Britain’s Michelin Star Awards revealed for 2020

7 October saw the announcement of 2020’s prestigious Michelin Star Awards, with 28 new British additions added to the list. Names such as Condita in Edinburgh, Artichoke in Buckinghamshire and The Angel at Hetton in Yorkshire all received their first star, while new two and three star restaurants emerged, as venerable venues such as London’s Sketch adding to their coveted collections. Celebrating Britain as a culinary destination with clout, discover our roundup of some of the standout stars and new Michelin additions below.

Standout awards

Manchester

One of the biggest success stories from the evening was Manchester’s Mana. Under former Noma chef Simon Martin, the bustling Ancoats restaurant was awarded the city’s first star in more than 40 years. Having opened last year, this artistic eatery’s focus on seasonality saw it rise to the top of Manchester’s food scene.

London

Sketch in Mayfair has added another star to its collection, with its Lecture Room & Library achieving an incredible three stars – the highest Michelin award. Upstairs from the instantly recognisable pink room, Sketch’s reputation continues to grow as the ultimate spot for diners wanting a unique and ‘haute couture’ experience, from French chef Pierre Gagnaire.

Also elevated by another star was La Dame De Pic, located in the capital’s Four Seasons Hotel. Chef Anne-Sophie Pic constantly evolves her French menu to deliver the ultimate dining experience, a strategy that saw it go from a one to two stars this week.

Wiltshire

Joining an elite group of just 23 restaurants in the UK, The Dining Room at Whatley Manor in Wiltshire was also promoted from one to two Michelin Stars. Headed up by executive chef Niall Keating – European Chef of the Year 2018 – the seasonal modern British menu cemented the restaurant as one of Britain’s brightest new culinary highlights.

First time stars

London shines as the culinary capital

London saw numerous new establishments awarded their first Michelin accolade, namely Nuno Mendes’s Mãos in Shoreditch, Dysart Petersham in Richmond, Endo at The Rotunda in Shepherd’s Bush, and Da Terra in Bethnal Green, with the city showing once more why it’s one of the world’s hottest destinations for foodies.

The Lake District doubles its stars

One of Britain’s most beautiful regions proved that it’s also one of its best for gourmands, with The Cottage in the Wood in Braithwaite, Old Stamp House at Ambleside and Allium at Askham Hall in Askham all awarded one star, taking the area’s total to eight stars plus a coveted Bib Gourmand for The Dog and Gun Inn at Skelton.  

Culinary creativity in the Midlands

The Midlands also saw new stars awarded to two restaurants with creativity at their culinary hearts - Opheem, an innovative Indian restaurant in Birmingham headed up by Aktar Islam, and the stylish plant based Alchemilla, in Nottingham.

11 of the best Christmas markets in Britain

Manchester Christmas Market sign

Twinkling lights, mulled wine, a festive atmosphere and fabulous gifts – Britain’s Christmas markets are back this year and bigger and better than ever before. Set in some of Britain’s loveliest cities, a visit to a Christmas market is equal parts shopping experience, equal parts destination discovery.

 

Winter Wonderland, London

Transforming one of London’s spectacular parks, Hyde Park Winter Wonderland offers a festive paradise in the heart of the city. Home to the world’s tallest transportable observation wheel, a Magical Ice Kingdom and an array of comedic acts at its own Comedy Club, in addition to Britain’s largest open air ice rink and plenty of bars and food stalls, there’s something for all the family to enjoy. Enjoy jaw-dropping circus acts and don’t miss the arrival of Paddington on Ice, a stunning show combining cutting-edge choreography, toe-tapping music and impressive costumes that is being performed in the UK for the first time!

