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A woman having afternoon tea at Royal Albert Hall in London

Afternoon Tea In London: Top Spots for an Authentic Experience

Getting the experience of an authentic afternoon tea in London is one of those traditions that gives a visitor genuine insight into English culture.

There are many places where you can get a wonderful afternoon tea, and what’s great about the many choices is that you can pick a location based on your travel itinerary and preferences.

As a certified London travel expert, here are my favorites:

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Christmas lights and decorations on the streets of London

Try a Christmas Market in London for the Ultimate Holiday Experience

If you grew up watching A Christmas Carol, you likely remember the final scenes, where a transformed and joyful Ebenezer Scrooge skips through the holiday-bedecked streets of London, giddily spreading Christmas cheer to everyone.

That feeling — of joy and merriment, of generosity and creativity and goodwill that warms winter’s chill, of festive fun for all ages — that is the feeling you get when you visit a Christmas market in London. There’s nothing like it, and it’s one of my favorite experiences to recommend to England-bound travelers from mid-November to New Year’s.

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Christmas tree in front of the Roman Colosseum in Rome, Italy

Best Places to Enjoy the Holiday Season in Europe

Traveling during the holiday season is something I think everyone should do at least once. In cities and towns of various sizes, you’ll see the local people spilling out into the streets each night, shopping, eating, drinking, singing, dancing, and socializing. And as a visitor, you’re warmly invited to mix with the locals and join the party.

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Path leading to Windsor Castle in Windsor, England.

Go Beyond the City: Take One (Or More!) of These Day Trips from London

As you know, the city of London is chock-full of amazing sights (and historic pubs!). But with more time to spend, taking day trips from London and away from the crowds can be a rewarding way to round out a visit to Britain.

Trust me — you’ll love the opportunity to see the lush countryside and take in the rich history, beautiful villages, and regal castles that England has to offer.

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Long view interior shot of the central hallway in the Orsay Museum in Paris, France

11 Noteworthy European Virtual Museum Tours

While I typically spend my days crafting custom travel itineraries for travelers, this time I’ve planned a virtual museum tour itinerary for all of you. As usual, my recommendations are based on personal experience and plenty of research. These are what I consider to be 11 of the most well-done virtual tours for European museums available online today. 

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The Roman Colosseum at sunset in Rome, Italy.

First Trip to Europe: Top Cities to Visit

A common question that many travelers ask themselves (and me) is, “Which city should I visit on my first trip to Europe?” While I believe plenty of cities in Europe would make for a great first trip, I do have a short list of suggestions that I typically make based on ease of communication with locals, Bucket List-worthy sights to see, transportation options, and culinary experiences.

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