I enjoy living near London. It’s always great to jump on a train for 25 minutes and be in our vibrant capital city. There is just so much to explore, and with constant new developments popping up, the decisions on what do are almost endless. One part of London that I haven’t explored in great detail until now is the London Bridge area. I’ve visited a few times, usually as a meet up point, a quick drink, or just to pass through. But, having recently been asked to explore the neighbourhood and discover some cool bars, restaurants and event spaces, I happily took up the challenge and jumped on the train.

My twenty-something niece has recently moved to the city, so it was a great excuse to catch up with her and take some tips on places to visit. Given the variety of places to discover in the area, rather than rushing away to catch a train home, it’s worth checking out some hotels in the London Bridge area to make a weekend of it. A vibrant neighbourhood on the south bank of the river Thames, London Bridge is packed full of markets, restaurants, bars and tourist attractions. With London Bridge Railway Station as the centre point of the area, this is the likely location to arrive to start the day.

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As a Reading resident, Oxford is practically on my door step. I have often visited the city for nights out, concerts and walking tours. There has usually been a specific reason though, so I haven’t had the chance to fully explore the city. Recently, I had some concert tickets booked so decided to make the most of the situation. We booked a hotel for the night to enjoy a leisurely break. We arrived to Oxford on the train late morning on a Saturday and headed to our hotel to drop off bags, before heading out to explore for the day. Famed for its colleges, universities and stunning architecture, there is something for everyone in this city. For fans of the arts, architecture, shopping and nightlife, the city is a vibrant hub where history meets the modern day. Here are my recommendations for a perfect weekend in Oxford.

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Carters Steam Fair

If you’ve been reading this blog for any length of time, you’ll know I am something of a theme park fan. Heading out to a theme park to ride roller coasters is a great way to spend a day. When it comes to fairgrounds though, I am generally not as keen. In recent years, typical fairground rides have become more extreme and intense than I am comfortable with, so I tend not to visit as much. So, when Carters Steam Fair comes to town, it’s something that is far more tailored to suit my enjoyment levels. Here are my thoughts on the vintage fairground experience of Carters Steam Fair, which comes to my hometown of Reading twice a year.

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