England: London Guide for Music Lovers

London is one of the primary tourist attractions for any international traveller. This is exactly the kind of city where the old is intertwined with the new; where century-old traditions go hand in hand with the latest technological innovations; and, of course, it is also home to many pop and rock bands that have left a bold trace in the music history. In other words, music lovers will have plenty of spots to visit in London. And here are some…

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England: BRGR.CO Afternoon Tea, London

I love afternoon tea and always relish in the delight of the experience. Afternoon tea usually follows the same format wherever you take it – a glass of Prosecco, finger sandwiches, scones and petit fours, all served with lashings of hot tea. So, when I heard the BRGR.CO offered an alternative afternoon tea based on burgers, I was more than eager to try it. After weeks of healthy eating, a big fat carbs day was definitely on the cards.

Aspire Lounge at Birmingham Airport – #SecretToHappyTravel

Taking on average 10-15 flights a year over the past 10 years or so, I have never stepped foot in an airport lounge. ‘What?!’ I can hear many of you audibly gasp. Yep, I’ve made it to the ripe age of 33 without ever experiencing the luxury offered by them. I always considered it an unnecessary additional cost that, in reality, I didn’t want to pay for. That was, until last week when I had the pleasure of experiencing the…

England: The Lost & Found – an Ornithological Adventure, Leeds, Yorkshire

After a long day at work there’s nothing better, in my opinion, than indulging in a couple of cocktails and a great meal. Unfortunately, in my town there isn’t really that ‘after work drinks’ culture. However, I often commute to Leeds, which certainly has. Most evenings you will find workers streaming out of office blocks and into the nearest bar. On a recent work visit to Leeds I got the opportunity to try the newly opened The Lost & Found,…

England: Save or Splurge, How To Make London Work For Every Budget

With so much to see and do in London, there really is something for everyone. Whether you’re planning a luxurious weekend or a frugal day trip, here’s how to make a trip to London work for every budget.

England: 5 Lovely Locations in the Lake District

On our recent visit to the Lake District I was blown away (again) at just how beautiful it is. We’ve only been to the Lake District once before, exactly four years ago to the week. I can’t believe it took us this long to return. With the car packed we hit the road praying that the weather would be kind to us on our latest adventure. It was (yeah!!!). The Lake District covers quite a large area encompassing a number…

England: Beech Hill Hotel & Spa, Lake District

The Lake District is beautiful, that’s a fact. Living and working in a city makes you appreciate the quiet and serenity of it all the more. Because there is so much to see and do, one day is not enough to truly appreciate the beauty of the area. Therefore, it is important to find good accommodation for your visit and we think the Beech Hill Hotel and Spa fits the bill completely. Location and Check In The hotel itself is…

Happy Yorkshire Day – #myyorkshirephoto

Happy Yorkshire Day to all my fellow Yorkshire folk. If you are from ‘God’s own country’ you will know how beautiful yet diverse it is. Born and bred in Kingston upon Hull I have always had the luxury of having everything from cosmopolitan cities and market towns to rolling hills and rugged coastline all within an hours drive. Couple those with theme parks and stately homes I genuinely am proud to be from such an amazing part of the world.…

England: Jesmond Dene Hotel, Newcastle

Sat on the Tyne Bridge in the centre of Newcastle the Sat Nav informed us we were only a mere 3 miles away from Newcastle’s only independently owned luxury boutique hotel Jesmond Dene House. Even though a major English city is on the doorstep of this hotel you would never know it. In fact we were pleasantly surprised at the peacefulness and tranquillity of the hotel and its surroundings. Set in the suburb of Jesmond guests can experience the best…

England: The Grainary, Scarborough, Yorkshire

I’m a city girl. Born and bred in Hull – the 4th largest city in Yorkshire, England. I’m used to 24(ish) hour living and having everything on my door step. Sometimes I forget that Yorkshire is a diverse county. Not only does it have large cosmopolitan cities, market towns, gorgeous coastline but also rolling fields and beautiful scenery. And it was the latter that we had the pleasure of experiencing recently when we were invited to spend an evening at…

England: Banyan Bar & Kitchen, Leeds, Yorkshire

Food and drink, especially good food and drink are a big thing in Leeds, West Yorkshire. With more restaurants, pubs and cocktail bars than you can shake a stick at, it takes something special in this cosmopolitan city to make it stand out from the crowd. So when we were invited to try out Banyan Bar & Kitchen, a new city centre bar & kitchen we were eager to see if it has that certain je ne sais quoi needed…

England: The Bailey's Hotel, England

We had the pleasure of staying at the 4 Star Bailey’s Hotel (a Millennium Hotel) the week before last when we attended the UK Blog Awards as finalists in the Individual Travel category. We love visiting London at the best of times but to visit for such an amazing reason and being given the opportunity to stay in such a fantastic hotel made this visit all the more special.

