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Sparkling success for a certain chalky region in England

Sparkling success for a certain chalky region in England

Wine and travel writer Chris Boiling examines what’s happening in one of the world’s fastest growing wine regions.   A wine cellar is being carved into a chalky hill. When the job is completed over the summer, it will have a glass-fronted tasting room attached with little windows on the side framing views of the …

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Bristol bubbles up near Bath

Bristol bubbles up near Bath

Visitors to England will, no doubt, have heard of - if not visited - the ancient Roman city of Bath, about three hours west of London. Yes, it’s lovely and charming, and oh-so-touristy. But, just a 20-minute ride, or about the same distance by train from London to Temple Meads station sits Bristol, a less …

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The Rosewood London’s cool, classy sophistication

The Rosewood London’s cool, classy sophistication

In the heart of London’s lawyer district, and a short walk from theatre-land, sits one of the coolest, classiest multi-venue hotels in town. The Rosewood London, just a few steps from Holborn tube station, hosts the Gin Bar, the Dining Room and Scarfe’s Bar, which has become a destination in its own right. Let’s save …

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London Museum’s weekend of charm

London Museum’s weekend of charm

If you’re holed up in London on a weekend and keen to do more than tick the box on the city’s attractions, a visit to the Victoria and Albert Museum and the Design Museum both offer a journey into the world of style and design through the ages. The V&A - art and design throughout …

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Long Live the Victorian (and Albert) Afternoon Tea

Long Live the Victorian (and Albert) Afternoon Tea

Britain’s Victorian era, from 1837-1901, produced many great things. There was an industrial revolution, social reform, and advances in science, technology and culture. Art and design were heralded … but perhaps the best invention of those ‘golden’ years, was afternoon tea. During this age of prosperity and, some might suggest, frivolity, the extra meal was …

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Crab & Lobster Inn is a perfect little secret

Crab & Lobster Inn is a perfect little secret

Prepare for adoration. This is a tiny pub with luscious beer and wines, a restaurant, with unpretentiously terrific food, provided you love to eat from and by the sea, and marvellously comfortable bedrooms. Despite of its name, Pagham Harbour is no longer a place where boats come, the entrance silted up years ago. But you …

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Le Pont de la Tour’s adds to 2020’s south side trend

Le Pont de la Tour’s adds to 2020’s south side trend

As recently as 15 years ago or prior to 2005, Londoners wouldn’t consider a spot south of the river as a place for destination dining. Yet, Sir Terence Conran chose a former 19th century tea warehouse alongside Tower Bridge as the site for his classic French restaurant, Le Pont de la Tour. For the past …

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London’s legendary Ivy a Kensington fav

London’s legendary Ivy a Kensington fav

The Ivy has continued to grow over the years, taking over prime real estate in Covent Garden (a natural), Marylebone, Chelsea, Kensington, as far west as Wimbledon and a few hours further, to Bristol, one of the foodiest cities outside the big smoke. From its original location near Leicester Square, this favourite among celebs has …

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New Forest is a gamboller’s paradise

New Forest is a gamboller’s paradise

There’s a place in England unlike any other in the Western world. It’s one where horses roam free, standing like statues in the centre of a village, and slowing traffic as they wander across a road. While the obstacle course they create may be annoying to locals, it’s utterly relaxing as a visitor to stand …

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Rural Brittania’s Boastful Breakfasts in the Peak District

Rural Brittania’s Boastful Breakfasts in the Peak District

When the late great New York Times writer R.W. (Johnny) Apple Jnr. met champion breakfast maker Robert Stehling, at his ‘Hominy Grill’ in Charleston NC, they both agreed “Funny about breakfasts: you remember the best ones for a long time, always in geographical context”. Today, in the heart of the Derbyshire, countryside in England, you …

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Wish upon a spa at magical Pennyhill Park

Wish upon a spa at magical Pennyhill Park

Less than two hours from London sits a theme park the masses don’t know about. There are no long queues, no nap-deprived children, and no junk food. Welcome to Pennyhill Park – a luxury hotel that’s like Disneyland for spa-lovers. I count at least eight, yes eight, different ‘experiences’ and that’s excluding any treatments, which …

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London’s chippie masters

London’s chippie masters

A casual ‘Chippie,’ traditional ‘British Fare,’ a ‘National Institution,’ a taste of ‘Heaven on a plate’…Whatever the cliché, Masters Super Fish in southeast London does Fish and Chips, served properly, so properly, even the Financial Times named it one of the best 5 fish and chip shops in the city. Cabbies love it, and you …

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Calcot Manor’s sweet rural delights

Calcot Manor’s sweet rural delights

There is a tradition in Britain, particularly for Londoners, of regular retreats to the countryside, or simply, ‘the country.’ These days, the actual location matters far less than the hotel, itself. Old manors and converted farms, done up in every shade of fresh whites and beige have become the destination. Consider it a weekend resort, …

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Kaspar’s friendly Savoy style London affair

Kaspar’s friendly Savoy style London affair

There may be some debate among hotel snobs about which of London’s three most historic, legendary hotels are the best. But, if we’re talking glamour, there is only one grand dame: The Savoy. Claridges may be understated and The Dorchester discreet, but The Savoy is pure, unapologetic sparkle. It’s a place that, no matter how …

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Dial M Victoria Street for meat lovers

Dial M Victoria Street for meat lovers

Enter the Victoria branch of this popular city restaurant through the light, bright wine shop and head downstairs to a busy bar crowded with after-work 20-somethings. There’s a small club room, a narrow space serving only raw food, and the main attraction: the clubby grill room decorated in smoky, subdued tones with plenty

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A weekend to savour – London-style

A weekend to savour – London-style

It might be the world’s leading financial centre filled with a bespoke suited multitude during the week but London City or the Square Mile as it's known works at a more genteel pace on the weekend.

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Barrafina Soho sizzles while London drizzles

Barrafina Soho sizzles while London drizzles

Standing in a queue outside Barrafina, my wife and I hear the couple behind us quip they are amazed to be 20th in line. “Oh, if you get here later than 4:30 there's no point” says the woman. I note that it's 4:39pm and we're awaiting a 5pm opening. Through the window I see the …

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Be ministered to on Scilly Islands

Be ministered to on Scilly Islands

The harder it is to get somewhere, generally the more special the place. The Scilly Islands, 28 miles off Land's End at the southwestern tip of England, is such a place.

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Pilgrimage to a culinary mecca

Pilgrimage to a culinary mecca

Surrender to the slow seductive pleasures of Raymond Blanc’s Le Manoir aux Quat’ Saisons in rural Oxfordshire Amy Hughes About an hour’s train journey from Marylebone station, sits a romantic idyll where the faithful have been making a pilgrimage to Raymond Blanc’s mecca, Le Manoir aux Quat’ Saisons. Members of the cult of Blanc come …

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