A new exhibit on Sherlock Holmes can, fittingly, only be accessed behind a row of books tucked inside the Museum of London.
Steve McKenna is based in the UK, but is usually drawn to sunnier climes. He has a special affection for Mediterranean Europe, south-east Asia and Latin America.
You may be able to book a cheaper holiday, but nothing compares with the variety and fascinating wealth of Europe.
For coffee with atmosphere, you can't beat a trip to Budapest, with frequent stops at the famous local coffee houses punctuating serious sightseeing.
From its endearing cities, which extend well beyond Edinburgh and Glasgow, to its familiar myth-soaked lochs, glens and far-flung islands, bonnie Scotland is one of Europe's most visually - and culturally - absorbing destinations.
I have spent the evening hopping around Tokyo's weird and wacky theme bars.
The 'Other China' seduces travellers with its diverse temptations, writes Steve McKenna in this beginner's guide to Taiwan.
This island city has an extraordinary history as a naval port, writes Steve McKenna.