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Travel Ideas

Here are the Travel Ideas for Britain's Finest, chosen by our team of professional travel journalists.

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There is something about water – lakes, lochs, rivers, and the sea itself - that answers a very deep need in us all. We are drawn to it. We want to swim in it , sail across it or just walk alongside it listening to the sounds of benign burbling. A day spent walking along a... more

Top 10 Places For Bonfire Night

Who doesn’t have fond memories of writing your name in the air with a sparkler, almost losing a tooth chomping toffee apples and getting a too-hot face after standing perilously close to the bonfire? Yay, it’s almost Bonfire Night! Here are our top ten places to ooh and aah,... more

Best hotels for a January Detox

After the toxic delights of Drinkcember and our Christmas bacchanalia, comes Dry January and everyone telling us ‘Tis the Season to Detoxify. For many years January was as joyless as a 31-day hangover with nothing pleasurable on our grey wintery horizon except the hope of a... more

Top UK hotels to enjoy the Autumn Sun

As the seasons change we often cling on to the last of the summer sunshine. Sometimes I think the British are still pagan, fearing that the shortening of the days means the sun will soon disappear never rise again. While some of us book late summer holidays to cram in a... more

Top ten UK hotels and Inns with cookery classes

Once upon a time a hotel was just somewhere to lay your head if you didn’t have a club to go to or friends in town. Now hotels are visions of a better life, a refuge where we can live in greater luxury than any lord, a building whose decor has cost many millions and where... more

We are a nation of dog lovers so it makes sense that we would want to take our faithful Fidos on holiday with us. This is something the hotel industry is more than aware of and enlightened managers now positively welcome pooches, offering all sorts of incentives for you to... more

10 Best Family Friendly Gastropubs

The days when the kids had to sit outside a pub with a lemonade and a packet of crisps are well and truly over. The gastropub revolution, spawned by David Eyre and Mike Belben at The Eagle in Clerkenwell in 1991 has become a cornerstone of the national dining scene and many... more

Champagne has been drunk in this country for centuries but the idea of buying it by the glass really only took off with the rise of the cocktail bar in Britain’s hotels. Suddenly rather than purchasing a whole bottle, it was possible to sit at the bar and sip a glass of... more

You have to be careful when selecting a restaurant for a romantic occasion like Valentine's Day. Yes, the food has to be great, but the surroundings, style of service, location and clientele attain even more importance than usual. You want to ensure that everything is just... more

Brighton is Britain's best known seaside resort and by legend the country's favourite destination for a 'dirty weekend'. But the city's 8 million annual visitors have other things on their minds too like the historic Palace Pier and Royal Pavilion; shopping in boutique... more

London's restaurant scene is one of the most dynamic in the world, well worthy of mention in the same breath as New York or Paris. There's a real breadth and depth of quality never previously seen in the capital with great new restaurants (many of them with dazzling interior... more

This year, Christmas is shaping up to be a very merry one if the quality and variety of lunch options are anything to go by. From great gastropubs to beautiful boutique hotels, from the centre of the city to idyllic countryside settings you're in for a festive feast. Of... more

Christmas shopping doesn’t have to be a chore. Forget manically searching tourist-packed Oxford Street and manically fighting over the last shirt on the shelf. This year is all about retail therapy, finding the perfect city to suit your tastes and enjoying it! I have... more

There was a time when wine-drinking in Britain was either very expensive and shrouded in mists of snobbery, or cheap and downright unpleasant. Those of us who wrecked our student-years trying to enjoy the dreaded trio of Liebfraumilch, Piesporter and Blue Nun were almost put... more

Ask most chefs and they'll tell you autumn is their favourite time of year. Native oysters are back in season, the woods are full of wild mushrooms but most importantly it’s game season. Grouse might have been available since the glorious twelfth in August but are best eaten... more

Although there have been high quality Japanese restaurants in London since the 70's, it wasn't until Yo! Sushi opened its first branch in 1997 and brought the cuisine to the high street that it really began to capture the British culinary imagination. Now, we're just as... more

You don’t have to search hard to find a Cornish restaurant with a cracking sea view; but while many are worth the visit, a fair few dish up less than average grub at above average prices, relying solely on their setting to pull in the (never to return) holidaymaking crowds.... more

Not everyone wants to escape to the country for their nuptials. Holding your wedding breakfast or civil ceremony in the heart of a town or city can be both romantic and exciting. Every city centre hotel has a “best kept secret”. They range from grand gilt staircases, marble... more

Britain can lay claim to some of the finest seafood in the world. Shellfish from the west coast of Scotland is prized around the globe, but you’ll find superb produce around much of the country’s coastline, be it lobsters from Selsey, cod from Cornwall or oysters from Kent.... more

With wall-to-wall celebrity chefs on TV, wine experts filling up the newspaper supplements every weekend and an increasing focus on the provenance of the food and drink we eat, it’s no wonder that us Brits enjoy a day out that has a focus on treating the taste buds. These... more

Step away from the socks. Yes, dads can be a nightmare to buy for, but why not up the ante this Father’s Day and spoil yours with a day to remember? From clay pigeon shooting in the Hampshire countryside; to honing his swirl, sniff and slurp technique under London Bridge -... more

A great view when you’re dining out often comes at the expense of a great meal, with unscrupulous restaurateurs relying on what’s visible through the dining room window to distract you from what’s on your plate. But it doesn’t have to be that way, as my pick of Britain’s... more

From the second our dashing prince presented the nation with Kate, the tides turned. Up went the bunting, out came the union jacks, Britain’s streets became one big party to celebrate the fairy-tale union. Now, with the royal baby’s arrival upon us, it’s time to celebrate... more

I’m a West country girl and grew up just 40 minutes from Bristol. Bristol has always been close to my heart. It has friendly, enthusiastic locals and a vibrant strip of bars and cafés along the Waterfront, by the River Avon. You can even take a boat taxi from Bristol Temple... more

Britain's dining scene has long been enriched by its diverse immigrant populations and especially those from India, Pakistan and Bangladesh. It's incontestable that you'll find the best Indian food outside the subcontinent in the UK, and it's arguable that this country is... more