London is England’s capital and largest city, located in the south of the country and standing on the River Thames. It is one of the most visited cities in the world and is home to several world famous attractions including Buckingham Palace, Big Ben, the Tower of London, St. Paul’s Cathedral and Westminster Abbey. Though the city is a busy place with a large population, it also boasts plenty of green spaces, such as Hampstead Heath, Kew Gardens, Regent’s Park, Richmond Park and St. James’s Park, to name a few. Many also go to London to enjoy the theatrical performances it puts on in its theatre district, the West End.  

Top 10 Museums in Europe

Europe is home to some of the world’s most renowned museums, the vast majority of which boast extensive collections and a wide variety of exhibits. Many holidaymakers head to Europe in pursuit of the kind of cultural holiday the continent’s museums help provide. Museums offer a fun and interactive way…

Afternoon Tea illustration

Afternoon Tea

“There are few hours in life more agreeable than the hour dedicated to the ceremony known as afternoon tea”. Henry James, 19th century writer. Here are the top places to try this delicious, afternoon treat.

Children looking at mountain view

How to Travel with Children

When going on holiday, there are many who choose to leave their children at home. The stress and hassle of accommodating a child’s needs might not seem worth it. But going on holiday as a whole family can be an incredibly rewarding experience, both for you and your children. If you follow these tips, you won’t even have to worry about the potential drawbacks of travelling with children, and can instead have a holiday which you and your children will forever look back on fondly.

James Bond Spectre

Travel like Bond…

James Bond is famous for his lavish taste in luxurious 5-star hotels. So to coincide with the release of ‘Spectre’, the much-anticipated 24th film in the legendary spy series, Splendia brings you a selection of exceptional properties which have either hosted, inspired, or are worthy of cinema’s most famous…

The World’s 50 Best Restaurants

The World’s 50 Best Restaurants: Our Pick

The prestigious San Pellegrino 50 Best Restaurants list has once again brought us the crème de la crème of culinary delights from around the world. The sheer amount of tasty treats on offer from the best 50 eateries around the world seems impossible to choose from, so we’ve…

What’s on October

What’s on: October

Falling leaves, frosty mornings and crackling fires; there really is something special about this time of year. Make this autumn particularly memorable with our selection of October events… International Festival of the Sahara, Douz, Tunisia Discover the enchanting traditions of the North African desert at the International Festival…

What’s on July

What’s on: July

The time of year you’ve been waiting for is finally here; the holidays are booked, the flip flops are on, so start making some summer memories at events taking place across the globe! Whether you’ll be rolling around in the South Korean mud or dancing atop the London…

What’s On: April

April showers and blossoming flowers…spring is finally in full swing, bringing with it a brand new bunch of things to do! Whether you see yourself as a flourishing fashionista or a secret surf enthusiast, we have a vibrant selection of enticing events set to brighten up your calendar. Mercedes-Benz Fashion…

Dramatic Heights of Fashion

Dramatic Heights of Fashion

Last month, fashionistas of the world descended on the four major fashion capitals – New York, London, Milan and Paris – to witness the spectacles bestowed upon them by the most renowned and enterprising designers. Expectations were at an all time high following the unequivocal success of the…

No Business Like Show Business

No Business Like Show Business

With the bright lights of New York City and the buzzing atmosphere in London, it can be difficult to know where to start when planning a night out. Luckily, Splendia is here to lend a hand. New York’s Broadway and London’s West End have a combined total of…

London’s Most Stylish Spots

London’s Most Stylish Spots

New York, London, Milan and Paris – the world’s four most stylish cities take centre stage this month. New York kicked off the global fashion calendar last week, but tomorrow the world of fashion turns its well-groomed head towards London. Stylists, celebrities, fashionistas and, of course, models will…

Top 3 Beer Festivals

Our Top 3: Beer Festivals

Whilst many of 2012’s music and cultural festivals have been and gone, this year’s beer festival season is still very much in full swing. A celebration unlike any other, the “beerfest” has undergone a renaissance in recent years, with more and more events across the globe welcoming a…

Lights, Camera, Action: Hotel Film Locations

As well as being popular amongst travellers worldwide for their quality service and luxurious atmosphere, the hotels below may also have caught the eye of film fans over the years. Whether it’s the hotel that played host to Javier Bardem’s antics in Vicky Cristina Barcelona, or the site for Pierce Brosnan strutting his stuff as 007 in GoldenEye, these hotels are definitely worth a visit!

