Category: United Kingdom

Everything you need to know about London’s most exalted five-star hotels

Everything you need to know about London’s most exalted five-star hotels

Last year Forbes Magazine added London to the group of cities blessed with its exclusive Travel Guide Star Ratings. Only five hotels among the city’s scores of palatial guest quarters received the lauded Forbes fifth star, while a sixth hotel was brought into the fold in September. This group includes some of the most famous […]

Knightsbridge, window-boxes and Capital charms: a London hotel

Knightsbridge, window-boxes and Capital charms: a London hotel

Harrods. For some, the dark green and gold cascades cement their image of London.  From dawn until dusk, the hoards gather to bask in the glow of this iconic landmark, where harmonious Knightsbridge streets, visions of red brick, mellow mews’ and sleepy, (albeit, impeccably maintained) window-boxes, form her hinterland. And this is where The Capital […]

Some of the best luxury hotels around the world

Some of the best luxury hotels around the world

If you are planning to charter a private for your holiday this year, you will no doubt be looking to stay in a luxury hotel. All of the major cities and tourist destination have a range of luxury hotels to choose from, but here are some of the best luxury hotels in the world that […]

Recipe of the week: Marinated crab wrapped in avocado with ajo blanco

Recipe of the week: Marinated crab wrapped in avocado with ajo blanco

The delicate and sweet flavours of crab pairs well with strong, citric ingredients. This recipe uses crab meat marinated with chopped coriander, tomato concassé, lemon and lime juice, highlighting refreshing flavours that are perfect for the warm weather. A thin layer of avocado adds a touch of richness and the dish is finished off with […]

The Young British Foodies and the best vodka in town

The Young British Foodies and the best vodka in town

At this year’s YBFs (Young British Foodies Awards) in London, guests were taken on a tantalizing food journey, tasting the inspired fare from a shortlist of the country’s most talented and passionate gastronomes. The tasting menu included Tozino‘s chorizo and chickpea stew, Dorshi‘s hake and lemon basil dumplings, Bosco and Bees‘ tomato and mozzarella pizza […]

4 London restaurants you should try this Autumn

4 London restaurants you should try this Autumn

In hip and happening London, most days of the week see a new restaurant or bar opening, and the pace really picks up in the Autumn. There’s a real buzz that comes from a new place or a new menu launch – trendy locals really love to show they’ve got their fingers on the pulse. So […]

Cornwall's incredible renaissance as a romantic destination

Cornwall’s incredible renaissance as a romantic destination

With its wild windswept beauty, spectacular beaches, lush semi-tropical gardens and breathtaking cliff-top walks, Cornwall is one of the most romantic regions of England. For years the region has attracted many artists with its magical backdrop and the shimmering quality of light it is known for; now the stage of the latest romantic comedy of […]

Interview with Lorne Blythe, Owner of Flavours Holidays

Interview with Lorne Blythe, Owner of Flavours Holidays

Lorne Blythe born in Edinburgh now divides her time between Italy and Edinburgh. She is the owner of Flavours Holidays which organises getaways for people who want a cooking holiday, a painting vacation or a week practising Pilates in Italy. Flavours is a specialised niche market tour operator, and has been offering luxury holidays since […]

Top 5 intimate hotel wedding venues in Scotland

Top 5 intimate hotel wedding venues in Scotland

Scotland is a magnificent country to get married in. It’s no surprise that a large number of people come to Scotland every year just to get married. Stunning dramatic scenery, friendly and welcoming hospitality and a wide range of diverse wedding venues to choose from make Scotland a truly unique and romantic location for brides […]

The Lake District - one of the most depressing landscapes in Europe?

The Lake District – one of the most depressing landscapes in Europe?

“One of the most depressing landscapes in Europe” has been the description used to describe my home this week, in an article written in The Guardian newspaper by George Monbiot. As someone who is proud of where I live, I therefore feel the need to speak out! Whilst whether the Lake District deserves World Heritage status […]

Cycling in Hampshire - watering and feeding stops

Cycling in Hampshire – watering and feeding stops

We’re lucky in that we live in spitting distance of the New Forest – which is superb for either road or off road cycling.  It is easy to get to as well – either on the train, the Hythe ferry, or by hitching the bikes up to the tow-bar and driving to one of a […]

Recipe of the week: Lobster and prawn with arabiatta linguine

Recipe of the week: Lobster and prawn with arabiatta linguine

Lobster from Scotland in particular has a wonderfully sweet and fresh flavour. Try this luxurious and surprisingly quick dish – one of the very best ways to eat lobster. Linguine is perfect for this dish as its flat shape means it retains the sauce and flavours well, making it even tastier – enjoy with a […]

5 international festivals to enjoy in the cooler seasons

5 international festivals to enjoy in the cooler seasons

After months of Summer loving, the brisk shivers of Autumn and Winter greet us harshly. The warm sun slips away and the once lively leaves fall to the ground. But whip out your gloves and puffer jackets because the fun has yet to cease. Here are 5 fantastic festivals from around the world that make […]

6 spectacular places to stay in Scotland

6 spectacular places to stay in Scotland

Scotland’s immense beauty is reason alone to visit, never mind extras like whisky trails, world-class golfing, the fairy pools of Skye, or actual castles in the sky.  Luxury accommodations are as varied as the country’s landscape, with properties to match your preference whether you lean toward urban hotels, rural hunting lodges, tiny inns, or private […]

Miss Saigon returns to London

Miss Saigon returns to London

Rumours of a return to London for Miss Saigon have been around for several years now and so it is fitting that the 25th anniversary of its world Premier in London should be marked by a new production and a return to London’s West End and the Prince Edward Theatre in Soho. Film rights were released […]

Recipe of the week: Roast grouse with blackberries and port jus

Recipe of the week: Roast grouse with blackberries and port jus

The grouse season in the UK opened on the 12th August and right now you can find some of the best grouse in the market because the birds are still young enough to offer a deliciously tender meat. The breast of grouse is the most tender part; it is rich and is scented with the […]

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