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These 10 hotels and hostels were prisons in a former life

5 min readPublished Jul 13, 2019

Historic prisons are fascinating, tragic and often macabre places, which is why those that have been converted to modern hotels and hostels make such…

The exterior of the historic Liberty Hotel is lit up at night.
Food and drink

Capital gains: Helsinki on a budget

5 min readPublished Feb 18, 2019

Helsinki is a captivating city with an intriguing history, impressive architecture, innovative design and fantastic food. Light and airy in the summer and…

Capital gains: Helsinki on a budget
Food and drink

Baltic bar crawl: booze cruising between Tallinn and Helsinki

6 min readPublished Dec 17, 2018

It’s Friday at 8pm and, somewhere in the Baltic Sea, a ferry is sailing through icy waters. There is a party aboard: pints of beer are being slung in an…

Beer has been an important part of Baltic culture for centuries © Megan Eaves / Lonely Planet
Food and drink

How to live like a Local in Helsinki

5 min readPublished Nov 2, 2018

Spending time in Helsinki's relaxed wine bars, steamy saunas, cheap and cheerful restaurants and inspiring art galleries are just some of LP Local…

LP Local Violetta Teetor enjoys zipping around Helsinki on a City Bike © Violetta Teetor / Lonely Planet
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10 best cheap eats in Helsinki

5 min readPublished Jun 11, 2018

Helsinki is not cheap, but since the advent of Restaurant Day – a festival organised four times a year when ordinary citizens can open their own food…

10 best cheap eats in Helsinki