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  • A bar in London wants you to get tipsy by inhaling a cloud of gin

    A bar in London wants you to get tipsy by inhaling a cloud of gin

    September 2nd, 2015Greg Dickinson
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    Drinking alcohol is so passé. In 2015 London, it’s all about inhaling vapourised booze through your lungs and eyeballs. Set in the basement of an ancient monastery near Borough Market, Alcoholic Architecture is the latest installation from Willy Wonka-esque design firm Bompas and Parr, who have previously made an entire steamship out of jelly and... Read more »

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  • 16 pictures that capture the freedom of the Lake District

    16 pictures that capture the freedom of the Lake District

    August 25th, 2015Jon Sparks
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    Professional photographer Jon Sparks takes us on a visual tour of his homeland with these gorgeous pictures of the Lake District.  They reckon more words have been written about the Lake District than any other area of comparable size on Earth – except perhaps a few of the great cities. Artists and photographers have flocked... Read more »

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  • 8 unknown islands you need to discover in the British Isles

    8 unknown islands you need to discover in the British Isles

    August 6th, 2015Helen Ochyra
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    Everybody knows the Isle of Man, Guernsey, Skye. But what about the other 6000-odd British Isles? Yes, we did say 6000. From the chunky Shetland Islands in Scotland’s far north to the sunny Isles of Scilly slung out from the coast of Cornwall, the British Isles are made up of islands of all shapes and... Read more »

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  • 5 things you didn’t know you could do in Yorkshire

    5 things you didn’t know you could do in Yorkshire

    August 4th, 2015Jos Simon
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    Yorkshire, it has been said, is “a country in a county”. The very name brings countless images to mind – wild moors, headlands and cliffs; rugged dales and enormous beaches; medieval cities, churches and monasteries; formal estates and vast steelworks; coal mines and woollen mills. This diversity is part of the county’s appeal – its... Read more »

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  • 8 things you didn’t know you could do in the UK

    8 things you didn’t know you could do in the UK

    July 31st, 2015Rough Guides Editors
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    So you’ve gawked at the guards of Buckingham Palace, hiked up Snowdon and hit the beach – what next? From lethal motorcycle races to mountain towns that look like something out of Tolkien’s Lord of the Rings, here are 8 unconventional things to do in the UK. 1. Horse about at Scotland’s Common Ridings The Common Ridings of the Scottish border towns of Hawick, Selkirk,... Read more »

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  • 20 unforgettable places to stay in Great Britain

    20 unforgettable places to stay in Great Britain

    July 8th, 2015Rough Guides Editors
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    If you didn’t know that the “Great” in Great Britain was strictly a geographical term (it refers to the largest island – containing England, Scotland and Wales – of the British Isles), you’d be tempted to give Britain the accolade anyway. From dynamic London to misty Scottish mountains, there’s enough to see and do here to... Read more »

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  • Passport to write: the runners-up!

    Passport to write: the runners-up!

    July 3rd, 2015Rough Guides Editors
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    After weeks of deliberation, we’re thrilled to announce the results of the Rough Guides and Journeys are made @gapyear.com writing competition. The winning piece can be read here, but we’ve also picked two fantastic runners-up.  Kyle Cunningham chose the theme “my greatest adventure”, writing about several days of searching for the rare silky sifaka in the lemur-filled jungles... Read more »

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  • 15 amazing pictures of London

    15 amazing pictures of London

    June 22nd, 2015Nick Jackson
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    Professional landscape & wildlife photographer Nick Jackson shares some of his favourite pictures of London.  “I’ve lived in London for 15 years now, never intending to stay for anywhere near that long. This seems to be a common mindset amongst Londoners and particularly photographers, because every time it feels right for a change, the city itself changes... Read more »

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  • Quiz: can you name these famous UK landmarks?

    Quiz: can you name these famous UK landmarks?

    June 19th, 2015Tom Beetham
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    How well do you know the UK? Do you know your castles from your stately homes and your abbeys from your cathedrals? Take this test to find out. Can you name these ten famous UK landmarks? Compare flights, book hostels and hotels for your trip, and don’t forget to purchase travel insurance before you go. 

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  • 21 things everyone should know before visiting Britain

    21 things everyone should know before visiting Britain

    June 12th, 2015Eleanor Aldridge
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    Brits can be a funny lot. The country might be small, but you could spend a lifetime learning its quirks and idiosyncrasies. Regional pronunciation, strange road rules and its renowned drinking culture can all prove hazardous to the first-time visitor. Here’s our guide to surviving in Blighty. 1. There are three nations in Britain First... Read more »

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  • Somerset: a British road trip to rival the world’s great highways

    Somerset: a British road trip to rival the world’s great highways

    June 11th, 2015Keith Drew
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    Keith Drew sees Britain’s Somerset in a different light from behind the wheel of a six-man motorhome. Cotton-budded wisps of mist hung lazily above the water, the early morning sunlight glinting off the pools. Freshly brewed tea in hand, we settled down in chairs outside our motorhome to survey the reedbeds in front of us,... Read more »

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  • The most beautiful places in England

    The most beautiful places in England

    May 14th, 2015Rough Guides Editors
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