Archive for December, 2015

Time for Turner: Glasgow’s contemporary art scene

December 3, 2015

With the Turner prize about to be presented in Glasgow for the first time, our writer samples the city’s dynamic art scene To say that in the 25 years since Glasgow was named city of culture it has transformed itself into an artistic powerhouse would not be an overstatement. The city’s artistic and cultural scene […]

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Healthy (and fun) retreats for New Year

December 3, 2015

If you think New Year’s parties are over-rated, escape the mayhem on a healthy retreat and start 2016 feeling zen Nungwi Village Five mornings of gentle ashtanga and five afternoon workshops on the theory and practice of yoga will get the year off to a healthy start. But perhaps the best thing about this retreat […]

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10 of the best B&Bs in Europe

December 3, 2015

From a boutique guesthouse above a Bordeaux bistro to a surrealist-inspired retreat in Berlin, these 10 stylish and friendly B&Bs are perfect bases for European city breaks Nungwi Village This bohemian-looking guesthouse close to the Sagrada Familia has a homey feel. Decorated with flea market finds with tile floors and a woodburning stove for the […]

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Gay Berlin: a guide to clubs, bars, culture and drag shows

December 3, 2015

Continuing our series on LGBTQ culture around the world, we explore Berlin’s vibrant scene, from the clubs where the party’s still going strong on Monday morning to arts institutions where diversity is celebrated to the max With its reputation for socially permissive, non-stop nightlife and a perpetually burgeoning arts and culture scene (often compared with […]

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On the trail of Owain Glyndŵr, the Welsh Braveheart

December 3, 2015

The heroic tale of Owain Glyndŵr and Wales’ last rebellion, 600 years ago, is told on a new tour. From the borders to the west coast, it follows in the footsteps of the last Welsh Prince of Powys It all started with a dispute over a bit of land. A rich and powerful foreigner claimed […]

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10 of the best ways to enjoy Amsterdam … on a budget

December 3, 2015

Follow our savvy guide and enjoy free gigs, art galleries and walking tours, stay in a cool hostel and refuel on cheap eats Hitchhiking Amsterdam-style: hail a lift with a local cyclist Instead of wandering aimlessly along the Unesco-lauded canals, get your bearings courtesy of a complimentary walking tour. Sandemans New Amsterdam offers three-hour ambles […]

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Munich city guide: what to see, plus the best bars, hotels and restaurants

December 3, 2015

Outside Oktoberfest, the Bavarian capital is a graceful city – green in summer, atmospheric in winter, and buzzing with great museums and bars year round Often portrayed as the strait-laced, industrious counterpart to hedonistic Berlin, Munich tends to steer clear of the limelight. Save for its annual six-million-person beer binge on Theresienwiese open space for […]

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Winter city breaks in Europe: readers’ tips

December 3, 2015

Snow and ice feature strongly in our readers’ winter break tips, but it’s not a complete white-out; your body temperature will be lifted by gingerbread and chestnuts everywhere, donuts in Naples, and dessert wine in Budapest The buildings are as gothic and spiky as anything across the Austrian border in this 25% German-speaking town, the […]

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Piquet: restaurant review | Jay Rayner

December 3, 2015

If you like classic French food at fair prices – and Jay really does – then Piquet is a place you’ll want to visit Piquet, 92-94 Newman Street, London W1 (020 3826 4500). Meal for two, including drinks and service: £110 I have long said that Tolstoy’s maxim, in the opening lines of Anna Karenina, […]

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The Fish Hotel, near Broadway, Cotswolds: hotel review

December 3, 2015

From the bedroom with wood-burning stove to helpful staff and a Segway tour, everything was going swimmingly at this revamped hotel. Until the ‘gastro-buffet’ at dinnertime … Not many hotels encourage guests to ride a Segway to breakfast. But the Fish Hotel does things a little differently. Rather than one building, this hotel is a […]

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