The Mount Edgcumbe, Tunbridge Wells, Kent: hotel review

It’s Thursday night at the Mount Edgcumbe – a restaurant and bar, now with rooms – in Tunbridge Wells, and the place is abuzz. This affluent commuter town may have a rather staid reputation but here a sense of character and eccentricity strikes as soon as you walk in the door. For starters, there’s a […]

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A local’s guide to Trieste: 10 top tips

The Italian port city has blossomed from being a frontier post at the edge of the Balkans into vibrant cultural hub – with excellent seafood Trieste’s Barcolana regatta – in pictures Discovering Trieste also means discovering The Carso, a steep limestone plateau that follows the Gulf of Trieste and the Slovenia border, is perfect for […]

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The Tower House, Oxford: hotel review

Oxford holidays British boltholes This altruistic B&B and restaurant funds social projects and oozes warmth and quirky charm, but the food and some of the decor need a rethink  Bedroom at the Tower House, Oxford.Photograph: Bill Brown Students are generally regarded as selfish and self-obsessed – Channel 4’s Fresh Meat made flesh. But in Oxford, […]

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Frankfurt city guide: what to see plus the best bars, restaurants and hotels

As someone who grew up in this city, I’m familiar with what you think you know about it: it’s dull, it’s cold, everybody talks about money, there is no subculture, no real nightlife, and why aren’t you in Berlin already?Let me stop you there. First, we are a good-humoured, friendly bunch, who are interested in […]

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