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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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Bailiffscourt Hotel & Spa: A Storied Retreat in the English Countryside

Sep 28, 2015  |   Contributor: Elisabeth Rushton

Bailiffscourt Hotel & Spa is one of the most charming hotels on the south coast of England. Composed of seven medieval-style buildings with 39 rooms (an underground tunnel connects the two largest), the hotel is set in 30 acres of parkland tucked away on one side of the tiny village of Climping, West Sussex.

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The Wonders of Wales from Castles to Seaside Towns & Wickedly Welsh Chocolates

Jul 14, 2015  |   Contributor: Cynthia Dial

What do Catherine Zeta Jones, castles and zip lining have in common? If you answered Wales, you’re right. It is the birthplace of the actress, the country with more castles per square mile than anywhere on earth and home to Europe’s longest, highest and fastest zip wire. It is also the destination of my most recent travels.    

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The May Fair's 80 Year History is Filled With Royalty, Celebs & Decadent Parties

Feb 3, 2015  |   Contributor: Sean Hillen

It’s hard to find a more fashionable area of London than Mayfair, which is probably why The May Fair itself has been such a popular hotel ever since King George V and Queen Mary opened it with much royal fanfare in 1927. Since then, the 400-room, 12-suite property has undergone many changes and owners and is now part of the Edwardian Group London founded by Jasminder Singh. 

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Baglioni Hotel London Brings a Little Bit of Italy to England's Capital City

Jan 27, 2015  |   Contributor: Sean Hillen

The impromptu master class in mixology, courtesy of award-winning mixologist Salvatore Maggio, proved to be one of the highlights of my stay at the glamorous and quintessentially-Italian Baglioni Hotel London opposite Kensington Palace and Gardens. Located near the Royal Albert Hall, this five-star property celebrates La Dolce Vita with black and white photographs honoring the stars of art, cinema and fashion such as Sophia Loren adorning a panel in the lobby, as well as on bedroom walls.

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Indigo Hotel Glasgow: A Landmark Building Transformed Into a Modern Gem

Nov 26, 2014  |   Contributor: Sean Hillen

Fashioned out of a landmark 19th century building, Indigo Hotel is a boutique luxury property conveniently positioned in the heart of Glasgow, a five-minute walk from central train station. Once housing the city’s first electric power station built in 1892, architects and interior designers at Ica deserve strong praise for their conversion efforts, which have created a nine-story contemporary hotel while preserving the listed building’s 1920’s plasterwork and ceramics.

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Have Yourself a Merry Little London Christmas at These 6 Hotels

Nov 7, 2014  |   Contributor: Vicki Arkoff

Ever since Charles Dickens immortalized London as the 1840’s setting of the classic A Christmas Carol, ye olde English capital has been the world’s most ideal place to celebrate a traditional Yuletide. Just being in London’s city center in the wintertime elicits nostalgic excitement thanks to the cheerful buzz on the streets, in the shops, the restaurants, at the special holiday productions and with the warm holiday hospitality of hoteliers who delight in creating special feasts, experiences and memories for guests.

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3 Picturesque Countryside-Retreats Worth the Drive to the English Lake District

Sep 4, 2014  |   Contributor: Sean Hillen  |  1 Comment

A hallmark of English countryside vacations, the Lake District in Cumbria offers a patchwork quilt of mountain peaks, open fells, lakes and sparkling rivers perfect for autumn travel. The area has also inspired writers as diverse as Beatrix Potter and William Wordsworth to write about its landscapes.

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Ireland's Ashford Castle Recreates Prince of Wales' 1905 Hunting Party

Dec 27, 2013  |   Contributor: Jared Paul Stern

The prestigious Ashford Castle in County Mayo, Ireland, one of the United Kingdom’s most impressive historic estates, recently celebrated its 75th anniversary as a luxury hotel. It did so by recreating a famed hunting party held for the Prince of Wales on the castle’s grounds in 1905. Now a five-star member of the Leading Hotels of the World, the castle was first built on the estate in 1228 by the Anglo-Norman family, House of Burke. It has been rebuilt several times over the decades and ultimately becoming a world-class hotel in 1939.

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What Would You Do With A Million Dollars?

Oct 11, 2013  |   Contributor: Marissa Stempien

What would you do with a million dollars? I cannot tell you how many times that question was posed to me as a child, perhaps as a way to spark my imagination or to make sure that I would grow up into a financial savvy adult.... Read More

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