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The only two-star Michelin restaurant in Berlin

The only two-star Michelin restaurant in Berlin

The Regent Berlin’s Fischer’s Fritz Restaurant has been awarded two Michelin stars for the second year running.  Led by  Chef de Cuisine Christian Lohse, one of Germany’s most prestigious chefs,  Fischer’s Fritz is a haute seafood restaurant featuring French culinary influences and fresh, locally sourced produce. And Lohse is no strange to  top-rated Michelin restaurants […]

Start 2009 as you mean to go on!

Start 2009 as you mean to go on!

New Year’s hotel offers in London and Leeds – from The Eton Collection – to make the start of 2009 go swimmingly… The Academy, London – walk to Trafalgar square to see in the New Year at the famous London countdown. Price from Ł232 per room which includes a full English breakfast, a late check […]

World Travel Market - is it worth it?

World Travel Market – is it worth it?

I didn’t go to the WTM this year. My reason is simply because I feel I can network with the people I need to from the comfort of my own office, rather than trekking the length of the country down to London to do so – such is the beauty of the internet. For me, […]

A grand dram

A grand dram

The Macallan, makers of some of the finest single malts, teamed with the masters of glassmaking, Lalique, to create an elegant new  $12,000  home for its very rare 55-year-old whiskey. The “natural colour” decanter was designed with a stunning amber-hued stopper and a subtle colour gradient to enhance the spirit held within. And what a […]

London's May Fair Hotel on YouTube

London’s May Fair Hotel on YouTube

London’s famous 5-star  May Fair Hotel is staying ahead of the times – and certainly not complying with an image that luxury hotels ‘don’t do’ this ‘kind of thing’, by launching the first ever independent UK hotel channel on YouTube. According to the hotel, the new channel is far from “corporate mish-mash of literature and […]

Luxury travel links of the week

Luxury travel links of the week

A weekly pick of luxury travel links for your perusal… Journey back in time on the Royal Scotsman Five star luxury at its best, from Graycliff Marvel at Emperor penguins with Polar Cruises Discover thousands of years of civilization courtesy of Arts in Europe

Jumeirah Glasgow Hotel

Jumeirah, the Dubai-based luxury hotel group and operator of the world famous Burj Al Arab, has unveiled plans to operate a five-star super deluxe hotel in Glasgow, Scotland. Conveniently situated in Glasgow’s International Financial Services District, with close proximity to the high-end shopping district, Jumeirah Glasgow Hotel will be a  25-storey development, designed by Ian […]

London Marriott West India Quay

The perfect location to experience a new London… the London Marriott West India Quay.

Luxury travel links of the week

Luxury travel links of the week

A weekly pick of luxury travel links for your perusal… Beyond your expectations: Mexico Exquisite sojourns along the Adriatic from TerraNautika Personal shopping service from  Luxury Edinburgh Feel the difference at Vila Bicuda

Today I shall be running a half marathon, not the blog

Today I shall be running a half marathon, not the blog

In an hour or so, I’ll be heading into Newcastle-upon-Tyne to participate in the Great North Run, the biggest half marathon in the world, with approximately 49,999 other runners.   The route covers 13.1 miles from Newcastle to South Shields. This will be my 10th GNR on the trot and, given my lack of training, […]

Christmas comes early to Northumberland!

Christmas comes early to Northumberland!

This weekend  the winter events season begins at Belsay Hall,  Castle & Gardens with a festive food and gift fair. Shoppers can beat the Christmas rush and pick up a variety of regional produce and handmade gifts.

When a luxury hotel is not a luxury hotel…

The Belfast Telegraph has today run with a headline “From derelict Belfast ruin to luxury hotel“.   Naturally, this caught my eye; however, on reading the article, it becomes evident that this so-called ‘luxury hotel’ in the Cathedral Quarter of the city, is a Premier Inn.   For those that don’t know, Premier Inn is […]

Win a 3-night mid-week Champneys spa break

Win a 3-night mid-week Champneys spa break

Champneys Health Resorts are offering you and a friend the chance to win a luxury three night break at either the glamorous Forest Mere in Hampshire, the modern Springs in Leicestershire or the cosy Henlow in Bedfordshire all set in sweeping countryside.     Just head for http://www.independentpromotions.co.uk/competitions/, enter the answer ‘Bedfordshire’ and the code […]

Guardi paintings on display at Kenwood House

Regular visitors of Kenwood will know that the impressive house holds an even more   impressive art collection including paintings by Rembrandt, Vermeer, Turner and   Gainsborough. The collection now also includes two stunning, large-scale paintings by Italian artist,   Guardi, depicting views of the famous Rialto Bridge. Painted in the early 1760s, both   […]

Afternoon Tea Club at The Howard‏

Afternoon Tea Club at The Howard‏

Due to the popularity of their luxury afternoon tea, The Howard in Edinburgh has now launched their own Afternoon Tea Club. Join and you’ll receive a complimentary Club Card which is  stamped each time you visit.   You’ll then get the opportunity to  receive the following: Champagne upgrade on your second visit Free Afternoon Tea […]

Perrier-Jouët Champagne dinner at The Ritz, London

Perrier-Jouët Champagne dinner at The Ritz, London

Next month, on 8th October 2008, The Ritz‘s Executive Chef, John Williams, has created a five course gastronomic menu cleverly matching each course to one of the Champagne House’s finest offerings, resulting in the most remarkable experience. Experts from the House of Perrier-JouĂ«t will be on hand to advise diners on how best they can […]

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