Category: United Kingdom

The best bed in the world?

The best bed in the world?

How important is a really good quality bed to you?   It’s an issue that I’ve paid attention to more and more in recent times (my wife had a slipped disc that required surgery, just over 12 months ago) and so I was interested to hear that the Vi Spring is the bed of choice […]

Gordon Ramsay's Plane Food

Gordon Ramsay’s Plane Food

Maybe Gordon Ramsay’s Plane Food wasn’t the best idea for a  name for a  fine dining restaurant in London Heathrow’s new Terminal 5, but rest assured that we are talking about ‘plane food’ here, and not ‘plain food’. Currently managed by staff from his Box Wood Café in Knightsbridge, it will open on 27th March […]

Spring offers from Linthwaite House Hotel, UK

Spring offers from Linthwaite House Hotel, UK

To celebrate the arrival of spring this year, Linthwaite House Hotel is bringing back their incredibly popular “Dine Free” offer. Simply pay their normal bed and breakfast rates and for each night of your stay  they will include their 4-course evening meal with canapés, coffee and petit fours at no charge. (Normally £50 per person […]

Newsflash: man detained on Heathrow runway

Newsflash: man detained on Heathrow runway

Just one day before the launch of Heathrow’s new Terminal 5, there has been a security breach at the airport. A man scaled a perimeter fence with a rucksack and ran into the path of an Emirates flight before being surrounded by police and police dogs.   He is thought to have been acting alone, […]

Attitude Hotels

Founded by Pedro Castro, Attitude Hotels is a new hotel brand specifically geared towards gays and lesbians of a discerning nature. They offer a selection of over twenty-five hotels in Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic, France, Germany, Hungary, Malta, Netherlands, Portugal, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, UK and the USA. By next year, the objective is to propose […]

British Tourism Week re-visited

British Tourism Week re-visited

Today marks the start of the second annual British Tourism Week, a scheme organised by VisitBritain and UKinbound with the support of others, to promote Britain. Lots of different events are listed on the site; the varied program  includes such items as  Chester Film Society Film Festival, the Alfred Hitchcock London Locations Walk and  the […]

The first ANdAZ hotel - but will the concept catch on?

The first ANdAZ hotel – but will the concept catch on?

Formerly The Great Eastern Hotel, the first of Hyatt’s ANdAZ hotels is located directly beside Liverpool Street Station in the heart of London’s financial and cultural district, the colourful East End. Standing proud in a splendid 19th century red brick building, prepare to be impressed at the innovative 21st century contrast that lies within! Once […]

Top 10 Best Luxury Hotels in Europe, according to Tripadvisor

The Ritz-Carlton Berlin – Berlin, Germany Mykonos Grand Hotel & Resort – Mykonos, Greece Hotel Le Palais – Prague, Czech Republic The Chesterfield Mayfair Hotel – London, England Hotel Prinsenhof – Brugge, Belgium Corinthia Grand Hotel Royal – Budapest, Hungary Rudding Park Hotel – Harrogate, England Swissotel Berlin – Berlin, Germany Four Seasons Hotel George […]

Silverjet continuing to soar?

Silverjet continuing to soar?

Some have questioned whether the likes of Silverjet can survive in the aftermath of MaxJet’s bankruptcy, yet the business class only airline has  announced its  traffic figures for February 2008 which show another record month. Out of the 13,800 available seats in the month of February, 64% were filled – up almost 10% when compared […]

Special feature: The Lowry Hotel, Manchester, UK

Special feature: The Lowry Hotel, Manchester, UK

Just before Christmas, I had the pleasure of staying at Manchester’s only 5-star hotel, The Lowry.    Branded as  one  of The Rocco Forte Collection, The Lowry Hotel is located on the banks of the River Irwell, in the Chapel Wharf area between Manchester city centre and Salford.   Being on the fringe of the […]

What’s on the menu?

Ever wondered what food you might be served on a business-only airline?   Here’s what’s on the menu with Silverjet,   created by the London restaurant Le Caprice, for the month of March: London – New York daytime menu This month’s  daytime menu consists of salt beef and green bean salad or  endive salad with […]

Emirates and the A380

Emirates and the A380

Emirates has 58 of the huge, double-decked  A380 planes  on order, and has announced that it will be flying from Dubai to a number of destinations before the end of the year. Flights from Dubai  to New York begin in October 2008 and  will be  followed by Dubai-London Heathrow flights from 1st December 2008. Routes […]

Fixed dollar rates from Cotswold House to tempt US visitors

Fixed dollar rates from Cotswold House to tempt US visitors

Why sweat the currency markets for your spring getaway when you can rest assured – and in inevitable comfort –  at Cotswold House in Chipping Campden? For real savings amid the dollar’s ongoing swoon, think out-of-the-box and into the countryside. The stylish Cotswold House in Chipping Campden, England, recently announced its latest round of ‘Fixed-Dollar […]

Culloden Estate and Spa opens new wing

Culloden Estate and Spa opens new wing

Belfast’s 5-star  Culloden Estate and Spa  opens a wing of 26 bedrooms this month, bringing the property’s total to 105 rooms.  Half the bedrooms overlook the formal gardens, and the remainder face the Belfast Lough. The style is sympathetic to the original Culloden House.

Leap Year Proposal Package from The Mayfair

Leap Year Proposal Package from The Mayfair

The Mayfair Hotel in London, a recently  refurbished Radisson Edwardian hotel  has a package aimed at women wanting to pop the question to their loved ones.   Of course, this is traditionally done on the 29th February and so they are offering a  Leap Year Proposal Package, assisted by a ‘Proposal Butler’ who will help […]

Iconic gardens at Chiswick saved by Heritage Lottery fund

Iconic gardens at Chiswick saved by Heritage Lottery fund

This spring is set to see work start on restoring the gardens at London’s  Chiswick House, following the announcement by the Heritage Lottery Fund of a 7.6 million pound award. The money will put to end years of decline for the gardens, with the project seeing them restored with new paths, trees, cafe and lavatories.