The Red Book

Our thoughts and ideas on how to live with a little more adventure in your life and make the most of the world around you.


A tale of fire & ice: My year of swimming in a cold pond

A tale of fire & ice: My year of swimming in a cold pond

Last year I decided to keep swimming in the Kenwood Ladies' Pond through the seasons, whatever the weather.

Here is how I got on.

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Bleak House July Guide | Primrose Hill to Liberty

Bleak House July Guide | Primrose Hill to Liberty

A walk from Primrose Hill to Liberty taking in beautiful architecture, stunning views, one of the world's greatest parks, and the odd giraffe. 

Click through to download the walk and watch our video.

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July's Day Trip | Punting in Cambridge

July's Day Trip | Punting in Cambridge

The first in our new series of Bleak House guides is a day trip to the pretty city of Cambridge for a spot of punting and hunting down the world's best Chelsea buns.

Click through to watch our short video and download the free guide.

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Running away to join the Circus | Deborah Collella (the Dog Nanny)

Running away to join the Circus | Deborah Collella (the Dog Nanny)

Deborah Colella, the Dog Nanny, tells us why the circus means so much to her and why her Incredibly Clever Canine Circus is the most fun dog training class around.

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June's London Walk | Richmond Riverside

June's London Walk | Richmond Riverside

June's Conker London walk is a pretty amble along the Thames at Richmond. The walk features pretty cottages, elegant townhouses, lots of wysteria, a delicious lunch and a cute little £1 ferry.

Click through to download the walk and watch our video.

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BLEAK HOUSE GUIDES MAY | COLUMBIA ROAD TO SPITALFIELDS

BLEAK HOUSE GUIDES MAY | COLUMBIA ROAD TO SPITALFIELDS

A walk through three of London's most famous markets to see how French Huguenots, Ashkenazi Jews and Bangladeshis have shaped the architecture and culture of this hugely important and inspiring part of our immigrant history.

Click through to download our hand drawn map of the walk.

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Bleak House Guides April | Chelsea

Bleak House Guides April | Chelsea

A pretty, springtime stroll through Chelsea to make the most of the magnolia, camellia and wisteria on display in every front garden.

Click through to download our hand drawn map of the walk.

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Bleak House Guide March | Chancery Lane to Borough Market

Bleak House Guide March | Chancery Lane to Borough Market

Aa walk of two halves passing through the empty medieval streets that sit at the centre of our ancient legal system, and across the river to the bustling 21st Century South Bank. 

Click through to download our hand drawn map of the walk.

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Bleak House Guide February | London Bridge to Limehouse

Bleak House Guide February | London Bridge to Limehouse

February's walk is a historical trip along the Pool of London where iconic landmarks give way to cobbled streets lined with beautiful wharves and cosy pubs.

Click through to download our hand drawn map of the walk.

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Bleak House Guide January | Hampstead

Bleak House Guide January | Hampstead

A literary amble high up above the city in Hampstead featuring elegant Georgian townhouses, Victorian cottages, atmospheric graveyards and cosy pubs.

Click through to download our hand drawn map of the walk.

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How to do Christmas shopping in London

How to do Christmas shopping in London

Shopping for gifts should be as enjoyable as giving and receiving them. Here is our guide to the best places to get your shopping nailed, for him, for her and for the other people in your life.

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How to Enjoy Christmas in London

How to Enjoy Christmas in London

Our guide to the most stylish and atmospheric things to do in London at Christmas to make the most of this magical festive period.

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