City Breaks
London Episode 24 Shops and Markets

London Episode 24 Shops and Markets

July 28, 2021

We cover every kind of London shopping experience, popping into some globally recognised department stores, including Selfridges on its opening day in 1909, dropping by foodie havens, the best areas for a little vintage shopping and the cream of London's bookshops.  We also call into London's oldest shopping arcade, first opened in the 14th century, as well as one referred to as 'the newest kid on the block.'  
 
Useful links

https://www.foyles.co.uk
https://www.hatchards.co.uk
https://www.londonreviewbookshop.co.uk
https://www.stanfords.co.uk
http://www.visitbricklane.org
http://www.portobelloroad.co.uk/the-market
https://www.leadenhallmarket.co.uk
https://www.camdenmarket.com
https://boroughmarket.org.uk
https://www.burlingtonarcade.com
https://www.theroyalexchange.co.uk
https://www.coaldropsyard.com
https://www.visitlondon.com

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London Episode 23 Windsor and Eton

London Episode 23 Windsor and Eton

July 21, 2021

Windsor: a thousand years of English history.  We discuss everything from Edward III's Order of the Garter to Edward VII's new bathrooms, via the purchase of 40 Canalettos by George III and Christmas at Windsor for Victoria, Albert and their children.  We visit the royal tombs in the chapel, take an idyllic boat trip up the Thames and pop over the bridge to Eton, home of England's very poshest school.

Useful links

https://www.rct.uk/visit/windsor-castle

https://www.frenchbrothers.co.uk (boat trips)

http://johnlogiemotorboats.com (boats for hire)

https://collections.etoncollege.com/museums/museum-of-eton-life

 

City Breaks: all the history and culture you'd research for yourself if you had the time!
Check our website to find more episodes from our London series or to browse our back catalogue of other cities which are well worth visiting: https://www.citybreakspodcast.co.uk

We love to receive your comments and suggestions! 
You can e mail us at citybreaks@citybreakspodcast.co.uk
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London Episode 22 Kew and Richmond

London Episode 22 Kew and Richmond

July 14, 2021

A trip a little way down the Thames for a wander round two of London's classiest areas.  Firstly, Kew, with its world-famous botanic gardens and, tucked inside, London's smallest royal palace, namely Kew Palace.  Then to Richmond, one-time site of the Palace of Richmond and home today to the capital's largest royal park.  History, boating, croquet, it's all here.

Useful links

https://www.kew.org

https://www.hrp.org.uk/kew-palace

https://www.museumofrichmond.com

https://www.royalparks.org.uk/parks/richmond-park

https://www.visitlondon.com

City Breaks: all the history and culture you'd research for yourself if only you had the time!
Check our website to find more episodes from our London series or to browse our back catalogue of other cities which are well worth visiting: https://www.citybreakspodcast.co.uk

We love to receive your comments and suggestions! 
You can e mail us at citybreaks@citybreakspodcast.co.uk
And if you like what you hear, please do post comments or a review wherever you downloaded this episode.  It helps others to find us.  

City Break Ideas Episode15

City Break Ideas Episode15

July 7, 2021

Five travel bloggers, four continents, three blogs with intriguing names, this episode offers a goodie-bag of city break ideas, plus the chance to meet an eclectic mix of people including Einstein and Ho Chi Minh.  All three blogs take a seize-the-day attitude to travel, summed up by one in Latin - 'Carpe diem' - and translated into English by another: 'Eat the cake, buy the shoes, take the trip'.  Inspiration for all!    

Useful links 
our website: https://www.citybreakspodcast.co.uk
to find us on twitter: @citybreakscast
to e-mail us: citybreaks@citybreakspodcast.co.uk

This week's guest websites

https://caffeinatedexcursions.com

https://chalkandcheesetravels.com

https://carpediemeire.com

London Episode 21 Hampton Court Palace

London Episode 21 Hampton Court Palace

June 30, 2021

Hear about the great Tudor feasts held at Hampton Court Palace, plus tales of Henry VIII, his various wives, his courtiers and his great friend - and rival - Thomas Wolsey.  There are also stories from later eras at the palace, when William and Mary and the feuding Georgian monarchs lived there, plus ideas on what to look out for if you go to visit.

Useful links

https://www.hrp.org.uk/hampton-court-palace

https://www.visitlondon.com

City Breaks: all the history and culture you'd research for yourself if only you had the time!
Check our website to find more episodes from our London series or to browse our back catalogue of other cities which are well worth visiting: https://www.citybreakspodcast.co.uk

We love to receive your comments and suggestions! 
You can e mail us at citybreaks@citybreakspodcast.co.uk
And if you like what you hear, please do post comments or a review wherever you downloaded this episode.  It helps others to find us.  

London Episode 20 The River Thames

London Episode 20 The River Thames

June 23, 2021

A review of moments of history which have taken place on the River Thames - think Henry VIII and his river pageants or the cranes dipping their heads for Winston Churchill's funeral - plus ideas for places to visit today if you want to enjoy, or learn more about, the great river which has been the lifeblood of the city of London for two millennia.  

