Joseph Reaney

Correspondent

  • London, England, UK

Joseph Reaney is the London correspondent for Forbes Travel Guide and also covers a range of other European cities for Forbes Travel Guide. A freelance British travel journalist based across Europe (in London, Prague and Vaduz), he writes articles and guides for luxury publications including The Telegraph, Virgin Airlines and Vertu Select, and is the founder and editor-in-chief of the travel writing service WorldWORDS. Reaney also blogs about his travels at josephreaney.com.

  • On March 11, 2013
    Joseph Reaney answered the question: Joseph Reaney

    What are the best things about summer in London?

    Hyde Park in Summer, VisitLondon.com It's not just because there's a limited (though still very real) chance of it raining... there are many other factors that make summer special in the British capital. Here are three.

    Cultural events
    Not every London summer can boast both the Diamond Jubilee and Summer Olympics, but there are several annual cultural events that always make a June to September visit worthwhile. From the spectacular Trooping the Colour (aka the Queen's Birthday Parade) in June to Pride London in July to the Notting Hill Carnival in August, the British capital is jam-packed with summertime jollities.

    Music festivals
    It's still culture, but it's worthy of its own entry. Britain is world-renowned for its open-air summer music festivals, so it's no surprise to learn the British capital has some fine specimens. From the pop-focused O2 Wireless Festival to the reggae and Caribbean-loving One Love Peace Festival to the classical music-toting The Proms, there are few better cities on earth to enjoy al fresco tunes in the (finger's crossed) sun.

    The Royal Parks
    London's status as one of the greenest cities in the world is well-deserved, but it's only really in summer that you can make the most of them. You can meet the animals at London Zoo in Regent's Park, enjoy a traditional picnic in Kensington Gardens or try pedal-boating on the Serpentine Lake in Hyde Park.
  • On March 11, 2013
    Joseph Reaney answered the question: Joseph Reaney

    What are the best things about summer in London?

    Hyde Park in Summer, VisitLondon.com It's not just because there's a limited (though still very real) chance of it raining... there are many other factors that make summer special in the British capital. Here are three.

    Cultural events
    Not every London summer can boast both the Diamond Jubilee and Summer Olympics, but there are several annual cultural events that always make a June to September visit worthwhile. From the spectacular Trooping the Colour (aka the Queen's Birthday Parade) in June to Pride London in July to the Notting Hill Carnival in August, the British capital is jam-packed with summertime jollities.

    Music festivals
    It's still culture, but it's worthy of its own entry. Britain is world-renowned for its open-air summer music festivals, so it's no surprise to learn the British capital has some fine specimens. From the pop-focused O2 Wireless Festival to the reggae and Caribbean-loving One Love Peace Festival to the classical music-toting The Proms, there are few better cities on earth to enjoy al fresco tunes in the (finger's crossed) sun.

    The Royal Parks
    London's status as one of the greenest cities in the world is well-deserved, but it's only really in summer that you can make the most of them. You can meet the animals at London Zoo in Regent's Park, enjoy a traditional picnic in Kensington Gardens or try pedal-boating on the Serpentine Lake in Hyde Park.
  • On March 11, 2013
    Joseph Reaney answered the question: Joseph Reaney

    What are the best things about summer in London?

    Hyde Park in Summer, VisitLondon.com There are many reasons why London is best in summer – and not just because there's a limited (though still very real) chance of it raining. Here are three things that make summer special in the British capital.

    Cultural events
    Not every London summer can boast both the Diamond Jubilee and Summer Olympics, but there are several annual cultural events that always make a June to September visit worthwhile. From the spectacular Trooping the Colour (aka the Queen's Birthday Parade) in June to Pride London in July to the Notting Hill Carnival in August, the British capital is jam-packed with summertime jollities.

    Music festivals
    It's still culture, but it's worthy of its own entry. Britain is world-renowned for its open-air summer music festivals, so it's no surprise to learn the British capital has some fine specimens. From the pop-focused O2 Wireless Festival to the reggae and Caribbean-loving One Love Peace Festival to the classical music-toting The Proms, there are few better cities on earth to enjoy al fresco tunes in the (finger's crossed) sun.

    The Royal Parks
    London's status as one of the greenest cities in the world is well-deserved, but it's only really in summer that you can make the most of them. You can meet the animals at London Zoo in Regent's Park, enjoy a traditional picnic in Kensington Gardens or try pedal-boating on the Serpentine Lake in Hyde Park.
  • On March 11, 2013
    Joseph Reaney answered the question: Joseph Reaney

    What are the best things about fall in London?

    Hyde Park in Fall, Pawel Libera Whispering breezes, reddening leaves and shortening queues makes fall an ideal season to experience London. Here are three other reasons why you should wait until (as the Brits say) autumn for your visit.