When? 21 November – 5 January

Also check out: The festive window displays at Hamleys, Selfridge’s and Harrods, plus the capital’s festive lights around the shopping hubs of Regent’s Street and Oxford Street

 

Bath Christmas Market, south-west England

For historic-ambience-meets-winter-style, head to Bath Christmas Market, as more than 150 pop-up chalets set up on the city’s pretty Georgian streets. Visitors can expect a real treasure trove of gifts to take home, whether that’s jewellery, homewares or decorations. Last year more than 80% of stallholders came from Bath and south-west England, while 99% of all products were handmade in Britain or abroad with Fairtrade certification, so this is very much an eco-savvy shopping experience. There’s always new stalls to explore as well as the perennial favourites, while visitors can fill empty bellies with a range of festive food from The Lodge in the heart of the market.

When? 28 November – 15 December

Also check out: Bath on Ice, the festive ice rink that runs from 15 November to 5 January 2020, and Glow in the Dark mini golf; the Christmas Trail at Prior Park Landscape Garden during December; and Shoppers’ Carols at Bath Abbey on various dates throughout the festive season.

 

Birmingham Frankfurt Christmas Market, central England

A firm favourite on the city’s yuletide calendar, Birmingham Frankfurt Christmas Market is the largest authentic German Christmas market outside of Germany or Austria. Expect a fine range of traditional, personalised gifts and products on its 80 stalls and get into the German spirit while feasting on schnitzels, bratwursts, glühwein and weissbeer. Another huge draw is its bandstand location in Victoria Square and the programme of live music and carol singers that’s set to bring the party atmosphere to festive shopping.

When? 7 November – 23 December 2019

Also check out: Outdoor skating at Ice Rink Birmingham plus the Big Wheel Experience from 7 November to 12 January 2020, or head to Enchanted Weston, an illuminated, after-dark experience in stunning parkland with live music and food, running from 13 to 21 December.

 

Edinburgh Christmas Market, Scotland

Even if paying a visit after Christmas, guests still get the chance to enjoy some festive treats as Edinburgh’s Christmas market continues until early January as part of Edinburgh’s Christmas, a six-week programme of entertainment in the city centre. While it’s not open on Christmas Day, it is open until 8pm on Christmas Eve so bring plenty of bags to fill up with goodies such as arts and crafts, foodie treats and traditional or bespoke Christmas products. The market itself takes place in East Princes Street Gardens, guaranteeing some gorgeous views of Edinburgh Castle in the background and easy access to some of the city’s major attractions.

When? 16 November 2019 – 4 January 2020

Also check out: The Big Wheel and funfair rides on East Princes Street Gardens; and an adaption of Charles Dickens classic An Edinburgh Christmas Carol at the Lyceum (28 November 2019 – 4 January 2020).

 

Belfast Christmas Market, Northern Ireland

Set against the backdrop of one of the Northern Irish capital’s most iconic buildings, Belfast City Hall, the Belfast Christmas Market returns in 2019 with its enviable mix of artisan products and stalls groaning with tasty treats from international cuisines in its outdoor food court. Indulge in crepes, a hog roast, glühwein and continental cheeses, then make it a truly Northern Irish experience and visit Lavery’s traditional Irish bar for fantastic live music to really get in the Christmas spirit. Kids will love riding the vintage carousel or zipping down the helter skelter, as well as taking a trip to visit Santa in his magical grotto.

When? 16 November – 22 December 2019

Also check out: A Christmas Carol at arts and culture hub The Mac (27 November 2019 – 5 January 2020), and Christmas Wonderland at outdoor adventure centre The Jungle.

 

South Bank Winter Festival, London

The popular Winter Market returns to London’s Southbank Centre, a seasonal pleasure that sits alongside a range of family shows and festive fun as the banks of the River Thames become a winter wonderland. All along the South Bank are strings of decorations and cute illuminated wooden cabins selling Christmas gifts, from the quirky to the traditional, as well as mince pies, spiced cider and steaming mugs of mulled wine and hot chocolate. Global cuisines are available too, in the form of festive treats to gift or to eat there and then. Make sure to grab a selfie by the huge Christmas tree!

When? 8 November 2019 – 5 January 2020

Also check out: The fantastic performances available at the Southbank Centre, from Christmas concerts and choir performances to a children’s retelling of Black Beauty (14 December 2019 – 5 January 2020) and circus entertainment with Circus 1903 (19 December 2019 – 5 January 2020).

