Home to the vamped up breakfast: The Pantry

In the sleepy, quaint Edinburgh suburb of Stockbridge, you'll find the food haven that is The Pantry. Flanked by the pretty Georgian townhouses that decorate this part of the city, The Pantry fits perfectly into the quaintness of the area, offering the perfect spot for a relaxed breakfast. Since opening in 2012 this place has been getting…

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Ikea Minimalism Meets Local Caffeine go-to: Harvest Coffee House

Harvest Canteen and Coffee House in West Jesmond in Newcastle is a well-known coffee go-to for local caffeine lovers. The front-of-house cafe of the Ouseburn Coffee Company prides itself on providing the people of Newcastle with local, freshly roasted coffee straight from the Ouseburn Valley. Having sampled many of Newcastle’s coffee and tea houses, it was…

How to See the Edinburgh Fringe in One Day

It's August, which means that Edinburgh has now been officially and wholly taken over by the madness of the Edinburgh Fringe. The Fringe is a month long, city-wide festival that overtakes the whole of the city every single year. It is part of one gigantic arts and culture celebration that is made up of multiple festivals which…

The Silk Roads – an ambitious, fascinating but overwhelming history of Asia 

The history of the West's rise to prominence has traditionally been told as a linear one. From the cultured Ancient Greeks to the all-powerful Roman Empire, Renaissance Europe to modern democracy - the West, history has told us, is the centre of the world. But Peter Frankopan disagrees. In his book The Silk Roads, Frankopan,…

Best Bistro Cafe in Jesmond: 1901 Cafe Bistro

Built inside the old hall of Jesmond Methodist Church, the 1901 Cafe Bistro is a perfect spot to sit with a pot of tea to watch the world go by. This charming bistro is everything you could want from an independent, little cafe; good, wholesome food, tasty, comforting teas and friendly staff. What more could…

Yaya’s Top Tips for visiting Barcelona

Barcelona is one of those cities that most people want to go to at some point, but often you don't see as much of the city as you'd like. After recently visiting Barcelona, I thought I'd put together some tips from my travels for anyone heading there so they don't make the same slip ups…

SPQR – a concise, cut down to size history of Ancient Rome

For hundreds of years, travellers have made their way to the Eternal City, being draw in to the heart of the Roman Empire to see for themselves where its history and legacy began. Our enduring love affair with Roman history has repeatedly led to it being mythologised in fiction, films, TV and drama, from Shakespeare's…