United Kingdom: Up Close and Personal with Shakespeare in Stratford-upon-Avon

    Stratford-upon-Avon, Warwickshire, in the West Midlands, is William Shakespeare country. The birthplace town of the Bard is a bona fide metonym for the foremost poet and playwright and, indeed, Shakespeare spent most of his life (1564–1616) in Stratford (with, of course, prominent periods in London). Millions of tourists visit Stratford-upon-Avon today to channel and commune […]

    Where to Celebrate Diwali

    Diwali is the venerable “Festival of Lights” for millions of Hindus the world over but the holiday has considerable significance in Jainism, Sikhism and Buddhism as well. Whatever you call it – Diwali, Depali, Deepawali – when the time comes to celebrate in October or November, let the fireworks fly and the ras malai flow. […]

    10 Most Opulent Hotels in the UK

    From Cardiff to Belfast, Edinburgh to London, the most opulent accommodations in the United Kingdom allow visitors to stay in all manner of manors, castles, country estates, golf and spa resorts and urban boutique hotels. Check out ten of our very favourites which, all in all, evince the best of what the UK has to […]

    Best Hotel Pools in London

    If you want to unplug in London and tune out the din of the city for a spell, you have options. One reliable way to destress is to take a dip. With that, check out the ten best hotel pools in The Big Smoke.

    London 2012: Zones and Sites of the Summer Games

    The Summer Olympics will take London by storm in 2012. The English capital, however, is far from the only part of the UK to participate in the Games. With that in mind, check out all the zones, sites and best, most relevant hotels for the 2012 Olympics.

    Weekly Travel Q&A: Best Countryside Spots Close to London

    Can you recommend some choice countryside towns to visit in the vicinity of London with only a weekend to spare? I will be in the capital for work in early September and desperately want to get out of the city for some peace and quiet, if only for a day or two.

    Best UK Superclubs

    The UK – and specifically Manchester, where The Haçienda was a nightlife pillar for fifteen years – is the birthplace of the superclub. From London to Belfast, Birmingham to Liverpool, the land of Paul Oakenfold, John Digweed and Robert “Fergie” Ferguson is rife with cathedrals of dnb, house, trance, garage and every other genre of […]

    Wimbledon 2011 Primer

    The best tennis players in the world will converge on London at the end of June for The Championships, a.k.a. Wimbledon. Monday, June 20, to be precise, is the first day of the Grand Slam tournament and, as per the usual All England public ballot procedure, tickets will be more difficult to wrangle than a […]