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Try out London’s celebrity chef restaurants

London has the most concentrated number of celebrity chef owned restaurants in the UK. Restaurants such as Ramsay’s, Heston Blumenthal’s Fat Duck and Marco Pierre White’s L’Escargot attract visitors from all over the country and even globally who want to sample the delights they’ve seen on the television.

Choosing a restaurant to splurge on can be a very difficult process. Firstly you will want to consider your company, the waiting list for tables (for many celebrity restaurants you may have to book weeks or maybe months in advance), as well as your budget. Choosing a taster course may be the best option, as it gives you the opportunity to sample things you may never have experienced before. Heston Blumenthal’s taster menu is famous for his unusual methods and interesting ingredients as well as his interesting presentation. Use of liquid nitrogen in his kitchen production line as well as presenting dishes with I-pod headphones attached has sparked the interests of many curious guests. Ramsay’s on the other hand is renowned for attentive staff, beautiful presentation and use of the finest ingredients.

Now obviously not every budget is suited to this expensive fanfare, and you don’t have to get guidebook rated for some top-notch grub. For something cheaper the availability of cuisine from all over the world is seemingly endless. If your trip to London isn’t so foodie oriented and you’re desperate to get around every art gallery in town, there are of course many places you can pick up food on the go, pop into the smaller kebab and burger outlets, hot dog stands and panini bars as well as the nation’s favourite fish & chips!

After a several course meal, accompanied by several glasses of wine, you’re going to be feeling a little woozy, so booking a place to stay after an evening of indulgence will be the wisest and most convenient option. In London, the choice of places to stay is very extensive. There is the luxurious and expensive, as well as the cheap and basic, but searching for a bed for the night needn’t be difficult! For luxury overnight stays in the centre, you could be paying a lot. There are many famous hotels in London, most notably The Ritz, which has featured in many films and is famous for an exquisite experience in dining and hospitality. Rooms here start at just over 300 pounds per night, which would not suit most budgets, but if you truly want to splurge, this is a Great British experience to be had! At the other end of the spectrum, cheap hostel stays start at just over ten pounds per night but if you want a private suite you could be paying triple this. For central locations, you can pay between 100GBP and 200GBP per night. Try the popular Bayswater at Hyde Park, which has been recommended for its comfortable 4* bedrooms, free wifi and its own superb cocktail bar!

Northern city lights in Newcastle upon Tyne

Newcastle upon Tyne is the sixteenth most populous city in the UK. Newcastle has a rich heritage, fusing old with new, foreign and domestic, offering visitors all they could ask for. The city is usually full of visitors from the around the UK who come to enjoy the great atmosphere and the famous friendly charm of the locals.

Popular things to see and do: Like many cities throughout Europe, Newcastle has a number of small medieval streets which can be very difficult to navigate in a car, for this reason, it is best to explore the city on foot, and explore you must! The architecture is incredibly eclectic ranging from said medieval structure to the famous Tyneside Classical style developed in large part by John Dobson and Richard Grainger in the mid nineteenth century. Don’t forget to stop in on one of the city’s many museums like Discovery Museum, or the Great North Museum.

Culture, Music and Events: Newcastle has a wonderful tradition of theatre, rivalling that of London’s West End. The Theatre Royal is known for hosting the Royal Shakespeare Company and various touring musicals, just to name a few.

Eating out:Tourists are encouraged to explore eateries to discover their own favourite, but of course the section could not be complete without one or two honourable mentions. Blackfriars is quite popular for being the oldest dining room in the country, and it does offer delicious, high quality meals made from local ingredients, they even grow some of their own produce! Sachins is a lovely Indian Restaurant, famous for Punjabi curries.

Nightlife: If you should choose not to see a show after dinner and the local pubs aren’t quite enough, you can try club Digital, and see if their dance scene can’t grab you. Though, the city really does have something to offer everyone.

Where to Stay: Upscale names include Hilton Newcastle Gateshead, Seaham Hall and if you really want to be pampered, The Serenity Spa has all your heart could desire in a luxury hotel. Another alternative on the moderate to upscale range is Maften Hall, which is actually a grand manor-style home turned hotel. If you’re looking for something a little simpler, try Staybridge Suites, especially for an extended stay, or hostels like Euro Hostel, if you are travelling with a large group of friends.

City guide to Bristol

For anyone who’s had the chance to visit, they will know what a charming little city Bristol is. With a population of just under 500.000, Bristol is big enough to have a great city vibe, but also retains much of its original style and atmosphere, giving it a very warm and cosy feel. In this first section of our guide to Bristol, we will be focusing on things to do and see and where to eat out.

Popular things to see and do: Bristol has many attractions to keep you entertained, and whether you are visiting on your own, with a group of friends, or for a weekend with the family, you will find something that will keep everyone happy.  The Bristol Aquarium is one for the whole family, and will provide an adventure-filled day with many exciting things to see.  Visit one of the most beautiful spots in the UK – Cheddar Caves and Gorge, whether you visit alone or in a group, this place is a must see – just don’t forget your camera!

 Culture, music and events: The Tobacco Factory is a popular spot in Bristol among locals and visitors alike – a café and theatre, which is holds performances from touring groups, and also holds in-house performances. The Tobacco Factory is great for the whole family and has a wide variety of events for children.  As part of the University of Bristol’s music department, the Victoria Rooms puts on a range of classical music performances throughout the year, and is greatly loved by everyone who visits.

