Guest post series #placestovisit -Alternative Things To Do in London.

Today’s guest post is written by Daniel from travel weekly and he is going to share about alternative things to do in London. if you would like to know more about Daniel, please scroll down to the bottom of this post where you can find his details.

I have the privilege to live close to the capital city of the UK, London. It’s home to a wonderful range of things to explore and see in London. I have rounded up my top 10 things to do in London from my extensive time testing

Try one of the many Rooftop bars.

As London always builds skyscrapers. With some theses comes a rooftop bar. With the warmer weather slowly returning to the UK. It would be a great idea to go to one of the many rooftop bars. One rooftop bar that used to be a car park is now a rooftop bar and it is situated in Peckham and called Frank’s Café. There are hundreds more of rooftop bars, but they are more expensive.

CATCH A QUIRKY Rooftop cinemas screening.

Leicester Square you might think is the best place to go to the cinema but they are very pricey. Instead, try one of London’s quirky cinemas. On a nice sunny day why not try out one of London’s many outdoor cinema options. Luna Cinema holds screenings in London Park and the sky Garden. Also looking something more different, try out the Rooftop Film Club that turns the rooftops in east London to a cinema for a night that cost £15 for a single ticket. Head below ground in winter to the vaults under Waterloo Station for the Underground Film Club. You can get some rooftop Cinemas that come with a Jacuzzi cinema.

Explore what little Venice has to offer.

Little Venice, with its beautiful canals and waterways, can be found just to the north of Paddington., This picturesque neighbourhood is home to quirky waterside cafes, cosy pubs, and charming restaurants. Regent’s Canal starts for Little Venice and ends in the Docklands. One restaurant I have been in Little Venice is a nice Cafe Laville. They serve great quality Italian food with views of the canal.

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THE HIDDEN ROOF GARDENS OF KENSINGTON.

After a long day of exploring London’s great spots. Why don’t you try the Kensington roof gardens? It is a great spot to just wind down and relax. It is also a rooftop restaurant that is hosting 1.5 acres of fruit trees, shrubs, lavender and plenty of other greenery. They even have real flamingos, exotic ducks, and stream full of fish. The great thing about it that it is free entry but check when it is free to the public, as they provide lots of private functions.

Junkyard golf

The junkyard golf club is a crazy golf with nine themed putting greens in Brick Lane. The place is made from reclaimed junk. Everything from Barbie dolls to car body parts has been used. As well as the nine-hole ‘green’, Junkyard Golf Club features a large bar area, a kitchen run by the Fabulous Burger Boys. Tickets only cost £9.50 to play.

Rooftop East

Rooftop East is a rooftop bar and events that is on the top floor of a car park in Stratford, Has a wide range of activities that change all the time to keep you occupied so check the website as now they have ice-skating and curling, In the past they have done bowling, golf, baseball and lost more activities. Prices are mid-range in the grand scheme of things, but the good news is you won’t be paying through your nose for a glass of wine.

About the author

Daniel cowen-Rivers

I am a budding travel blogger who travels the world and shares my experiences and travel expertise via social media and through my blog.

I’m 22 years old and originally from Buckinghamshire, England. I specialize in Photography, I try and spend a much of my free time traveling as I can at every opportunity!

I started this blog to showcase the destination I have been too and helpful travel tips o help people travel more.

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Reminiscing wonderful winter memories with family

It’s the time of the year again where we can feel the cold weather. Seeing the leaves falling from the trees is a sign of the autumn season and soon winter that makes us want to snuggle under our blanket.

What I love about this season is that the warm memories it creates with family. We spend more time with our family having a cup of tea and getting warm. This season also remind me moments I have spent with my parent’s in law when they came to visit England. This memories I had with them gives me a bit of comfort knowing it’s not the same anymore since my father in law passed away this summer.

It was winter when they came over the last time and we went for a walk to celebrate Christmas and new year. Nothing can beat a lovely photograph to cherish all those memories. Winter is definitely the most wonderful time of the year since we have Christmas and new year to look forward to.

