Heralds of Glasgow’s Coffee Scene: Tinderbox Espresso Bar

Tinderbox Cafes are a Glasgow-born chain of coffee shops that span across the expanse of the city, heralded as the originators of the current coffee culture in Glasgow. Having been in business since 1998, Tinderbox is now threaded into part of the city centre’s fabric, with five coffee shops in total  springing up along the Glaswegian streets, as well as now having expanded southwards into … Continue reading Heralds of Glasgow’s Coffee Scene: Tinderbox Espresso Bar

Exploring Glasgow: Day Two in Scotland’s Largest City

Up early for another day of exploring, I took the underground (having learnt my lesson the day before of how spread out Glasgow is) to the east end of the city to see its Victorian roots. Getting off at High Street Station, I walked up High Street to Glasgow Cathedral. Although it technically hasn’t been a cathedral since 1690 as that was when it stopped … Continue reading Exploring Glasgow: Day Two in Scotland’s Largest City

Exploring Glasgow: Day One in Scotland’s Largest City

Glasgow is Scotland’s largest city, having expanded dramatically in the 18th-20th centuries due to being one of the main British hubs for trade and shipbuiling in the Industrial Revolution. Although its industrial heritage is fairly well known, Glasgow’s past as a centre for learning and creativity is less so, despite having been a hub for the Scottish Enlightenment in the 18th century and being famed for … Continue reading Exploring Glasgow: Day One in Scotland’s Largest City

An Autumnal Afternoon in Durham

An Autumnal Afternoon in Durham Durham City is the crowning jewel of county Durham, a historic town nestled by the River Wear since roughly 200 BC, if the archeological evidence is anything to go by. The present city can accurately traced back to 995AD, when a group of monks from Lindisfarne chose the strategic hill as a place to found a church in which to … Continue reading An Autumnal Afternoon in Durham

The Handmaid’s Tale – 1984 Meets Trump’s America

The release of the TV adaptation of Margret Atwood’s ’80s classic The Handmaid’s Tale earlier this year not only gave creator Bruce Miller a wave of critical acclaim but also instigated a revival of interest in Atwood’s book. More than anything, her dystopian America about an extremely conservative republic that treats women as state-controlled breeders is being seen to have fresh parallels with Trump’s America. … Continue reading The Handmaid’s Tale – 1984 Meets Trump’s America

One Day Itinerary in Harrogate

The Victorian town of Harrogate in North Yorkshire has been a popular tourist spot for almost 200 years when it became the fashionable place for the high society of Edwardian and Victorian Britain to come and sample the therapeutic spa waters. Although the spa tradition continues to this day with the Turkish Baths, which is one of the only remaining spas of its kind to … Continue reading One Day Itinerary in Harrogate

London Coffee Shop Culture brought to the North of England: Hoxton North

Established in October 2013, Hoxton North is the result of two Yorkshire folk who ended up living in London for more than a decade deciding to bring the coffeeshop culture of Hoxton back home to the North of England. Having recently celebrated their first year at the Royal Parade site in Harrogate, the cafe is enjoying a plethora of regulars from those who have followed … Continue reading London Coffee Shop Culture brought to the North of England: Hoxton North