England: How to Get The Most Out of a Visit to The Big Smoke

So, you’ve decided to spend a few days in London and want to discover all the fun and excitement it offers a visitor. Have you ever been before? If not, there are a handful of things you might want to be aware of before you set off – we have listed them below, we hope they help when planning your trip. Give the following a read… Advertisements

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England: Fantastic Foodie Stay at Ees Wyke Country House, Lake District

The Lake District is beautiful and there is no denying that fact. It is also one of our favourite places in England to head to when we want to get away from it all for a while and leave the hustle and bustle of city life behind us and we take every opportunity to visit when we can. Therefore, when we were invited to spend the evening at the award-winning Ees Wyke Country House which is an elegant Georgian house in Near…

England: Christmas Dinner On The Northern Belle

A trip on the Northern Belle is an absolute dream from the second you step on board until the second you step off and on many people’s bucket lists for a very good reason. We are lucky enough to have taken two journeys on the beautiful train, the first time was for our 1st wedding anniversary which was an extremely generous gift from my nana and the second time was last week for a totally delicious and indulgent seven course Christmas…

England: 24 Hours in Liverpool

Liverpool is one of those cities that I have visited on a number of occasions, however, it has usually been for a hen weekend or birthday celebration. Therefore, the only places I have really seen in the city are the pubs, clubs and fast food joints – tut, I know. So when we were invited by Travelodge, to spend 24 hours in Liverpool, we thought it would be the perfect opportunity to see what the city actually has to offer apart…

England: Perfect Stay at The Plough, Lupton, Cumbria

A couple of weekends ago we had the opportunity to visit The Plough in Lupton on the edge of the Lake District and the Yorkshire Dales. Its location made it the perfect place to stay for the evening as we wanted to explore both areas, which I can confirm are equally beautiful. Having spent the morning in the Yorkshire Dales followed a delicious lunch at The Plough’s sister hotel, the Hart’s Head Hotel in Giggleswick, by the time we arrived…

England: Hearty Meal at The Hart’s Head Hotel, Giggleswick, Yorkshire Dales

The Yorkshire Dales is a beautiful part of England to explore, there is so much to see and do for all of the family. Living in East Yorkshire, the Dales is almost on our doorstep and we love nothing more than packing the car up and heading out into the beautiful countryside and that’s exactly what we did last weekend. We enjoyed a morning getting back to nature and wandering around Bolton Abbey and the beautiful market town of Skipton before…

England: Luxury at Lords of The Manor Hotel With Michelin Star Dining, The Cotswolds

Having never visited The Cotswolds, yes I know how did we get to our ripe old ages without visiting one of the most beautiful places in England, we were excited to visit and stay at the Lords of The Manor luxury country house hotel. Having recently been named Good Hotel Guide ‘Country House Hotel of the Year’ we had high expectations for our stay. As we pulled up we knew straight away that we were not going to be disappointed. The exterior alone…

England: 24 Hours In London: An Itinerary For A Speedy Visit

Oh, London, the culture capital of the world. Such a beautiful an amazing city where everyone can find something to do or visit. And why wouldn’t they? There’s plenty to do in this fabulous city. That’s why we gathered for you the best attractions to see in 24 hours so you can relax and enjoy the British capital.

England: Cracking Codes For Cocktails at The Bletchley, London

Chief Agent 453 provided us with the information we needed to find The Bletchley, the top-secret war room that was to be our evening destination on our recent overnight visit to London. Actually finding the place was our first test of the evening and I must admit, even with Google maps on our side, it was still a struggle. But we found it in the end – a solitary door which led down in to the latest project from Lollipop,…

England: An Asian Taste Sensation at Mango Tree, Harrods, London

We love Asian food, especially Thai. Our love of it stemmed from our three-week honeymoon in Thailand nearly 6 years ago and since then we’ve discovered that finding good authentic Thai food in England can be hard to come by. So when we were invited to the Mango Tree restaurant located in the Food Hall on the ground floor of Harrods, London we could not resist the opportunity to try it out. We reserved a table as we were invited, however…

England: 9 Hertford Street – Apartment Stay In The Heart Of Mayfair, London

We visit London on a regular(ish) basis, usually three or four times a year and we always chose a different area every time we do. This is so we can experience different things and places. Also, we have always stayed in hotels. Therefore, when we were invited to stay at 9 Hertford Street, luxury holiday apartments located in the heart of Mayfair, it was a completley different direction for us both in terms of location and accomodation. Firstly, we have…

