Short Breaks

The White Horse, Hertingfordbury, Hertfordshire: hotel review

December 3, 2017

In the heart of Pride and Prejudice country, this buzzing 16th-century coaching inn is more generous with bed than board A quaint village in possession of an ancient church and several fine houses must be in want of a hostelry. But however universally that truth is acknowledged, commercial reality sees many rural communities in Britain […]

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

December 3, 2017

Goldman Sachs’s CEO tweeted that he’ll be spending more time in the city after Brexit. He won’t be the only one. We asked a local journalist to show us around As someone who grew up in this city, I’m familiar with what you think you know about it: it’s dull, it’s cold, everybody talks about […]

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The best city breaks in Germany: readers’ travel tips

December 3, 2017

Riesling and Romans, baroque and bratwurst … our tipsters point to alluring cities from Bavaria to the Hanseatic northern ports – but sidestepping Berlin – taking in great food, museums, spas and bars • Submit a readers’ travel tip for next week One of Bavaria’s oldest cities, Augsburg is a delightful base for a cycling […]

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For a great night out: head for Hamburg, not London

December 3, 2017

The German port city came top in a new survey of the world’s best cities for nightlife, with Berlin and Copenhagen close behind. London scored dismally on quality, safety and ease of travel Have your say: which city has the best nightlife? Tell us in the comments below Hamburg is the world’s best city for […]

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New Year getaways: 25 great hotels, pubs and cottages

December 3, 2017

There’s still time to book a cosy New Year break in the UK and see in 2018 in style, with our pick of historic hotels, charming pubs and seaside cottages from Cornwall to Loch Lomond Continue reading…

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In defence of Brussels: ‘If you actually know it, you probably love it’

December 3, 2017

Ignore the sceptics, this is a fabulous city, says a longtime fan – especially Ixelles, the vibrant multicultural quarter where Audrey Hepburn was born Coming home from a holiday last week, I had a brief conversation with the taxi driver about Belgium. He looked at me in his rear-view mirror and said, “Been somewhere lovely, […]

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The Masons Arms, Louth, Lincolnshire: hotel review

December 3, 2017

This 18th-century pub, in one of Britain’s favourite market towns, has been spruced up – all modern angles and bold statements. But a few rough edges remain There is a lot to like about the Masons Arms in historic Louth. The handsome, 1775 coaching inn had dwindled into a rather shabby pub – with outdated, […]

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Vintage stuff: Belgium’s biggest flea market

December 3, 2017

Tongeren, Belgium’s oldest town founded in the first century AD, is also home to a vast and fascinating flea market. Perfect for a weekend treasure hunt I wake on Sunday morning in Tongeren like a kid on Christmas morning, wondering what goodies are waiting for me. This is the oldest town in Belgium, just 90 […]

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Winter town and city breaks: readers’ travel tips

December 3, 2017

A party vibe, sunshine, snow, shopping … our tipsters look beyond the major capitals to recommend idyllic seasonal breaks from Madeira to Romania. And yes, of course there’ll be glühwein• Write a readers’ travel tip for the chance of winning a £200 hotel voucher Even in the pelting snow, you can enjoy an evening passeggiata […]

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The Pilgrm, Paddington, London: hotel review

December 3, 2017

Space may be at a premium in this new hotel, but beautiful reclaimed fixtures and tempting food more than make up for the lack of elbow room No, that’s not a typo. It really is called the Pilgrm, and that missing second “i” is not all that’s been dropped from this new hotel near Paddington […]

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