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Britain's Finest Editors

Abigail Flanagan

Abigail Flanagan

A journalist for some 25 years, Abigail cut her teeth on women’s magazines before swapping print for TV. Ending up at the BBC, she survived a long haul as a producer and director on ‘Watchdog’ with Anne Robinson, and a stint on ‘Animal Hospital’, both without being bitten. Now back freelancing, she focuses on travel, family and consumer issues, writing predominantly for The Guardian, Sainsbury's... more

Adrian Mourby

Adrian Mourby

Adrian Mourby is a UK-based travel writer who has published four novels alongside two travel guides and a book of humour based on his award-winning Radio 4 series Whatever Happened To...? He has travelled to most parts of the world but would cite Cambodia, Antarctica, Istanbul, Finland, Venice, Luxor, Zanzibar, Burma, Namibia and Sinai amongst his most interesting journeys. Adrian also writes... more

Alex Blyth

Alex Blyth

Alex Blyth has been published in The Guardian, The Independent, The Times, Director, BA Business Life, People Management, Accountancy, Personnel Today and Marketing Week, amongst many other leading trade and business titles. He has written extensively for ‘about business travel’ for publications such as Buying Business Travel, Travel Trade Gazette and Conference & Incentive Travel. He has had... more

Amanda Statham

Amanda Statham

Amanda Statham is travel editor of Cosmopolitan and former travel editor of You & Your Wedding magazine, a position she held for eight years. During her 12 years in the industry Amanda has enjoyed a successful career as a travel writer, author and photographer for national magazines, newspapers, trade press, guides and travel-travel-related books, the latest of which is Heaven on Earth Honeymoon... more

Andy Hayler

Andy Hayler

Andy Hayler is a freelance food writer, restaurant critic and author. He has been a regular guest critic on BBC’s “Masterchef: The Professionals” and has made various TV appearances discussing restaurants, including on Sky News. His website (www.andyhayler.com) was ranked the #2 food website in the world in 2006 by the Guardian. He is the only person to have eaten at every three star Michelin... more

Andy Lynes

Andy Lynes

Andy Lynes is a Glenfiddich Award nominated freelance writer specialising in food, drink and travel. He writes the Food of the Week column and travel articles for the Independent on Sunday Compact Traveller supplement and is a regular contributor to Restaurant magazine. He has been guest restaurant critic for The Guardian and Metro (London edition) and has contributed to the 2007 and 2006 editions... more

Anna Silverman

Anna Silverman

Trainee Journalist, Anna Silverman, knows student living in London can be tough. On a permanent quest to find luxury for less her advice to those on a budget is invaluable. She currently writes for Grazia, working mainly on their website Grazia Daily, and is about to begin a placement at Red magazine. After completing her NCTJ-accredited Journalism course at Lambeth College in June, Anna hopes to... more

Ben West

Ben West

Ben West has written travel articles for most of the UK’s national papers including The Sunday Times, Guardian, Daily Mail and Daily Telegraph, as well as several guidebooks. Travel writing, as well as touring his theatre show, Gertrude’s Secret, has taken him to many parts of Britain, staying in a wide variety of accommodation, including many coastal cottages, along the way.... more

Dinah Hatch

Dinah Hatch

Dinah Hatch is a travel journalist and guidebook writer. She has reported from destinations across the world for the likes of The Daily Telegraph, The Observer, The Guardian, The Daily Mail, The Express and The Sun but since the arrival of her two children has become more interested in British travel and re-discovering the delights of the country she was born and raised in. She has since written... more

Ellie Neville

Ellie Neville

Ellie is Britain’s Finest Marketing manager. Perks of her job are, of course, reviewing the accommodation, attractions, spas and golf courses that we list on Britain’s Finest. Making sure we are still promoting the very best places so our web users can continue to trust us as the number one resource to plan your break in Britain. Ellie likes eating, drinking and anything luxurious which makes her... more

Felicity Cousins

Felicity Cousins

Felicity Cousins is a freelance writer specialising in travel and fitness and contributes to publications including Women’s Running magazine, the Resident Mayfair, Food and Travel and Exclusiveuse.com. She was features editor at Business Traveller magazine for six years and edited the popular city guides, which involved visiting city attractions, vineyards, galleries, restaurants, castles and more... more

Fiona Jamieson

Fiona Jamieson

Fiona Jamieson is a freelance writer who has written for The Independent, Marie Claire, In Style and Living etc. A passion for travel and the great outdoors took her away from her native Edinburgh on countless wild adventures in far-off places. Now a mother-of-two, she’s made Brighton her home, and with her children in tow, loves nothing more than road-testing the country's finest attractions.... more

Greg Cook

Greg Cook

For over a decade Greg Cook has worked as a successful professional freelance writer, sourcing and generating editorial features for a diverse array of magazines and newspaper supplements. During this time he’s reviewed everything from rock albums to boutique hotels, modern art galleries and contemporary restaurants. Greg has visited a host of period homes and stately gardens while writing for... more

