Phileas French

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Phileas French

Phileas French

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

Five Things to do in Wiltshire

  Wiltshire is a destination county. With parts in both the Cotswolds and the West Country, it has a unique feel: bucolic, elegant and largely unspoilt. It is home to Britain’s most important ancient historic monument, some of England’s prettiest villages and the grandest of stately homes. An obvious number one, Stonehenge simply...
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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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Sweeps Festival Rochester

    For various reasons over recent years, major festivals have left me cold. Christmas, Easter. Meh. Don't even get me started on Mother's Day. Regular readers will know that I'm a Halloween fanatic. But this year I decided that it was time to go large on May Day too. Twenty years ago at Teddy Hall, Oxford, everyone had to stay awak...
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The Chelsea Flower Show 2015

IMG_6355This 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...
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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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Guest Post: Mystery Map An Insider's Perspective

Mystery_Maps_LogoRicky Power Sayeed is a TV documentary researcher based in London. He's made programmes about parachuting Nazi nuns, poverty in Lincolnshire and iPad addicted toddlers. I caught up with him to get the downlow on his highlights of the show and wish list for future episodes... What was it like doing all the research on Mystery Map? It's tough to su...
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Haddon Hall, Derbyshire's Most Beautiful House

Spring 2013 063Tucked away in Bakewell in Derbyshire lies what Simon Jenkins described as “the most perfect English House to survive from the Middle Ages”. It’s owned by Lord Edward Manners, who also owns the wonderful nearby hotel/restaurant, the Peacock at Rowsley. Haddon Hall has belonged to the Manners family for over 800 years and they’ve had the good sense...
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First Thoughts on Derbyshire

Spring 2013 031Today I’ve realised that until right now, I’ve been existing in a state of miserable ignorance about how beautiful the Peak District is, and how much there is to do on a visit. Maybe it was the residue of crisp white snow, but parts of rural Derbyshire felt almost Alpine on the drive up from London. Matlock was a startling sight as I peered at the ...
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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 want...
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Women's Basketball at the London Olympics 2012

Olympics game  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...
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