England’s prettiest seaside towns for a short break

With over 7,000 miles of coastline at our fingertips, it’s hardly surprising the Great British seaside break has been a rite of passage for centuries. But what was once all sandy sandwiches and slot machines is morphing into a decidedly more grown-up affair, marked by boutique hotels, award-winning eateries and Instagrammable architecture. Here’s our pick of the prettiest seaside stays of them all.

Nine great away-from-it-all country hotels in England

Whether you’re hit by the stress of the big city or you’re itching to reconnect with nature, sometimes all you need is a quick and easy getaway far from it all. From the shores of Ullswater in the Lake District to the heart of the quaint Cotswolds, these nine English abodes are perfect for letting your hair down and your worries slip away – all just a short drive from home.

London: quirky cafés and bottomless brunches

What else could weekends possibly be for, if not enjoying the company of your friends and catching up over a glass of fizz in the hours following noon? Leave the shopping for online, the museums for Sundays and the West End for evenings – brunch is where it’s at, and London’s eclectic selection of quirky cafés, dazzling diners and stylish restaurants offer something for any brunch occasion. When it comes to your next prosecco-pouring, smoothie-slurping venture, you need look no further than here: we’ve scoured north, east, south and west to find the coolest spots to share a laugh – and maybe a bottle – with your closest.

Brighton city guide: where to eat, drink, shop and more

Once a port town and health resort, now a lively and eclectic city, Brighton has long provided excitement and merriment for day-trippers from London. The city’s iconic pier inspires happy memories of sunny days out for many and still draws in visitors despite its old age – almost 120 years to be exact. Though Brighton is very much still a day-trip destination, its vibrant and …