Useful links

https://www.nationaltrail.co.uk/en_GB/trails/thames-path

https://www.visitlondon.com

City Breaks: all the history and culture you'd research for yourself if only you had the time!
Check our website to find more episodes from our London series or to browse our back catalogue of other cities which are well worth visiting: https://www.citybreakspodcast.co.uk

We love to receive your comments and suggestions! 
You can e mail us at citybreaks@citybreakspodcast.co.uk
And if you like what you hear, please do post comments or a review wherever you downloaded this episode.  It helps others to find us.  

London Episode 19 The Royal Parks

London Episode 19 The Royal Parks

June 16, 2021

A tour of the five Royal Parks in central London, each with its own history and particular atmosphere.  Hear where Charles II got into trouble for picking flowers for one of his mistresses, why the name of London Zoo's Winnie the Bear lives on nearly a hundred years after her death and which British Prime Minister was once robbed in Green Park.  Find out too where you can hire a pedalo, visit an Italian garden and see some pelicans whose ancestry dates back 350 years.

Useful links

https://www.royalparks.org.uk

https://www.zsl.org/zsl-london-zoo

https://www.visitlondon.com

City Breaks: all the history and culture you'd research for yourself if only you had the time!
Check our website to find more episodes from our London series or to browse our back catalogue of other cities which are well worth visiting: https://www.citybreakspodcast.co.uk

We love to receive your comments and suggestions! 
You can e mail us at citybreaks@citybreakspodcast.co.uk
And if you like what you hear, please do post comments or a review wherever you downloaded this episode.  It helps others to find us.  

 

London Episode 18 Greenwich

London Episode 18 Greenwich

June 9, 2021

Greenwich is real day out territory from central London, except that one day won't be enough for all there is to see!  Hear about lots of Tudor exploits in the one-time Greenwich Palace, find out what makes the Queen's House such an architectural gem, and enjoy tales with a maritime flavour from the Cutty Sark, the National Maritime Museum and the Royal Observatory.    

Useful links

https://www.rmg.co.uk/queens-house

https://www.rmg.co.uk/national-maritime-museum  (also The Painted Hall)

https://www.rmg.co.uk/cutty-sark

https://www.rmg.co.uk/royal-observatory

https://www.visitlondon.com

City Breaks: all the history and culture you'd research for yourself if only you had the time!
Check our website to find more episodes from our London series or to browse our back catalogue of other cities which are well worth visiting: https://www.citybreakspodcast.co.uk

We love to receive your comments and suggestions! 
You can e mail us at citybreaks@citybreakspodcast.co.uk
And if you like what you hear, please do post comments or a review wherever you downloaded this episode.  It helps others to find us.  

 

City Break Ideas Episode14

City Break Ideas Episode14

June 1, 2021

Lots of city break inspiration this month, as we feature three more guest websites and bring you ideas from four continents.  Everything from an old City Breaks favourite, to a pink city on the Indian subcontinent and some of Canada's lesser known capitals.  Whether you've been, are going, or just like to find out more, we hope you'll like what you hear!

Useful links 
our website: https://www.citybreakspodcast.co.uk
to find us on twitter: @citybreakscast
to e-mail us: citybreaks@citybreakspodcast.co.uk

This week's guest websites

https://travellingtheworldin360.blog

https://www.howwetravel.co.uk 

https://dreamplanexperience.com

London Episode 17 Hampstead and Highgate

London Episode 17 Hampstead and Highgate

May 26, 2021

A two-stop tour of north London.  Firstly, pretty Hampstead, where Virginia Woolf thought 'it is always spring': lanes and cottages, cafes, antique shops and museums, including the house where John Keats spent his last 2 years in England.  And not forgetting its spy connections. Then off to nearby Highgate Cemetery in search of gothic vibes and some famous tombs.  

https://burghhouse.museumssites.com  (Hampstead Museum)

https://www.freud.org.uk  (Freud Museum)

https://www.cityoflondon.gov.uk/things-to-do/attractions-museums-entertainment/keats-house

https://highgatecemetery.org

https://www.walks.com  (London Walks)

https://www.visitlondon.com

Recommended Reading

London Walks, London Stories by David Tucker

The Lawn Road Flats: Spies, Writers and Artists by David Burke

Guy Burgess: The Spy Who Knew Everyone by Stewart Purvis

 

City Breaks: all the history and culture you'd research for yourself if only you had the time!
Check our website to find more episodes from our London series or to browse our back catalogue of other cities which are well worth visiting: https://www.citybreakspodcast.co.uk

We love to receive your comments and suggestions! 
You can e mail us at citybreaks@citybreakspodcast.co.uk
And if you like what you hear, please do post comments or a review wherever you downloaded this episode.  It helps others to find us. 

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