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Secret London: 10 of our favourite overlooked green spaces

The inaugural National Park City Festival takes place across London from July 20-28. It’s an eclectic celebration of London’s great outdoors, with events ranging from musical installations in Epping Forest to walking tours of Kensington Gardens.

Almost half of London is green space, and its eight Royal Parks cover almost 2,000 hectares of land and attract millions of sunseekers, nature lovers and flâneurs. But there are many more overlooked options – sanctuaries from the bustle of city life but unencumbered by crowds. Here are 10 of our favourites. 


https://www.telegraph.co.uk/travel/destinations/europe/united-kingdom/england/london/articles/london-secret-green-spaces-parks/

Thousands of holidays ruined after technical fault leaves cruise ship stuck in Barcelona

It’s every traveller’s nightmare: you’ve painstakingly researched and booked your trip, forked out thousands of pounds and are counting down the days until you set sail – only to find at the last minute that your holiday has been cancelled. 

That’s the scenario facing nearly 2,400 cruise passengers due to depart Rome tonight for a sailing around the Med on board Norwegian Pearl after a mechanical fault left the ship behind schedule.

The 10-day voyage was sold out, with passengers expecting to visit ports such as Santorini, Mykonos, Athens and Naples

Owing to the late cancellation of this cruise – customers were given just three days’ notice – many passengers had already arrived in Italy, meaning they’ll now be forced to pay for hotels or new flights.

Read more: https://www.telegraph.co.uk/travel/cruises/news/thousands-of-passengers-left-devastated-at-cancellation/

Temples, tuk-tuks and top notch dining – an expert guide to Singapore

Modern skyscrapers and super sized shopping malls sit alongside historical sites and colourful ethnic areas like Little India and Kampong Glam in Asia’s ‘second city’, showing what happens when the Western world successfully collides with the Orient.

Read more: https://www.telegraph.co.uk/travel/cruises/port-guides/singapore-cruise-port-guide/

Meet the astronomer who's teaching cruise passengers how to read the stars

Dr David Mannion (PhD), is an astronomer onboard the £300m Viking Jupiter – the line's newest ocean ship.

Mannion – who is a Fellow of the Royal Astronomical Society, a teacher, the head of science in an international college and an extremely enthusiastic speaker on all topics to do with astronomy – stepped away from the telescope to share what inspires him to explore the mysteries of the universe, with Telegraph Cruise.  

https://www.telegraph.co.uk/travel/cruises/articles/meet-physics-teacher-cruise-passengers-astronomy/