Category: United Kingdom

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 […]

Interview with Ana Silva O'Reilly of mrsoaroundtheworld.com

Interview with Ana Silva O’Reilly of mrsoaroundtheworld.com

With a degree in Business Studies and a Henley Business School MBA, Ana Silva O’Reilly developed her career in strategic marketing management as Marketing Director for Portugal, Spain and Turkey with global commercial real estate consultant Cushman & Wakefield. She is also a New York University alumni (NYU), having graduated from its Social Media Strategy […]

5 of the most lavish hotel suites in the world

5 of the most lavish hotel suites in the world

Luxury hotels the world over are renowned for their service and amenities, whether you are staying in a standard room or a suite.  But there are also those suites where you get something over and above the norm – here we look at five lavish suites offering everything from personal butlers to extensive living space […]

5 hotel openings to look out for in 2013

5 hotel openings to look out for in 2013

Despite the doom and gloom about the global economy, the luxury travel industry still seems to be holding up well and luxury hotels and resorts continue to spring up around the world.  Here we’ve picked out 5 to look out for in 2013, from a gourmet retreat in Fiji through to a high rise hotel […]

Enjoy a luxury break in ‘England’s playground’

Enjoy a luxury break in ‘England’s playground’

Goodwood House, on the edge of the South Downs National Park, is one of England’s finest stately homes and the focal point of an amazing combination of unique sporting events set in the most stunning of locations. The estate, affectionately known as ‘England’s playground’, offers world renowned horse racing at its racecourse perched on top […]

Special feature: The West Bay Club & Spa, Yarmouth, Isle of Wight, UK

Special feature: The West Bay Club & Spa, Yarmouth, Isle of Wight, UK

Our recent trip to the Isle of Wight was our first, but one we were very much looking forward to. There are a number of ways to reach the island but we opted for the ferry crossing from Lymington to Yarmouth, since we were heading for the West Bay Club and Spa between Yarmouth and […]

5 tried and tested Glasgow restaurants

5 tried and tested Glasgow restaurants

Glasgow has long been recognised as the younger, stylish sister of Edinburgh. Prices are lower here than in the capital but its abundance of restaurants have established Glasgow as one of Europe’s top foodie destinations. Below are my top five tried and tested Glasgow institutions, which are favourites of locals and visitors alike. 1. Gamba – […]

3 sophisticated UK horseracing events you really shouldn't miss

3 sophisticated UK horseracing events you really shouldn’t miss

Spring and summer are fast approaching and a day at the races is a quintessentially English way to spend a gloriously fun-filled day.  What could be better than an afternoon of Pimms or Champagne and strawberries, as Ladies in wide brimmed hats and gentlemen in Panama hats, suits and cravats ooze style and sophistication? Try […]

Fully-clothed man swims in hotel reception fish tank

Fully-clothed man swims in hotel reception fish tank

This is the moment when a fully-clothed guy named Matt entered a huge 12,000 litre fishtank at the 4-star Radisson Blu Waterfront Hotel at St. Helier on the island of Jersey. It’s the largest fishtank in the Channel Islands and a focal point of the hotel reception, with dozens of colourful fish. Cajoled by his […]

'The Fluffies' - awards to recognise UK hotels' fluffiest towels

‘The Fluffies’ – awards to recognise UK hotels’ fluffiest towels

Fed up with all the hype surrounding the Oscars? Looking for something a little different? Then I present to you ‘The Fluffies’ – a competition devised by the shower and tapware company Methven who claim that fluffy towels are critical to a luxurious stay. The awards recognise the softest and plushest towels to be found […]

A beautiful day at home

A beautiful day at home

Sometimes when we travel, we overlook what’s on our doorstep.  Yesterday I took the day off and went for a walk up Loughrigg in the English Lake District. This is at the northern end of Windermere, close to Ambleside and Grasmere, and can be tackled via a number of different routes.  It’s a great walk […]

The world's largest panoramic photograph

The world’s largest panoramic photograph

The world’s largest panorama used to be a fantastic 114-gigapixel image of Shanghai, but now that’s been superceded by an incredible image four times its size. Four months were spent stitching together 48,000 images of London, allowing you to see up to a staggering 15 miles away. The pictures were taken from the top of […]

Interview with Roy McKenzie, CEO of London Serviced Apartments Ltd.

Interview with Roy McKenzie, CEO of London Serviced Apartments Ltd.

Roy McKenzie is a former corporate lawyer turned entrepreneur who has owned and operated London Serviced Apartments Ltd. since 2000. He and his business are London specialists in finding serviced apartments for business and leisure travellers for both short and long term stays. What is it that you do exactly? Customers from all around the world […]

10 great reasons to go and see the Chinese State Circus

10 great reasons to go and see the Chinese State Circus

We had the good fortune earlier this month to go and see the Chinese State Circus at the Charter Theatre in Preston in the UK. Their Yin Yang production was as impressive as it was entertaining, and something I would recommend you go and see if you get the chance. Here are 10 good reasons […]

$1,000 for an omelette

$1,000 for an omelette

Welcome to the world’s most expensive omelette as recognised by Guinness World Records.  Well, actually… it’s a frittata – the Italians’ take on omelettes. You’ll find this one on the breakfast menu at Norma’s restaurant at the Parker Meridien Hotel, New York. It’s called the ‘Zillion Dollar Lobster Frittata’ and consists mostly of sevruga caviar and […]