    Guy
    This peculiarly British event occurs every November 5, and involves locals celebrating the thwarted 17th century plot to blow up the Houses of Parliament by burning effigies of its chief conspirator Guy Fawkes on a big bonfire. Throw in funfairs, toffee apples and elaborate fireworks, and it's an event not to be missed. And if that hasn't quenched your thirst, you can enjoy more fireworks later in the month with the Lord Mayor's Show – a traditional ceremony stretching back more than 500 years.

    Jazz
    London is famed for its summer music festivals, but perhaps its most colorful music event doesn't occur until November. The 10-day London Jazz Festival sees thousands of performers and music fans descend on the British capital to blow away those gray clouds. You'll find shows in iconic venues across the capital – from the Southbank Centre to the Royal Albert Hall to Ronnie Scott's – featuring the cream of the British, European and American jazz scenes.

    Sport
    Every November, London hosts the ATP World Tour Finals – the final event of the men's tennis calendar, involving the top eight players in the world. But that's just the start. Fall also offers the chance to take in a range of other major British-invented sports like football/soccer (with the Premier League underway), cycling (the Tour of Britain is in September) and rugby (the Autumn internationals are in November).
  • On March 11, 2013
    Joseph Reaney answered the question: Joseph Reaney

    What are the best things about fall in London?

    Hyde Park in Fall, Pawel Libera Whispering breezes, reddening leaves and shortening queues makes fall an ideal season to experience London. Here are three other reasons why you should wait until (as the Brits say) autumn for your visit.

    Guy
    This peculiarly British event occurs every November 5, and involves locals celebrating the thwarted 17th century plot to blow up the Houses of Parliament by burning effigies of its chief conspirator Guy Fawkes on a big bonfire. Throw in funfairs, toffee apples and elaborate fireworks, and it's an event not to be missed. And if that hasn't quenched your thirst, you can enjoy more fireworks later in the month with the Lord Mayor's Show – a traditional ceremony stretching back more than 500 years.

    Jazz
    London is famed for its summer music festivals, but perhaps its most colorful music event doesn't occur until November. The 10-day London Jazz Festival sees thousands of performers and music fans descend on the British capital to blow away those gray clouds. You'll find shows in iconic venues across the capital – from the Southbank Centre to the Royal Albert Hall to Ronnie Scott's – featuring the cream of the British, European and American jazz scenes.

    Sport
    Every November, London hosts the ATP World Tour Finals – the final event of the men's tennis calendar, involving the top eight players in the world. But that's just the start. Fall also offers the chance to take in a range of other major British-invented sports like football/soccer (with the Premier League underway), cycling (the Tour of Britain is in September) and rugby (the Autumn internationals are in November).
  • On March 11, 2013
    Joseph Reaney answered the question: Joseph Reaney

    What’s new in London?

    As a vibrant, cosmopolitan capital, London is ever-changing. Here are just three big things that have already happened in 2013.

    Top Views
    The tallest building in Western Europe will soon be home to premium office space, restaurants, a hotel and a spa. But the only thing already open is the five-story public viewing gallery at its apex, dubbed The View from The Shard. Almost twice the height of any other viewing platform in London, it offers inspiring panoramas of the city, smartly brought to life with a range of multimedia displays.

    Top Snooze
    There are three hotels set to open in 2013 that are creating a big buzz. The first is the new Shangri-La Hotel in the aforementioned The Shard, which will take up floors 34 to 52 in the eye-catching tower. The second is The Old Fire Station in Marylebone, a discrete 33-room boutique which marks the first European project of world-renowned property developer Andre Balazs (of Chateau Marmont fame). And the third is The Great Northern Hotel in King's Cross, which originally opened a century-and-a-half ago – the first purpose-built hotel in London – and is now set to reopen after a 12-year closure.

    Top Chews
    This year has already seen the opening of several restaurants for the discerning diner. Our favorites so far include Brasserie Chavot in Mayfair (a brasserie-style restaurant by the two Michelin-starred French chef Eric Chavot), The Malt House in Fulham (a gastropub by Claude Bosi, who also owns the Michelin-starred Hibiscus), Bo London in Mayfair (an 'extreme Chinese' offering by renowned Hong Kong chef Alvin Leun) and Balzahar in Covent Garden (a bistro-cafe by New Yorker Keith McNally).
  • On March 11, 2013
    Joseph Reaney answered the question: Joseph Reaney

    What is the weather like right now in London?

    It won't be a great surprise to learn that the weather right now in London is a little rainy, and a little cold.

