Ten memorable London jaunts in 2015 1) Helicopter over London: It may be prohibitively expensive and ridiculously brief, but flying above the Thames in a chopper is an unbelievable experience. [photos] 2) Millennium Mills: As part of Open House, I donned a hard hat and they allowed me on the roof. Fabulous. [photos] 3) Round Tower: For a true sense of place, I can heartily recommend walking around the outside of your borough (unless it's Sutton). [photos] 4) Arsenal v Dynamo Zagreb: Finally I got to watch almost an entire football match, at this Champions League stormer. 5) Charing Cross: A night out at the cinema takes on a whole new dimension when the screen is set up in an abandoned tube station. 6) Clapham South Deep Level Shelter: Apparently TfL are planning on doing a lot more trips down this wartime shelter. That's excellent news. 7) The House of Commons: It was unexpectedly simple to walk in off the street and watch a Commons debate - democracy in action. 8) Contrasts: Courtesy of a documentary from 1968, I followed Sir John Betjeman up the Edgware Road. [photos] 9) The Aftermath Dislocation Principle: The KLF's dystopian model village in a railway arch near London Bridge (open for four more weeks). [photos] 10) The Line: Against the odds, the Lower Lea Valley is now a riverside art trail. [photos]
Three favourite foreign destinations 1) Berlin: A perfect long weekend in the German capital - both halves. It's on the list to revisit. [photos] 2) Rome: A classical treasure, enjoyed out of season, the heart of the city is utterly charming. [photos] 3) Brussels: The centre of Euro-bureaucracy is well worth a daytrip, for the Atomium alone. [photos]
Ten favourite Out-of-London destinations 1) Liverpool: On the day our Cilla was laid to rest, I visited as much of this great city (and the Wirral) as I possibly could. [photos] 2) Isle of Wight: A tube train, a steam train, a hovercraft and a clifftop theme park, all in one day? Hell yes. [photos] 3) Imber: Once a year a fleet of Routemaster buses invade Salisbury Plain. [photos] 4) Stoke-on-Trent: This fascinating faded industrial town had a lot to teach me about the state of modern Britain. 5) Beamish: It rained all day, and almost nobody else was there, but what a brilliant window on the past. [photos] 6) Poundbury: I'd heard so much about Prince Charles's model town, and in May I trod its chocolatebox streets. [photos] 7) Birmingham: There's much to see, heritage-wise, in the City of A Thousand Trades. 8) Route 11: Birmingham's 27 mile orbital bus route isn't for the faint-hearted, but if you ever have three hours spare... 9) Bournemouth: Easter Monday on the sunny south coast? Get in! [photos] 10) Runnymede: The day before the 800th anniversary of Magna Carta, I wandered around to watch the preparations.