I love taking photographs as a memory of the moment and I know that I can count on truprint when it comes to creating something personal as a gift or a remembrance of the past. I love the idea of personalised photo book where I can cherish my wonderful memories with my loved ones.

Winter gives me wonderful feelings when reminiscing moments like this, through photographs of the past that I can keep it forever.

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5 tips for a summer holiday in Florida

As you know I have just got back from a fabulous trip to Florida. Florida in June is hot and humid, not just warm but very very hot. Most days the temperature reached 36 degrees celcius but by late afternoon (4-6pm ish) there is usually a thunder storm with huge downpour. 

Here are my tips for getting the most from your Florida trip;

Tips for the heat:

  • Buy a cool towel from Walmart, they are cheap at around $5 and stay wet most of the day, they are great round your neck for keeping you cool
  • Wet rides! Make the most of your time in the parks by going on wet rides every few hours to cool off or if you don’t do rides hit the splash zones

Tips for avoiding the rain:

  • Get up early and start your day. Lounging in bed wastes the dry morning, as much as we all love having lie ins when on holiday it is better to avoid the rain by getting out early. 
  • Take a pac-a-mac jacket with you, you can only get ponchos in America and unfortunately they get ripped really easily and once they have been wet a few times they stink!

My final tip is if you go as a couple like we did:

  • Use the single rider queues. Often you only have to wait 10-15 minutes for the ride and, personally, 2/3 times we used them we still got on together. 

Do you have any more tips for enjoying Orlando? Please share!

Medieval Times, Orlando. Amazing afternoon out for the whole family!

During our amazing trip to florida we booked an evening at the Medieval Times; jousting dinner and show, it was a spectacular show so entertaining!

As you arrive along the road (it is approximately 20 minutes from the centre of Orlando) you are greeted by a castle, complete with moat:

You cross the draw bridge and enter the castle itself, once you are booked in you can enjoy a drink in the bar (watch out it’s not cheap and these drinks are not included as part of the entry price) purchase some souvenirs or take a nosy round the medieval village full of artifacts. 

We had purchased the standard ticket, which includes 2 drinks (Pepsi or lemonade, water is also available of course), dinner and the show, you can opt to upgrade from the standard package to get banners to wave, t-shirts and preferential seating (but as it was we got the front row). 

Dinner consisted of tomato soup with garlic bread, chicken with baked potato and corn on the cob, pastry and coffee. It was all served medieval style so you eat without utensils, this just makes it more fun! I must say the food was delicious!!

The arena is split into 6 sections and each section supports one of the knights taking part in the jousting completion and you get a crown in the colour of your knights realm and banners etc if you upgrade:

The show starts with the horses performing dressage style “dance moves” which are gorgeous and then moves on to a jousting competition between the knights, complete with a king and princess and a background story line of a bad knight from an opposing realm coming in to try to steal the princess away! There was jousting, hand to hand sword fighting and even falcon flying, they really put on a great show!

Take a look at our video of the evening out here.

I would totally recommend this dinner and show to all visiting Orlando, with or without children. So much fun was had!

*tickets received discounted in exchange for a review

Our Family Day Out At Drusillas Park Sussex | #triedtested

We celebrated Father’s Day by having a family day out at drusillas park Sussex. It was our first time experience at drusillas so I thought Father’s Day was the perfect time to make a wonderful family memory. I told my children about drusillas before our trip so they were very excited about it as they knew it’s going to be a fun and full of adventure.


I was sent a press pack admission prior to our trip to drusillas so I already had a guide map and some more details about the park. We also had a stamp book, zoolympic challenge booklets, animal spotter books and trail passport which I thought was a perfect way for my kids to get to know the animals that they were going to see.

As we arrived at the parking lot my boys couldn’t contain their excitement and wanted to go inside straight away. The parking area is quite spacious and there is a lot of signs on the way to the entrance. The area looks very clean and there is a lot of  bins everywhere to keep it clean.

