Phileas French

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Phileas French

Phileas French

Travel Writer | Exploring every country in the world, one adventure at a time

The Emirates Airline Cable Car


I was pretty late to the party catching a ride on this but it was worth the wait. And, yes, there was a slightly tedious wait with a fractious baby in a stroller. I plan to get back there at a less crowded time. Once it gets started all those frustrations are forgotten though. The UK's first urban cable car, it was opened just in time for the Londo...
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Travel Tips: Where in North London to get Children's Travel Vaccinations

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Many people, most of all me, have been mourning the loss of the Royal Free travel clinic, which used to be a friendly Hampstead ground floor gateway to exotic adventures. Now that's gone, the alternative that I've discovered is Nomad Travel Clinic in Turnpike Lane . They have other branches as well but I can only speak for the one that I've been to...
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Five Luxury Stocking Fillers for Passepartout Homes


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Just as the pre-Christmas season seems to extend annually, so too do the range of tantalising retail options available during November and December. It can be difficult to unpick truly luxurious items of lasting quality, particularly when shopping for appealing stocking fillers rather than sure-fire large items. It is also surprisingly easy to fall...
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Iconic London Markets: Camden

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Camden Market is London’s number one tourist attraction. Despite this, there are plenty of times to go to avoid the major crush and have a chilled out time browsing, particularly mornings between Monday and Wednesday. One excellent website I’ve been partnering with, pockethighstreet , cherry-picked a great itinerary of Camden boutiques to visit rec...
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Iconic London Markets: Brixton

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I’ve been a huge fan of Brixton ever since I was lucky enough to live in or around there (Camberwell, Loughborough Junction…just off Coldharbour Lane) for five years in the late 1990s. When I went back to visit Brixton Market recently, I was astonished by the changes, particularly in the labyrinth-like Arcades area. Brixton Market has always been a...
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The Chelsea Flower Show 2015

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This isn't one of my typical travel articles, more of an opportunity to unite some photographs  from this annual flora fest by using a bit of text. Ridiculously, I had never been to Chelsea Flower Show before, so I was very excited when I managed to get some tickets for Jonathan and I to go. Foolishly, I'd imagined the crowds might have abated by 5...
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A Short Stay in West Kensington with FG Properties

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Last week I had the pleasure, along with Jonathan (my husband) of sampling the offering of FG Properties , who provide what they rightly call a "fully curated service for guests" in a small suite of luxury central London apartments. Ours was a top floor two bedroom flat in a period property about two minutes' walk from West Kensington Station. For ...
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The Alford Arms: A Perfect Country Pub


Phileas French made a very exciting discovery last night.  Somewhere I’ve been looking for North of London for a surprisingly long time. The perfect country pub for food and drink. Most people have a favourite pub, or one they favour for food, one for real ale, whatever. If you haven’t trawled Home Counties drinking spots with my dogged enthusiasm,...
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The Royal Park Hotel, Lancaster Gate


I have just had my first piece published by Globe Connoisseur , a luxury travel website for women, which I am very pleased and excited about. The Royal Park Hotel seemed like a natural first place to cover for the site, because it's an intimate spot with a number of features which make it well-suited to both women travelling alone and those who wan...
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Women's Basketball at the London Olympics 2012

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  The always-brilliant Travel Belles were keen for me to cover the Olympics for them in a kind of ad hoc London correspondent role. It was just as well that I had crawled over broken lass to procure two tickets to a women's basketball game, between the USA and France, which turned out to be absolutely thrilling and very close run indeed. It wa...
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