Having lived in London for many years, it’s the best hearing Big Ben strike midnight on New Year’s Eve. Although the days of lining the River Thames with 250,000 others are long gone, the atmosphere must be incredible. There are plenty of other things to do in the capital however if you missed nabbing a ticket. You could take a boat trip along the Thames, enjoy dinner at the Ritz or attend a Vegas-style evening of glamour at The Roof Gardens. Alternatively, there are cocktails and jazz at Oriole, Hogmanay Hootenanny at Balham’s Ceilidh Night Events and the Searcys human snow globe at the gherkin. You could also take in the Sky Bar at Millbank Tower, the View from the Shard or SushiSamba at the peak of the Heron Tower – all offer 360 degree views of London.
In November we featured some absolute gems including the likes of Bali, Hawaii and New Zealand where it’s now spring. We loved our time in the Southern Hemisphere and hope to return again one day, there’s much more exploring to be done.
For October, our top ten picks featured the likes of Mauritius, Sharm el-Sheikh and Marrakech with the Canary Islands a good option if you’re looking for sun in the winter months. This month features some absolute gems and kicks off with a personal favourite too. As always make sure you plan before you travel to make the most out of your trip.
Here in the UK, there are numerous places we can admire those autumnal hues. From Winkworth Arboretum (a personal favourite) to the Lake District, Forest of Dean, the Cotswolds and of course Westonbirt Arboretum. But if we were to go anywhere in the world, where would we go?
With over 70% of Japan covered with deciduous forest, autumn colour is immense. Initially colour is reserved for the mountains which are accessible by train, bus or ropeway. The second half of the autumn season sees colour descend into Japan’s cities in the parks and gardens. Popular spots include Kiyomizudera, Tofukuji Temple and Eikando in Kyoto to name just a few.
With white-sandy beaches, turquoise sea, unmissable sunsets and activities to cater for all these once remote islands now rank alongside Bali as one of Indonesia’s top destinations.
With the New Year upon us, it’s time to check out what’s on offer in 2016 and firm up those travel plans. We’re definitely in the adventurous camp although having a 5 year old in tow does mean the days of sleeping the jungle, trekking over molten rock and walking behind waterfalls are behind us. For the time being anyway!
The Telegraph Travel Show, in association with Dubai & Emirates, takes place from the 8th to the 10th of January at ExCeL in London. It provides the opportunity to immerse ourselves in what the world has to offer whether it’s exploring an incredible rainforest, sipping cocktails in a trendy city or booking that once in a lifetime trip. The Telegraph Travel Show provides superb destinations, insider travel tips in the talks theatres plus you can meet travel experts in the Travel Genius Bar.