One of the things I like in London is the variety of restaurants with so many different kinds of cuisine and flavours. London has everything for everyone's taste. From fish and chips to the most sophisticated dishes. Exotic and ethnic cuisines are to be found in most areas of London. But also traditional English food in many pubs and restaurants like Maggie Jones's in 6 Old Court Place near Kensington High Street .
Pretty basic restaurant with the most fabulous authentic curries and biryanies. When I am homesick for my mum's cooking this is where I go and where loads of other Indians and Pakistanis go. Much better than any restaurant in Southall, cheaper and the staff are lovely.
Lahore Spice, 272 Kingsbury Road, Kingsbury, London NW9 0BT, 020 8204 2040 (Jubilee line)
Sitting in the heart of Eastbourne, this is a real treat to come across. Wide range of really good traditional tapas dishes and some of the finest Spanish wine I have found in this country. The restaurant is relaxed and friendly, decorated in a rustic fashion with wooden flooring and of course, red and yellow colour scheme. There is a dish for everyone on the comprehensive menu.
Perhaps the main attraction of Margate, the Dreamland, is closed but there are more things to see and do with the family on a weekend, like the building of Margate Harbour, the Shell Grotto, the Margate Caves.
Finally for fish and chips try the Marine Sands Cafe.
The most incredible non-haute-cuisine French food I have eaten outside of France. Excellent wine list, puddings to die for, great service - friendly without being servile - hits all the right buttons with just the right flourish.
Informal atmosphere, yet understatedly stylish and elegant. Loved it so much we chose it as the venue for our wedding reception meal. We couldn't have wished for a better organised and efficient team to take away every stress - I cannot recommend this place more highly.
42 North Audley Street, London. W1K 6ZR
Telephone 020 7491 9988
Facsimile 020 7491 7717
We stayed at Jesmonds for three nights, Thursday to Saturday, and ate there two of the three nights - it would have been three if it hadn't been for the rugby!
The room was very comfortable, good value and breakfast was exceptional....quality ingredients the key as always. However, the restaurant for dinner was the best bit and I'm sure lunch is just as good.
The service from both the management and the young staff was spot-on - accurate, with a smile and an attitude that suggests they really do care that you enjoy your evening. Nothing was too much trouble. The food is excellent, and tremendous value. The wine list is extensive, perhaps they could do with a few more wines at the top-end, but we found some excellent wines in the £20-£25 range which fitted the bill perfectly.
You will struggle to find a better overall restaurant experience anywhere in this price-range. If you are looking for somewhere for dinner a deux, or in a larger group to celebrate a birthday I would not hesitate to recommend the place to anyone.
Wizards Thatch luxury suite in Alderley Edge is perfect for a romantic break. The bedroom is breathtaking with its magnificent four-poster bed draped in gold tapestries and the bed is probably the most comfortable we have ever slept in. We will never forget sipping our champagne by the pond illuminated by the flickering lights of the candleabra. Magical. Can't wait to return.
A real gem of a bar, with a worn in, non-pretentious atmosphere, a wide range of continental beers and a great gastro restaurant attached.
Better still, they have a lovely little beer garden (more yard than garden) at the back. A great little place a little further afield from where the hordes hang out in Islington.
The Alma, 59 Newington Green Road, London, N1 4QU Tel: 02077047601 URL: www.welovelocal.com/en/london/islington/canonbury/pubs/the-alma-n14qu.html
Nearest Station: Highbury and Islington
This small pub was build in 1720. Right on the riverfront of the Thames. Excellent views of the river - good food and beer.
76 Narrow Street Limehouse E14 8BP
The annual event takes places in Appleby over the second weekend of June. It is an opportunity for travellers all over the world to gather and exchange news.
In the fields you can see people with their beautiful vardos engaged in old crafts - horse shoeing, embroidery, wooden peg making and have your fortune told. In the evening watch the horse and buddy races and throughout the day you can watch the washing of the horses followed by the horse parade. Go to church and witness a travellers wedding or baptism.
Great to be surrounded by beautiful countryside with a community long forgotten by mainstream society.
When in London, a visit to Greenwich is a must. See the Observatory and take a walk at Greenwich Park, and visit the National Maritime Museum that has free admission daily 10.00 am to 17.00 pm.
Farfield Mill is a fantastic converted textile mill with 15 artist studios, arts and contemporary crafts for sale, a great tea room and some history of the area. There are two looms weaving rugs too.
The art and craft work for sale is really high quality and beautiful, and you have the opportunity to meet some of the the people who made them.
leave M6 at junction 37 and follow the signs for Sedbergh.
Nearest train ststions: Oxenholme, Garsdale, Kirkby Stephen or Dent.
A stunning location overlooking the loch. The hostel is recently refurbished to full 'green' standards with both wind and solar power and recycling. Well located for exploring the hills around Rannoch Moor - the best way to arrive is by train to Corrour Station and then walk the 1km to the hostel.
A must for scenic beauty in a remote location.
Loch Ossian YH, Corrour, Fort William, Inverness-shire.
0870 004 1139
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