Category: United Kingdom

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 […]

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 […]

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