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Phil's Travels - George, South Africa (07.22)

26/07/2022
Phil’s Travels – George, South Africa (07.22) Five flights in six days, two of which over 10 hours long, and…

Phil's Travels - Dawlish, England (07.22)

15/07/2022
Phil’s Travels – Dawlish, England (07.22) Loaded with grub from M&S we battled across the concourse at Paddington Station to…

Phil's Travels - Cameroon (06.22)

16/06/2022
Phil’s Travels – Cameroon (06.22) The design team thought they had the better deal with a flight around 11.00. Mine…

Phil's Travels - Copenhagen, Denmark (04.22)

14/04/2022
Phil’s Travels – Copenhagen, Denmark (04.22) After a short sleep, not so much a sleep as a ‘nap’ according to…

Phil's Travels - Edinburgh, Scotland (11.21)

24/11/2021
Phil’s Travels – Edinburgh, Scotland (11.21) Edinburgh is one of my all-time favourite cities. I love the history, topography, built…

Phil's Travels - Engelberg, Switzerland (09.21)

22/09/2021
Phil’s Travels – Engelberg, Switzerland (09.21) Heathrow T2 is even more boring at 05.00 in the morning. Even the slight…

Phil's Travels - Cyprus (08.21)

01/09/2021
Phil's Travels - Cyprus (08.21) Holidays, baby! After two years of no foreign holidays and of not seeing her family,…

Phil's Travels - Leeds, England (07.21)

27/07/2021
Phil's Travels - Leeds, England (07.21) The weekend before Leeds, we popped down to Dawlish again to retrieve our darling…

Phil's Travels - Yaounde/Douala, Cameroon (06.21)

29/06/2021
Phil's Travels - Yaounde/Douala, Cameroon (06.21) 'Ah, l'Anglais', was my client's greeting when he first caught sight of me in…

Phil's Travels - Dawlish, England (05.21)

04/06/2021
Phil's Travels - Dawlish, England (05.21) The start of our first trip outside London in nearly 12 months exposed some…

Phil's Travels - Northampton, England (09.20)

09/10/2020
Phil's Travels - Northampton, England (09.20) Rose early in order to catch an early train without thinking of Peak Time…

Phil's Travels - Dawlish, England (08.20)

03/09/2020
Phil's Travels - Dawlish, England (08.20) This is my last staycation short of the summer, corresponding with our last summer…

Phil's Travels - Cambridge, England (08.20)

17/08/2020
Phil's Travels - Cambridge, England (08.20) The weather forecast on Friday morning was for a day and weekend of thundery…

Phil's Travels - Wimbledon-ish, London (08.20)

13/08/2020
Phil's Travels - Wimbledon-ish, London (08.20) For the first time in over 20 years, we are not going to sunny…

Phil's Travels - Eastbourne, England (08.20)

13/08/2020
Phil's Travels - Eastbourne, England (08,.20) It was Friday afternoon and I was at the wheel of my white Sheikha…

Phil's Travels - Dawlish, England (07.20)

16/07/2020
Phil's Travels - Dawlish, England (07.20) End of the school year equals what do with one's little ones. Solution? Take…

Phil's Travels - Mayfair II, London (06.20)

01/07/2020
Phil's Travels - Mayfair II, London (06.20) This morning I had reason to revisit Mayfair for site visits and a…

Phil's Travels - Aldgate, London (05.20)

23/05/2020
Phil's Travels - Aldgate, London (05.20) Yesterday, I ventured out for my second business trip under lockdown. This time to…

Phil's Travels - Mayfair, London (05.20)

07/05/2020
Phil's Travels - May the 4th (be with you) in Mayfair, London (05.20) Today, Star Wars Day, was my first…

Phil's Travels - Dubai, UAE (02.20)

03/03/2020
Phil's Travels - Dubai, UAE (02.20) Despite Ciara, Dennis, coronavirus, the biggest explosion since the Big Bang (so big it…

Phil's Travels - Dushanbe, Tajikistan (12.19)

16/12/2019
Phil's Travels - Dushanbe, Tajikistan (12.19) This was another first for me in 2019. My second new country to add…

Phil's Travels - Oxford, England (10.19)

30/10/2019
Phil's Travels - Oxford, England (10.19) I am an infrequent visitor to Oxford, but enjoy it immensely when I do.…

Phil's Travels - Cyprus (08.19)

04/09/2019
Phil's Travels - Cyprus (08.19) The week that my son and I flew to Cyprus was a week of air-travel…

Phil's Travels - Cameroon (08.19)

07/08/2019
Phil's Travels - Cameroon (08.19) After a week of record-breaking heat (in which the streets of London were as hot…