Meeting the animals

At entrance, you will get offered to buy the map guide for £2.50 so it’s optional and there are big maps throughout, so you don’t need to buy it. Inside we were greeted with loads of animals to see such as parrot, penguins, camels, red pandas, snake and many more which over 100 animals to see. My children loved the monkeys, rats, flamingoes and many more to name. They were delighted with so many things to do. It’s also very educational for the children as there is a lot of information like a flip book style.

My kids loved filling in the animal passport, they had to stamp the book everytime they saw an animal on the list, which gave them a checklist and makes them familiar with the animals names.

Play area 

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After exploring the animals, we went to the playground which is a big spacious area. My children didn’t know what to do first, but went for the soft play in the end. There is a wet play area which is great for hot days like when we visited. I wished I had brought swimwear for my kids, such a shame they never got to try the wet area. Hence my advise if you ever go to drusillas, bring a swimwear!

There is a “go bananas swing” which we never got to try but it looked great fun. There is also a zip line but my boys were too small to try it.

The weather was so hot, we decided to have a rest for a while and had an ice cream. We sat at the cafe table outside, although we didn’t try the cafe food (as we already had lunch before going there) the food did seem good, as I could see loads of people eating everywhere outside. There is also a picnic area if you bring your own pack lunch.

Go safari! Kids rides attraction and train rides


My boys are train mad, so they couldn’t wait to get in the train. As we traveled along the tracks, there are loads of surprises with snigger and sneer the laughing hyenas and great lion’s roar. My kids really enjoyed the train ride and were really excited by its safari theme.

The next thing we explored was the new safari ride. We all went on this ride, although my boys were a little scared at first they seemed fine and started enjoying it as we go along. The flying cheetah is so much fun, you press a button to control it to go up or down so it’s like flying in the air which we really enjoyed. The mighty hippopotobus can give you a tummy flip feel as it’s go round and round. My youngest son was a bit scared but as we reassured him he learned to relax and didn’t cry at all. I think the rides are a good way for children to overcome their fears and to try something new out of their comfort zone. The rides are not that scary, they are much more fun and a little bit gentle compare to funfair. I usually get dizzy going to rides but the safari rides didn’t make me feel dizzy at all so I felt safe.

Hello kitty secret garden 


After a taste of safari rides, we went to the hello kitty secret garden and I was surprised to see more rides in there. My 5 years old boy was so brave to go with his sister on the hello kitty hopper ride.

One of our favourites is the hello kitty car ride; my 3 year old loves pretending to drive our car so he thought that he is really driving it which was so cute. My daughter and 5 years old enjoyed it too.


The last ride we went too was the hello kitty teacup ride. You have to spin your wheel if you want to go faster, we worked as a team to make it spin faster and faster. We had so much fun and laughter on this ride. There is also a face painting booth, hello kitty house and many many more things to see and do. My son enjoyed riding thomas train as well but that needed a £1 coin.

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There is a lot to see and do in drusillas and it’s worth having a full Day Out. Every corner of the park is full of adventure, fun, exciting activities and views. You can’t get enough as it’s really loads. It’s tiring exploring the whole park but it’s all worth it.

The place is very clean, the staff were lovely and it’s the best place for a family day out. This is best place we’ve ever been as a family. My children were super entertained and it was educational too. They even thanked me for bringing them to drusillas park. They really loved it there and definitely their new favourite place to go for a day out.  The pricing is available on their website and I think that’s it’s well priced and definitely worth it. It’s also a lot cheaper to book it online or to have an annual membership. Check out their tickets and prices for more information.


Have you been to drusillas park? What is your favourite part of our day out? Please leave a Comment below as I would love to read them.

Disclosure : My family and I was invited to spend a day out at drusillas park in exchange for a review blog post. However all thoughts and opinions are my own including pictures and videos.

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Terror attacks and whether you let it run your life!

Last night there was another sickening attack on our country (currently “suspected” terror attack not confirmed).

I love London and actually visited, with the children, just a few weeks after the Westminster incident.

I have another visit for a night out booked for the end of June and I did consider cancelling (my anxiety still continues to try and persuade me to), but a big part of me doesn’t want the terrorists to win! They want us to change our lifestyle and stop doing the things we love because we are scared, so no I am not going to submit to them, I am not going to cancel my life because I am scared of “what if”, I am going to stand tall and be brave! Besides I’ve already bought an expensive dress, I can’t take it back now!

