10 of the best Christmas shopping cities in Europe

Put some sparkle into your festive shopping with our guide to the best boutiques, gift stores and markets in Europe• Plus where to eat,...

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The Pilgrm, Paddington, London: hotel review

Space may be at a premium in this new hotel, but beautiful reclaimed fixtures and tempting food more than make up for the lack...

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Winter town and city breaks: readers’ travel tips

A party vibe, sunshine, snow, shopping … our tipsters look beyond the major capitals to recommend idyllic seasonal breaks from Madeira to Romania. And...

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Vintage stuff: Belgium’s biggest flea market

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...

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The Masons Arms, Louth, Lincolnshire: hotel review

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...

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

Ignore the sceptics, this is a fabulous city, says a longtime fan – especially Ixelles, the vibrant multicultural quarter where Audrey Hepburn was born...

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New Year getaways: 25 great hotels, pubs and cottages

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...

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The Chain Locker, Falmouth, Cornwall: hotel review

Once the haunt of drunken sailors, this 17th-century inn has been faithfully restored, and makes a great base in one of Cornwall’s liveliest towns...

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St Petersburg: city of revolution turns itself around – again

This year all eyes have been on what happened in Russia’s cultural capital 100 years ago, but we ask local artists and musicians for...

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