What to do in Valencia in summer

Published on Europe Up Close on 22nd July 2016:

If you can stand the heat, Valencia is one of the best European cities to visit in the summer.

As the third biggest city in Spain, the centre of Valencia has a real neighbourhood feel and almost everything is within walking distance.

And thanks to its array of attractions, restaurants and nightlife, there’s really something for everyone.

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Hop on for a Benelux Culinary Tour

Published on Europe Up Close on 22nd May 2016:

Rail travel is often associated with the hateful commuter necessity that we experience daily or the iconic luxury experiences that we only read about; but is there anything in between? Those were my thoughts as I boarded the Eurostar for a nine day trip that would weave me across Benelux – Belgium, Netherlands and Luxembourg – for a Benelux culinary journey.

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Best Restaurants for Late-night Dining in London

Published on Europe Up Close on 24th July 2015:

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New York might be the city that never sleeps, but London follows pretty close behind. At least that’s true when it comes to its late night dining options. Now you can enjoy a meal at some of the best restaurants in London… 24 hours a day! This wasn’t always the case, of course. Historically, if you were hungry after a night out, you’d have to rely on private member’s casinos, kebab vans or hotel restaurants. Thanks to the 24 hour licensing laws which came into effect in 2003, allowing alcohol to be served around the clock, many bars have extended their opening hours.The result? The increase in hungry revelers has led to a growth in late night dining options. Here’s my picks for the best restaurants for late night dining in London.

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