Category: United Kingdom

A very grown-up restaurant in Manchester’s Northern Quarter

A very grown-up restaurant in Manchester’s Northern Quarter

Manchester’s Northern Quarter is famous for its Bohemian vibes and many bars, cafés, music and record shops situated north of the city. TNQ Resturant & Bar is a hidden gem of a modern British/European restaurant situated right in the heart of the area, once a storage warehouse for the old Smithfield fish markets, but now [...]

Luxury accommodation fit for man’s best friend

Luxury accommodation fit for man’s best friend

Pets are a large part of many people’s lives and family, so leaving them while heading off on holiday can leave a guilty feeling with many owners’ concerned about how they’ll be looked after while they’re away. The good news for many pet owners is whilst you indulge in a luxury break, your pets can be [...]

Special feature: Congham Hall, near King’s Lynn, Norfolk, UK

Special feature: Congham Hall, near King’s Lynn, Norfolk, UK

If you are looking for somewhere to totally relax and unwind, then you’d be hard-pressed to find somewhere more peaceful than Congham Hall where we have just spent the past week. Recently named as winner of the Best UK Small Hotel at the International Hotel Awards, this Georgian country house is home to a hotel, [...]

Top 5 places you can enjoy luxury in London

Top 5 places you can enjoy luxury in London

Beautiful London is the perfect getaway for a luxury vacation. A vibrant city packed with gorgeous architecture, award-winning bars and restaurants and world-famous attractions. If it’s glamour you’re looking for, then this is the place to be. Here’s our hit list of the Big Smoke’s most luxurious destinations. 1. Harrods, Knightsbridge The world famous department [...]

3 of our favourite markets in which to mingle with the locals

3 of our favourite markets in which to mingle with the locals

Who doesn’t like a spot of shopping when on holiday? And what better way to feel the pulse of a city and get under the skin of a destination than to mingle in the markets with the locals. A visit to a Parisian antiques fair or a wander through a colourful handicrafts market in India [...]

Suite of the week: The Tudor Suite at the Milestone Hotel, London, UK

Suite of the week: The Tudor Suite at the Milestone Hotel, London, UK

Suite name: The Tudor Suite Hotel name: The Milestone Hotel Location: London, UK Size of accommodation: 585 sq ft Cost per night: £1,100 What makes it special: Decadence personified, the Tudor Suite not only offers 24-hour butler service and a private Bentley on demand, it has its very own minstrels gallery above a separate sitting room. A 3.3m-high ceiling is adorned [...]

See London’s Pompeii exhibition, then visit the site itself on an expert-led Amalfi cruise

See London’s Pompeii exhibition, then visit the site itself on an expert-led Amalfi cruise

In 2013, Peter Sommer Travels offers discerning travellers a unique opportunity. Only this year, is it possible to combine a visit to the British Museum’s sensational exhibition Life and Death in Pompeii and Herculaneum with a cruise around the Bay of Naples, to experience those famous sites, destroyed and thus preserved for posterity by the [...]

The best of Dumfries & Galloway

The best of Dumfries & Galloway

My local stomping ground, Dumfries and Galloway, is often overshadowed by the popular Highland areas.  However, the south west corner if often more accessible and can offer just as many jaw-dropping sites as its northern equivalent. Access to the area is easiest by car.  It is the first region across the border but is around [...]

Recipe of the week: Braised belly of lamb

Recipe of the week: Braised belly of lamb

We suggest you use salt marsh lamb in this recipe. The unique environment where the sheep graze gives the meat its distinctive and very special flavour that is so sought after. Usually, farmers with coastal pasture bring their sheep on to it in spring. The sheep graze as close as possible to the water’s edge, [...]

Luxury in Loch Lomond

Luxury in Loch Lomond

If you’ve ever organised a large family get-together or a gathering of friends, you’ll know that a large self-catering house (or vacation rental as they call it in other parts of the world) is the perfect solution, catering for the needs of young and old alike, and allowing everyone to relax without the formality of [...]

Interview with Ana Silva O’Reilly of mrsoaroundtheworld.com

Interview with Ana Silva O’Reilly of mrsoaroundtheworld.com

With a degree in Business Studies and a Henley Business School MBA, Ana Silva O’Reilly developed her career in strategic marketing management as Marketing Director for Portugal, Spain and Turkey with global commercial real estate consultant Cushman & Wakefield. She is also a New York University alumni (NYU), having graduated from its Social Media Strategy [...]

5 of the most lavish hotel suites in the world

5 of the most lavish hotel suites in the world

Luxury hotels the world over are renowned for their service and amenities, whether you are staying in a standard room or a suite.  But there are also those suites where you get something over and above the norm – here we look at five lavish suites offering everything from personal butlers to extensive living space [...]

5 hotel openings to look out for in 2013

5 hotel openings to look out for in 2013

Despite the doom and gloom about the global economy, the luxury travel industry still seems to be holding up well and luxury hotels and resorts continue to spring up around the world.  Here we’ve picked out 5 to look out for in 2013, from a gourmet retreat in Fiji through to a high rise hotel [...]

Enjoy a luxury break in ‘England’s playground’

Enjoy a luxury break in ‘England’s playground’

Goodwood House, on the edge of the South Downs National Park, is one of England’s finest stately homes and the focal point of an amazing combination of unique sporting events set in the most stunning of locations. The estate, affectionately known as ‘England’s playground’, offers world renowned horse racing at its racecourse perched on top [...]

Special feature: The West Bay Club & Spa, Yarmouth, Isle of Wight, UK

Special feature: The West Bay Club & Spa, Yarmouth, Isle of Wight, UK

Our recent trip to the Isle of Wight was our first, but one we were very much looking forward to. There are a number of ways to reach the island but we opted for the ferry crossing from Lymington to Yarmouth, since we were heading for the West Bay Club and Spa between Yarmouth and [...]

5 tried and tested Glasgow restaurants

5 tried and tested Glasgow restaurants

Glasgow has long been recognised as the younger, stylish sister of Edinburgh. Prices are lower here than in the capital but its abundance of restaurants have established Glasgow as one of Europe’s top foodie destinations. Below are my top five tried and tested Glasgow institutions, which are favourites of locals and visitors alike. 1. Gamba - [...]

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