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Where do people in the UK visit most frequently in winter?

Where do people in the UK visit most frequently in winter?

FEATURED ARTICLE While it’s often overlooked, you really don’t have to go abroad to have a nice break — even in the winter. We may inhabit a relatively small island that isn’t blessed with the greatest of climates, but if you know where to look, there are some incredible places to visit that will provide […]

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Running Mum: It’s nearly time for the big race

Running Mum: It’s nearly time for the big race

The last time I wrote an entry in the Running Mum Diary was before Christmas and I had just updated my wardrobe with some new trainers and was making the most of training with my daughter in tow, thanks to the incredible Britax pushchair. Not much has changed on that front and I have been […]

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The splendour of the Taj Cape Town

The splendour of the Taj Cape Town

By KATIE ANN WISEMAN From the moment that I arrived kerbside at the Taj Cape Town, I was overwhelmed by the opulence and history this hotel exudes. I suppose this is expected from a brand that originated as far back as 1903 from Mumbai, India. The company now has a strong international presence. As of 2018, […]

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Set hearts racing on Valentine’s Day with a VIP tour of the home of horseracing

Set hearts racing on Valentine’s Day with a VIP tour of the home of horseracing

Love is in the air in Newmarket! As Valentine’s Day 2019 draws near you may be wondering what to get your loved one. Why not treat them to a dream day out behind the scenes in the Home of Horseracing? Discover Newmarket, the tourism hub of the town, is hosting a one-time, VIP guided tour […]

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DUKES LONDON offers new gym membership scheme for a healthy start to the year

DUKES LONDON offers new gym membership scheme for a healthy start to the year

If you’re on a health kick for 2019 but can’t face a busy gym, why not try a change of scene and join DUKES LONDON’s Private Members Health Club. The luxurious hotel is offering a new gym membership scheme and pampering spa treatments courtesy of their partner, Temple Spa. Situated in a plush surroundings of […]

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Shape up for the slopes: Four exercises to help you get fit for skiing

Shape up for the slopes: Four exercises to help you get fit for skiing

The ski season is upon us, and Our Retreat Chamonix – a new ski, yoga and mobility retreat in the foothills of Mont Blanc – is set to take to the slopes for the first time in February 2019. For savvy skiers who want to make the most out of their time in the snow, […]

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Most Common New Years Resolutions and How to Keep Them

Most Common New Years Resolutions and How to Keep Them

FEATURED ARTICLE A new year means new goals, as millions across the globe plan to live their lives partly afresh. After all, no one is flaw free, and everyone has that little tiny thing going on in their lives that they wish they could change. Well, the new year helps people realise one thing; it’s […]

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Beautiful blues: Swimsuit inspiration for those heading for winter sun

Beautiful blues: Swimsuit inspiration for those heading for winter sun

If you are about to escape the dull winter weather in the UK and jet off to a warm and sunny destination, we have selected some of our favourite swimsuits for your suitcase. Not only is the one-piece continuing to dominate beach trends, but marine blues that match the sea are also popular… Heidi Klein […]

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Plan a healthy holiday for 2019

Plan a healthy holiday for 2019

If you’re planning a ‘better you’ for the New Year and making some lifestyle adjustments, perhaps a healthy holiday could be on the cards. We have some ideas for wellness breaks that range from tackling sleep problems to enjoying time without technology… The Digital Detox Holiday – Sri Lanka Disconnect from the outside world and tune […]

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Angler restaurant launch Dry January pairing menu in collaboration with Seedlip

Angler restaurant launch Dry January pairing menu in collaboration with Seedlip

Michelin-starred seafood restaurant, Angler, is to launch a non-alcoholic pairing menu for Dry January 2019. Tapping into the growing acceptance that soft drinks need to be as interesting and complex as the alcoholic offering, with an estimated five million taking part in Dry January last year, Executive Chef Gary Foulkes has worked with non-alcoholic spirits […]