Keep Calm and Carry on England! Don’t let it get you down xxxx

Crabbing in Littlehampton

Today we took the kids out to Littlehampton with their crabbing nets. We used some left over dinner (of sausages and meatballs) to stuff our nets and popped them in the water hoping to catch some crabs. 


Unfortunately we failed to catch anything, but our friends came along with some little fishes to use as bait and that worked much better. 


It really is so much fun for the kids, we love heading out after dinner and killing a few hours down at the river. So much better for them then sitting at home and watching some TV or a film. Hooray for summer!

Swanbourne Lake, dog friendly and child friendly walk in west sussex

Swanbourne lake is a lovely walk in West Sussex for slightly older children and dogs on leads.

Parking is free, but limited. There is a lovely cafe, which serves amazing cream teas as well as proper lunches and a little hut which sells ice cream and duck food.

There is always loads of ducks around and if you visit in the spring you might manage to see some ducklings.

The sides of the lake can be quite steep and a bit dangerous for young toddlers, but older children (4 ish upwards) have great fun climbing the banks and exploring.  Continue reading “Swanbourne Lake, dog friendly and child friendly walk in west sussex”

Durdle Door Adventure 

We went to Dorset for 2 days during the Easter break. I must admit, it’s our first time to explore Durdle Door.

It was lovely weather while we were there, which was perfect. The scenery was breathtaking and just absolutely beautiful. We walk our way down the steep cliff, connected by stairs, down to the bay. It can be a bit scary so proper footwear is a must. My children were adventurous enough to just walk it while other families seemed to struggle. I’ve heard one woman complained to her husband, ” why did he take them there ”

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The Energetic Summer

The summer holidays will be upon us before you know it, the time speeding by at an alarming rate. With that in mind, it’s probably a good time to start thinking about what this summer will bring for you and your kids.

For most of us, there is an element of summer that is quite sedentary. Sometimes, that’s forced upon us by the weather. No one wants to be charging around, sweating up a storm, when it’s hot and balmy outside.

The UK has a notoriously “wet heat” which feels quite different to the dry heat of favoured holiday destinations. It can make the humidity feel cloying and completely sap your energy.

However, while there is always room for a bit of sunshine and doing nothing, it’s preferable for it not to be the sole focus for your kids this summer.

Keeping things energetic can be difficult, but it’s definitely worth it. Not only will you all be fitter and healthier, but you’ll always make better memories than “sat in the garden complaining about the heat” could ever create!

Stuck for ideas on how to keep things energetic? The options are endless, but let’s try and nail them down to some inspiration for making this summer one of boundless enthusiasm.

Make Use Of The Cooler Hours


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The saying goes that it’s always darkest before the dawn, but it’s also true that it’s always coolest before the sun is properly risen. The coolest hours of the day tend to be very early in the morning. If you can get yourself up for 6am, you have a couple of hours to do with as you please without having to worry about risking heatstroke.

What you do with these hours is largely up to you and what your children like. You could go for a bike ride, head into the garden, or just go for a walk around the neighbourhood. If your children love animals, then get in touch with a local shelter and see if they need dog walkers.

Big Plans For Cooler Days 


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If you keep an eye on the forecast, then you should be able to scout days when it’s going to be cooler. Make the most of these, packing them with activities and ideas that none of you will fancy doing when the mercury begins to rise.

Paintballing, for example, is often seen as a pursuit for adults, but it’s actually great for kids. It’s messy and exciting, and it doesn’t matter if the weather isn’t beautiful. If, as a family, you’ve never done it before, then read up on a few tips to be a pro at paintball and then head out for a day you won’t forget.

Another great idea is hiking. There are many choices for the UK, with most of us living within a couple of hours drive of either a National Park or an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. If walking sounds too arduous, most parks will have a cycle hire or even offer horse riding – giving you plenty to focus on when the sun is hiding behind clouds.

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