    Visiting on the cusp of winter and spring usually means frequent drizzle and gray skies, along with temperatures that range from 4 degrees Celsius (39 degrees Fahrenheit) to 12 degrees Celsius (54 degrees Fahrenheit), so you should dress relatively warm and always keep an umbrella to hand. So far, 2013 has been very cold, with bouts of snow in January and February, so don't be surprised if temperatures drop a little closer to freezing. That said, you're never guaranteed clement weather in the British capital – even in the height of summer – so you shouldn't let the skies rule your vacation.
  • On March 11, 2013
    Joseph Reaney answered the question: Joseph Reaney

    What is the weather like right now in London?

    It won't be a great surprise to learn that the weather right now in London is a little rainy, and a little cold.
    Visiting on the cusp of winter and spring usually means frequent drizzle and gray skies, along with temperatures that range from 4 degrees Celsius (39 degrees Fahrenheit) to 12 degrees Celsius (54 degrees Fahrenheit), so you should dress relatively warm and always keep an umbrella to hand. So far, 2013 has been very cold, with bouts of snow in January and February, so don't be surprised if temperatures drop a little closer to freezing. That said, you're never guaranteed clement weather in the British capital – even in the height of summer – so you shouldn't let the skies rule your vacation.
  • On March 11, 2013
    Joseph Reaney answered the question: Joseph Reaney

    What are the best things about winter in London?

    Winter is a magical time in London. Here our three favorite things about the cold season in the British capital.

    Winter ice rinks
    London is home to a wealth of winter ice rinks during December and January. The most renowned is probably Hyde Park's Winter Wonderland – a beautiful ice rink built around a Victorian bandstand and lit by 100,000 tiny lights – but other great London rinks can be found outside the Natural History Museum, in the large courtyard of Somerset House, and in the frozen moat of the Tower of London.

    You can also head just outside the city to enjoy a stunning rink in the grounds of Hampton Court Palace.

    Christmas markets
    There are dozens of wonderful Christmas markets across London during December. Some of the best include the traditional German-style wooden huts outside the Southbank Centre, the seasonal arts, crafts and fashion shopping at the Camden Lock Night Market, and the spectacular Christmas Food Market at Covent Garden.

    London Fashion Week
    London is one of the world's great capitals of mode, so for fashionistas there's no better time to visit than during London Fashion Week. Taking place in February each year (and again in September), it is a great place to get a first glimpse of the spring/summer line by the world's best designers. For non-traders, it's also immediately followed by London Fashion Weekend, which is open to the public.
  • On March 11, 2013
    Joseph Reaney answered the question: Joseph Reaney

    What are the best things about fall in London?

    Hyde Park in Fall, Pawel Libera Whispering breezes, reddening leaves and shortening queues makes fall an ideal season to experience London. Here are three other reasons why you should wait until (as the Brits say) autumn for your visit.

    Guy
    This peculiarly British event occurs every November 5, and involves locals celebrating the thwarted 17th century plot to blow up the Houses of Parliament by burning effigies of its chief conspirator Guy Fawkes on a big bonfire. Throw in funfairs, toffee apples and elaborate fireworks, and it's an event not to be missed. And if that hasn't quenched your thirst, you can enjoy more fireworks later in the month with the Lord Mayor's Show – a traditional ceremony stretching back more than 500 years.

    Jazz
    London is famed for its summer music festivals, but perhaps its most colorful music event doesn't occur until November. The 10-day London Jazz Festival sees thousands of performers and music fans descend on the British capital to blow away those gray clouds. You'll find shows in iconic venues across the capital – from the Southbank Centre to the Royal Albert Hall to Ronnie Scott's – featuring the cream of the British, European and American jazz scenes.

    Sport
    Every November, London hosts the ATP World Tour Finals – the final event of the men's tennis calendar, involving the top eight players in the world. But that's just the start. Fall also offers the chance to take in a range of other major British-invented sports like football/soccer (with the Premier League underway), cycling (the Tour of Britain is in September) and rugby (the Autumn internationals are in November).
  • On March 11, 2013
    Joseph Reaney answered the question: Joseph Reaney

    What are the best things about summer in London?

    Hyde Park in Summer, VisitLondon.com There are many reasons why London is best in summer – and not just because there's a limited (though still very real) chance of it raining. Here are three things that make summer special in the British capital.

    Cultural events
    Not every London summer can boast both the Diamond Jubilee and Summer Olympics, but there are several annual cultural events that always make a June to September visit worthwhile. From the spectacular Trooping the Colour (aka the Queen's Birthday Parade) in June to Pride London in July to the Notting Hill Carnival in August, the British capital is jam-packed with summertime jollities.

    Music festivals
    It's still culture, but it's worthy of its own entry. Britain is world-renowned for its open-air summer music festivals, so it's no surprise to learn the British capital has some fine specimens. From the pop-focused O2 Wireless Festival to the reggae and Caribbean-loving One Love Peace Festival to the classical music-toting The Proms, there are few better cities on earth to enjoy al fresco tunes in the (finger's crossed) sun.

