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Tales of San Francisco: liberation and libations in the Castro, as told by activist Nick Large

Tales of San Francisco: liberation and libations in the Castro, as told by activist Nick Large

The Castro neighbourhood is the epicentre of San Francisco’s LGBTQ+ scene, and its museums, history and nightlife stand testament to the creativity — and political struggles — of the gay community, as activist and drag performer Nick Large reveals.

A city of villages

Tales of San Francisco: the Fillmore District's historic jazz scene, as told by musician Sam Peoples Jr

Musician Sam Peoples Jr is part of the Fillmore Jazz Ambassadors, a group dedicated to bringing jazz back to the city’s once-swinging musical epicentre. He reflects on the highs and lows of Fillmore’s dynamic jazz culture.

Tales of San Francisco: preserving Hispanic culture in the Mission, as told by artist Susan Cervantes

Meet artist Susan Cervantes, the founder of a mural collective that began transforming the Mission district back in the 1970s and continues to mix paint, politics and passion in this traditionally Latin American ’hood.

Tales of San Francisco: a paper trail in Japantown, as told by origami artist Linda Mihara

America’s oldest Japantown is a bastion of immigrant crafts, cuisine and history dating back to the 1860s. An origami class with artist Linda Mihara showcases the area’s commitment to preserving Japanese traditions.

Hippy heartland

Tales of San Francisco: a guide to the hippy heartland of Haight-Ashbury, as told by dressmaker Cicely Hansen

Cicely Hansen — dressmaker, fashion historian and owner of high-end vintage shop Decades of Fashion — remembers moving to ‘the Haight’ in 1966, the year before hippies converged in the neighbourhood and made history with the Summer of Love.

Locals' guides

A local's guide to San Francisco's Golden Gate Park

Ryan Guillou, the curator of the park’s San Francisco Botanical Garden, offers an insight into the city’s biggest park.

A local's guide to nightlife in the Mission, San Francisco

As the sun goes down, the Mission warms up. Annie Kamin, chief of staff at small-batch bean-to-bar craft chocolate maker Dandelion Chocolate, offers an inside look at the restaurants and bars that make the area the unrivalled go-to for a dinner and drink.

How to spend a day in the Castro, San Francisco's LGBTQ+ heartland

Local resident and drag queen extraordinaire Nick Large describes his ideal day in San Francisco’s LGBTQ+ heartland.

Further reading

A culinary guide to San Francisco

The City by the Bay is home to dozens of Michelin-starred restaurants, yet its dining scene remains laid-back, propped up by fantastic local ingredients — and a sense of humour.
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Watch these baby toads break free from their mother’s back

Kids getting under your skin? It's no joke for a female Suriname sea toad — she gives birth to her offspring right out of holes in her back. Footage from the show "World's Weirdest".

Ever thought about converting a van into a campervan? Here’s how

Join the booming number of British travellers taking to the road in a campervan they’ve converted themselves. We chat to the authors of The Van Conversion Bible, Dale Comley and Charlie Low, about the practicalities, perks and potential pitfalls. 

The inside guide to Kyoto's quieter side, from teahouses to temples

Big-hitting sights are easy to find in the Japanese city, but there’s also a quieter side: one of peaceful gardens, chilled jazz bars and serene temples.

Meet the travellers who have taken remote working to the extreme

Tourist offices, travel companies and even conventional employers are making ‘workcations’ easier than ever before. Do you have what it takes to join the growing ranks of remote workers setting up offices on beaches and in hotel cafes? 

Photo story: the windmills, waterways and wild beaches of the north Norfolk coast

Tracing a golden thread against the North Sea, the salty shores of north Norfolk are an undisputed highlight of the English coastline. 

The UK's best vintage vans and trailers to stay in this summer

In the market for a quirky staycation? Channel 4’s Carry on Glamping series opened the nation’s eyes to the joys — and struggles — of transforming vintage campervans, school buses and horseboxes into miniature boutique hotels. Here are eight to book this summer.
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Watch how the world's biggest spider immobilises its prey – and keeps predators at bay

With a leg-span nearly a foot wide and a very particular defence mechanism, Goliath bird-eaters are truly lethal hunters. Footage from the show "World's Weirdest".

Five of the best pick-your-own farms in the UK

Pick-your-own farms are set for a post-lockdown boom this summer, as people look to support local businesses and spend more time outdoors. Here are five of our favourites.

How to spend a weekend in northeast Sardinia

Wild and windswept, Italy’s second-largest island offers a weekend of active adventures, archaeological sites and some of the finest beaches in the Mediterranean. 

Five ways to cook with seaweed, as recommended by chef Ivan Tisdall-Downes

From sea lettuce and kelp to dulse and gutweed, the seaweed varieties found around the UK coast can give a nutritious flavour boost to countless dishes.

Four fantastic new travel photography books for your coffee table

From a new photography-led tome celebrating 100 years since the first British reconnaissance climb of Mount Everest to a glossy compendium of beautiful rural stays in the UK, here are four fantastic new releases for 2021.

Five world-class English wines to try this summer

English sparkling is now considered some of the best in the world — and homegrown still wines are on the up too. We've got the lowdown — plus, the five best bottles to order in. 

Family glamping: 13 incredible stays in England and Wales

With new accommodation ranging from rustic-chic roundhouses to glamourous safari tents, glamping in the English and Welsh countryside has been elevated to an art. Here’s where to book a getaway with the whole family this summer.
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This creature truly deserves the name 'jaws'... and it doesn't live in the sea

The African rock python has jaws designed to engulf meals three times bigger than its head. Like a springbok antelope, for instance. Footage from the show "World's Deadliest".

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