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Day & Night

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England’s cafes and stores have enough to satisfy any shopaholic.

The Lanes Brighton

The lanes are known for their great atmosphere, with buskers filling the streets with jazz music. Stop by the artistic chocolatier Choccywoccydoodah and pick up one of its famous cakes.

A day in the Northern Quarter, Manchester

8.00am: Tee off at the Teacup Kitchen, a chilled-out paradise for tea-lovers, owned by Mancunian music producer, Mr Scruff.

10.30am: Next, take a stroll to Retro Rehab a cool boutique with a collection of vintage clothes, bags and accessories, inspired by the 60s.

12.30pm: Check out the Manchester Craft & Design Centre, where you can buy handmade works of art straight from the creators.

2.00pm: One of the coolest shops is the Richard Goodall Gallery. Be careful – it’s easy to lose hours browsing the limited edition prints and posters.

4.00pm: Relax after a hard day’s shopping at Bonbon, a chocolatier that specializes in luxurious chocolate, coffee and cakes.

Norwich Lanes

This area is more than just a collection of trendy bars and shops. It’s home to some stunning medieval architecture. Check out St Gregory’s Antiques & Collectables, a treasure trove of vintage goods, housed in a 14th Century medieval church.

Columbia Road Flower Market, London

Hundreds of flowers transform London’s Columbia Road every Sunday. You’ll also find 60 independent shops, including galleries, and vintage clothes stores.

 

Let’s get crafty

Here are some of england’s coolest bars, for a night you’ll never forget.

THE FITZGERALD, MANCHESTER

Prohibition is a common theme for cocktail bars but not everyone does the 20s with as much style as this hip Mancunian joint. Its cocktail menu features twists on the classics – The Fairy Tale of New York is a blend of a Manhattan and an Old Fashioned, for example – with every bell and whistle, including candy floss and botanical-infused vapours. Open till the wee hours from Wednesdays to Saturdays, its music tends towards soul and jazz. A second site also opened in Heaton Moor at the end of 2016.

The Fitzgerald

THE MILK THISTLE, BRISTOL

Opened in 2011 by Jason Mead and Nathan Lee, the self-styled cocktail kings of Bristol, this Speakeasy style bar is a candidate for the finest bar in the South West. It’s hard to find (you’ll need to ring the bell next to the White Lion pub to gain access), but its four quirky Victoriana-themed floors and delicious drinks make it worth seeking out. Don’t be overwhelmed if you don’t know your Bruichladdich from your Yellow Chartreuse. The Milk Thistle Daisy with Tanqueray Export gin, lemon juice, spiced pear syrup and Champagne is a good place to start.

The Milk Thistle

PLEASED TO MEET YOU, NEWCASTLE

Those who agree with this bar’s slogan, “Gin is the King”, will love its cocktail list, which features dozens of bespoke gin and tonic combos, alongside many craft takes on Mother’s Ruin. Its East-by-North-East, featuring Tanqueray with mead and ginger, was voted best cocktail at the Great British Pub Awards last year (where the bar was shortlisted for Best Spirits Bar), while the Mary Phillips, named after Humphrey Bogart’s second wife, is a typically fruity concoction, made with apricot brandy and Edinburgh Raspberry Gin.

Pleased To Meet You

LADIES AND GENTLEMEN, LONDON

Few other bars quite capture the innovative spirit of the craft-cocktail movement while keeping the intimate vibe of a favourite neighbourhood bar. Housed in former public convenience in Kentish Town (hence the wink-wink name), its “locally sourced” mantra covers everything from seasonal fruits, foraged from Hampstead Heath, to Highwayman’s gin, made at the on-site distillery.

Ladies and Gentlemen

The MIXOLOGIST

Ryan Chetiyawardana is better known as Mr Lyan, the brains behind London hot spots White Lyan and Dandelyan. The latter opened at Thames-side Sea Containers House in 2014, with a focus on creative botanical cocktails (inspired by Chetiyawardan a’s studies of Biology and Fine Art) and is already ranked #3 in the World’s 50 Best Bars list. At the start of this year he launched its fourth menu – The Vices of Botany – with typical ‘root-to-branch’ innovation and a focus on tropical and fermented ingredients. More information.