England: Radisson Blu Stansted Airport Hotel, London

From our local airport you can only fly to Amsterdam and Aberdeen (slight exaggeration but you get my point). So having been to Amsterdam quite a few times and not really having the need or desire to visit Aberdeen, it is always necessary to travel from airports further afield. Living in England we are lucky to have the option of flying with a number of budget airlines. The majority of flights with the bulk of these types of carrier are…

England: 5* Hotel Boat Kailani – Cruising The Grand Union Canal, The Midlands

Last week we were invited to spend a few days onboard the luxury Hotel Boat Kailani on its journey from Braunston to Blisworth on the Grand Union Canal. Having never cruised any of Britain’s canals we really didn’t know what to expect from our trip. We arrived at Braunston Marina at 2.00pm to find the beautiful 5* Hotel Boat Kailani, a 65 ft long x 12 ft wide beam narrowboat and her owners Dorenda and Gordon together with their beautiful dog…

England: A Romantic Stay for Two at Ox Pasture Hall, Scarborough, Yorkshire

The Hotel Mr ESLT and I had the pleasure of staying at Ox Pasture Hall last weekend. It is a luxury country hotel located just 2 miles from the seaside town of Scarborough in North Yorkshire. Even though we were only 5 minutes away from the busy town which attracts tourists all year around, we felt like we were miles away from civilisation (in a good way!). Nestled in a sea of greenery we instantly knew we were in for…

England: The View from The Shard, London

The obsession with tall buildings continues…..this time in the shape of The Shard which London’s highest viewing platform at the top of Western Europe’s tallest building. Mr ESLT and I went full on tourist on a recent visit to our capital and did things we’ve wanted to do for ages but hadn’t previously had the chance. Mr ESLT booked tickets for The View from The Shard well in advance and (bless him) he booked them with the added bonus of a glass of fizz…

England: Chilling at The ICEBAR LONDON

So, what to do on a Friday night in London Town? Having exhausted the list of musicals and plays showing at The West End (well the ones Mr ESLT and I could agree on anyway) I trawled the Internet for fun things to do on a Friday evening in the capital. When the ICEBAR LONDON popped up in my google search results I knew I had found a winner! Even though we’ve visited many cities around the world with an…

England: Where The Heck Is Hull, Yorkshire and What Has It Got To Offer?

Mr ESLT: Guess what? Me: What? Mr ESLT: Rough Guides have listed Hull as number 8 on their Top 10 Cities: The Best Places to Visit in 2016 list. Me: SHUT THE FRONT DOOR! (*or words to that effect*). After grabbing my iPhone and checking out what I thought was a preposterous lie for myself it turned out to be in fact – FACT. The city I was born in and have lived all my life has actually made the…

England: Wembley – Win or Lose, it’s Still An Amazing Stadium, London

Have you ever been to Wembley Stadium? To see your team, to hear the roar, to drink in the atmosphere (and the overpriced beer of course) to hear the chants and cheers or to simply be part of the game – it truly feels fantastic. If you have read some of my other posts you will know that Mr ESLT and I are both avid Rugby League fans however we support different team. I am a Hull FC fan (black and white) and…

England: Open Letter to London

Dear London, ‘I went to London at the weekend’. That’s not an unusual thing for me to say as since my first visit nearly a decade ago I have now lost count of the number of times I have revisited you, the Capital of my awesome country either for work or pleasure. But it has now dawned on me that I no longer feel like a tourist in a city that I actually haven’t even explored to its fullest. I…

England: Glamping it up at Secret Cloud House Holidays, Staffordshire, Midlands

Words cannot describe how privileged I felt when I was asked by my best friend to be her Maid Of Honour at her upcoming wedding. Having been a bride myself I know how important it is to have special people around you in the lead up to your wedding both to help you get excited and also to calm you down if you turn into the dreaded bridezilla!  I’m sure anyone who has been given the position of Maid of Honour/Bridesmaid…