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5 Tips To Enjoy London During The Royal Wedding Weekend
17 May 2018IDEASBY SweetEscape

It's the Royal Wedding weekend! Like the rest of the world, we are excited to witness the upcoming grand nuptial of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle - a modern-day fairytale, if you ask us. Love is in the air, excitement is everywhere and inspiration is abound, but let's not forget: London is going to be hella crowded! When the whole nation is rejoicing and having a massive celebration, there are all kinds of street parties wherever you go. So what to do when you already booked a trip to London for this weekend? Fret not! We have a few tips for you to enjoy London during the Royal Wedding weekend to the fullest extent. Check them out!

1. Take The Tube

A surefire way to escape traffic and mass of people blocking the roads holding their own parties. This is also a great chance for you to explore the hidden corners of London and really get the feel of the city. If you're the introvert kind, taking the public transportation will also allow you to observe all the fun from afar without having to take part!

by Sam for SweetEscape in London

2. Join The Festivities

There are plenty of venues - both small and large - across London that offer a public viewing of the Royal Wedding as well as their own activities inspired by or alluding to the Royal Wedding. If you feel like having some fun, why not join them? Check out the local listings or simply ask around to find the perfect venue!

3. Hit The Pub

The British public might not have got a day off for the wedding but pub fans certainly have something to thank Prince Harry and Meghan Markle for! The celebration period over the Royal Wedding weekend allows London pubs to open longer well until 1 A.M. the night after the wedding. Refresh yourself with a pint or two!

by Natasha for SweetEscape in London

4. Get Cultural

From museums, festivals and concerts, there are different going-ons in London over the Royal Wedding weekend too, so if you don't feel like taking part in the whole Royal Wedding madness, then it's time to plunge into another London trademark: the arts! Consult your guide on which event is most suitable to your heart's content!

by Alexandra for SweetEscape in London

5. Stay In and Get Lavish

Not into crowds or festivities and want to feel like a royal yourself? Then just stay in at one of the hotels in London with its own special Royal Wedding offers. We recommend the following: One Aldwych, Zetter Townhouse and Hotel Cafe Royal. We say you deserve your own royal treatment too!

by Sam for SweetEscape in London

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Sidney and Etha Mohede: Christmas Tradition in Our Family
12 Dec 2019STORIESBY SweetEscape

Among the Indonesian Christian community, Sidney and Etha Mohede are extremely popular. Sidney is best known as an award-winning gospel singer-songwriter and one of the pastors of a Jakarta-based megachurch, while Etha is a social media influencer. This Christmas season, we had the opportunity to talk with The Mohedes about their Christmas tradition, how they're going to spend this year's Christmas, and the importance of photography for their family.

by Priscilla for SweetEscape in Amsterdam
by Priscilla for SweetEscape in Amsterdam

1. Tell us about Christmas in your family!

We think our family's Christmas is just like any other family's. When we're in Jakarta, on Christmas morning we'd wake up and open our Christmas presents. But, since these couple of years we spent our Christmases traveling overseas, we'd open the presents before we fly off.

Also, we like to think that the trip itself is the present for the entire family, and we are happy to enjoy the trip together, just us and our three children.

2. Any particular Christmas dinner tradition?

Our family's Christmas dinner usually happens on the Christmas Eve, with simple dishes and no special table decorations. We always like to finish up all the hassle before Christmas Day itself. On Christmas Day we'd usually just eat simple take outs and just enjoy our time together.

However, we think that our family's dinners–be it Christmas or not–is a tradition in itself. We want to make sure that every family member sit around the table at dinner time. We see nowadays in modern families, at dinner time everybody's still busy with their own things; the kids watching videos on their tables, the parents still busy with their gadgets... We don't want that in our family. We make sure that everyone sits around the table and really enjoy our time together, including on Christmas dinners.

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3. Where will you be spending Christmas this year?

This year we'll be going to Europe, namely Italy and the Netherlands. This would be our first time in Italy, and it's a 3-families trip. We're flying off to Dusseldorf, then we'll travel to Milan and meet the other 2 families there. Then we'd spend 7 days in Italy and 7 days in Netherlands, so in total it would be a 14 days trip.

by Dennis + Dewi for SweetEscape in Amsterdam

As for the detailed itinerary, we honestly have no clue, but we've already booked a car to drive around. We want to try a road trip-style holiday this time around, and we think it would be fun! It's going to be an adventure!

4. We know you travel a lot, especially Sidney. Do you take photos of your trip?

Of course! For me (Sidney) personally, I love photography because it is a way I can express my passion easily. I was an art major in university, and my first passion was drawing and painting. But drawing something takes a lot of time. With a camera, I can capture the beauty of what I was seeing wherever I go with a single snap. I can still use my brain and eye for the compositions and colours, and I can express my visual arts passion in an easy way, without having to spend more than 30 minutes to draw one picture.

by Dennis + Dewi for SweetEscape in Amsterdam
by Dennis + Dewi for SweetEscape in Amsterdam

Which is why, we also love SweetEscape very much, because the idea of not being the one who takes the photographs and actually being photographed once in a while is really fun! Honestly, I'm (Sidney) not a big fan of being photographed, like most guys, I believe. But for a family photo, it's always nice to have, since most of the times we'd have to take turns taking pictures with the kids, or resort to selfies. With SweetEscape, we don't have to worry about this, and all five of us can be in the picture together!

by Dennis + Dewi for SweetEscape in Amsterdam

SweetEscape connects you to thousands of local professional photographers in more than 500 cities around the world, so you can capture every moment and get beautiful photos directly to your devices in just 48 hours after your session. This holiday season, capture more with SweetEscape's JINGLE DEALS, where you can get sessions starting as low as USD 50! Download our app, book your session today and let's #MakeLifeMemorable!