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  • The world’s quirkiest food festivals

    The world’s quirkiest food festivals

    December 22nd, 2017Lucy Cowie
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    Tomato-drenched crowds wading through a lake of passata at Valencia’s La Tomatina festival might be a familiar image, but such passionate and eccentric celebrations of food are far from unique. Across the globe, there’s a smorgasbord of wonderfully bizarre festivals dedicated to edible delicacies, ranging from the conventional to the questionable (ostrich testicles, anyone?). As Mexican radish... Read more »

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  • 5 reasons why you should give Kent a chance

    5 reasons why you should give Kent a chance

    September 21st, 2017Lucy Richards
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    Affectionately known by Brits as the Garden of England, Kent is famed for its leafy surroundings and home-grown produce. But thanks to its bounty of award-winning booze, cutting-edge art and spine-tingling scenery, this county is even more fruitful than its monicker implies. And now is the perfect time to visit – here are five reasons why.... Read more »

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  • 8 things you didn’t know you could do in London

    8 things you didn’t know you could do in London

    September 12th, 2017Greg Dickinson
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    You’ve stood at the railings of Buckingham Palace, squinting to see if you can glimpse an elderly woman through the windows. You’ve taken a selfie with a Beefeater at the Tower of London. Heck, you probably found yourself embroiled in a staring contest with a human statue in Covent Garden. London is built for tourists... Read more »

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  • Video: there’s a treehouse on a crane you can sleep in

    Video: there’s a treehouse on a crane you can sleep in

    July 17th, 2017Olivia Rawes
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    Dynamic, vibrant Bristol is rapidly becoming one of the most exciting cities to visit in the UK. And staying in a treehouse suspended from a crane is the ideal way to tap into the spirit of this forward-thinking, creative powerhouse. Crane 29, a pop-up by Canopy & Stars, is located in Bristol’s old wharf. Boasting... Read more »

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  • Why Bristol is the coolest city in Britain

    Why Bristol is the coolest city in Britain

    July 13th, 2017Greg Dickinson
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    Earlier this year a deafening “clink” of cider glasses reverberated around Bristol when the city was voted as Rough Guides’ Top UK City of 2017, shrugging off London, Oxford and Edinburgh for the top spot in the list. It wasn’t a hard decision. The city’s first-rate nightlife, thriving creative and tech industries and proximity to the... Read more »

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  • The 10 best summer festivals for escapism in 2017

    The 10 best summer festivals for escapism in 2017

    June 7th, 2017David Hillier
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    Festivals are a different beast in 2017. They used to be associated with drinking warm cider while watching crusty bands in your naffest clothes; now the best events are kaleidoscopic extravaganzas designed to tease out the hidden, spectacular you that doesn’t get aired in the office. From Morocco to Norway, we pick 10 summer festivals... Read more »

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  • Alternative London: off the tourist trail

    Alternative London: off the tourist trail

    February 20th, 2017Neil McQuillian
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    In 2015, some 31.5 million people visited London. That was a record year, yet early indications are that 2016 beat even those figures. The capital has the three most popular free visitor attractions in the UK (British Museum; National Gallery; Natural History Museum). It also lays claim to the top three paid-for sites (Tower of... Read more »

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  • 8 alternative UK winter breaks

    8 alternative UK winter breaks

    November 7th, 2016Greg Dickinson
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    The UK gets pretty grim during the winter, with its dark, early nights and splutteringly cold weather. But if you can’t wait until spring to start having fun again, there’s still hope. Rough Guides editor Greg Dickinson has compiled eight ideas for alternative UK breaks during the winter months, from a singing retreat in Northumberland to... Read more »

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  • Along the Thames: a step-by-step London itinerary

    Along the Thames: a step-by-step London itinerary

    August 31st, 2016Rough Guides Editors
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    London grew up around the Thames, and a stroll (or a boat ride) along its banks is one of the city’s real treats. This step-by-step itinerary, adapted from our brand new edition of The Pocket Rough Guide to London, takes in some of the river’s best sights. Pick a sunny day, sling a camera around your neck... Read more »

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  • You can now play cult 90s gameshow The Crystal Maze for real in London

    You can now play cult 90s gameshow The Crystal Maze for real in London

    August 22nd, 2016Greg Dickinson
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    That’s right. Those days of buying a nylon jumpsuit and turning your house into a makeshift obstacle course are over. Thanks to a crowd-funded project set up by three visionary twenty-somethings, you can now play the cult nineties gameshow The Crystal Maze for real in London. We sent Rough Guides editor Greg Dickinson along to... Read more »

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  • 8 great alternative UK city breaks

    8 great alternative UK city breaks

    August 15th, 2016Greg Dickinson
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    London, Edinburgh, Cardiff… These are the usual suspects when visitors are thinking about UK city breaks. But there are actually 66 other cities to be explored throughout this land, each with something different to offer. Here’s our pick of the 8 best alternative UK city breaks. 1. Belfast, Northern Ireland Belfast rarely makes the cut on... Read more »

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  • Bournemouth: more than just sun, sea and sand

    Bournemouth: more than just sun, sea and sand

    June 22nd, 2016Lottie Gross
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    Bournemouth’s main draw has always been its long, wide and immaculate yellow sandy beaches. It was once the playground of rich Victorians – Charles Rolls (as in Rolls-Royce) and Edward VII both enjoyed its shores – and has been extremely popular ever since it was founded as a purpose-built resort in the early 1800s. But... Read more »

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