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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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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

As the days shorten and the winter nights draw in, the London 9 – 5 feels more like a 5 – 9! But away from the city slog this is when Britain’s glorious countryside is at its most dramatic; breathtaking sunsets, glittering dew-scattered fields and fiery Autumn leaves spring... more

We are living in a golden age of British cocktails. Thank goodness. I can remember twenty years ago asking for a dry martini in a British hotel and being given a glass of Martini Rosso with ice cubes. The recent triumph of the British cocktail has gone hand in hand with... more

You can’t beat an autumn walk. Pull on your boots, throw on a big chunky scarf and escape outside to watch the sun dance across a kaleidoscope of scarlet reds, burnt orange and golden hues. Whether you want to wander beneath ancient towering trees; blow away the cobwebs on a... 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

“What shall we do for New Year’s Eve this year?” My husband asks me routinely each December. Whether you turn into a party animal or prefer quiet gatherings with loved ones come December 31, deciding where to kick off the coming year can be a tricky task. Here’s my ten... 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

Britain’s hotels can provide a lovely backdrop to the countryside in spring and summer but to get the most out of them it’s best to visit when the nights are drawing in and you can enjoy those cosy drawing rooms, snug bars and warm dining rooms. Not to mention making the... more

My lords, ladies and gentlemen, with the new series of ITV's hugely popular Downton Abbey upon us the appetite for squabbles in the scullery, inappropriate dress codes at dinner and class warfare is set to go through the palace roof. Among the decadent costumes and... more

Ten historic houses to give your wedding Downton Abbey style

With Downton Abbey commanding a world-wide following its influence has been seen in just about everything from fashion and furniture to food! And now with talk of a remake of Brideshead Revisited the stately home theme is set to eclipse everything including the wedding... more

As British summers go – this one has been pretty epic! Without the torment of torrential rain, the whole country has been basking in blue skies and glorious sunshine. It’s only natural for us to want to eke out every last drop, so pull on your sunglasses and get yourself... more

What’s your idea of the perfect autumn break? A cosy bolthole serving good food and wine, where you can pull up an armchair by a roaring log fire and watch the weather close in beyond the windowpane? A quaint country cottage where you and your loved one can shut the door on... more

There is something about a good hotel that writers find irresistible. You might say it is because they need the fresh stimulus of change or that writers spend so much time occupying imaginary landscapes that they never really have a home of their own. Personally I think it's... more

One of the world's most ancient organisms, seaweed is really rather amazing; this mineral and vitamin-packed 'superfood' doesn't have roots and instead grows by clinging tenaciously to rocks which allows them to grow upwards absorbing all those nutrients direct from the sea.... more

As the sun begins to set on one of the hottest summers in recent years, pack your shorts for the final time and indulge in a last holiday hurrah. From the coast to the country, there’s ample excuse to luxuriate in the warm rays and long days left ahead. Whether it’s a group... more

Every couple want their wedding to be special – but why not make it extra special by holding your ceremony and reception at one of the many unique wedding venues around the country. The place you choose can reflect your hobbies, interests, occupations, inspirations or just... more

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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

England’s largest county and, depending on who you listen to, apparently God’s own county, too; Yorkshire’s blessed with some of the UK’s finest countryside, and boasts no less than three National Parks (North York Moors; Yorkshire Dales and parts of the Peak District).... more

Long before The Great Gatsby was premièred it was setting the trend for the hottest looks in the fashion, beauty, jewellery and the wedding scene. Bridal designers created 20’s style dresses, hats and accessories whilst hair and make up took on a distinctly structured... more

Listen up guys, spas are manning up. Britain’s wellbeing sanctuaries are ushering in more men by tending to their specific needs, essentially feet that are overworked, unkempt or overactive. When you consider that the average person takes 18,000 steps a day, there’s good... more

Whoever originally said that the best things in life are free has clearly never driven a factory-fresh Ferrari. That said, a visit to London can be pretty hard on the wallet for most people and therefore the fact that you can build an itinerary in the capital costing... 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

Sorting out a UK holiday with a group of friends is always time consuming: finding somewhere large enough and stylish enough to meet everyone’s demands can take ages. In younger years it’s all about booking a cool place to crash with entertainment on the doorstep, but as... more