’s a bubbling pot, assorted jars of botanicals, and it’s all taking place in a cellar beneath the streets … Read more

Barcelona with a baby- Hotel Barcelona Catedral

It was always in the title

In France, there’s a saying for a time when you “have your head in the handlebars” focused on your career and building a settled life. It’s a time that lacks moments to stop, look around and think about the track you’re on. Five years ago, with my head firmly in those handlebars, I finally took … Read more

24 Hours in London as a Londoner -Maltby Street Market

Handpicked City Guide: 24 Hours in London as a Londoner

Our latest video for Victoria’s Insider Guide to London is all about how to spend 24 hours in London as a Londoner. Of course every Londoner would write a different version of this post; we all create a map of the London we learn over our years in the city, made up all the neighbourhoods … Read more