Phil's Travels - Dawlish, England (05.19)

08/06/2019
Phil's Travels - Dawlish, England (05.19) The morning of our departure I visited a project we have been cooking for…

Phil's Travels - Milan, Italy (06.19)

08/06/2019
Phil's Travels - Milan, Italy (06.19) They were still digging in Luton this week. What are they digging for? Gold?…

Phil's Travels - Berlin, Germany (03.19)

12/03/2019
Phil's Travels - Berlin, Germany (03.19) Despite the latent puffs of Storm Freya our flights were showing as leaving on…

Phil's Travels - Dar es Salaam, Tanzania (02.19)

18/02/2019
Phil's Travels - Dar es Salaam, Tanzania (02.19) No matter how wonderful the Emirates A380 may be as a feat…

Phil's Travels - Courmayeur, Italy (01.19)

26/01/2019
Phil's Travels - Courmayeur, Italy (01.19) First trip of the new year. My early morning taxi to Gatwick was driven…

Phil's Travels - Piedmont, Italy (10.18)

28/10/2018
Phil's Travels - Piedmont, Italy (10.18) To kick-off, an interesting recent London observation. Last week a mains waterpipe broke beneath…

Phil's Travels - Sicily, Italy (10.18)

28/10/2018
Phil's Travels - Sicily, Italy (10-18) Our long weekend away to celebrate a landmark anniversary began with a bag of…

Phil's Travels - Lisbon Region, Portugal (9.18)

05/10/2018
Phil's Travels - Lisbon Region, Portugal (9.18) Early taxi to the building site that is Luton Airport. Some new retail…

Phil's Travels - Cyprus (08.18)

09/09/2018
Phil's Travels - Cyprus (08.18) It's official, my lovely wife and I are allergic to Cyprus in the summer time.…

Phil's Travels - Torquay, England (07.18)

28/07/2018
Phil's Travels - Torquay, England (07.18) July 2018 is likely to be the hottest July on record in the UK,…

Phil's Travels - Pisa, Italy (06.18)

04/07/2018
Phil's Travels - Pisa, Italy (06.18) In the five days prior to Italy I spent much of my time in…

Phil's Travels - St Lucia (06.18)

22/06/2018
Phil's Travels - St Lucia (06.18) Purpose of visit? To visit a resort site on St Lucia that we were…

Phil's Travels - Nosy Be, Madagascar (04.18)

19/04/2018
Phil's Travels - Nosy Be, Madagascar (04.18) Good job I arrived at the world's most boring airport terminal (Heathrow T2)…

Phil's Travels - Berlin, Germany (03.18)

11/03/2018
Phil's Travels - Berlin, Germany (03.18) Last week Emma met the Beast from the East in the climatic clash of…

Phil's Travels - 12 Days of Xmas, Cyprus

20/01/2018
Phil's Travels - 12 Days of Xmas, Cyprus (12.17) I blame my man-flu-addled brain for the incident of the missing…

Phil's Travels - Sardinia, Italy (11.15)

18/11/2017
Phil's Travels - Sardinia, Italy (11.17) My role as rain-maker to sun-parched lands in 2017 continued this week. The first…

Phil's Travels - Manchester, England (10.17)

20/10/2017
Phil's Travels - Manchester, England (10.17) The day before my first trip to the north of England in many a…

Phil's Travels - Cyprus (08.17)

11/09/2017
Phil's Travels - Cyprus (08.17) British Airways have surely lost the plot altogether now. We all know about the well-publicised…

Phil's Travels - Dawlish, Devon (07.17)

15/07/2017
Phil's Travels - Dawlish, Devon (07.17) Last Thursday evening I had Pimm's in a legal eagle's nest in the City…

Phil's Travels - Borkop, Denmark (06.17)

03/07/2017
Phil's Travels - Børkop, Denmark (06.17) Our one-night trip to the land of the Vikings started very early on Saturday…

Phil's Travels - Maldives (05.17)

14/06/2017
Phil's Travels - Maldives (05.17) This was a first for me. I had never been to the world-famous and highly…

Phil's Travels - Perpignan, France (04.17)

04/05/2017
Phil's Travels - Perpignan, France (04.17) Where else on this marvellous earth can one ski in the morning, sun bathe…

Phil's Travels - Zanzibar, Tanzania (03.17)

05/04/2017
Phil's Travels - Zanzibar, Tanzania (03.17) Karibu sana! Every journey begins with a single step, and my initial steps were…

Phil's Travels - Dubai, UAE (03.17)

