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The Luxury Travel Fair

The Luxury Travel Fair

From today until Sunday, Condé Nast Traveller presents The Luxury Travel Fair in conjunction with British Airways. This is a new event, held at Olympia in London. A good mix of exhibitors will be in attendance, including the likes of Cox & Kings, Kuoni Travel, Relais & Chateaux, Small Luxury Hotels of the World and […]

Harrods to open at London Heathrow's Terminal 5?

Harrods to open at London Heathrow’s Terminal 5?

It’s been rumoured by the press that Harrods – one of the most famous stores in the world –  is the frontrunner in the race to a 12,000 sq ft centrepiece site at terminal 5 of BAA’s London Heathrow Airport, ahead of Slefridges and Harvey Nichols. Harrods stores already exist in a variety of other […]

Edinburgh Jazz Festival 2006

Edinburgh Jazz Festival 2006

Every year the Edinburgh Jazz & Blues Festival – sponsored by Starbucks since 2004 – brings together top quality performers in venues all over the city. Founded in 1978 when jazz guitarist and banjo player Mike Hart booked a weekend of bands at the long-gone Astoria Ballroom, it is now the longest-running jazz festival in […]

Picnic concerts with English Heritage

Picnic concerts with English Heritage

The outdoor theatre season is finally here. Open-air ‘picnic style’ events have become as much a part of the English Summer as croquet, strawberries and cream, and Pimms. Following last year’s success, English Heritage is once again hosting a series of informal plays and musical evenings in the tranquil surroundings of some beautiful and historic […]

London's South Bank to get new luxury hotel by 2010

London’s South Bank to get new luxury hotel by 2010

The County Hall Island Block – a detested London eyesore nearly Waterloo station and named Britain’s 11th ugliest building in a recent Channel 4 programme  – is at last to be knocked down.   It will make way for a 14-storey, £300m luxury hotel: the Westminster Bridge Park Plaza. The new hotel will offer views […]

The Knights' Tournament 2006

The Knights’ Tournament 2006

The Knights’ Tournament challenges four teams of 15th Century knights to compete at jousting, archery, sword fighting and mounted skill at arms. On the 10th and 11th of June the Tournament visits one of England’s grandest country homes, Audley End, for heats 5 and 6. Visitors can experience the sumptuous splendour enjoyed by royalty and […]

Anns Hill in Bridekirk on the edge of the English Lake District

Anns Hill in Bridekirk on the edge of the English Lake District

A new luxury  self-catering establishment has opened near Cockermouth in Cumbria.   The 18th Century Anns Hill is situated just outside the Lake District National Park, away from some of the touristy parts of the county, and has just been given a five-star  classification from Visit Britain. One of the highlights of the newly renovated […]

Things are just warming up with De Vere...

Things are just warming up with De Vere…

Summer has just begun to look that little bit brighter, with a range of great May and June getaways with De Vere Hotels & Resorts. While it’s best known for its place in golfing history as 4-time host to the Ryder Cup, The De Vere Belfry offers so much more, including a 2 AA Rosette […]

Treatments, treats and tapas

Treatments, treats and tapas

How does a  full day at The Serenity Spa at Seaham Hall  in County Durham for just £99 with lunch and a signature facial sound? Start with our most popular facial, the Elemis Skin Specific Facial, a therapeutic, deep-cleansing treatment using essential oils that will leave your skin feeling silky smooth.   Then, take your […]

Summer specials from Morgans Hotel Group

Summer specials from Morgans Hotel Group

There’s a number of good summer offers appearing in the luxury travel market and this one is no exception. Buy two nights and get a third for free at either of the Morgans Hotel Group‘s London hotels: St. Martins Lane  or Sanderson. This offer is valid for Friday and Saturday arrivals. Package prices start from […]

Chelsea Flower Show

Chelsea Flower Show

This year, the Chelsea Flower Show takes place between 23rd and 27th May. The event, held by the Royal Horticultural Society, is held in the grounds of the Royal Hospital in Chelsea. The show  will present an  opportunity to see work from the world’s leading garden designers, including Jinny Blom, Chris Beardshaw, Andy Sturgeon and […]

Da Vinci Code tourism?

Da Vinci Code tourism?

It’s the official premiere of the The Da Vinci Code starring Tom Hanks and Audrey Tautou this evening, and many corners of the globe are bracing themselves for Da Vinci Code tourists.   Tours of Paris and the Louvre are the obvious first port of call, with the likes of London, Scotland and Rome also […]

Kinmel Hall in North Wales - Wales' next luxury hotel?

Kinmel Hall in North Wales – Wales’ next luxury hotel?

Rumour has it that Kinmel Hall  near Abergele, North Wales, could become a luxury 5-star hotel. However, the buyers will have to get any plans approved by Conwy County Borough Council first since the building only has permission for use as a Christian conference centre right now – the purpose it was bought for over […]

Lasagne given the OK at Marriott West India Quay

Lasagne given the OK at Marriott West India Quay

London’s  Marriott West India Quay found itself in the most unlikely of situations recently after hosting the English Premier League soccer team, Tottenham Hotspur, prior to their last game of the season.    Many of the Spurs players were hit with a virus just before the game,  enabling rivals  Arsenal to ‘pip them at the […]

One of Europe's largest luxury airport hotels

One of Europe’s largest luxury airport hotels

London Heathrow’s new Terminal 5 will have just one hotel. The Sofitel London Heathrow  will be  a £180-million, 600-bed luxury airport hotel and convention centre. It is due to open in March 2008 and will have excellent business facilities, with 30 meeting rooms, a lecture theatre for 150 people, and  the ability to accommodate 1500 […]

New website for Greywalls in East Lothian, Scotland

New website for Greywalls in East Lothian, Scotland

Greywalls, a country hotel at Muirfield in East Lothian, opened for the 2006 season in March, slightly earlier than normal.   And to co-incide with their opening, they announced the launch of the new Greywalls website.   The site has a simple design, with nothing too fancy, consistent with the ambience of this stylish property. […]