 

Cardiff Christmas Market, south Wales

Set across five streets of Cardiff’s pedestrianised city centre, Cardiff’s Christmas Market will be in full swing from mid-November, leaving plenty of time to find the perfect gift among its stalls. Its ethos is hosting stallholders selling original, hand-made products and artists and crafts people selling their work. There are plenty of food and drink options available among the 200+ stallholders and there’ll be music, festive lights and entertainment transforming the streets.

When? 14 November – 23 December 2019

Also check out: Santa Tours at the Principality Stadium (4 – 24 December 2019) or choose from various Christmas shows at St David’s Hall throughout December.

 

Manchester Christmas Markets, north-west England

The 20th instalment of the Manchester Christmas Markets will take over locations across the city from mid-November, meaning visitors won’t be far from festive gifts and delicious food and drink stalls selling traditional bratwurst, hog roast, paella and much more. There will be more than 300 stalls and chalets across the city, with the heart of the markets found in Albert Square. Visitors can follow the trail and pick up jewellery, toys, plants, bags, homeware and fun, quirky gifts at a variety of markets, including a French market, a German market, a World Christmas market and a dedicated Arts & Crafts market.

When? 8 November – 21 December 2019 (Albert Square stalls open until 22 December)

Also check out: Winter Funland, which will be held at an indoor venue and include fairground attractions, an ice rink, a circus and other fun performances (6 December 2019 – 3 January 2020); Halle’s (Manchester’s Orchestra’s) Christmas Concerts at Bridgewater Hall and Ice Village Manchester, the UK's biggest-ever ice attraction which includes an Arctic Tiki Bar, Santa's Grotto and an ice rink (8 November 2019 - 5 January 2020).

 

Leeds Christkindelmarkt, north England

Millennium Square in Leeds is transformed for the city’s annual Christkindelmarkt German Christmas Market, with the addition of more than 40 traditionally decorated wooden chalets. Browse through hand-crafted jewellery and festive decorations, tuck into authentic German food and feel extra festive with a ride on the popular Christmas Carousel. For those still feeling hungry, visit the Alp Chalet restaurant in the centre of the market, a Bavarian style eatery offering a delectable selection of traditional food and drink, alongside evening entertainment.

When? 8 November – 21 December 2019

Also check out: Thor’s Tipi in Victoria Gardens, a pop-up tipi bar offering an array of winter warming drinks; the massed voices of Inspiration Choir as they join forces with the Orchestra of Opera North for Inspiration: A Christmas Extravaganza at Leeds Town Hall (21 December 2019); and the Leeds Playhouse festive production of The Night Before Christmas (30 November - 28 December 2019).

 

Winchester Christmas Market, south England

With its unique location in the shadow of Winchester’s great cathedral, Winchester Cathedral’s Christmas Market is widely regarded as one of Europe’s best. More than 100 chalets are home to hand-picked exhibitors offering exclusive gifts that visitors won’t find on the high street – from hand-crafted decorations and festive treats to craft beer and mulled wine.

When? 21 November – 22 December 2019

Also check out: Skate around the city’s covered Christmas Ice Rink (21 November 2019 – 2 January 2020) and marvel at the glittering Christmas tree in its centre; or visit the Ginchester Christmas Market (7 December 2019), a celebration of the region’s diverse spirits including local gin, whisky, vodka and rum.

 

The Victorian Christmas Festival at Portsmouth Historic Dockyard, south England

Travel back in time for three days of festive fun at the Victorian Christmas Festival, held in the impressive surroundings of the Portsmouth Historic Dockyard. This year marks 20 years of Christmas magic, with the festival home to 120 market stalls selling all sorts of festive treats, an array of Victorian street performers and the chance to meet Father Christmas.

