Phileas French

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Phileas French

Phileas French

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

The Cranley: A Classic London Hotel


The Cranley Hotel in South Kensington takes good service very seriously, as I discovered whilst enjoying afternoon tea there recently. A boutique hotel in one of London's loveliest areas, I took the time to write about all of its best features for Got Saga.   The hotel offers easy access to the Serpentine Gallery, Natural History Museum, V&...
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The Irish House during the Olympics 2012



  Travel Culture Magazine published my piece on what turned out to be the only one of the many fabled Olympics houses that I managed to visit during Summer 2012. I'd like to blame my extended travel writing trip to Abu Dhabi and the Maldives, but the fact that New Zealand's Kiwi House managed to burn down thanks to a maverick gas canister cert...
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Delighted to see that my first article for Got Saga has been published.
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The RAF Museum, Colindale

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I'm still adjusting to my new neighbourhood, Totteridge in North London. During one of Britain's seemingly totally perpetual rainy or freezing, drizzly days, it's mandatory to have some kind of large indoor running space for children. The RAF Museum at Colindale is one such place, and I wrote a piece all about it for Travel Culture Magazine . On pa...
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Travel Culture Magazine: The Museum of London

Travel Culture Magazine , founded by the very charismatic and funny Jeff Zanini, is a publication that I am especially proud and happy to say that I have written a number of pieces for. As soon as I took my family for a visit to the newly revamped Museum of London, which has undergone an extensive and very successful refurbishment and, dare I say i...
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The Camden Arts Centre

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I love Camden Arts Centre. It's perfect for one of the UK's very many rainy or grim weather days, and the children really love it too. I wrote a piece raving about it for Travel Culture Magazine . I'd be very interested to know what you think.
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Only in Hampstead...

Paparazzi sign
There is a ridiculous sign outside the changing room of a gym in Swiss Cottage. It says "No Paparazzi! No snapping with camera phones in our changing rooms please" I'd like to know who exactly feels under threat of pap shots in the toilet. Made me laugh.
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Kiss the Sky Bar

I posted this review on View London , just because this bar is such a great little place. Kiss the Sky Bar Hampstead is surprisingly low on great drinking venues that welcome small children. Kiss The Sky Bar is a lovely cafe bar which has recently opened on Pond Street and may redress the balance slightly. It has highchairs and crayons and colourin...
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