Family travel with flair

The luxury hotels that love bees

Honey makes the world go round. It’s not the usual way that phrase goes, but it was certainly the motto at The Joy of Bees, an immersive art installation that took place this month in Soho with the brilliant guys at Bompas & Parr along with Relais & Chateaux. At the event, you could drift from one room filled with a honeybee garden to another with a beekeeper from Bermondsey Street Bees talking about the...

What Americans coming to the UK need to know

My brother and his family are arriving from Texas, which has got me thinking about all the helpful advice I like to dole out to Americans who visit — tips that go beyond “don’t do the Dick Van Dyke accent from Mary Poppins”. I also enlisted a couple of knowlegable and qualified friends on their sage advice drawing. Here are the things every Yank should know before visiting the UK. And oh...

11 British gifts to give Americans

A couple of years ago I wrote a post about the 8 British gifts to get Americans (that I would never give to a Brit). Whoa! People went crazy for this post. It was the Strictly Come Dancing, the hit record of posts. Styles and tastes move on, so this year I’ve updated my (modestly) blockbuster post. These days so many gifts are the same no matter where you are. Living in London, that means I’m exposed to...

Review: Self-catering in New Forest, Hampshire

If like me you’ve never been to the New Forest, I recommend cycling 6 miles across the middle of it, in glorious English summer. You pass low scrubby land, dark dappled forest cover, spindly bare trees with dark arms upstretched. On our cycle ride from Burley to Brockenhurst, we passed all these, as well as a fete featuring a fire engine, honeybee stall and women making raffia-and-flower coronets. And of...

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