Ten memorable London jaunts in 2017 1) Herbert Dip: 52 weekly-ish trips to London boroughs that never were. That was fun. For a full index, see here. 2) Open House: Choose carefully, and September's buildingfest never disappoints [photos] 3) Pedways: I hunted down all the City's elevated concrete leftovers. 4) Boring VII: Typically the annual Boring Conference never is. 5) Isabella Plantation: A cluster of glamorous shrubbery in the heart of Richmond Park [photos] 6) Walthamstow Wetlands: Numerous reservoirs, newly opened up and well worth a hike. 7) Syon House: It's taken me far too long to visit this historic mansion and its fine gardens [photos] 8) London postcodes: Which are the first and last London postcodes in alphabetical order? A surprisingly tricky question to answer. 9) Wembley Stadium: it was only to attend a shareholders meeting, but hey, I got a free lunch out of it. 10) Walking the Heathrow flightpath: So simple, so illuminating, so noisy.
Ten favourite Out-of-London destinations (other than the above) 1) Ghent: Because Bruges is over-visited, and Brussels is nowhere near as pretty [photos] 2) The Needles: The chairlift over Alum Chine is the ultimate in low-tech spectacular [photos] 3) Les Catacombes: A macabre attraction in the dead centre of Paris (with annoyingly long queues) 4) Cliveden: The Astors' amazing Bucks mansion (and a splendid stretch of Thames Path to boot) [photos] 5) Folkestone Triennial: Every three years, art installations make this must-visit seaaside [photos] 6) Virginia Water: I highly recommend a long walk round the lake and a diversion into Valley Gardens. 7) Wakehurst: The other part of Kew Gardens, in deepest West Sussex, where the seedbank and stunning trees are [photos] 8) Sandwich: To improve a visit to this Cinque Port, turn up on Heritage Open Days weekend [photos] 9) Brighton: A five-clue Treasure Hunt, striding out over the Downs to Hassocks. 10) Beachy Head: My most favourite walk, from Eastbourne to Seaford via the Seven Sisters [photos]