Hayley Spurway

Hayley Spurway

Cornwall-based writer Hayley Spurway, has spent has spent the last decade exploring, and writing about, every nook of the county she calls home. Having started her career at Wanderlust travel magazine, she’s penned material for all sorts of magazines, websites and guidebooks, from Rough Guides, Cool Camping and Time Out, to the Guardian, Cornwall Today and the Good Cornwall Guide. Mum-of-two and... more

Ian Sclater

Ian Sclater

Ian Sclater is the editor of Artmag, Scotland’s largest circulation art magazine. He has worked in the publishing, marketing and public relations industries in the UK and USA and has written extensively for consumer and trade magazines, newspapers and websites on a wide range of topics, including art and culture, travel, hotels, food and beverage, conferences and marketing. He currently lives in... more

Jan Fuscoe

Jan Fuscoe

Jan Fuscoe has been writing and editing for over a decade and cut her editorial teeth with Time Out magazine and guides, editing Weekend Breaks in UK and Ireland as well as the Pubs & Bars guide for several years. She has also reviewed hotels and restaurants for the London guide and spas for the Health & Fitness section of the Shopping guide. As Copy Editor on Britain: Perfect places to stay, eat... more

Jane Foster

Jane Foster

Jane Foster is freelance travel writer, specialising in Croatia and Greece. Brought up in Wensleydale in North Yorkshire, she developed an insatiable appetite for wild open landscapes, unspoilt nature, and adventure sports. She studied for a Degree in Architecture at Oxford Polytechnic, and has since lived in Rome, Athens, and Split, where she is now based, on the Dalmatian Coast. She is author of... more

Jessica Baldwin

Jessica Baldwin

Jessica Baldwin is an award-winning spa and hotel reviewer. Having written for everyone from Time Out to EasyJet she specialises in testing out the finest spas and most luxurious hotels around the globe. So far her search for the best spa in the world has seen her get gold plated in Italy, trek into Switzerland’s Pennine Alps looking for medicinal Moiry Glacial mud and even get her own blood... more

Jo Foley

Jo Foley

Jo Foley has been visiting and reviewing spas all over the world for the best part of two decades. She has witnessed the change from fat farms to pleasure palaces, and witnessed sanctuaries, retreats and holistic hideaways developed to give rest, relaxation and rejuvenation to the tired, the stressed, the unfit and the overweight. Thalassotherapy and Thai massage are two of her favourite... more

Julie Vuong

Julie Vuong

Thanks to a desire to dip her toes into the best spas, Julie Vuong globetrots for some of Britain’s leading publications in wellbeing and beauty including European Spa, Natural Health and runninginheels.co.uk. In pursuit of outstanding spa stories, she’s happy to go to extremes, experiencing freeze therapy at minus 110-degrees and taking a birch leaves ‘bashing’ in an effort to discover the... more

Juliet Rix

Juliet Rix

Juliet Rix has been a journalist for over 25 years and a travel writer for more than a decade. Brought up in London, she has visited Cambridge regularly for as long as she can remember and spent three years at university there. After taking a degree in Biological Sciences and History of Art, Juliet worked for BBC Television before being posted to Indonesia for BBC Radio. Back in London she... more

Kate Simon

Kate Simon

Kate Simon has worked as a journalist for national newspapers and magazines for almost 30 years. She was Travel Editor of The Independent on Sunday from 2005 to 2011, when she stepped down to become the Travel Correspondent of the paper and its sister title The Independent. Kate now spends her time roving the world for the newspapers and the other publications she writes for, which include The... more

Kathryn Miller

Kathryn Miller

Kathryn Miller is a UK-based freelance writer and photographer who has written for magazines and newspapers including Psychologies, Time Out, National Geographic Traveller (Family), Britain magazine and Metro as well as in-flight magazines, travel guide books and copywriting for companies including St Regis and Tourism SouthEast. Kathryn has more than 12 years’ experience as a journalist and... more

Lisa Burn

Lisa Burn

Freelance Journalist Lisa lives in the East of England but hails originally from the North East. She grew up within sight of the River Tyne and considers herself a true Geordie, (even though she’s not keen on Brown Ale). Writing has been in her blood since she was a child and her work has appeared in many magazines including Om Yoga, Healthy Eating, Health Plus, Beautiful Kitchens and Britain... more

Liz Coggins

Liz Coggins

From bush fires to the Paris couture collections Liz Coggins has covered them all. She has worked extensively in Australia and England, in Australia, for The Australian Broadcasting Corporation in radio and television. In England, as a features/women’s editor on several large regional newspapers before becoming Editor of the national bridal magazine Bliss For Brides. One of top wedding... more

Lynn Houghton

Lynn Houghton

Lynn Houghton is a journalist residing in London who writes about Luxury travel topics such as spa and cruise for consumer websites including spa wellbeing.com and national publications; Health and Fitness, the Evening Standard and Independent on Sunday. She is also a specialist on adventure travel, the South-west US and Canadian Rockies.... more

Natalie French

Natalie French

A pair of perpetually itchy feet ensure that Natalie is always plotting and planning her next big adventure. Her escapades have led her to chase the aurora borealis in Iceland; camp with cowboys in Outback Australia and master the art of blind faith to enable her to cross the road in Ho Chi Minh City. After a stint of living in Sydney, Saigon and Scotland (Edinburgh), she now resides in Hampshire... more

