A Photographic Journey In London’s Russell Square

A Photographic Journey In London’s Russell Square

This is the first in a series of Photo Posts as part of my visual stories. A Photographic Journey In London’s Russell Square will give you an exciting picture of this part of the city.

Russell Square in West London is a popular part of the city; mainly know for accommodating students from the University of London. It has numerous hotels used for conferences, networking and for a place to stay during your trip. It’s neighbouring Kings Cross and Holborn are only a few steps away.

A beautiful fancy kiosk



A beautiful fancy kiosk – the rear view


A smart row of terraced houses in Russell Square


Kimpton Fitzroy Hotel London near Russell Square Tube station


Find out more about this hotel on Booking.com


Kimpton Fitzroy London at dawn


Lunchtime vibe in Russell Square


Russell Square and the University of London


Russell Square Garden


Russell Square with Senate House University of London in the background


Have you ever been to this trendy part of London or are you planning a trip there? What did you find most interesting?

Check out more interesting places here.

The O2 Arena – An Ideal Hangout For Friends And Family

The O2 Arena – An Ideal Hangout For Friends And Family

The O2 Arena is an indoor arena, widely known for its multi-purpose use. The Arena can be found in the Greenwich peninsula in the South East region of London. The venue was formerly known as the Millennium Dome, due to its large dome shaped structure. Built just before the turn of century as place to celebrate the coming of the millennium.

The O2 Arena London


Why is the O2 Arena called the O2?

The O2 Arena obtained its name from its sponsors, O2, the communication company.

This popular O2 arena in London town is know to have a large seating capacity, in form of restaurants, entertainment venues and an auditorium known as Indigo for performances and music events.

Things to do at the O2 Arena:

1. Visit the Cinema

2. See performances

3. Eat and drink at restaurants and bars of your choice.

Jimmy restaurant serves delicious world food


Fish burger and chips


Memorabilia at Jimmys restaurant O2


4. Shop till you drop

5. Climb up the O2 

The climbing experience at the O2. Book up to join in

6. Hollywood bowling

Check out some upcoming events here and incorporate them in to your travel itinerary to London.

Have you had the chance to visit the O2 in London? It’s a fun place to visit and has an electric atmosphere! It’s my hangout with friends especially when I’m stuck for somewhere to go. Don’t miss out, add the O2 Arena to your must see list today!

London: Discover Why Budget Hotels Are Great For Your Pocket

London: Discover Why Budget Hotels Are Great For Your Pocket

Christmas is over, 2019 is well underway, so the next best task to look forward to doing at the moment is booking that city break to London; simply because you’ve been dreaming about this for a while.

It’s all very well booking a trip but a lot of importance needs to be placed on the vicinity of the hotel you choose. City breaks usually require a lot of walking uphill as well as down hill and sometimes long roads like Oxford Street or Regents street in Central London.

Trafalgar Square

Your hotel will need to be close to the attractions to save you time and money. In most cases, more time will be spent outdoors than indoors unless you aim to hide away. Trust me, London is not a city for hiding away. The attractions are plenty!

Imperial War Museum IWM

Some say the closer your hotel is to attractions the more expensive it is likely to be. But there are numerous hotels in London where you can spend on a budget.

Here are some Budget hotels to help you make up your mind. Remember if you are a traveller who enjoys spending most of the time touring the city, then there isn’t any point spending a fortune on a luxury hotel.  After all you won’t be spending hardly any time there apart from eating, sleeping and showering.

On the other hand feel free to book in a luxury hotel if that’s what you fancy.

Make sure you are close to chemists and supermarkets for those essentials.

Here are a handful of places to visit during your city break:

Beverly house hotel Paddington

Very close to Paddington station and in the heart of London

Smart Hyde Park View Hostel

Bang in the centre of London and close to the main attractions like Hyde Park Corner and Harrods department store.