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Expert tips for ‘Dry January’

Expert tips for ‘Dry January’

Are you feeling like you have overindulged this Christmas? For us, the party season seemed to last for the whole of the month and not just Christmas week! This is why we are jumping on the Dry January trend and abstaining from alcohol for a month. Attempting dry January can be tough for many, especially […]

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Find the right nanny with the help of Irving Scott

Find the right nanny with the help of Irving Scott

FEATURED ARTICLE Meghan Markle is one of many expectant mums who is currently looking into childcare options and interviewing for nannies. Most parents begin making plans during pregnancy, even if parental leave is going to be taken once the baby arrives. At Irving Scott we are often asked for advice on recruiting the right nanny […]

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Christmas School Holidays: Ice skating in London

Christmas School Holidays: Ice skating in London

Skylight, London’s most imaginative rooftop destination, has re-launched its winter season, running til 27th January 2019. Themed around an urban après skate bar, the three-story East London venue gives guests the opportunity to transport their family to a rooftop ice rink followed by a feast of delicious street food, the perfect spot to cuddle up in an igloo and of course, keep refreshed with a […]

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Join Aston Martin at 24 Hours of Le Mans

Join Aston Martin at 24 Hours of Le Mans

Whether you’re thinking of an extravagant Christmas gift or planning ahead to the summer months, the Aston Martin VIP Hospitality at 24 Hours of Le Mans will delight any motor enthusiast. You can join Aston Martin Racing as it returns to the most iconic motor race in the world, the 24 Hours of Le Mans. Throughout […]

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Enjoy the magic of Christmas at Longleat with a trip on the Santa Train

Enjoy the magic of Christmas at Longleat with a trip on the Santa Train

Visiting Father Christmas during the festive season is a highlight for children – and all members of the family for that matter! At Longleat, visiting Father Christmas is made extra special thanks to their popular ‘Santa Train’. The experience really brings to life the magic of Christmas and those wanting to visit the grotto board […]

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Exclusive Christmas Private Jet Package to Lapland

Exclusive Christmas Private Jet Package to Lapland

The ultimate Christmas trip to Santa’s hometown is available thanks to Air Charter Service’s no-expense-spared private jet holiday to Swedish Lapland. Taking place from 23-27 December and exclusively available to just 12 people staying in a luxury lodge with private chef, this four-night festive fairy-tale includes a magical visit to Santa on Christmas Day and […]

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Running Mum: Facing the elements in the right kit

Running Mum: Facing the elements in the right kit

Our Editor Laura Toogood continues her running diary as she trains for a nine mile cross country race with a pushchair in tow… I have been busy training hard since my last running diary entry. The weather has been particularly unpleasant in recent weeks and so having the right kit has been essential. Last time […]

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How To Create A Luxury Living Space

How To Create A Luxury Living Space

Featured Article We all spend a huge amount of time in our living rooms, especially in the winter weather, so it’s important our space is both comfortable and stylish. When designing your interior, it can be tricky to takea step back and see it with fresh eyes. Here, we explore how to create a luxury […]

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Decorate your house in style with the Little Greene Paint Company

Decorate your house in style with the Little Greene Paint Company

By Katie Ann Lamb They say the three most stressful things in life are getting divorced, having a baby and moving house. Thankfully I am not getting divorced but I have moved house and am due any day now! I have long since dreamed of making my mark on a house I can call a […]

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Looking to impress your wedding guests? We love the spectacular live entertainment created by Rattle & Shake

Looking to impress your wedding guests? We love the spectacular live entertainment created by Rattle & Shake

By Victoria Lewis When planning a Wedding or a special event, there are a number of elements that really do make or break the party… and for me the music is KEY! With so many options out there, different tastes to cater for, and a variety of price tags; it is often hard to find […]

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Enjoy healthy sleep with a Hypnos mattress

