Things to do in Athens, Greece

After several months of work in my latest contract at GAN, it is now time for my next trip to the sun. Athens is the choice this time round, after covering each and every main island in the Canaries over recent years.

Athens appealed to me for the combination of sunshine, good food but also plenty of culture which can sometimes be lacking in purely tourist destinations. Holiday resorts tend to be fairly similar and can become a little boring once you have seen a few of them.

This city, however, has as much historical culture as pretty much anywhere in the world and should keep us busy enough for the week-long vacation.

I have only previously had one Greek holiday, to the island of Kavos for a fortnight which was perhaps the best but most grueling trip in my life. And certainly not to be repeated! Athens will be a long way away from that “Brits abroad” type vacation, with an art gallery or two, architecture, healthy local cuisine and maybe even some fishing on the agenda this time round.

Top 10 Things To Do in and Around Athens

  1. Acropolis & Acropolis Museum

  2. Constitution Square

  3. National Gardens

  4. Parthenon

  5. Temple of Hephaestus

  6. Flisvos Marina

  7. Lake Vouliagmeni

  8. Byzantine Museum

  9. Mount Lycabettus

  10. Panathenaic Stadium

Free Bets – Find Free Bet Offers from UK Bookmakers & Betting Exchanges

Free bets are great ways to get ahead of the bookie, and these offers are absolutely everywhere. The UK gambling industry is among the most competitive of online business sectors, with one after another bookmaker lining up to draw new customers in through new offers on a daily basis.

Existing customers can also receive great deals, with bookies trying to entice them back in to play more regularly, or perhaps try another area of the website, such as going from sports betting to casino, tournaments, card games or arcade games.

Free Bets

The range of free bets is extraordinary, covering all manner of scenarios, from final scores, to top goal scorers, in-play bets, money-back opportunities for losing bets and so much more. That is just for football, too.

Other notable sports with free bets include Horse Racing, Rugby Union and also the latest competitions from around the world, be it the Rugby World Cup, European Football Championships, NFL Superbowl and so on.

When registering on any of these bookmakers’ websites, always sign up to the newsletters and email campaigns which are the best way to stay up to date with the latest promotional bet offers.

The offers include initial sign-up bets, which can be among the most generous of all, plus reload offers which occur on a daily or weekly basis. Use of all of the available bets from across multiple bookmakers and exchanges can be very lucrative.

Betfair

Betfair Logo - Find Free Bets

Betfair is a high-profile Betting exchange which offers great numbers of free bets and offers across it’s different platforms. The brand is well known even among only occasional players, thanks to the large amounts of advertising it uses on targeted audiences.

Betfair is the preferred exchange for many UK punters, but it’s commission rate of 5% is relatively high for the market. Regular gamblers may look to use Smarkets or Betdaq instead for this reason.

Paddy Power

Paddy Power Logo

Paddy Power is another prominent bookmaker who consistently provide some of the best sign-up offers as well as frequent reload bets across a number of different sports.

This bookmaker is well known for it’s controversial TV adverts which push the boundaries of political correctness. Like Betfair, it has also one of the larger outlays on advertising in the industry, keeping it’s brand at the forefront of public consciousness.

Coral

Coral Free Bet Offers with Coral Model Carly Baker

Coral have held high street shops for many years and are an increasingly significant player in the online gambling market. They have also recently launched a major advertising campaign, featuring model Carly Baker, as this competitive market continues to require marketing investment in order to keep an edge over the rivals.

Coral have a strong, established brand in the United Kingdom because of the high street stores which have been around for many decades. This physical presence will always breed confidence in customers than those who are purely online competitors. For the more occasional player, this confidence can be crucial in deciding which online bookie to choose for their next bet.

Bet Fred

Betfred Logo

Bet Fred is another major player in the UK Bookmakers Industry, and a frequent supplier of free bets and other attractive offers. They are also a frequent sight on sports channels ad breaks as they compete strongly against the other industry leaders found in this post.

Bet Fred, like Coral, William Hill and Ladbrokes, has long since had an established presence in the UK high street, and this brand awareness continues to be an advantage in the online gambling industry where confidence and trust is key.

Ladbrokes

Ladbrokes Logo

Ladbrokes are yet another major high-street bookmaker who are making great strides in the online gambling market. “Laddies” as they have been affectionately known for many years have targeted young males in a persistent advertising campaign over recent years.