    The Royal Parks
    London's status as one of the greenest cities in the world is well-deserved, but it's only really in summer that you can make the most of them. You can meet the animals at London Zoo in Regent's Park, enjoy a traditional picnic in Kensington Gardens or try pedal-boating on the Serpentine Lake in Hyde Park.
  • On March 11, 2013
    Joseph Reaney answered the question: Joseph Reaney

    What are the best things about spring in London?

    Kew Gardens in Spring, Pawel Libera Spring is a wonderful time to be in the British capital. Here are just three reasons why.

    Enjoy nature
    London is littered with green spaces, from Royal Parks to urban farms, so there’s no better time of year to see the city’s nature come to life. While the world-famous Chelsea Flower Show takes place in May, perhaps the best natural attraction in springtime is Kew Gardens. Created in 1759, it’s home to the world’s largest collection of living plants, and in spring you can enjoy nature trails that take in its vast collection of open-air crocuses, daffodils and bluebells. If the springtime weather is as unpredictable as usual, you can take shelter in one of the attraction's gargantuan – and often sweltering -– glasshouses.

    Take in a show
    Providing it isn't Easter Weekend, spring is one of the best times in London to catch a show. Not only is there less of a crush for tickets than in the summer, but this also means you'll find a cheaper deal for dinner and a show – with maybe even a hotel thrown in! Add to that the fact that many West End shows premiere in the spring, allowing you to be an early adopter of a new hit, and there's no better time to go.

    Do some good
    London is a charitable city, and no more so than in spring. Not only can you take part in the London Marathon in April – the world's biggest race, and the single largest fundraising event on earth – but there is also the nationwide Swimathon Weekend soon after, then the Pink Ribbon Walk (in aid of breast cancer) in Marble Hill Park in June. And if you prefer to spectate rather than participate, you can also turn on your British TV in March to enjoy Comic Relief – the world's most profitable telethon.
  • On March 11, 2013
    Joseph Reaney answered the question: Joseph Reaney

    What are the biggest music festivals in London?

    From Glastonbury to Reading, Creamfields to Bestival, the UK is home to some of the biggest and best summer music festivals in the world – and it's capital is no exception. If you plan to visit London during its sunnier months, here are three music fests you won't want to miss.

    Field Day - May
    An outdoor music festival with a difference, this Victoria Park favorite combines an imaginative musical line-up with a quaint village-fete ambiance. While the eclectic mix of established and underground talent is impressive, what makes this festival stand out is the sense of innocent communal fun, with wheelbarrow races and tug-of-war competitions filling the gaps between acts.

    O2 Wireless Festival - July
    Since its inception in 2005, the O2 Wireless Festival has made Hyde Park the coolest place to be in early July; playing host to some of the biggest bands and DJs in the world, from Rihanna to Pulp. But in 2013 the festival will move on from its iconic Hyde Park setting to the soon-to-be iconic Queen Elizabeth Park in Stratford – the main venue of the 2012 Summer Olympics.

    Last Night of the Proms - September
    For those with a classical leaning - or, indeed, for those keen to see a rare unadulterated celebration of Britishness - the Last Night of the Proms is perfect. The climax of an eight-week season of classical music concerts, the event is a heady mix of classical, operatic and pop music along with patriotic songs. Chiefly held in the Royal Albert Hall, there is also a stage and big screen in Hyde Park (and others in cities around the UK) to make it one the world's greatest music events.
  • On March 11, 2013
    Joseph Reaney answered the question: Joseph Reaney

    What are the best bars in London?

    You're spoilt for choice when it comes to bars in London. All you need to do is decide what kind of place you're after…

    The Traditional British Pub
    For those seeking out a real local experience, it’s hard to beat The Princess Louise in Holborn; a genuine Victorian public house serving real English ales. Other traditional British boozers include the flowery Churchill Arms in Kensington, the time-honored Mayflower in Rotherhithe and the eccentric Sir Richard Steele in Chalk Farm.

    The Historic Cellar Bar
    The best subterranean bar in London is surely Gordon’s Wine Bar on The Strand – a candlelit cavern with bare brick walls, framed pictures of royal coronations and fine wine served straight from the barrel. But an honorable mention also has to go to the wonderful Worship Street Whistling Shop in Shoreditch.

    The Chic Cocktail Joint
    Although a decade old, the hippest cocktail bar in the capital remains Soho’s Milk & Honey – a speakeasy-style member’s bar where the ingredients are fresh and the preparation is painstaking. But pretenders to the throne include the Savoy’s Beaufort Bar in Westminster and Callooh Callay in Shoreditch.
  • On February 21, 2013
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