Category: United Kingdom

Pigs or lions in the New Forest? Lions, definitely!

Pigs or lions in the New Forest? Lions, definitely!

I had a useful reminder this week of what matters in luxury – is it better to spend $$$ and go somewhere everyone has heard of, or go off the beaten track and pick somewhere in The Good Pub Guide?!  Definitely the latter on this occasion, although I certainly am not knocking the 5 star […]

Top 5 August Bank Holiday events

Top 5 August Bank Holiday events

The London calendar is packed with events all year round, but the gloves really come off for Britain’s favourite day off – the August Bank Holiday. Venues come out fighting with some of the best events of the year on offer. Here is our pick of the top five things to see and do during […]

Top 10 luxury picnic spots and shops in London

Top 10 luxury picnic spots and shops in London

The trouble with living in Britain is that when we do finally get a bit of sunshine, we don’t know what to do with it! But one thing we Brits certainly do well is picnics. And London has parks in abundance. So picnics in the park are a combination made in heaven if you know the […]

Top 3 small, charming, luxury English hotels

Top 3 small, charming, luxury English hotels

England is resplendent with charming small hotels where guests can savor all the essentials of contemporary luxury as they sample the bright flavors of each distinctive property. Here are three of my favorite homes away from home, spread across English soil, starting with the urban chic of The Dorset Square Hotel in London, then on to […]

Recipe of the week: Simmered halibut with celeriac, shellfish & squid

Recipe of the week: Simmered halibut with celeriac, shellfish & squid

For a truly inspiring summer dish, halibut offers a light delicate texture naturally infused with a distinctive flavour – perfect for serving at home during the warmer months. This recipe creates an inspiring partnership of shellfish and celeriac for the season. The dish marries delicately cooked halibut with razor clams, cockles and winkle tongues from […]

8 fantastic ways to encounter wildlife in the Outer Hebrides

8 fantastic ways to encounter wildlife in the Outer Hebrides

As the BBC natural history series, Hebrides, Islands on the Edge comes to an end, many viewers will have been inspired to put the Outer Hebrides on their must-visit list.  But can the islands really offer the kind of up-close and personal encounters with wildlife that the series promises? The answer is a resounding ‘Yes!’ – the islands live up […]

Top 5 quirky luxury restaurants in Cambridge, UK

Top 5 quirky luxury restaurants in Cambridge, UK

Just a hop, skip and a jump up the tracks from Kings Cross, the university town of Cambridge is a perfect luxury destination for an overnight escape – or you can just visit for the day for a great cultural getaway. It’s a foodie haven, but don’t just stick to the touristy city centre; here […]

Discover North Norfolk - 13 ideas

Discover North Norfolk – 13 ideas

Norfolk – my favourite place in the world; I love going abroad for guaranteed sun, warm sea, to enjoy fancy flights and lounges and for amazing hotel service and experience…  BUT Norfolk is my favourite place for time off and time away from just about everything.  As a teenager I was lucky to spend a […]

Special feature: The Black Swan, Helmsley, North Yorkshire, UK

Special feature: The Black Swan, Helmsley, North Yorkshire, UK

We had called in at The Black Swan on our last visit to Helmsley – just for a drink – but on a recent visit to this market town had the opportunity to both stay and dine there. There is no mistaking this historic coaching inn at one end of Helmsley’s market place – it […]

Top 10 UK gourmet getaways

Top 10 UK gourmet getaways

Food is undoubtedly one of the main highlights of a holiday or short break. Inspired by their recent travels across the UK, the team at dealchecker.co.uk have compiled a hot list of the UK’s most scrumptious towns and cities. There was some stiff competition for the top spot but they decided on Padstow, a must-do […]

The most expensive shows in London

The most expensive shows in London

It has always been easy to spend your money in London but, when it comes down to it and, contrary to a lot of rumours, theatre-going in the theatre capital of the world is not necessarily that expensive: with special offers, meal deals, last minute tickets and upper circle seats you can “do” London’s Theatreland […]

The £5,000 a night hospital wing where the Duchess of Cambridge gave birth

The £5,000 a night hospital wing where the Duchess of Cambridge gave birth

On A Luxury Travel Blog we cover all kinds of accommodation, from exquisite hotels and resorts to luxury camps in the middle of the African wilderness. Today, we are breaking with tradition to focus on the £5,000+ a night Lindo Wing at St. Mary’s Hospital in Paddington, London. It might not look so fancy but […]

4 of the world's best dining tables with great views (and great food!)

4 of the world’s best dining tables with great views (and great food!)

Travel is a sensation for all of the senses and combines our greatest passions that leave us with memories to last a lifetime. We rarely remember the soggy sandwich we raced to eat before the 2pm meeting but the fresh taste of the reef fish we caught and barbecued on the beach is a flavour […]

To the manor reborn: a hotel that makes you feel like royalty

To the manor reborn: a hotel that makes you feel like royalty

The English countryside is where royalty goes to quell the noise of their public lives; it’s where stately homes the size of city blocks stand sentinel amidst rolling hills; and it’s where you and I can go to feel like queens and kings, even if just for a sliver of time. Here I cover one of […]

Top 5 culture events in London this Summer

Top 5 culture events in London this Summer

“Go down to Kew in lilac-time”, wrote the poet Alfred Noyes, “and you shall wander hand in hand with love in a summer’s wonderland.” He wasn’t kidding. London in the warmer months is intoxicating; it blooms with urban beaches, open-air theatre, outdoor concerts and pop-up beer gardens. It’s a fantastic time to sample what London […]

Top 10 luxury city breaks in Europe

Top 10 luxury city breaks in Europe

Considering a European city getaway?  Here we give you a round up on 10 of the best places to while away a weekend – or longer – in a number of Europe’s top cities. Whether it’s last year’s Olympic host city of London, the traditional romance of Paris or the vibrancy of Barcelona, you’re sure […]

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