Splendia brings you a selection of top hotels, which have not only hosted some of Hollywood’s biggest stars, but also featured in some of their films…

Experimental Cocktail Club

Experimental Cocktail Club

On a quiet street in Paris’ second arrondissement lies a bar, visible from the outside only due to an unassuming plaque. Inconspicuous it may be, but this well-hidden spot has beaten the odds to become the hangout du jour of many a cosmopolitan Parisian. Based on the fashionable bars of…

Brunch Is Served

Brunch Is Served

There’s nothing quite like recovering from one too many cocktails during a long, leisurely Sunday brunch. Blueberry pancakes or French toast drizzled in sweet maple syrup, creamy fruit smoothies or freshly squeezed orange juice, Eggs Benedict smothered in Hollandaise sauce – all accompanied with a healthy dose of…

Our Top 3 European Football Stadiums

Our Top 3: European Football Stadiums

Europe is home to some of the world’s most exciting and emblematic sporting venues, and football is no exception. Prestigious, impressive and full of atmosphere, it’s not surprising that many European football stadiums tempt millions of people inside to discover the incredible settings of The Beautiful Game. Read…

Silver Screens

Silver Screens

A trip to the cinema is a holiday from real life. On a dreary Sunday afternoon you can travel the world, see someone save the human race, or immerse yourself in a love affair. However, just as there are thousand of different hotels out there to suit your mood,…

London Calling: Odile Dicks-Mireaux

Odile Dicks-Mireaux is a BAFTA award-winning costume designer based in London. A background in Theatre Design led to a contract at the BBC in the 1980s, where she worked on iconic British classics Dr Who and Black Adder. Leaving the daleks and tardis behind, she has gone on to create the looks for hit movies such as The Constant Gardener, An Education and the recent of adaptation of bestselling book by David Nicholls, One Day. Odile may have worked with Hollywood royalty, but the born-and-bred Londoner has always made the capital city her home.


Spice Up Your Life

A welcome culinary invasion of our delicate palates, it seems that Mexican restaurants are popping up all over the place. Though you could be forgiven for thinking it was all about chimichangas and cheddar-drenched nachos, genuine Mexican cuisine is one of the world’s most diverse. Nowadays, the Americanised…

Our Top 3 London Art Picks

Our Top 3: London Art Picks

We all made our New Year’s resolutions with the best of intentions…but midway through February, our enthusiasm has waned: the gym membership card lies untouched, the ambitious collection of “books to read” sits resolutely unread, and somehow those chocolate puddings have managed to creep back into the fridge.…

Macarons are everywhere in the French capital

The legendary macaron has origins dating back to 1792, when two Carmelite nuns seeking asylum in Nancy during the French Revolution baked and sold macarons in order to support themselves – thus becoming known as the ‘macaron sisters’. However, it wasn’t until the 1900s that Pierre Desfontaines of Parisian pastry shop Ladurée decided to take two of the cookies and fill them with a silky smooth ganache.

In recent years the macaron has become fashionable again, with weird and wonderful fillings cropping up in bakeries. Splendia have tried and tested (maybe one too many of) the crème de la crème of macarons from around the world. Step aside cupcake: the macaron is back – this time with a foie gras and cream cheese filling…

High in the Sky

High in the Sky

One way to truly see the sights of a city is from high up in the sky. With that in mind, we’ve compiled a list of the best places from which to take in spectacular views of 10 of our favourites.

Tour de Shop: London

Book yourself a break away in the British capital and take a tour of some of London’s most iconic shops for your Christmas shopping this year! Best for traditional gifts Harrods, the world’s most famous department store, comprises seven floors of luxury and is a tourist attraction in itself.…

Cupcake Crazy Story

A craze that has taken the world by storm is the cupcake – and with good reason! Small but perfectly formed, the cupcake was created as an individual serving, designed to bring a little piece of joy to a person’s day. Ideally served with a cup of tea or coffee, or a hot chocolate for those with a real sweet tooth, it’s the ideal treat – morning, noon or night!

They do say, after all, that the best things come in small packages…

Here’s our pick of the best places to enjoy a perfectly-sized piece of deliciousness!

A Chocolaty Winter Treat

A Chocolaty Winter Treat !

If you happen to be in London from 9th to 11th December, make sure you pay a visit to London’s Southbank Centre for the Chocolate Festival 2011! Simply heaven for chocoholics and budding chocolatiers, and a great family day out, this is the perfect winter treat…

Spin Under the Stars

Spin Under the Stars

The winter months are here, and what better way to celebrate the holidays than with a whirl around an outdoor ice rink! From the dazzling Somerset House in London to the historic Wollman in New York, we’ve compiled the most attractive settings for a truly magical evening spin…