05/04/2017
Phil's Travels - Dubai, UAE (03.17) My flight from Zanzibar to Dubai, via Dar Es Salaam, was delayed over an…

Phil's Travels - Berlin, Germany (03.17)

12/03/2017
Phil's Travels - Berlin, Germany (03.17) Gatwick at 06.30 on Monday morning was packed. All the security stations were open…

Phil's Travels - Zagreb, Croatia (02.17)

17/02/2017
Phil's Travels - Zagreb, Croatia (02.17) On Monday 3 October 2016, one of the greats of our wonderful industry passed…

Phil's Travels - Somewhere Impeccable, England (02.17)

17/02/2017
Phil's Travels - Somewhere Impeccable, England (02.17) Recently The Sunday Times  claimed that this place "is done with impeccable taste…

Phil's Travels - Hamburg, Germany (12.16)

23/01/2017
Phil's Travels - Hamburg, Germany (12.16) My outbound day of travel started with a very Jules Vernesque breakfast at The…

Phil's Travels - Cyprus (01.17)

23/01/2017
Phil's Travels - Cyprus (01.17) Cyprus had a relatively tough time of it during the GFC ('global financial crisis'), but…

Phil's Travels - Cyprus (08.16)

11/09/2016
Phil's Travels - Cyprus (08.16) This year the first week of our annual holiday coincided with the second week of…

Phil's Travels - The Oval, London (08.16)

13/08/2016
Phil's Travels - The Oval, London (08.16) My first experience with cricket was a little like waiting for a bus.…

Phil's Travels - St Petersburg, Russia (07.16)

14/07/2016
Phil's Travels - St Petersburg, Russia (07.16) I had the unusual pleasure of walking to Paddington under an unusually clear…

Phil’s Travels – Henley Royal Regatta, England (07.16)

02/07/2016
Phil's Travels - Henley Royal Regatta, England (07.16) 'Tis the Season! The original Season first evolved in the 17th century…

Phil's Travels - Lisbon, Portugal (06.16)

15/06/2016
Phil's Travels - Lisbon, Portugal (06.16) My day trip to Lisbon started at the silly hour of 03.00 when my…

Phil's Travels - RMS St Helena in London, England (06.16)

12/06/2016
RMS St Helena in London, England (06.16) Nearly three years to the day I was back on RMS St Helena,…

Phil's Travels - Lisbon, Portugal (05.16)

20/05/2016
Phil's Travels - Lisbon, Portugal (05.16) My 04.00 taxi flew up Kilburn High Road and the M1 to Luton Airport…

Phil's Travels - Dubai, UAE (05.16)

12/05/2016
Phil's Travels - Dubai, UAE (05.16) Knowing that the Bakerloo line does not stop at Paddington these days due to…

Phil's Travels - Madeira, Portugal (04.16)

03/05/2016
Phil's Travels - Madeira, Portugal (04.16) Union strike action in the UK is a relatively rare occurrence, especially compared to…

Phil's Travels - Nice, France (03.16)

21/03/2016
Phil's Travels - Nice, France (03.16) Compared to last week's trip to Gatwick, this week's Gatwick jaunt was much more…

Phil's Travels - Berlin, Germany (03.16)

12/03/2016
Phil's Travels - Berlin, Germany (03.16) My flight to Berlin was cut pretty close as the first two tube trains…

Phil's Travels - Athens, Greece (02.16)

24/02/2016
Phil's Travels - Athens, Greece (02.16) Recently I read that the ECB and US Federal Reserve are on the verge…

Phil's Travels - Zagreb, Croatia (02.16)

15/02/2016
Phil's Travels - Zagreb, Croatia (02.16) Last Tuesday was Shrove Tuesday (the day preceding the first day of Lent, the…

Phil's Travels - Cannes, France (01.16)

31/01/2016
Phil's Travels - Cannes, France (01.16) The evening before my pre-crack of dawn journey to Cannes, I partied like a…

Phil's Travels - Dubai, UAE (01.16)

24/01/2016
Phil's Travels - Dubai, UAE (01.16) This week I had the privilege of chairing the Global Hospitality Summit for the…

Phil's Travels - Hamburg, Germany (12.15)

22/12/2015
Phil's Blog - Hamburg, Germany (12.15) Within 24 hours of landing in London after a whistle-stop tour of Jamaica and…

Phil's Travels - Jamaica (12.15)

11/12/2015
Phil's Travels - Jamaica (12.15) Jamaica! "No mon, she went of her own accord!" One of the very few jokes…

Phil's Travels - Milan, Italy (11.15)

29/11/2015
Phil's Travels - Milan, Italy (11.15) Another week, another 05.30 at Gatwick, only this week the airport was much quieter…

