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Old English Charm: Inside The Spread Eagle Hotel & Spa, West Sussex

Jan 15, 2018  |   Contributor: Selene Nelson

Deep in the West Sussex South Downs is the pretty market town of Midhurst, which is home to one of England's oldest coaching inns. Dating back to 1430, The Spread Eagle is a country escape that’s as charming as it is historic; think oak panelled rooms, roaring open fires, exposed beams and a conversely modern spa.

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Experience the Food, Wine, Beauty and Adventure of England's Heartland

Jan 5, 2018  |   Contributor: Tiffany Leigh

It’s time to look beyond London; although the cosmopolitan city is alluring, you’d be remiss not to explore the rest of the country’s captivating lands. In particular is the cultural allure of England’s Heartland, which is geographically located in the center of the country (hence the name).

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Iconic London Luxury: Inside The Dorchester Hotel

Dec 28, 2017  |   Contributor: Selene Nelson

If you’re looking for traditional London luxury, it’s hard to get more iconic than The Dorchester. Since its opening in 1931, The Dorchester has established itself as one of the most revered hotels in the world—not just in London.

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Sheraton Grand London Park Lane is an Art Deco Hotel With a Historical Past

Nov 27, 2017  |   Contributor: Nick Kontis

Overlooking lush Green Park, just a stone’s throw away from Hyde Park Corner and a few blocks to Piccadilly Circus, is the prototypical, Art-Deco classic, long-established Sheraton Grand London Park Lane. A breathtaking, time-skipping property that takes visitors back to the Roaring '20s, when London was in the heyday of the Art Deco era.

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Historic Luxury, Northern Charm: Inside Swinton Park Hotel, Yorkshire

Nov 14, 2017  |   Contributor: Selene Nelson

Deep in the North Yorkshire dales, set in 250 acres of forested parkland bordering the moors, is the Swinton Park Estate. As you drive through wrought-iron gates and catch a first glimpse of this striking ancestral home, complete with ivy-clad turrets and Gothic battlements, it’s easy to imagine you’ve stepped back in time.

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English Country Charm: Inside Down Hall Hotel & Spa

Oct 25, 2017  |   Contributor: Selene Nelson

When it comes to traditional country house hotels, it’s hard to imagine one that fits the bill more than Down Hall Hotel & Spa. Perched on the border of Hertfordshire and Essex, this elegantly handsome pad is one of England’s most established country hotels.

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Enjoy a Weekend of Fun and Fitness at The Marylebone Hotel

Oct 24, 2017  |   Contributor: Cheryl Slater

The well-being and fitness scene in London is thriving with an abundance of healthy cafes, juice bars, restaurants, holistic spa days, gyms and yoga studios. It’s rare though, to find a hotel that’s specifically created an overnight package, in the heart of the capital, that’s dedicated to supporting its guests health and fitness goals during their stay.

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The 6 Best Rooftop Penthouse Suites in London

Feb 23, 2017  |   Contributor: Nicolle Monico

We’re quickly heading into peak tourist season for London, with the best months to visit being between March and May. The beauty of a spring trip means that you’ll get to experience the city’s blossoming parks and gardens while at the same time avoiding its muggy summers and dreary winters. As you begin planning for your next British escape, we found the best ways for you to really enjoy the weather and crisp air this spring: rooftop penthouses. Across the city, these six hotels offer stunning suites on the top floor of their respective properties and all include private terraces sitting high above London.

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Former Olympic Parks Actually Worth Visiting

Aug 10, 2016  |   Contributor: Nicolle Monico

The 2016 Summer Olympics are officially underway (Go Team USA!). Although taking place in one of the most beautiful cities in the world, excitement for this year’s games have taken a back seat to all of the trouble surrounding Rio de Janeiro. Of course, when the medals have been given out, the crowds head home and news outlets move on, it’ll still top many traveler’s bucket lists. That’s because now, sojourners will have even more reasons to visit, since they'll get to see an up-close look at a then former Olympic village.

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What to See & Do in London This Year

May 26, 2016  |   Contributor: Sean Hillen

London offers so many attractions, choosing what to do on a visit can seem challenging. Whether you’re in the mood for a leisurely stroll along its historic neighborhoods, a riveting game of football at the Olympic Stadium or a unique cabaret in Bloomsbury, the city never fails to disappoint. Here are some of its current happenings going on this year that can’t be missed:

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From Once to Brigadoon: 5 European Itineraries Inspired by Musicals

May 18, 2016  |   Contributor: Nicolle Monico

It’s hard not to love visiting Europe, especially since country hopping is extremely easy. For jet-setters who frequent the continent, it's always great to find new ways to enjoy some of your favorite cities. So this year, instead of making the typical stops, consider having a theme for your travels. Many of today's most well-loved musical productions have been based on locations around the continent, making it easy to live out these productions in real life.

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5 Extraordinary Buildings Repurposed as Swanky New Hotels

Feb 9, 2016  |   Contributor: Nicolle Monico

Every year, new hotels pop up across the globe; some are built from the ground up while others utilize the architecture that is already residing in a city. When developers and designers choose the latter, some pretty stunning properties can take shape. Restored from centuries-old structures, these hotels often times feature unique spaces, vaulted ceilings, original moldings, frescoes and even secret nooks. Of the many properties that debuted in 2015, here’s a look at our five favorite hotels that were conceived out of historic buildings.

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Buy Banksy's Famed Spy Booth Mural and Get a House Along With It

Jan 8, 2016  |   Contributor: Mila Pantovich

People will do almost anything to get their hands on an original piece of Banksy artwork, from spending millions at auctions to actually destroying buildings to remove murals. But now that a Victorian home in Cheltenham, England that actually boasts one of his pieces is up for sale, you can bag a Banksy and a property all for just £210,000 (USD $304,836).

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5 Elegant London Hotels Where You Can Get Your Tea On in High Style

Dec 16, 2014  |   Contributor: Sean Hillen  |  4 Comments

The quintessential English experience—traditional afternoon tea in some of London’s most luxurious settings—is a seasonal practice worth getting into. Credit for the long-held custom dates back to the Duchess of Bedford, a lady-in-waiting to Queen Victoria, who ordered tea with delicacies in her boudoir for friends. Since then, it has expanded exponentially with almost every major hotel offering its own version, each striving to outdo the other with innovative variations. 

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Partake in One of London's Oldest Traditions at These 6 Swanky Hotel Tea Lounges

Dec 1, 2015  |   Contributor: Kavita Daswani

Afternoon tea is to Britain what apple pie is to the U.S., an enduring staple of the culture. But that doesn't mean that the tradition of afternoon tea hasn't had to change over the years to accommodate new tastes and shifting requirements. A buttery scone with clotted cream and rose petal jam? Sure, but that scone can now be gluten-free. Egg and watercress finger sandwiches are made even better with organic, vegetarian-fed eggs. And give some of London's top tea specialists a little notice, and they'll come up with a fantastic vegetarian or nut-free spread, if so requested.

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