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Travel Ideas

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

Walking is good for us. When Bill Bryson hoofed it along the Appalachian Trail, he was delighted how much wisdom he gained and how much weight he lost. Wordsworth used to tramp all day composing poems in his head and Rousseau covered great distances on foot in order to... more

10 Best London Wine Bars

London is one of the most exciting places in the world to go out drinking. And drinking is a fine way to spend an evening as long as you’re sensible. In London, there are watering holes to cater for just about every taste. The problem is choosing the right bar.

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Valentine’s Day is on the horizon again and the perfect excuse to whisk a loved one away for a cosy night a deux. Book one of these sumptuous hidden gems and you’ll be a gazillion brownie points to the good with your other half.... more

Many hotels in Britain were once the homes of lords and ladies, barons and dukes. When Evelyn Waugh published his Brideshead Revisited in 1945 he did not believe that the English country house would survive in new post-World War II Britain. Many country houses were... more

Come on, EVERYONE loves a bit of glam hotel in their lives every now and again. You know, with posh toiletries that you can swipe, super high thread-count sheets to wallow in and the sort of high-end service last spotted in a Downton Abbey episode. We present below ten of... more

We all complain that Christmas seems to go on forever. It certainly starts too soon. Even before the bonfires of 5 November have fizzled out is done, department stores will be playing "Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas" and Paul McCartney will be Simply Having A... more

Yeah, yeah, we’ve all been to the National Gallery and the Science Museum but who has sampled the delights of the Cumberland Pencil Museum or engaged in the goriness of the Old Operating Theatre? Britain is crammed with completely charming but slightly offbeat museums... more

In the summertime hotels are bases from which we can venture out and explore the world. In the autumn, as nights get longer and we feel the first chills of winter, the British hotel becomes a place for hiding oneself away - or just indulging in comfort.

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Hampshire's Best Sights

Hampshire is a county known to fly somewhat under the radar. Adjacent to Dorset with its beautiful beaches; and Sussex, which contains one of the most vibrant and exciting cities in the whole of the UK in Brighton, some might think that Hampshire has nothing to offer. This... more

We lead busy lives, with no escape from the trill of the mobile, the tyranny of the work email arriving on a Sunday and the commuting chaos every Monday. We all deserve a break from this, right? Course we do. So here are my top ten places from which to type “And relax” onto... more

Once upon a time summer time in Britain was synonymous with coastline for most of us. From June till the end of August steam trains delivered families to busy seaside railway stations all over Britain. I remember that the first sight of the Irish Sea, North Sea or English... more

When it comes to fun family outings and attractions, Britons are spoilt for choice with hundreds of fabulous amusement parks, zoos, museums, historical sites and outdoor activities to wear your little tikes out. It’s hard to pick our favourites, but here are ten we love with... more

There are still some countries in Europe where dining rooms hide the fact that they are part of a hotel. It’s taken the Italians in particular decades to accept that one can dine well in a hotel. Even so they usually still give the restaurant a different name from the hotel.... more

Britain's Top 10 Cycling Hotels

Dare we utter these words… winter is over! Cyclists everywhere are abandoning their triple-therm gloves and hats, peeling off some of the lycra layers and itching to get out into the countryside for some serious biking. And even if you aren’t one of the mudguard mafia,... more

Not long ago taking a room over a pub was what the traveller did if there were no hotel or boarding house nearby. In the twenty-first century however the British pub with rooms has taken off as a place to stay. The transformation began when pubs opened their doors to a wider... more

The world is far too full of cookie cutter hotels so this month we thought we would celebrate the different, the quirky and the sweetly unusual in our ten fave accommodation options round up. Who said sharing the bar with cats was odd…... more

The big transition from one year to the next is essentially an arbitrary matter. One day we are in this year and the next day we're in another but they're still just two 24 hour days. Nevertheless New Year carries huge significance, it is also an opportunity to take stock,... more

10 of the Best New Year's Eve Hotels

Let’s face it, New Year’s Eve can be a terrible let down if you haven’t arranged something special. Soggy mince pies at the neighbour’s, anyone? Treat yourself to a great start to 2018 with a New Year’s Eve getaway at a luxury hotel, why don’t you? Here are ten spots that’ll... more

10 of My Favourite Hotel Bars

Cocktail bars, as opposed to pubs and private drinking clubs, used to be very much a big-city phenomenon in Britain, but the modern hotel has brought what was once a very exclusive drinking experience within reach of most of us.

It was London’s Savoy that first... more

The Best British Festivals this October

Traditionally summer is when the British go to festivals. Shortly after World War II Edinburgh’s International Arts Festival made August synonymous with a celebration of culture. Then in 1970 Glastonbury showed that pop festivals were also big business. Ever since, more and... more

Top 10 Places to Stay for the Cheltenham Literary Festival

Fancy hearing what Ian Rankin has to say about his Rebus novels? Or maybe listening in on journalist Emma Freud chatting with actor Bill Nighy? October (6th - 15th) means Cheltenham Literary Festival time – and we’ve got ten lovely little accommodation suggestions in this... more

Top 10 Edinburgh Restaurants

It’s festival time! No, not the ones where you watch Coldplay from two miles away in the drizzle wearing your wellies and eating a £9.50 bag of chips. We mean the Edinburgh Festival, where artists, singers, comedians, actors and every other talent you can imagine converge... more

Top 10 English Seaside Hotels

Summer is finally upon us which means, if you are British, that you’ll probably be thinking of a trip to the seaside. This nation has a curious relationship with our storm-tossed coast. We love it and it in turn has reciprocated over the years by protecting us from many... more

Top 10 National Trails & Where to Stay

It’s only when you try hiking in other countries that you realise how very blessed Britain is with its National Trails. I’ve walked down footpaths in Greece that terminate abruptly in someone’s newly built villa or strolled down footpaths that come to a dead end in America... more

Top 10 Places to See Glorious Floral Displays

Winter be gone! Spring is now fully fledged and in blossom, so get out there and see nature’s glorious floral offerings in ten of our favourite UK gardens…... more