Archive for December, 2016

Room 212, Bristol: accommodation review

December 3, 2016

A one-bedroom, eco-friendly, holiday let on trendy Gloucester Road proves cute and practical enough to ward off any charge of pretentiousness, despite its arty leanings There cannot be a more Guardian thoroughfare in the UK than Bristol’s Gloucester Road, which winds and climbs north from the centre into Bishopston and claims to be Europe’s longest […]

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UK cabins and glampsites that are great in winter

December 3, 2016

Immerse yourself in the outdoors but stay toasty warm at our pick of rustic stays inspired by accommodation in Finland, Lapland and even the Iranian highlands Nungwi Village • A forest cabin for all the family Finn Lough’s bubble domes are the closest things the UK has to igloos, but have transparent walls so guests […]

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Bullets at the bodega: hygge and horror in Copenhagen’s cosiest bar

December 3, 2016

Rosengårdens Bodega is warm and friendly, but has its darker side: it’s the spot where the Danish resistance caught up with a notorious Nazi informer in 1944 A bullet is embedded in the wall behind the bar at Rosengårdens Bodega, a drinking den in central Copenhagen. A member of the Danish resistance movement put it […]

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Alt city guide to Birmingham

December 3, 2016

With independent art and street food scenes, and clubs and soundsystems bursting with bass, the second city has first-rate cultural credentials – if, like our writer, you know where to look Creatively, Birmingham is elusive. Unlike many cities, it does not have an identifiable cultural DNA. It has never asserted itself as a centre of […]

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10 top tips from our Berlin correspondent

December 3, 2016

Whether you’re in Berlin for history, nightlife or design, Philip Oltermann picks out his favourite venues beyond the tourist haunts – plus a couple of classics If Germany’s relationship with bread elsewhere in the country verges on the theological, Berlin is a den of infidelity. Good bakeries are few and far between, and the standard […]

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10 of the best small UK towns for winter breaks

December 3, 2016

The historic buildings, modern restaurants, cosy pubs and independent shops of these towns banish any notions of a backwater. And they sparkle in the Christmas season – perfect for a weekend break or day trip You’d expect the home of the Bakewell pudding to know a thing or two about keeping its visitors cosy and […]

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Larkbeare Grange, south Devon: B&B review

December 3, 2016

This elegant B&B knows that the secret to success is not being slaves to hotel trends, it’s great service and attention to detail Have we reached peak boutique? Farrow and Ball paint jobs, roll-top baths, Roberts radios, stripped floorboards, exposed brick and mismatched furniture are as common today as floral curtains and doilies were in […]

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10 of the world’s epic train journeys

December 3, 2016

Whether gliding through the Rockies or labouring up the Andes, our pick of spectacular railway trips gets a green light for all budgets Somewhat greedily, the Swiss boast three world-class rail journeys: the Glacier Express, the Bernina Express and, most spectacular of all, the Jungfraubahn. Climbing to over 3,000 metres, the hourly train scoots up […]

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The Bloomsbury, York: B&B review

December 3, 2016

This revamped guesthouse near the centre of York is so welcoming our writer has to tear himself away to explore the historic city itself It is one of life’s ironies that hotel rooms don’t often encourage you to linger. You sleep and shower there. But laze around? Rarely. At the budget end, bedrooms are frequently […]

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Charge the ‘rich’ to feed the poor: Madrid’s Robin Hood homeless cafe

December 3, 2016

Charity restaurant makes money from customers by day to offer homeless people a dignified dining experience by night A little before nine o’clock on Tuesday night, Antonio Gutiérrez found himself facing a welcome dilemma. Might he, a waitress asked, have room for a second helping of pudding? Gutiérrez, who had already seen off a plate […]

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