Category: United Kingdom

Oh no, not again...

Oh no, not again…

Oh dear… it’s that time of year again. Excuse me if I take a rest from blogging today. Shortly I shall be heading into Newcastle-upon-Tyne to take my place on the start line of the Great North Run, billed as the largest half marathon in the world. This has become a bit […]

The most technologically-advanced bar in the world?

The most technologically-advanced bar in the world?

twentyfour london (argh… it’s a bit of a pet hate of mine when people use all lower case like that) is a bar and nightclub that opened near Oxford Circus in central London earlier this month. But this is a bar with a dramatic difference where the walls take varying forms according to your […]

Recipe of the week: Fillet of Scottish Beef, cep mushrooms, potato fondant, salsify and Madeira truffle sauce

Recipe of the week: Fillet of Scottish Beef, cep mushrooms, potato fondant, salsify and Madeira truffle sauce

Ingredients: • 4x Fillet Steaks • 4x Sticks Salsify • 12x Baby Onions • 6x Cep Mushrooms • 4x Potato Fondants • 4x Jerusalem Artichokes • 300ml Madeira Sauce Madeira Sauce: • 500gm Beef Trimmings (sautéed) Add • 1x Clove Garlic • 1x Bay Leaf • Carrot • 1x Celery Stick • x […]

Top 10 Small Luxury Hotels in the World

Top 10 Small Luxury Hotels in the World

Terry Knealing has dropped me a note to draw my attention to his top 10 choices for small luxury hotels worldwide over at LifeOnTop.com. For the purposes of his list, small hotels are defined as ones that have less than 125 guest rooms and suites (so not necessarily all that small!) Here goes: Oberoi […]

Car hire for  10,000 a day

Car hire for 10,000 a day

Holiday Autos has begun a luxury arm to its car hire business. Prestige Cars offers upmarket vehicles such as Bentleys and Ferraris for prices of up to 10,000 a day. Yes, you really did read that right; that sum is commanded by the Bentley GTC Convertible. At the other end of the price spectrum, […]

Get lost in Wales

A 40-second ad courtesy of the Welsh Tourist Board…

Scotland's first castle of the 21st Century

Scotland’s first castle of the 21st Century

The first castle to have been built in Scotland in the 21st Century is a luxury hotel. Glenskirlie House & Castle is set in lush gardens in the village of Banknock, Stirlingshire. Owned by the Macaloney family, it caters well for wedding parties and has two sumptuous turreted honeymoon suites with four poster beds, separate […]

 105,805.28 bar bill

105,805.28 bar bill

Media reports claim that a businessman’s bar bill at a London West End club totalled no less than 105,805.28. The man and his circle of friends polished off some 80 bottles of Champagne, including a six-litre methuselah of Cristal worth 30,000 and a 9,600, three-litre jeroboam. The celebration took place at Crystal in Marylebone, a […]

Silverjet and the Rolling Stones

Silverjet and the Rolling Stones

‘Get Stoned in London’ is how Silverjet is rather cheesily billing this one. Our friends on the other side of the pond may be interested to learn about this promotion which includes a business class round trip, admission to a pre-show cocktail party and tickets to a Rolling Stones gig at the The O2 Arena […]

Cookery classes in Britain

Cookery classes in Britain

In-the-know foodies are aware that Britain continues to define itself as a culinary destination. But many don’t know that it is also an excellent place to sharpen up your cooking skills in truly spectacular settings. At The Drawing Room in Wales, for instance, cooking students can stay in lovely surroundings and are just steps from […]

Anyone for London in August?

Anyone for London in August?

London is a popular destination all year round, but the capital really comes into its own in the summer months. With the weather improving, residents and tourists alike will gather for a picnic in the leafy parks or for an al fresco pint at one of the many riverside pubs. Just around the corner from […]

World Airline Awards 2007

World Airline Awards 2007

The World Airline Awards are based on the annual World Airline Survey by Skytrax and the results are just out. Among the 2007 winners are: Singapore Airlines (Airline of the Year and Best Business Class Award) Qatar Airways (Best First Class, and Best Airline and Best Cabin Staff in the Middle East) Malaysia Airlines (World’s […]

The Jumeirah Hotel at Beetham Tower – in time for 2012 Olympics

Jumeirah has been granted planning approval for a luxury tower hotel in London’s Southbank area. The Jumeirah Hotel at Beetham Tower will have 261 rooms and suites, restaurants and bars, a ballroom, meeting spaces and a spa, health and leisure facility, and will open in 2011 – crucially in time for the London 2012 Olympics.

A glimmer of sunshine from Malmaison in an otherwise dreary summer

A glimmer of sunshine from Malmaison in an otherwise dreary summer

It hasn’t been much of a summer in the UK. The wettest May since 1967… the dullest June in a decade… and already the wettest July on record. And, in case that wasn’t enough, the outlook for August isn’t good. To make us feel better, Malmaison are letting their guests stay from […]

Malmaison Reading - safe from the floods?

Malmaison Reading – safe from the floods?

Malmaison - the AA Hotel Group of the Year 2006-7 – is to add yet another hotel to its growing brand. The Malmaison Reading, once a Great Western Railway hotel, includes a “seductive wine bar” serving “dangerously good cocktails”, a brasserie and a café, and is due to open at the end of the […]

Luxury travel links of the week

Luxury travel links of the week

A weekly pick of luxury travel links for your perusal… The Empire Hotel & Country Club in Brunei Darussalam Natural, season foods courtesy of Forman & Field Hip, cool, lifestyle hotels in the US: Hotel Indigo Fine Kyoto cuisine in London, from Umu

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