This is the Lake District’s ultimate pub crawl

This is the Lake District’s ultimate pub crawl

A light drizzle sets in as we tramp across Loughrigg Fell. To the south, Windermere appears dark and moody, grey cloud hanging over the southern Lake District on this early autumn morning. It’s 10.30am and I really want a pint. Pre-noon drinking…

10 of the best things to do in the Lake District

10 of the best things to do in the Lake District

Last year Unesco awarded the Lake District World Heritage status, while those of us in the know rolled our eyes that everyone else had finally caught on. Centred on the main Cumbrian towns of Keswick, Windermere, Ambleside and Bowness-on-Windermere, the Lake District…

This year’s cultural hub is a city that might surprise you

This year’s cultural hub is a city that might surprise you

Southampton is probably the biggest British city you’ve never been to. The home of Craig David and the Spitfire is trying to change that as it embarks on an ambitious plan to modernise – with new buildings, shops, hotels, waterfront access and…

This hotel is offering a £3,000 finishing school for young people

This hotel is offering a £3,000 finishing school for young people

At £2,985 for a two-day programme, it’s quite clear Debrett’s finishing school isn’t for your average punter. Founded in 1769, Debrett’s is an authority on upper class etiquette, publishing handbooks such as the Guide for the Modern Gentleman and the A-Z of Modern…

Inside Cocoa Mountain, the UK’s most unusual chocolatier

Inside Cocoa Mountain, the UK’s most unusual chocolatier

One of the joys of travel is encountering the unexpected; drinking red wine with a Transylvanian count who loves bats, say, or realising you’re swimming next to the president of Kazakhstan. I wasn’t expecting this kind of experience along the north coast…

Why Haut Marais is Paris’s coolest designer district

Why Haut Marais is Paris’s coolest designer district

Nestled between the historic Marais and recently revamped Place de la République, a new enclave – aptly coined the Haut Marais – has taken on a life of its own.  Having lived in the third arrondissement for almost a decade, I’ve witnessed the evolution of this formerly…

Why Newquay is the best place for a dog friendly holiday

Why Newquay is the best place for a dog friendly holiday

Getting a dog entails a series of small sacrifices. Since my boyfriend and I adopted Dorrit (our now nine-month-old whippet-cross pup) last December, lie-ins have been curtailed by this canine alarm clock. Her chew list includes shoes, books, bras and skirting board. Half-gnawed…