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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The Boot Inn, Repton, Derbyshire: hotel review

A remarkable beer find: The Boot at Repton. South Derbyshire may not have the Peak District, its literary associations and country houses, but in one area of history it thoroughly beats north Derbyshire – beer.Think hoppy beers were invented in Hackney in 2008? Think again. In the 1800s, the south Derbyshire and Staffordshire borderlands, and […]

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A local’s guide to Dundee: top 10 tips

On the waterfront Dundee and the River Tay come as a pair. From William McGonagall’s poetry paying tribute to “the silvery Tay”, recounting the rail bridge disaster of 1879, to the current waterfront transformation, the river is the lifeblood of the town. The best way to see the city from the Tay estuary is to […]

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