Eating out: Take advantage of some of the amazing pre-theatre dining specials when in Bristol, and get real luxury at fabulous prices. The Palm Court Restaurant at the Marriot Hotel offers an excellent offer of 3 courses at just 20.50 GBP per person – get there nice and early and enjoy a glass of fine wine before heading off to the theatre.  For a Sunday lunch with a difference, head to The Spot Restaurant – a modern grill restaurant where fresh, quality produce is priority. This is a very popular, family friendly restaurant with a great atmosphere and great prices.

Out and about in Leeds

Located in West Yorkshire, Leeds is a mid-sized city, and is a popular place for students, business people and tourists. The city is very multi-cultural and has a vibrant and welcoming atmosphere.

Popular things to see and do: The Leeds Art Gallery is a great place to visit and display’s some of the finest pieces of art from around the world. For a fun-filled day out for the whole family, a visit to Temple Newsam – this estate was once owned by Henry VIII and is the largest rare breed farm in Europe – located just 4 miles outside of Leeds it’s a perfect way to keep the kids entertained.

Culture, music and events: Outside of London, Leeds is the only city in the UK to have its own Ballet and Opera companies. The city is also home to the largest musical festival in the North of the country and certainly doesn’t come up short when it comes to cultural entertainment. If visiting Leeds during the summer, you should take time to attend the West Indian Carnival, an amazing bright, fun and carnival and parade that takes to the streets of Leeds and is the longest running carnival in Europe. Or enjoy an evening at one of the many theatres in the city.

Eating out: Thanks to the various nationalities living here, eating out in Leeds is far from boring. If you have been to the Leeds Art Gallery, then stop at the Tiled Café next door for a bite to eat – this place is very famous with the locals and is a place you won’t forget it. Given its name, because of the beautiful mosaic tiles all over. The Tiled Café serves a traditional and delicious menu at great prices and boasts an atmosphere and décor you won’t find anywhere else.  To sample some fine English fish & chips, then head to the Midnight Bell – a popular pub serving the best of British pub food. And don’t forget to wash your meal down with a pint of Leeds’ finest.

Nightlife: To get your groove on and party all night long, then should be heading to Call Lane – a party hotspot filled with bars and clubs for every taste. Or for a more chilled out approach, then Oracle may be more your thing – the place to be for the very sophisticated who can enjoy a nice glass of bubbly on the Moet Terrace overlooking the river.

Where to stay: No matter where you stay in Leeds, you will always receive a warm welcome and excellent service. For a more luxury orientated stay, then the Queens Hotel is a great choice – a 4 star hotel within good distance to the centre. High quality rooms come complete with everything you need for a perfect stay and to make the most of your trip. If you’re visiting on business or simply need a comfortable room for the night, then the Holiday Inn Express offers great quality rooms at very affordable prices, breakfast is usually included in the price and is a perfect starting point for enjoying the city.

Shopping: Shopping in Leeds is in a league of its own – from designers like Burberry, Louis Vuitton, and many more, Leeds has over 1000 shops to choose from, including all your high street favourites and many unique vintage and independent boutiques.

Manchester: tips for the perfect weekend away

Over the next few days we will be doing a special focus on how to have a weekend away in Manchester. In this comprehensive guide you will get great tips on all the best places to eat, drink, visit and see.

Manchester is an excellent city to visit. Young and vibrant, the old mixes with the new, as an historic centre for industry mixes with today’s modern shopping malls, offices and architecture. The city centre’s atmosphere has a constant buzz of youth it, and there is always so much going on. On the main shopping street you can experience all the high street brands. You will walk past street buskers, hot dog stands and many interesting passing faces.

During the day you can go shopping, visit one of Manchester’s many museums and art galleries, or simply relax and enjoy a coffee and cake as you watch the busy city go by. By night, the city just glows with life as the many bars and clubs tempt you in, offering trendy cocktails and tasty bar snacks, lots of live music, DJs, dancing and parties. Here, the bright lights of the stage light up some some of the best of theatre and dance performances the UK has to offer. Manchester is truly a great place for short weekend breaks, which is why I have constructed this comprehensive guide to having the perfect getaway here!

Popular activities & Sightseeing: Manchester has many exciting things to do, with interactive museums such as The Museum of Science and Industry in the city centre and Quarry Bank Mill, a historical factory and 19th century industry museum, which is a little further out of the city centre in the beautiful surrounding countryside, you will never be bored! For a truly fascinating and moving experience, head to The Imperial War Museum which is entirely funded by donations and tells the story of global conflict.

Dining: With something to suit every taste, there is no shortage of fine dining in Manchester. For a multi-award winning Punjabi style curry head to: East Z East Riverside. For steak and seafood, head to The Grill on the Alley and experience a great atmosphere and excellent service. At The Northern Quarter, you can experience the best of the regional produce that the North West has to offer. Sam’s Chop House is another Manchester favourite. Here you can sample traditional Corned-beef hash cake, followed by an Eccles’ cake with ice cream.

Join us here again tomorrow to read about going out, shopping and music, culture and events in Manchester.
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