Category: United Kingdom

4 London restaurants you should try this Autumn

4 London restaurants you should try this Autumn

In hip and happening London, most days of the week see a new restaurant or bar opening, and the pace really picks up in the Autumn. There’s a real buzz that comes from a new place or a new menu launch – trendy locals really love to show they’ve got their fingers on the pulse. So [...]

Cornwall’s incredible renaissance as a romantic destination

Cornwall’s incredible renaissance as a romantic destination

With its wild windswept beauty, spectacular beaches, lush semi-tropical gardens and breathtaking cliff-top walks, Cornwall is one of the most romantic regions of England. For years the region has attracted many artists with its magical backdrop and the shimmering quality of light it is known for; now the stage of the latest romantic comedy of [...]

Interview with Lorne Blythe, Owner of Flavours Holidays

Interview with Lorne Blythe, Owner of Flavours Holidays

Lorne Blythe born in Edinburgh now divides her time between Italy and Edinburgh. She is the owner of Flavours Holidays which organises getaways for people who want a cooking holiday, a painting vacation or a week practising Pilates in Italy. Flavours is a specialised niche market tour operator, and has been offering luxury holidays since [...]

Top 5 intimate hotel wedding venues in Scotland

Top 5 intimate hotel wedding venues in Scotland

Scotland is a magnificent country to get married in. It’s no surprise that a large number of people come to Scotland every year just to get married. Stunning dramatic scenery, friendly and welcoming hospitality and a wide range of diverse wedding venues to choose from make Scotland a truly unique and romantic location for brides [...]

The Lake District – one of the most depressing landscapes in Europe?

The Lake District – one of the most depressing landscapes in Europe?

“One of the most depressing landscapes in Europe” has been the description used to describe my home this week, in an article written in The Guardian newspaper by George Monbiot. As someone who is proud of where I live, I therefore feel the need to speak out! Whilst whether the Lake District deserves World Heritage status [...]

Cycling in Hampshire – watering and feeding stops

Cycling in Hampshire – watering and feeding stops

We’re lucky in that we live in spitting distance of the New Forest – which is superb for either road or off road cycling.  It is easy to get to as well – either on the train, the Hythe ferry, or by hitching the bikes up to the tow-bar and driving to one of a [...]

Recipe of the week: Lobster and prawn with arabiatta linguine

Recipe of the week: Lobster and prawn with arabiatta linguine

Lobster from Scotland in particular has a wonderfully sweet and fresh flavour. Try this luxurious and surprisingly quick dish – one of the very best ways to eat lobster. Linguine is perfect for this dish as its flat shape means it retains the sauce and flavours well, making it even tastier – enjoy with a [...]

5 international festivals to enjoy in the cooler seasons

5 international festivals to enjoy in the cooler seasons

After months of Summer loving, the brisk shivers of Autumn and Winter greet us harshly. The warm sun slips away and the once lively leaves fall to the ground. But whip out your gloves and puffer jackets because the fun has yet to cease. Here are 5 fantastic festivals from around the world that make [...]

6 spectacular places to stay in Scotland

6 spectacular places to stay in Scotland

Scotland’s immense beauty is reason alone to visit, never mind extras like whisky trails, world-class golfing, the fairy pools of Skye, or actual castles in the sky.  Luxury accommodations are as varied as the country’s landscape, with properties to match your preference whether you lean toward urban hotels, rural hunting lodges, tiny inns, or private [...]

Miss Saigon returns to London

Miss Saigon returns to London

Rumours of a return to London for Miss Saigon have been around for several years now and so it is fitting that the 25th anniversary of its world Premier in London should be marked by a new production and a return to London’s West End and the Prince Edward Theatre in Soho. Film rights were released [...]

Recipe of the week: Roast grouse with blackberries and port jus

Recipe of the week: Roast grouse with blackberries and port jus

The grouse season in the UK opened on the 12th August and right now you can find some of the best grouse in the market because the birds are still young enough to offer a deliciously tender meat. The breast of grouse is the most tender part; it is rich and is scented with the [...]

6 ultimate romantic luxury experiences

6 ultimate romantic luxury experiences

If you’re travelling with that special someone, then you deserve to stay somewhere exceptional. Whether honeymooning or a new couple, time away together provides a way to cement your relationship, pamper your partner and create memories which will last a lifetime. Romance does though mean different things to different people. Here’s my pick of the [...]

MappLore: a useful mapping app for your travels

MappLore: a useful mapping app for your travels

I recently tested the MappLore app, available on the iPhone and iPad.  It’s very simple and easy to use, but with practical applications for travellers also. There’s also a very useful YouTube video that runs through it all in a nutshell and is a useful starting point, but here’s a written explanation of how it [...]

Recipe of the week: Grilled Scottish west coast langoustines

Recipe of the week: Grilled Scottish west coast langoustines

This dish showcases local Scottish produce at its best and is inspired by the Ayrshire coastline, where you’ll find some of the world’s finest seafood. Easy to prepare, quick to cook and delightful to eat, this recipe for freshly grilled langoustines with garlic and parsley makes a great sharing dish. If you do decide to [...]

Pigs or lions in the New Forest? Lions, definitely!

Pigs or lions in the New Forest? Lions, definitely!

I had a useful reminder this week of what matters in luxury – is it better to spend $$$ and go somewhere everyone has heard of, or go off the beaten track and pick somewhere in The Good Pub Guide?!  Definitely the latter on this occasion, although I certainly am not knocking the 5 star [...]

Top 5 August Bank Holiday events

Top 5 August Bank Holiday events

The London calendar is packed with events all year round, but the gloves really come off for Britain’s favourite day off – the August Bank Holiday. Venues come out fighting with some of the best events of the year on offer. Here is our pick of the top five things to see and do during [...]

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