Phil's Travels - Côte d'Azur, France (11.15)

23/11/2015
Phil's Travels - Côte d'Azur, France (11.15) Despite IS's terrifying attacks in Paris (killing 129) and a gun-toting Frenchman being…

Phil's Travels - Olympic Stadium + Dead, London (10.15)

07/11/2015
Phil's Travels - Olympic Stadium & Day of the Dead Weekend,  London (10.15) For the last six weeks, the world's…

Phil's Travels - Cyprus (08.15)

04/09/2015
Phil's Travels - Cyprus (08.15) It was that time of year again, when our family spends the hottest two weeks…

Phil's Travels - Teignmouth, England (07.15)

12/08/2015
Phil's Travels - Teignmouth, England (07.15) For three weeks this summer my son went Interrailing, visiting Amsterdam, Berlin, Prague, Budapest,…

Phil's Travels - Blue Moon in Lichtenstein (07.15)

08/08/2015
Phil's Travels - Blue Moon in Lichtenstein (07.15) Without knowing it in advance, our overnight visit to Lichtenstein coincided with…

Phil's Travels - Zurich (07.15)

08/08/2015
Phil's Travels - Zurich, Switzerland (07.15) When my lovely wife suggested we escape London for a long weekend whilst the…

Phil's Travels - Legoland Windsor, England (07.15)

08/07/2015
Phil's Travels - Legoland Windsor, England (07.15) My nephew chose to celebrate his sixth birthday at Legoland last Saturday and…

Phil's Travels - Athens, Greece (06.15)

20/06/2015
Phil's Travels - Athens, Greece (06.15) I visited Athens this week, home of the long running Greek tragedy without end.…

Phil's Travels - Galway, Ireland (0615)

13/06/2015
Phil's Travels - Galway, Ireland (06.15) I started my journey to the Emerald Isle from the City of London. Thinking…

Phil's Travels - Rugby v Soccer (03-0415)

07/04/2015
Phil's Travels - Rugby v Soccer (03-0415) In the space of 14 days I was fortunate enough to be invited…

Phil's Travels - Barcelona, Spain (0315)

20/03/2015
Phil's Travels - Barcelona, Spain (0315) This was my first trip to the awesome city of Barcelona in five years,…

Phil's Travels - St Lucia (0315)

20/03/2015
Phil's Travels - St Lucia (0315) The Caribbean - islands of great beauty, easy living and delicious rum. Last week…

Phil's Travels - Berlin, Germany (0315)

04/03/2015
Phil's Travels - Berlin, Germany (Mar 2015) I was in Berlin for the 18th International Hotel Investment Forum (IHIF), which…

Phil's Travels - Valentine's in London (0215)

18/02/2015
Phil's Travels - Valentine's in London (Feb 2015) Love knows no bounds (or is that bonds?). In my case, when…

Phil's Travels - Aberdeen, Scotland (0215)

17/02/2015
Phil's Travels - Aberdeen, Scotland (Feb 2015) Immediately after landing at Heathrow T5 from Brussels, we transferred to the departures…

Phil's Travels - Brussels, Belgium (0215)

17/02/2015
Phil's Travels - Brussels, Belgium (Feb 2015) This was my first overseas trip of 2015 and I had forgotten just…

Phil's Travels - Design Hotel, London (Dec 2014)

09/01/2015
Phil's Travels - Design Hotel, London (Dec 2014) One of my Christmas presents this year was a night at a…

Phil's Travels - Montreux, Switzerland

29/11/2014
Phil's Travels - Montreux, Switzerland This year I flew to Montreux with BA from the beauty of Heathrow T5, albeit…

Phil's Travels - Tower of London #2 (1114)

11/11/2014
Phil's Travels - Tower of London #2 (Nov 14) Back in early August, I went to see the first poppies…

Phil's Travels - Chiltern Firehouse, London (1114)

07/11/2014
Phil's Travels - Chiltern Firehouse, London (Nov 14) As I am sure many of you have had an equally unfulfilled…

Phil's Travels - Madrid#2 (1014)

29/10/2014
Phil's Travels - Madrid (Oct 2014) Earlier this week I made a whistle-stop trip to Madrid, this time to show…

Phil's Travels - Bristol, England

13/10/2014
Phil's Travel Blog - Bristol, UK (Oct 14) This has been a busy week. Last Friday I flew to Cyprus…

Phil's Travels - Madrid (1014)

13/10/2014
Phil's Travel Blog - Madrid, Spain (October 2014) For the last few months I have been working with NH Hotel…