Smart Russell Square Hostel mixed Hostel

Generator London

Rest Up Hostel

Best Western London Peckham Hotel

You only need a bus-ride into central London and enjoy the views along the way! Jump on the number 12 bus to take you to Trafalgar square. Alternatively, board the route 36 bus to Hyde Park to Paddington.

Yakondi has now partnered with Booking.com, so head over for more hotel choices.

To sum up, also consider the proximity to:

  • Restaurants
  • Shops
  • Bargains
  • Buses
  • Tube
  • Trains
  • Trams
  • River boats

Happy travels for 2019 and take your time when booking as there are always hidden bargains. Have fun and remember to ask me for more tips about London here!

Bank London


Iconic Phone box in Russell Square


London Bridge


Russell Square


How to create the best travel blog that will get travellers off your feet

How to create the best travel blog that will get travellers off your feet

Someone asked me the other day what travel blogging is all about. They said that they were not tech savvy and would like to know more about this art.

After explaining the concept to them they were thankful for the inspiration.

Victoria Embankment, River Thames London UK

You don’t need to have a journalist background to get going. You simply need to be sincere and humble about your stories. Here are some pain free steps on how to write an awesome travel blog that stands out and will ultimately get those travel feet moving:

Plan, plan, plan!

Decide which topic to write about

Write an outline and possibly a Spider diagram with bullet points to pinpoint each section.

Write from your gut

Add some humour and some positive as well as negative insights.

Write from your experience, for example, perhaps you would go back to Mexico because they make the best tacos or the people are friendly or fares are reasonable. Just be true to yourself!

Quality is much better than quantity

Remember the old saying. No one wants to read about a marketing post. The beauty of travel blogging is that bloggers write about their experience, which is unique! A well written, high-quality blog post is not always about the number of words but ideally 500 words and above should be sufficient, bearing in mind that you need to consider the patience of the reader. Readers don’t always enjoy a huge amount of content. Make it short and sweet, short is ample!

Although this might seem like going back to school, make sure you include the main points in the introduction without giving too much away. Keep your readers in suspense.

The introduction highlights the destination and the highs and lows with additional problem solving. Help your reader to solve a problem, like even though a destination has had bad press, write about how positive your experience was in spite of the hype and add images and videos to prove it!

Draw the reader in in the body by building on the intro. Wrap up your points and remember the conclusion should cover points not already mentioned. Avoid repetition at all cost.

Let the body explain the solutions to the problem that you set up in the introduction, e.g. why have you recommended this particular location. This where your readers are eager to know why this location is a must to visit! Could it be that the weather is hot all year round or it’s the best place to have a meal on a budget?

Add pictures, cartoons or sketches to make to make the post more fun.


Listing a post with bullet points or numbers is one of the most quickest ways to write a travel post and is less complex, it’s also ideal for those writers, bloggers and advisors with less time in their hands.

Feel free to list your points using numbers, bullet points or paragraphs. The beauty of listing is that’s it’s quicker to read with explanations.

In conclusion

Summarise and keep the conclusion short without repetitions. You can add a call-to- action, for instance, recommending your favourite airline or the cheapest time to travel.

At this point remind your readers to engage by responding to the comments to bring the post to life. Add a link to a previous post of yours or a Yakondi post of a similar destination or similar topic.

Always ask your readers for some feedback, for example, Have you ever swam with dolphins? What did you enjoy most when you swam with dolphins?

Happy travel blogging!

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Moments: Experience All Things Green At kew Gardens

Moments: Experience All Things Green At kew Gardens

An array of pictures from the Royal Horticultural Society outside Westminster Cathderal in Victoria London


Images taken by some of the winners of the RHS photography competion 2018

Westminster Cathederal Victoria London


Seasonal plants

RHS London Plant and Art Fair


RHS London Plant and Art Fair


Flowers in a field




Beautiful flowers


A distinctive plant looking more like a spider’s web




Pigeons searching for food to devour