Category: United Kingdom

The new European Capital of Culture: Liverpool

The new European Capital of Culture: Liverpool

At precisely 20:08 GMT this evening, the city of Liverpool in the UK will begin celebrating its European Capital of Culture status in the company of some 600 performers and a centrepiece performance by Ringo Starr.   The year-long title could bring the city as much as £50m in tourism revenue alone.   The last […]

Luxury travel links of the week

Luxury travel links of the week

A weekly pick of luxury travel links for your perusal… Tailor-made holidays from Bridge & Wickers Join the posh set at New York’s  Monmouth Park Stay at a converted Victorian schoolhouse in Dublin Ski and short stays in Tokyo/Kyoto from Ski in Japan

Natural Retreats get planning permission to expand in the Dales

Natural Retreats get planning permission to expand in the Dales

Natural Retreats is proud to announce that 9 new retreats are to be built at their Yorkshire Dales site. The new  properties are set to be completed by early July 2008 and will bring the total complement to 19. Natural Retreats combine the highest levels of luxury and sensitive development with some of  the most […]

Japanese ski resort gives its name to a new Mazda MX5

Japanese ski resort gives its name to a new Mazda MX5

A Japanese ski resort on the island of Hokkaido, Niseko, is curiously behind a new Mazda MX5 that is about to be on sale in the UK. Only 240 soft tops and 560 roadsters of this limited edition Mazda will be on sale from 1st January 2008, with entry level prices starting from £17,995. Niseko […]

The Draycott offers complimentary tickets to Neil LaBute's latest plays

The Draycott offers complimentary tickets to Neil LaBute’s latest plays

One of London’s favourite boutique hotels, The Draycott is standing by its traditional affiliation with the theatre by offering guests the chance to catch the UK premiere of Neil LaBute‘s exciting new plays, Helter Skelter/Land of the Dead at The Bush Theatre, Shepherd’s Bush. In two stunning companion pieces, award-winning playwright, screen writer and film […]

London's Waterloo Brasserie

London’s Waterloo Brasserie

The Waterloo Brasserie is the latest upmarket restaurant to grace the London scene. Situated on Waterloo Road, opposite Waterloo station and The Old Vic Theatre, it is the latest venture by the team behind Chelsea’s successful Cheyne Walk Brasserie, a former Victorian pub. WB, as it is affectionately known, is open from 8am ’til late, […]

Trump's Scottish golf resort to head for Northern Ireland?

Trump’s Scottish golf resort to head for Northern Ireland?

A day doesn’t seem to go buy without some media publicity surrounding  Donald  Trump’s latest golfing resort, which was originally intended for Scotland.   Following rejection there, the latest speculation is that he might be taking it to Northern Ireland. Bloomberg  reports that he has signed an option to buy a piece of land in […]

Trump's plans in Scotland scuppered

Trump’s plans in Scotland scuppered

You may recall me reporting that Donald Trump had his plans for a $2.1 billion golf course approved.   Well… not any more.   The plans have been rejected by Aberdeenshire Council’s Infrastructure Committee and this takes precedence over the earlier decision. An appeal to Scottish government ministers is a possibility, but Trump might also […]

The best golf course in the world?

Donald Trump has got his way in Scotland, the home of golf – planning permission to build a $2.1 billion (yes, you read that right) golf resort just north of Aberdeen, despite some local opposition. As well as what might prove to be the best course in the world, there will be a 450-room luxury […]

Great post-Thanksgiving deals from My WishList

Great post-Thanksgiving deals from My WishList

In the spirit of post-Thanksgiving shopping, some limited-time luxury travel deals will be available starting next week on My WishList, American Express’ popular, seasonal e-tail web site.    Their storefront offers all card members the opportunity to buy limited quantities of the season’s most wished-for items at discounts of 24-80% (Ultimate Wish Giveaways discounted 100%) […]

Why Champagne?

Why Champagne?

With the recent opening of St. Pancras station, Michael Henderson of The Telegraph wonders what all the fuss is about, picks up on whether the claim for Europe’s longest Champagne bar is really all  that important, and questions whether the drink is all it’s cracked up to be. It makes for some good reading. …it […]

St. Pancras station enters the 21st Century

St. Pancras station enters the 21st Century

Eurostar began its 186 mph service from London’s St. Pancras station to France yesterday. St. Pancras station has been through an amazing $1.6 billion refurbishment over a 7 year period  and is now a station that can rival the likes of New York’s Grand Central Terminal; it  can  even lay claim to the title of […]

The best business hotel in the UK?

The best business hotel in the UK?

Malmaison Manchester – a hotel I have stayed at on a couple of occasions, but not for a few years now – has won Best Business Hotel of the Year 2007  at the Esquire Magazine Awards, fighting off stiff opposition from Hotel du Vin Birmingham, Balmoral Edinburgh from The Rocco Forte Collection, and Four Seasons […]

UK attractions compete for  £50m of lottery funding

UK attractions compete for £50m of lottery funding

The Edge, the next evolution of the Eden Project, will be the last great building in the former china clay pit at Bodelva near St Austell in Cornwall.  It is one of  a number of  projects currently competing in the Big Lottery Fund’s: The People’s £50 Million contest.  It will compete against Sherwood Forest, a […]

Salmon leaping at Buchanty Spout, near Crieff, Scotland

Salmon leaping at Buchanty Spout, near Crieff, Scotland

Yesterday morning I had the pleasure of witnessing a wonderful natural phenomenon in central Scotland – a salmon leap up a waterfall on the River Almond, near Crieff.   I had read about the relatively little-known location of Buchanty Spout and understood that the season for observing  salmon leaping in the UK  was September and […]

The Royal Hotel, Bath

The Royal Hotel, Bath

With over 150 years of history and close to all of Bath’s leading attractions, this Georgian hotel has been completely refurbished. The Royal has 31 bedrooms, including two with four-poster beds,  and has an established reputation for the quality of its food and friendly atmosphere. Dinner, bed and breakfast in one of the new superior […]

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