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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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Brace yourself for some fresh salty air; we're off to the coast. Whether you like to rest your head at a contemporary bolthole with sleek modern styling or prefer your lodgings to be rather more traditional in their decor, in a seaside resort or on a remote cliff top,... 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

Everyone loves days out with the kids, but sometimes parents can overdose on zoos, amusement parks and aquariums. Here at Britain’s Finest we like to think of the adults as well as the kids so we have put together some suggestions for a cracking day out that should engage... more

Whether you are an enthusiast or not, the sight of seeing the world’s top cyclists whooshing past at incredible speeds in the Tour de France is pretty special. And this year, fabulously, you don’t even have to cross the channel to see it either as Stage 1, 2 and 3 are all... more

Let’s face it, life is about compromise and no more so than when choosing a family weekend getaway. Mum and dad want a bit of peace and quiet, swanky hotel bedrooms with fluffy white towels, attentive staff, great food and drink and a chic spa to chill in while the kids want... more

Spring cleaning can mean more than getting your marigolds and dusters out. With winter (thankfully) over and done with, it’s time to correct those dry patches and dull complexions and add a bit of zing to your skin. Ready with a well-moisturised hand is a host of expert... more

Purpose-built hotels are a late nineteenth-century phenomenon. Before the word “hotel” became respectable in Britain we had public houses and coaching inns. In the twentieth century many of these were upgraded to become hotels. But many of our finest hotels today are... more

The Georgian era in British architecture lasted from the accession of George I, three hundred years ago, until the Regency period. Many people would claim that under the Prince Regent (later King George IV) Britain’s experiment with Georgian neo-classicism reached its... more

Most brides-to-be have at some time in their lives dreamt of being whisked away and marrying their chosen one in a fairytale castle. For some the dream still lives on long past childhood. But now with the changes in the civil ceremony laws and a wider choice in the... more

The British have been celebrating their landscape since Constable, Gainsborough and Reynolds took their sketch books outside in the eighteenth century. This tradition continued during the nineteenth century with Turner and the Pre-Raphaelites drawing inspiration from the... more

Last Easter I packed the family up and decamped to the west country. It was icy cold, we never took our gloves and scarves off and thermal vests became our new best friends. But guess what? We still had our best family break in ages. That’s the great thing about Devon and... 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

Hooray, the most miserable month of the year is over and romantic Valentine’s Day beckons. Grab yourself some brownie points with your beloved by organising a cheeky romantic break – here’s my fave five luxurious hotels to wow your other half…... more

Half-term holidays can drag pretty endlessly if you’ve nothing planned – as well I know, being a mum of two young children who need running like terriers every day and are climbing the walls after more than a few hours stuck in the house. The answer? Plan a week away... more

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Has that dry January resolution already gone down the drain? What about the 5:2 diet that’s become more like 6:1? If your Spartan regimes and attempts at abstinence always fail at the first hurdle but a health reboot is much in need, a trip to a spa might be the answer. From... more

Scotland is famous for many things but “Scotch” is probably its best known calling-card around the world. Written records of Scotch whisky can be traced back to 1494 in records of King James IV's accounts, but as a local product, uisge beatha has existed for much longer,... more

Gone is the time when stag nights meant the groom to be and his friends, hit the town for a booze fuelled night out, sometimes even the night before the wedding. Now grooms are looking at things more logically and taking a leaf out of Prince William’s book and opting for a... more

Top Ten Venues for Winter Weddings

It’s a fact winter weddings can be just as romantic and spectacular as those in the height of summer. They just need a little more thought and planning. Its just as important to choose the right venue for a winter wedding as it is the right bridal attire. Try and pick one... more

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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

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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

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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

If you think winter gardens are all bleak, barren and lifeless, think again. Those who brave the cold conditions are rewarded with ruby red berries, exquisite white birch and, as winter unfolds, the first glimpse of the delicate snowdrop. And it’s not just the flora that’s... more

Who wants to spend Christmas making beds up, cremating turkeys and following complicated Jamie Oliver recipes? If you think you have been taken for a yule fool too long, let someone else do all the hard work this year...... more