Category: United Kingdom

10 of the best places to stay in Europe this Spring

10 of the best places to stay in Europe this Spring

Why wait until Summer to get away this year? The Spring can be the perfect time to get away – often that little bit quieter outside of the main season, but sometimes more enjoyable for exactly that reason. Go on… treat yourself with a stay at one of our top 10 places to stay in […]

5 luxurious places to stay in Edinburgh with historic links

5 luxurious places to stay in Edinburgh with historic links

Edinburgh is a city packed full of history and heritage. With buildings dating back to the 12th century, Old Town charm and Georgian splendour, you do not have to walk far to spot an architectural gem. Edinburgh is also a city which takes its luxury seriously and there is a wide choice of superb accommodation. […]

Short stay: Goldsborough Hall, near Knaresborough, North Yorkshire, UK

Short stay: Goldsborough Hall, near Knaresborough, North Yorkshire, UK

Situated between Harrogate and York, Goldsborough Hall is a historic, 400-year-old stately home and Grade II Listed building, and former residence (and first marital home) to one of the present Queen’s aunts: HRH Princess Mary (1897-1965). After an extensive restoration, it has established itself as one of Yorkshire’s finest wedding venues but has also enjoyed a growing trade […]

This Summer's top 3 countryside festivals in the UK

This Summer’s top 3 countryside festivals in the UK

This summer, we’ll be looking for any excuse to escape the city and revel in the sun-kissed British countryside. With this year’s calendar brimming with festivals celebrating everything from food and music to history and literature, we’re just a bit spoilt for choice. Still, we’ve somehow managed to whittle the list down to our top […]

Top 10 bars in Edinburgh

Top 10 bars in Edinburgh

Whether it’s a cool café come wine bar, an underground speakeasy, or a luxury hotel with Prosecco on tap, Edinburgh is full of incredible places to enjoy a drink or two. With an offering to challenge cities such as London and Paris, you don’t need to go far to come across some of the best […]

Cacao craze: 5 of the best British bean-to-bar chocolate choices

Cacao craze: 5 of the best British bean-to-bar chocolate choices

Coffee is no longer the trendiest bean in town. From chocolate ‘clubs’ to raw devotees, the homemade to the ethically produced, Britain it seems has become a nation of cacao purists with chocolatiers and makers getting seriously obsessed about the single-origin bean. So this Easter, join us in waving cheerio to Cadbury and bye-bye to […]

The secret gardens of Edinburgh

The secret gardens of Edinburgh

With its elegant Georgian streets and the ancient closes of the Old Town, many people are surprised to learn that Edinburgh is not just famous for its large spaces such as Princes Street Gardens or the Meadows, we are also a city of secret and private gardens. Dr Neil’s Garden Hidden behind the church in […]

Top 5 ultimate London sleepover experiences for children

Top 5 ultimate London sleepover experiences for children

The chance to take a trip to London is, for many children, a dream come true. By day, blustery rides on red open-top buses, the chance to see guards stood like tin soldiers outside Buckingham Palace and hearing Big Ben chime are all part of the mythical appeal of the city. But unknown to most, […]

4K photography - so easy that even a child can do it!

4K photography – so easy that even a child can do it!

If you’re a regular reader you’ll have seen me posting about 4K photography a few times over the last few months. If you’re new here, here’s a very quick summary – 4K photography is when you shoot in HD video, and the quality is such that you can pick out a single frame and yet […]

My latest challenge: running at least 10K every day throughout 2016

My latest challenge: running at least 10K every day throughout 2016

I have never been a particularly good runner but it’s something I enjoy doing and I’ve run a handful of marathons over the years (nothing particularly fast so don’t be too impressed!). This year, though, is a little different. I have set myself a running challenge that will really test me: to run at least […]

4K photography with the National Trust

4K photography with the National Trust

At the weekend I visited our local National Trust property, Sizergh Castle, to seek out some 4K photography opportunities with my trusty Panasonic LUMIX GX8 camera. (If you want to win one of these cameras for yourself, incidentally - worth over £1,000 - make sure you head over to this post.) Sizergh Castle lies out the outskirts […]

What's it like to fly the DJI Phantom 3 Advanced drone?

What’s it like to fly the DJI Phantom 3 Advanced drone?

A drone has to be one of the ultimate gadgets nowadays so you can imagine my delight when I got to trial the DJI Phantom 3 Advanced drone recently. DJI, if you haven’t heard of them already, are comfortably the market leaders when it comes to drones, controlling around 70% of the global market, and […]

3 countries, 3 luxury train journeys

3 countries, 3 luxury train journeys

There’s something so romantic about a grand train journey. It harks back to a bygone era before the fast pace of modern life took hold and when travel was just as much about the ‘getting there’ as the destination. But this golden age of gentlemanly luxury is alive and well within the Belmond collection. In […]

Why Edinburgh is the home of Scottish food and drink

Why Edinburgh is the home of Scottish food and drink

Scotland is blessed with a fantastic larder of some of the best natural produce in the world and is synonymous the world over with quality produce.  Soft fruit and vegetables are locally grown in many parts of Scotland and with the country famous for good quality meat and excellent seafood, you do not have to […]

The world's greatest rooftop bars

The world’s greatest rooftop bars

Picture the scene: you’re on holiday, enjoying a drink after a hard day’s work of sunbathing and sightseeing. The champagne bottle has just been popped open, the atmosphere is lively, but something is still missing: the perfect view . There’s no better way to enjoy a well-earned drink than by sitting on a terrace overlooking […]

Top 10 cities for art lovers

Top 10 cities for art lovers

In the art capitals of the world, art is everywhere – not only in the famous galleries and churches, but even in the most unexpected places. Turn the corner in Rome to discover a shrine high in the wall, or a colourful mural under a bridge. If you’re visiting a city for the first time, […]

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