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Hi and welcome to “London Travel Planning!”

This website is dedicated to bringing you comprehensive information to help you plan your trip to London. Combined with its sister site – – and our UK and London Travel Planning Podcast we have everything you need to plan your perfect trip.

You will find articles about London to help you to plan your trip. This includes not only inspirational articles to help you decide where to go and what to see but also practical information, resources and tips.

Our aim is to provide a complete go-to resource so you can plan your perfect trip to London.

If you have questions and would like to chat about your trip with other London travel planners please pop over to my free UK and London Travel Planning Facebook group.

Who are we?

Hi there!

We are Tracy and Doug Collins a British couple who love to show off the beauty and diversity of the UK and help travellers like you plan their perfect London (and UK) vacation.

As well as spending time living and working in London we have both travelled extensively around the UK – as a couple and solo. Over the years we have had some fun adventures and learnt lots of practical tips and tricks along the way. You can read all about it on this website.

(For travels outside of the UK check out Tracy’s website tracystravelsintime which covers Europe/Asia/North America, Australia and Africa travel)

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I am originally from Northumberland in the North-East of England. Over the past 50 plus years, I have spent time living and working all over the world including the UK.

During my 20’s I travelled around Africa, Europe, North America and Asia and in-between adventures based myself in London. I spent a number of years working in the city and still absolutely love visiting the capital around Christmas time!

I qualified (a long time ago) as a history teacher and enjoyed teaching UK history so you can expect to find lots of articles about castles, cathedrals, Roman ruins and other places of historical importance on this website. 

I also enjoy reading so do check out my recommended reads for England and Scotland plus my pick of UK guide books.

I enjoy exploring the UK countryside whatever the season (though will admit I am not a fan of hikes). I love relaxing in a good pub in winter around a roaring fire with a glass of mulled wine. My favourite places?  The Lake District, the Cotswolds, the West Highlands of Scotland, and of course Northumberland!

I also love cities & have spent quite a few happy days exploring  York, Bath, Oxford, Edinburgh, Liverpool and many other beautiful British cities. I am particularly fond of Brighton with its fabulous pavilion!

I have over 35 years of travel experience both in the UK and around the world. My aim is to share that knowledge to help you plan and enjoy your travels wherever you go in the UK. 

Happy travels

Originally from Burton-on-Trent in Staffordshire in the Midlands, I worked on the UK rail network for over 25 years. During this time I travelled on nearly every train line across the country many times over.

I love everything about train travel. I enjoy planning train travel itineraries and trips as well as the occasional spontaneous ‘see where we go’ adventure. I enjoy watching the countryside pass me by on the train and the convenience and freedom you get from train travel. When you travel by train it is all part of the adventure – you never know who you will meet!

I love sharing my knowledge and answering questions about train travel. I aim to help UK travel planners with any train or transport-related questions on this website. You will also find practical advice and recommendations to help you devise your itineraries for UK travel.

My favourite train journeys are the West Coast Mainline from London Euston to Glasgow Central and then up the West Highland line in Scotland at all times of the year. For smaller journeys, I like the Ely to Norwich line, as well as travelling from Sheffield to Manchester over the Pennines and Hope Valley. I find that whatever the season this is a beautiful journey.

I also enjoy sleeper trains and have taken the Caledonian Sleeper service from London Euston to Fort William and Inverness a number of times. Waking up to the beautiful Scottish scenery is an experience to remember.

With lots of changes coming up in the next few years in the UK these are exciting times with lots of adventures to be had.

Happy train travels!