Category: United Kingdom

Celebrating Scotland's diverse nature at the Wild Lochaber Festival

Celebrating Scotland’s diverse nature at the Wild Lochaber Festival

As Scotland celebrates the Year of Natural Scotland 2013, the Lochaber region is getting set to host the second Wild Lochaber Festival. The week-long festival is a celebration of the diverse nature and stunning landscape of the Scottish region that is home to some of the most iconic images of the national landscape – Ben […]

Looking for family-friendly luxury in London this summer?

Looking for family-friendly luxury in London this summer?

London is a great place for a luxury family break, whatever the time of year, whether it be seeing a great show in the West End or indulging in strawberries and cream at Wimbledon. Here are five ideas of things happening in the capital between June and September 2013 that will prove popular with both […]

Boutique style in Manchester

Boutique style in Manchester

The vibrant city of Manchester offers all the show-stopping theatre performances, shopping experiences, fascinating history and buzzing nightlife a visitor needs for a memorable weekend break, and the Macdonald Townhouse Hotel was the ideal spot for our recent family city break in which we also visited the Palace Theatre to see The Lion King. Those […]

New bars to visit in London

New bars to visit in London

If you’re heading to London this Spring, here are my tips on where to visit for a drink – whether you want a rooftop bar near Trafalgar Square with sublime views or a decadent Champagne bar in the form of the historic The Grill Room or a hidden bar with a detectives’ agency as a […]

Free entry to Sandringham with Congham Hall, to mark 60th anniversary of Queen’s coronation

Free entry to Sandringham with Congham Hall, to mark 60th anniversary of Queen’s coronation

Congham Hall Hotel is offering guests free entry to the nearby Sandringham Estate, the Queen’s Norfolk retreat, to mark the 60th anniversary of Her Majesty’s coronation on 2nd June 2013. The hotel, which we visited last month and which sits on the edge of the Queen’s 20,000-acre property, will give guests who book one room […]

Italian aperitivo: a 5 star interpretation

Italian aperitivo: a 5 star interpretation

While aperitivo has been a longstanding tradition in Italy, it is relatively new in London and other major cities.  A number of bars have opened in the UK capital to reinforce this trend including Il Tempo near Charing Cross and Banca in Mayfair. But you know aperitivo has really arrived now that an establishment like the […]

Top 10 romantic hotels in Europe

Top 10 romantic hotels in Europe

Are you filled with starry-eyed sentiment and looking for the perfect destination for an amorous adventure? Join us as we explore Europe’s most sumptuous suites and luxurious lodgings to provide the ideal backdrop for your dream romance. Here’s a shortlist of my top 10 romantic hotels to be found in Europe. 1. Sun Rocks Hotel, […]

Top 10 places in the world to pop the question

Top 10 places in the world to pop the question

Congratulations! You’ve decided you want to spend the rest of your life with your partner. But before the rigorous wedding planning can begin, you first need to figure out how you’re going to pop the question. On top of a mountain? Under the sea? Or in a romantic restaurant, with violin music playing in the background? To help […]

Bolshoi Ballet at London's Royal Opera House this Summer

Bolshoi Ballet at London’s Royal Opera House this Summer

The Bolshoi Ballet returns to London and the Royal Opera House this Summer, with four full-length productions and three one-act ballets running (or should that be courant) between 29th July and 17th August 2013 to celebrate its 50th anniversary of its first Covent Garden performance. Their annual visit is always an event to be cherished and […]

Bank Holiday shows in London

Bank Holiday shows in London

So what’s on in London this Bank Holiday weekend? What will make it worth the journey down (apart from the chance to see the sun glistening off of the Thames as you look up stream from Waterloo bridge)? Of course there are the usual suspects that have been entertaining London audiences every weekend since Margaret […]

An airport worker's letter of resignation... on a cake!

An airport worker’s letter of resignation… on a cake!

In what is surely one of the sweetest ways to say goodbye, a Stansted Airport employee has handed in his letter of resignation… on a cake.  (Yes, you read that right!). Immigration officer Chris Holmes took this extraordinary measure, writing “Having recently become a father I now realise how precious life is and how important […]

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 […]

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