The adverts aim to portray their customers as fun, sociable youths who hold a healthy relationship with gambling and use it as a weekly routine whilst out with friends.

Bet365

William Hill

Skybet

Skybet are a younger, online-only bookmaker who have made impressive progress in recent years thanks to their relationship with the Sky Sports channels that continue to plug them.

They also have some fun sporting bets which you can get involved with for free, such as Super 6, which gives you the opportunity to win £250,000 each week by correctly guessing the scores of six Premiership football matches.

Sky Sports have betting advertising as their main source of revenue during TV breaks, thanks to the highly competitive nature of this industry as well as the relevance between the content on these channels and the target audience of sports bookmakers. SkyBet is able to also integrate itself into the programmes themselves, which gives it a clear advantage.

Totesport

Smarkets

Betvictor

Stan James

Bwin

Betway

PokerStars

Betdaq

32red

888sport

BetBright

List of Free Bet Bookmakers & Betting Exchanges

Please find below a comprehensive list of all major bookmakers and betting exchanges that currently offer free bet offers – you may wish to make the most of each and everyone of these in order to earn some cash to put aside for a rainy day!

Also, remember that although the sign-up offers are always among the most generous available, most of the betting sites below will offer other great deals on a monthly, weekly, even daily basis and so winnings can continue into the future.

  • Betfair
  • Paddy Power
  • Coral
  • Betfred
  • Ladbrokes
  • Bwin
  • PokerStars
  • Bet365
  • Betdaq
  • Stan James
  • Smarkets
  • 32red
  • William Hill
  • Skybet
  • Totesport
  • 888sport
  • BetBright
  • William Hill
  • Betvictor

High Street Kensington Pubs, Bars & Restaurants, London

Whilst completing my contract at Game Account Network, i spent an extended period working in the High Street Kensington area of London.

One of my favourite benefits of working as a contractor is the opportunity to put lunch and breakfast costs on expenses. As such, it is then possible to try out lots of local pubs, bars and restaurants without fear of digging too far into your wages.

When GAN moved their offices from Bond Street to High Street Kensington, it was an opportunity to learn more about an area of London that i am not overly familiar with. My expectations were of grand buildings with expensive food and drink for the very posh, with little available for the office works, but fortunately i was quite wrong.

The majority of spots to eat and drink around the high street are good quality, but also relatively affordable. The locals seem to drink in standard pubs, though there is a fine selection in this area.

The pubs that we have tried here tend to offer excellent food as well as craft beers and the like, but aside from that are pretty much what you would expect from all but the poorest parts of the city.

None of the locations felt snobby, in fact there does seem a real community feel in this part of London, particularly when you visit spots off of the main high street.

This post links out to all of the places that i have visited during my time here with GAN. We tried to cover as many as possible, concentrating on our favourite gastro pubs, querky locations and also casual restaurants.

Our lunchtime trips would always be on a budget of a maximum of £25 per person, including drinks. This was also more than enough with most mains in High Street Kensington costing £8 – £15 and a drink pushing it to around £20.

High Street Kensington Pubs

Elephant & Castle
Brittania
Prince of Wales
The Goat
Churchill Arms

High Street Kensington Restaurants

Sticky Fingers
Wasabi
Byron
Wagamamas
Whole Foods

H10 Playa Esmeralda Hotel, Fuerteventura

We stayed at the H10 Playa Esmeralda Hotel, Fuerteventura for the second week of our holiday. The all-inclusive offering seemed a good choice after barbecuing our own food for a week in our villa in the north of the island.

It took a few hours to adjust after staying in a quiet villa for the previous week, but after settling in we really enjoyed our stay at the H10 Playa Esmeralda Hotel. For a large hotel, it was fairly relaxed here with visitors well behaved and all similar in terms of the type of holiday that they were after.

This hotel lies in the south of the island in Costa Calma and is part of a large international chain of hotels. We struggled at first with reception staff whose English was not perfect, but later had no real problems as our needs were very simple.

The main excursions available included Windsurfing, Kayaking and further water-sports in the nearby coastline. In the hotel itself was nightly entertainment plus also crazy golf too. The swimming pools were never too crowded, despite some people seeming to spend their entire holiday sunbathing in that area.