Enjoy healthy sleep with a Hypnos mattress

By KATIE ANN LAMB I have to be honest, I’ve never appreciated a mattress or really understood the significance of it. Maybe that is partly because, in the modern day, you can purchase a mattress in a variety of ways without even experiencing it before it arrives on your bed. I’m sure that everyone reading […]

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Feeling Festive: What to do During a December London Break

Feeling Festive: What to do During a December London Break

FEATURED ARTICLE The hustle and bustle of London make this city an exciting place to be any time of the year, but especially in the run-up to Christmas. With so much to do and so many magical things to see, the capital brings Christmas spirit alive, making it the ideal place for a festive winter […]

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Best Ways to Get Your House Christmas Ready

Best Ways to Get Your House Christmas Ready

FEATURED ARTICLE Whether you love it or hate it, the time has almost arrived to decorate the home in time for Christmas. Creating the perfect warm and cosy festive atmosphere involves so much more than simply sticking up the tree. So, if you’re looking to get your home Christmas ready, below you’ll discover some great […]

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The Sanderson hotel has a Willy Wonka theme this Christmas

The Sanderson hotel has a Willy Wonka theme this Christmas

This Christmas, the Sanderson hotel has been transformed into a Willy Wonka inspired chocolate factory. In keeping with the hotel’s tradition of celebrating the non-conventional with their Christmas tree, the Willy Wonka theme is showcased in an edible, rainbow tower in the lobby. Over two metres high and constructed from stacked vintage sweet jars stuffed […]

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Samsonite’s stylish range of luggage is ideal for the Christmas period

Samsonite’s stylish range of luggage is ideal for the Christmas period

By KATIE ANN LAMB Christmas is fast approaching and perhaps, like me, you’re jetting abroad or maybe you’re seeing 2019 in overseas. Regardless of your plans, I’m sure that there will be some travel involved over the festive period. As one of the original brands in travel, Samsonite has continued to leverage its craftsmanship and […]

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Facing the winter chill in style

Facing the winter chill in style

Temperatures are currently plummeting across the United Kingdom and winter has definitely arrived. Here are some key pieces that you can purchase to help you face the winter chill in style… We love these leather gloves by Barbour, which will keep your fingers nice and warm in the biting wind. Big jackets never go out […]

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Planning a New Year’s Eve Event with the Wow Factor

Planning a New Year’s Eve Event with the Wow Factor

FEATURED ARTICLE While you are busy getting ready for Christmas, planning and buying the perfect gifts, getting ready to adorn your home with your favourite festive decorations, there is something else you need to organise: New Year’s Eve. After all, it requires a lot of preparation to welcome 2019 in show-stopping style. So, whether you […]

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Raise A Glass: Toast the festive season with Bulldog Gin cocktails

Raise A Glass: Toast the festive season with Bulldog Gin cocktails

Cocktails are one of the best ways to toast the festive season. If you’re a gin drinker, you can take some inspiration from Bulldog London Dry Gin and enjoy one of their Christmas-themed tipples. This multi-award winning gin has an exotic blend of 12 botanicals from 8 different countries. It is smooth and delicate, which […]

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Winter Wonderland is coming to Hyde Park! Find out what’s in store this year…

Winter Wonderland is coming to Hyde Park! Find out what’s in store this year…

There is just one week to go before one of the highlights of the festive season arrives in London. Hyde Park Winter Wonderland open its doors for the Christmas period on Thursday 22nd of November. Many of the star attractions will be making a return this year and there will also be plenty of new […]

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Amazing Christmas shopping bargains available as Black Friday comes early to Hamleys

Amazing Christmas shopping bargains available as Black Friday comes early to Hamleys

After their biggest ever event last year, the countdown to Black Friday is on and Hamleys are giving families around the UK an early Christmas present by offering massive savings instore and online ahead of Black Friday. Head down to your local Hamleys toy shop or online at Hamleys.com/BlackFriday from today (Thursday 15th November) and enjoy […]

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How to Survive Working Away at Christmas