Phil's Travels - Nicosia, Cyprus (1014)

06/10/2014
Phil's Travels Blog - Nicosia, Cyprus (Oct 2014) On a foggy Friday morning in early October, we set out for…

Phil's Travels - Bath, England

16/09/2014
Phil's Travels - Bath, UK (Sep 2014) My son and I travelled to Bath today for our second university open…

Phil's Travels - Erbil, Kurdistan

16/09/2014
Phil's Travels - Erbil, Kurdistan (Sep 2014) In all, I spent six days in Kurdistan, of which two in Erbil.…

Phil's Travels - Sulaymaniah, Kurdistan

16/09/2014
Phil's Travels - Sulaymaniah, Kurdistan (Sep 2014) Sulaymaniah (affectionately referred to as Suli by the Kurds) is Kurdistan's second city…

Phil's Travels - Kurdistan, The Journey

16/09/2014
Phil's Travels - Kurdistan, The Journey (Sep 2014) When I told people where I was going, they told me I…

Phil's Travels - Paphos, Cyprus

04/09/2014
Phil's Travels - Paphos, Cyprus (Aug 2014) During our two-week vacation in Cyprus this summer, we returned to the seaside…

Phil's Travels - Nicosia, Cyprus

04/09/2014
Phil's Travels - Nicosia, Cyprus (Aug 2014) It has been 12 months since I visited the birth place of Aphrodite…

Phil's Travels - Tower of London

18/08/2014
BLOG - Phil's Travels - Tower of London This is a two-part quickie for those who are not aware of…

Phil's Travels - Wentworth

07/08/2014
BLOG - Phil's Travels - Wentworth (August 2014) Golf is a quiet interest of mine and something I will pick…

Phil's Travels - Didcot

04/08/2014
BLOG - Phil's Travels - Didcot, UK (July 2014) I had lunch with a friend last week and the topic…

Phil's Travels - Tbilisi

18/07/2014
Phil's Travels Blog - Tbilisi, Georgia (July 2014) It is nearly 20 years since I last visited the wonderful city…

Phil's Travels - Nottingham

07/07/2014
Phil's Travels Blog Nottingham (June 2014) It is a Saturday and I have travelled by train again! I think I…

Phil's Travels - Oxford

07/07/2014
Phil's Travels Blog Oxford (June 2014) One of our current projects is so exciting, highly confidential and cutting edge that…

Phil's Travels - Amsterdam (again)

23/06/2014
Amsterdam (June 2014) For my fourth trip in seven days (after Dawlish, Malpensa and Paris), we flew to Amsterdam from…

Phil's Travels - Paris

23/06/2014
Paris (June 2014) Back to back with Malpensa, the following morning I caught an early Eurostar train from London St…

Phil's Travels - Malpensa

23/06/2014
Malpensa (June 2014) We are working on an exciting deal at the moment, which necessitated a visit to the relatively…

Phil's Travels - Dawlish

23/06/2014
Phil's Travels Blog Dawlish (June 2014) Last weekend I took the family to see my parents, who live in the…

Phil's Travels - Amsterdam

20/06/2014
Blog - Amsterdam (May 2014) London was not the only city in Europe this week to enjoy persistent damp, never…

Phil's Travels - Ethiopia

19/05/2014
Ethiopia (May 2014) On the way back from Malawi, I stopped off for a day in the dynamic city of…

Phil's Travels - Malawi

19/05/2014
Malawi (May 2014) Last week I travelled to Malawi for the first time. We were working for an American institution…

Phil's Travels - Madrid

19/05/2014
Madrid, Spain (April/May 2014) During April and May 2014 I have made quite a few visits to Madrid on a…

Phil's Travels - Tripoli

19/12/2013
Tripoli, Libya (10-13 December 2013) I was supposed to visit Tripoli a couple of weeks ago, but my friends on…

Phil's Travels - Gothenburg

19/12/2013
Gothenburg, Sweden (9 December 2013) Early start from Heathrow to visit Gothenburg for the first time. Although I have not…

Phil's Travels - St Helena

19/12/2013
St Helena, South Atlantic (22 July - 12 August 2013) I have just come back from an amazing trip to…

London and the rest of Europe

05/12/2011
In terms of hotel markets, people often refer to London as a country within a country - there is London…

Is the next big opportunity outside of London?

05/12/2011
On Thursday, 23 May 2011, Nick Pattie gave a presentation to an audience at the Henry Stewart Conference on the…

Bridging Vision and Reality

05/12/2011
We are very excited to announce the launch of Whitebridge Hospitality, a specialist advisory and brokerage service to anyone with…

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