Natasha Blair

Natasha Blair

Natasha Blair is a member of the British Guild of Travel Writers and has worked in the travel industry for the majority of her working life. She was initially employed in public relations working both in-house and via consultancies for luxury hotels. She has written on hotels for numerous publications as well as on-line.... more

Nigel Summerley

Nigel Summerley

Nigel Summerley is an experienced travel journalist whose assignments have taken him all over the world and whose features have appeared in The Sunday Times, The Times, The Daily Telegraph, the London Evening Standard, the Daily Express and The Independent. His career has also included executive staff jobs at the London Evening Standard, The Daily Telegraph, the Daily Express and The Sunday... more

Nikki Bayley

Nikki Bayley

Nikki Bayley has written extensively about spas, travel and food for a range of titles including the Sunday Times Travel Magazine, the Guardian, Good Spa Guide and Yahoo! According to Nikki few things make her happier than running barefoot across the grass to sink into an outdoor hot tub in the rain. “Trust me a spot of cooling rain on your face as you bubble in a tub is one of life's greatest... more

Olivia Greenway

Olivia Greenway

Olivia is a fulltime freelance travel and lifestyle journalist based just outside London. Her published work has featured in national newspapers such as the Daily Mail, Mail on Sunday, the Daily Express and the Independent on Sunday; and in magazines such as National Geographic Traveller, Woman & Home, Vegetarian Living and airline inflight magazines. As well as writing travel guides and... more

Peter Godsiff

Peter Godsiff

Peter Godsiff, a resident of the picturesque Chew Valley in North Somerset for more than 40 years, has spent a lifetime as a sports journalist. He started his career under the direction of renowned international sports writer, the late Ian Wooldridge, at the Bournemouth Times and Poole and Dorset Herald. He moved to the Bristol Evening Post where he spent more than 30 years, initially as chief... more

Rebecca Winward

Rebecca Winward

Former editor of Period Ideas magazine and author of Happy Home, Rebecca Winward is a connoisseur of interiors both traditional and contemporary, meaning she's particularly well-placed to seek out the most stylish hotels, restaurants and stately homes to visit. Having written about everything from bridal gowns to automotive engineering during her 11-year career in journalism, she specialises in... more

Roderick Easdale

Roderick Easdale

Roderick Easdale is a freelance journalist. Cricket and golf are his main sporting loves. An erratic and ferocious fast bowler in his youth, he decided it was time to retire from the cricket field when his sole wicket one season was a stumping. He now plays golf instead. Someone who hits a golf ball as erratically as he does gets to visit some unusual places subsequently he thought he might as... more

Sarah Turner

Sarah Turner

Sarah is a full-time travel writer. After writing regularly for the Mail on Sunday, the Times, the Evening Standard and the Observer, she became deputy travel editor of the Sunday Mirror in 2011. Interested in both city and countryside, she has a particular interest in new hotels and loves small, lesser-known museums. She travels regularly to the USA, Scandinavia and the rest of Europe but loves... more

Stephen Killick

Stephen Killick

Stephen's love affair with golf journalism started when he was writing about property for the Financial Times and Investors Chronicle some years ago and at the same time travelling around Europe looking at new-build property, much of which was built alongside courses. Chris Bertram, then editor of National Club Golfer said that he spent so much time looking at golf courses that it was about time... more

Suzi Dixon

Suzi Dixon

Freelance journalist Suzi Dixon loves hotels with fitness breaks and spas... anything with a wellbeing angle. She’s not keen on flying so thanks to 12 years of press trips within the UK, she’s a great source of ideas for Britain’s Finest fans. She started off in journalism aged 16 at The Wiltshire Times. After her degree, she spent four years at the Western Daily Press in features, before... more

Ursula Hirschkorn

Ursula Hirschkorn

Ursula Hirschkorn is a freelance journalist who regularly contributes to the travel pages of the Daily Mail’s Weekend magazine, writing six of the best columns on everything from pet-friendly breaks to the most romantic hotels in the UK. She also writes about family travel and days out for the Daily Mail and Parentdish.co.uk. In her 18 year career as a journalist Ursula has written for most of... more

Veronica Peerless

Veronica Peerless

Veronica Peerless is the Deputy Editor of Which? Gardening magazine and a qualified garden designer. She also writes a blog, throughthegardengate.co.uk/blog, which documents inspirational gardens that she’s seen on her travels around London and beyond. In 2011 Veronica won The Garden Media Guild ‘News Story of the Year’ award.... more

William Gray

William Gray

WILLIAM GRAY is an award-winning travel writer and photographer, specialising in family travel, wildlife and adventure. The author of 'Travel with Kids' (winner of the BGTW Best Guidebook in 2008)as well as 'Britain with Kids', 'Europe with Kids' 'Cornwall with Kids' and his latest book, 'Wildlife Travel'. Voted fourth in the Press Gazette’s Top 50 Travel Journalists 2010, Will presented... more