England: Afternoon Tea at Macdonald Burlington, Birmingham

Just the thought of a traditional British afternoon tea fills me with delight – lashings of hot tea, fresh out of the oven scones with a truck load of clotted cream and deliciously rich petit fours – seriously, what’s not to love. So when the Macdonald Burlington invited me to try their afternoon tea on a recent visit to Birmingham, I jumped at the chance. As Mr ESLT doesn’t have a sweet tooth (or so he says!), I thought it…

England: 5 Hidden Gems You Must Uncover in Yorkshire

We love nothing more than packing up the car and heading out on an adventure. Having driven the Great Ocean Road and up (and back down) the Sunshine Coast in Australia, the Ring Road in Iceland and even through the Devil’s Beef Tub in Scotland (yes, it’s an actual place) we have certainly seen some beautiful sights and hidden gems. However, and maybe I am biased, I think some of the most breath-taking scenery can be found in my home…

England: The Vicarage Freehouse and Rooms, Cranage, Cheshire

The Vicarage Freehouse and Rooms is a recently refurbished 17th Century Grade II listed country pub, restaurant and hotel in the heart of Cheshire, and is part of the new family run hotel group, Flat Cap Hotels. Mr ESLT and I were invited to stay the evening a couple of weeks ago in one of their newly opened suites, which are in addition to the hotel’s 20 existing en-suite bedrooms. When we visited we’d had a busy day – we’d flew into Manchester Airport that morning…

Gatwick Airport: No1 Airport Lounges

I’ll be honest – I’m a massive fan of budget airlines, it means we can visit loads of wonderful places in Europe for only a few quid, sometimes even less than £10. How could anyone complain about that? In fact we have £9.99 flights booked in a couple of weeks to Hamburg, Germany. It costs us more on the train from our town to the nearest city. When our flight is only a couple of hours or so I can…

England: The Angel Inn, Hetton, Yorkshire

We love nothing more than a traditional British pub, you know the ones – they serve real ale, have a roaring open fire and serve filling and delicious food. So when we were invited to spend the evening at The Angel Inn in Hetton located in the beautiful and picturesque Yorkshire Dales, England we jumped at the chance. With severe weather warnings in place for ice and snow we set off late afternoon, allowing ourselves plenty of time for what…

England: The Mystery Lover’s Guide to London

We’re lovers of historical mystery and secrets, here. We’ve already covered some of the most ancient and mysterious places you can find exploring the British countryside. But you can’t assume that’s the only place you’ll find it. Britain’s greatest city (or one of them) has a whole side under the surface. Here, we’ll look at some of the best places to visit in London if you’re a lover of the more mysterious aspects of history like us.

England: Highfield Hotel, Keswick, Lake District

The Highfield Hotel and Restaurant is an award-winning hotel and restaurant in the delightful market town of Keswick, located in the northwest of England’s Lake District National Park. The property was built in 1885 in the grand Victorian style of the day; originally as two separate houses for sisters, they have since been combined and now stand as The Highfield. We love the Lake District and take any opportunity to visit; it’s such a beautiful part of England – rain or…

England: Countryside Destinations You Have To Experience

You’ve seen it in the movies. You’ve read about it in nineteenth-century novels. But experiencing it by being there can’t be beaten. The English countryside is a lot more varied, rugged, and beautiful than you may think. It opens itself up to incredible views and breathtaking activities. Find amazing vacations you’ll never forget.

England: Fishmore Hall Hotel & Spa, Ludlow, Shropshire

Fishmore Hall Hotel is a privately owned boutique Shropshire country house hotel on the outskirts of the medieval market town of Ludlow and offers views of the beautiful Shropshire countryside. Originally a school and later left to rack and ruin until the now owners bought the property in 2007 and turned it into the stunning countryside hideaway that it is today. At the beginning of November the perfect addition of the SPAshell was opened on site and I was invited along to…

England: Banyan Bar & Kitchen, Roundhay – Leeds, Yorkshire

Having visited the Banyan Bar and Kitchen in Leeds City Centre a few months ago (and absolutely loving it, may I add!), I was very excited to visit the new Banyan Bar and Kitchen Roundhay branch located on Street Lane in the very popular Roundhay suburb of Leeds, as the name may suggest. So when I was invited to attend their soft opening earlier this week in preparation for their grand opening (which was last night 21/10/16), I jumped at the…