How to Survive Working Away at Christmas

FEATURED ARTICLE Christmas is upon us, a time of parties and plenty of cheer. A time of gift giving and hoping for a snowy 25 December. While many will be cosying up with loved ones this yuletide, there are some who will have to work away from home through the festivities. If you’re one of […]

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Running Mum: Introducing the Britax Römer Revolution Pro

Running Mum: Introducing the Britax Römer Revolution Pro

Our Editor, Laura Toogood, is training for a 9 mile cross country running competition and will be writing a diary about the experience. First on her agenda was to find a suitable running pushchair so that her daughter could join her on her fitness journey…  Making time to exercise when you have young children can […]

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New Year’s Eve at The Savoy

New Year’s Eve at The Savoy

If you are in London for New Year’s Eve, The Savoy is a great place to spend the evening. Perfectly located on the River Thames, guests can view London’s mesmerising firework display as the countdown to 2019 begins. The Savoy is welcoming guests with various different menu options and experiences for NYE. The Savoy’s beautiful Beaufort Bar, will be offering guests unlimited canapés […]

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Experience the magic of Narnia at St Martins Lane hotel in Covent Garden

Experience the magic of Narnia at St Martins Lane hotel in Covent Garden

If you’re a fan of C.S. Lewis’s classic tale, The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe then Covent Garden is the place to be this Christmas. St Martins Lane hotel will celebrate the festive season this year by bringing the world of Narnia to the heart of London. Guests will step inside the hotel’s white lobby […]

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Hotel Aurelio offers Bentley Winter Tour in Lech

Hotel Aurelio offers Bentley Winter Tour in Lech

This season, to celebrate its 10th anniversary five star superior Hotel Aurelio is offering guests an even more luxurious way to experience the Austrian resort of Lech, with the prestigious Bentley Winter Tour. Guests at Hotel Aurelio will be able to experience four of Bentley’s latest models, including two SUVs from their Bentayga range and […]

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5 Ways to Care for Your Horse During Winter

5 Ways to Care for Your Horse During Winter

FEATURED ARTICLE Winter can be a challenging time for both horses and owners, with colder temperatures meaning our four-legged friends require additional time, thought and attention. From riding to the stable, all areas of horse care need to be more carefully considered. In addition to providing shelter, here are some essential tips to consider. Avoid Brushing […]

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Planning a festive gathering in London? Here are some Christmas party venue ideas…

Planning a festive gathering in London? Here are some Christmas party venue ideas…

If you’re planning a festive gathering with friends, take a look at some of these top Christmas party destinations in London for a magical evening… Skylight Skylight, London’s most imaginative rooftop destination has recently launched its all-new winter season running from 1st November – 27th January. Set against a backdrop of the city’s iconic skyline, […]

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The Mary Howard Christmas Fair 2018

The Mary Howard Christmas Fair 2018

With the festive season only a matter of weeks away, it is time to get organised with Christmas shopping. The Mary Howard Christmas Fair has gained a reputation for being one of the must-visit destinations in the run up to the holiday season. The Fair returns to The Showground at Cotswold Airport next week and […]

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The giant Molton Brown Advent Calendar is back!

The giant Molton Brown Advent Calendar is back!

Molton Brown are celebrating the festive season and the launch of their exciting new Muddled Plum Collection with their super-sized, sparkling purple Giant Advent Calendar of Surprises. Behind every door on the Molton Brown Advent Calendar is a complimentary indulgent surprise for everyone who takes part. Following the success of its debut last year, The […]

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Champagne flutes that will make a statement this Christmas

Champagne flutes that will make a statement this Christmas

Christmas is coming and there will be plenty of opportunities to open a bottle of champagne over the festive season. If you want to serve your bubbles in a statement flute, take a look at these beauties… Versace Medusa D’Or Champagne Flutes (2); £432 Zieher Vaganza Platin, Crystal; £90 Versace Arabesque Amber, Glass; £166 Rosenthal […]