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.
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.
Joining the solo travel tribe may seem a little daunting, but it means discovering the treasures of the world exactly the way you want to – it’s the greatest form of self-indulgence. You can make new friends or be left in total peace, you can explore at your own pace and you can eat whatever cuisine you fancy, whenever you like. Whether it’s an action-packed trip of a lifetime or a laid-back city sojourn, these are the top destinations you should explore to master the art of solo travel.
Nothing compares to the freedom of hitting the open road, and with these nine incredible drives, you’ll get to witness some of the most jaw-dropping beauty in the world – all at your own pace. So, get yourself a sweet ride and explore the roads, from stunning coastal trails in Europe to bewildering salt flats in South America.
Shellfish plucked off the Isle of Skye’s dramatic coasts, melt-in-your-mouth Aberdeen Angus beef, wild game born in the depths of the Highlands… When it comes to food, Scotland certainly makes the most of its rich lands, seas and skies – and its restaurants serve up years of tradition with pride, flair and bursts of flavour:
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.