Sophie Lam

Sophie Lam is Head of Travel at The Independent. She joined the travel desk in 2004, after spending several months in Central America and when not in the office is happiest on the beach.

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Devon Open Studios artist Gina Parr

Five ways to enjoy art in England

With outdoor exhibitions, new galleries and events for all ages, enjoy a summer of culture

Seamaster sailing in Croatia

Five ways to enjoy an alternative stag or hen break

Avoid those embarrassing jaunts and make it a trip to remember

Grand designs: one of the top-floor suites

Casa dos Loios, Porto - B&B And Beyond: 'The square root of Portuguese style'

Hidden above a minimarket in the city centre is an elegant guesthouse that offers great value, says Sophie Lam
A druid at Stonehenge

5 ways to make the most of midsummer

With the solstice on the horizon, Sophie Lam salutes the long days with holidays at home and abroad

Photo-finish: a classy dining area leaves the rooms feeling plain

Room Service: The Winning Post, Berkshire

A revamp that falls in the final furlong

The Alila Jabal Akhdar hotel perches at the top of a dramatic valley

Oman: Green shoots in the uncharted mountains

A new luxury hotel is putting the Jabal Akhdar range's dramatic gardens and gorges - once sealed off as part of a military base - on the tourist map

Go with the flow: the Douro is an intrinsic part of Porto

48 Hours In: Porto

Walk in the footsteps of Prince Henry the Navigator, tour Baroque churches and historic port lodges, or just stroll beside the Douro, writes Sophie Lam
Nutcracker: A rare red squirrel out foraging

Backstage travel: The Conservation Ranger

Caring for creatures, great and small, in woodland Cumbria

5 ways to kick back in the Cyclades

With new flights, this Greek archipelago is even easier to enjoy, says Sophie Lam

Going up: the Eiffel Tower

5 ways to experience the Eiffel Tower

The seminal landmark opened in Paris on 31 March 1889 as the entrance to that year’s World’s Fair

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Chuck Hagel and Martin Dempsey were pure Hollywood. They only needed Tom Cruise
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Mafia Dons: is the Camorra in control of the Granite City?

So claims an EU report which points to the Italian Mob’s alleged grip on everything from public works to property
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Once the poor relation, the awards show now has the top stars and boasts the best drama
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What happens to migrants once they land in Italy?

Memphis Barker follows their trail through southern Europe
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French connection: After 1,300 years, there’s a bridge to Mont Saint-Michel

The ugly causeway is being dismantled, an elegant connection erected in its place. So everyone’s happy, right?
Frank Mugisha: Uganda's most outspoken gay rights activist on changing people's attitudes, coming out, and the threat of being attacked

Frank Mugisha: 'Coming out was a gradual process '

Uganda's most outspoken gay rights activist on changing people's attitudes, coming out, and the threat of being attacked
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The ‘vloggers’ signed up to find twentysomething audience
David Abraham: Big ideas for the small screen

David Abraham: Big ideas for the small screen

A blistering attack on US influence on British television has lifted the savvy head of Channel 4 out of the shadows
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Florence Knight's perfect picnic

Polpetto's head chef shares her favourite recipes from Iced Earl Grey tea to baked peaches, mascarpone & brown sugar meringues...
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Horst P Horst comes to the V&A

The London's museum has delved into its archives to stage a far-reaching retrospective celebrating the photographer's six decades of creativity
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Mark Hix's summery soups

Soup isn’t just about comforting broths and steaming hot bowls...
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Tim Sherwood column

I would have taken the Crystal Palace job if I’d been offered it soon after my interview... but the whole process dragged on so I had to pull out
Eden Hazard: Young, gifted... not yet perfect

Eden Hazard: Young, gifted... not yet perfect

Eden Hazard admits he is still below the level of Ronaldo and Messi but, after a breakthrough season, is ready to thrill Chelsea’s fans
Tim Howard: I’m an old dog. I don’t get too excited

Tim Howard: I’m an old dog. I don’t get too excited

The Everton and US goalkeeper was such a star at the World Cup that the President phoned to congratulate him... not that he knows what the fuss is all about
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Tom Peck on Match of the Day at 50

The show reminds us that even the most revered BBC institution may have a finite lifespan – thanks to the opposition