Category: UK

Alternative guide to Manchester

There’s much more to Manchester than football and the Northern Quarter. This buzzing northern city is famed for its music, nightlife, food scene, architecture, shopping and fascinating history. In the 1800s it was one of the UK’s most important industrial power houses, known globally for its cotton trade. Take a walk around the city and…

By travelyoutopia November 14, 2022 0

Review: Gunton Arms, Norfolk

Set in a magical 1,000-acre deer park near Cromer in Norfolk, The Gunton Arms is a very special place. Owned by art dealer Ivor Braka, with interiors by Robert Kime, ex Mark Hix chef Stuart Tattersall heads up the kitchen at this sublime country pub. After years of decline, the park was bought in 1982 and…

By travelyoutopia October 7, 2022 0

Review: The Rose, Deal

I set off for a solo road trip up the Kent coast, starting in Sandgate, making my way through Folkestone, Deal, Ramsgate, Botany Bay, Broadstairs and Margate.  After a day exploring the delights of the Garden of England, I couldn’t wait to spent the night in Deal, staying at The Rose. This 200 year old…

By travelyoutopia March 17, 2022 0

Postcard from Folkestone

Most people who live in the south of England have probably been to Folkestone. Either to get on a ferry or take the Eurotunnel to France. But how many have ever actually stopped off to explore? And what are the best things to do in Folkestone? There’s been a lot of investment in Folkestone in…

By travelyoutopia March 1, 2022 0

London like a local

Whenever I visit London I usually end up going to the same old places. Drinks in Soho, meet friends in Balham, shop with the kids in the West End, walk along the South Bank, meet a client at Kings Cross. There are so many parts of London I’ve never explored, despite living there for years…

By travelyoutopia January 16, 2022 0

Edinburgh with kids

Before this summer I’d never visited Edinburgh. Shameful, I know. So with foreign travel still too uncertain, August was the perfect time to go. I was all set to go solo but managed to persuade my daughter to come with me on a three day mini break. Thankfully, Scotland’s capital didn’t disappoint. This beautiful city…

By travelyoutopia November 3, 2021 0

Discover Hastings

No petrol, no problem. I hopped on the train from Brighton and took a day trip to Hastings. In just over an hour I was exploring Hastings Old Town and wandering along the very hip Norman Road, St Leonards On Sea. I’ve lived in Brighton for nearly 20 years and as much as I love…

By travelyoutopia October 30, 2021 0

Review: The Birch Hotel, Enfield

I headed to The Birch Hotel, just north of Enfield, to find out more about this new opening that pitches itself as ‘an escape for the explorers’. I wanted to see what all the fuss was about and explore the sprawling grounds and venue that includes, wait for it… a members club, two restaurants, co-working…

By travelyoutopia August 3, 2021 0

48 hours in Cheltenham

Cheltenham is the perfect base to explore The Cotswolds. You’ll need at least 48 hours in the area as there’s so much to see and do. There’s a huge foodie scene in The Cotswolds – choose from cosy pubs, fine dining or laid back restaurants serving up budget street food. The area is also the…

By travelyoutopia April 14, 2021 0

The future of travel

If 2020 taught us anything, it’s that the freedom to travel is precious. With flights across the world grounded, hotel doors shut and most global destinations out of bounds, the way we travel and our right to travel has changed. And that’s set to continue into 2021. I’m a huge advocate of road trips. Since…

By travelyoutopia November 30, 2020 0