When? 29 November – 1 December 2019

Also check out: Mix up a treat as the Explosion Museum of Naval Firepower hosts two Christmas Cocktail Parties (7 and 13 December 2019); Meet Father Christmas at the Royal Navy Submarine Museum (14 December 2019) and enjoy lashings of festive fun during the That’ll Be The Day Christmas Show at Kings Theatre (18 December 2019).

 

 

Fall into wellness this autumn

23 September 2019 marks the first day of autumn, a great time to take a deep breath and inject some mindfulness into this season of change. A nation of romantic cities and bustling cultural hubs, Britain also has a more tranquil side and visitors will find relaxing retreats, yoga workshops and mindfulness studios dotted from country to coast and beyond. So, why wait? Wave goodbye to summer and spend some time falling into wellness this autumn at our pick of relaxing retreats and activities.

Sweat it out by the beach

For a taste of the Scandinavian spa lifestyle head to Beach Box in Brighton. Located right on the beach, the spa features two wood-fired saunas with the sea as a natural post-sauna plunge pool. The two saunas started life as a horse trailer and simple packing crates, but now offer a chance to unwind in glorious heat, sweat out toxins and, with the addition of fresh water bucket showers, to leave feeling utterly revitalised. Visitors can also upgrade their experience and try Beach Box’s homemade salt scrubs and leaf whisking, or combine music and aromatherapy at the weekly AUFGUSS event.

One hour starts from £15 per person with salt scrubs costing an additional £4.

Find yourself in silence

Visitors will find silent mindfulness and meditation retreats across Britain, tucked away in tranquil countryside or in the calm stillness of some of our most beautiful manor houses. These group retreats vary in focus, but a great place to start is Gaia House in South Devon’s vast countryside. Ranging from 22-nights to one or two-night courses, visitors can explore and practice mindfulness in as much or as little depth as they want. ‘Wisdom born of stillness’, ‘Liberation through kindness’ and ‘Insight meditation and yoga’ are a few of the retreats on offer at Gaia House.

Retreats vary in price, but a three-night stay costs £192, with discount for young peoples.

Get back to nature

Home to expansive National Parks, official Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB), and breath-taking coastal walks, Britain is made for nature lovers. For travellers that want to switch off but don’t want to join a formal digital detox , these rolling valleys and dales provide the perfect backdrop against which to switch off and get immersed in nature without the distractions of technology.

A great place to start is the Peak District. Visitors can get the train to Edale, the heart of the UK’s first National Park. Here, they’ll find the Old Nags Head, a 16th-century pub that’s recognised as being the start of the Pennine Way, one of Britain’s most historical and famous walking trails.

The pub is the perfect base from which to explore the Peak District National Park. Hire a bike, walk the peaks and discover one of our finest landscapes far away from the buzz and bustle of modern life.

The Old Nags Head offers rooms and self-catering cottages to rent that vary in price.

Float your way to tranquillity

Flotation tanks are one of the most popular trends to spread across London. These water-filled pods have half a tonne of Epson salt added to them, with participants floating in the dark for up to xx. Together, these elements create a weightless floating experience combined with gentle ‘sensory deprivation’ that gives the mind a chance to clear, allowing sense of deep-relaxation to take over. Visitors can enjoy this ‘easy mindfulness’ activity at locations across London, including Floatworks in Vauxhall and Angel.

A single float session costs £55, or a four-session package is available for £180.

Channel your inner horse whisperer

Meditation is one of the best ways to improve mindfulness and overall mental well-being, and there are plenty of variations available to experience when in Britain. For a unique meditation experience, visitors can absorb the calming presence of a horse while they focus their minds and let go of everyday stresses through meditation. Said to give an extra sense of contentment, visitors are encouraged to sit in a paddock amongst the gentle giants and see if the energy of a yoga circle encourages the horses to join them. Whasdyke Farm, near Windermere in the Lake District, offers this as a day activity as part of their retreats. Although the main focus is on creativity, offering photography, pottery, painting and floristry retreats, Full Circle Retreats all include daily horse meditation sessions.

Retreats vary in price but start from £125.

Accommodation Update – September 2019

As summer turns to autumn, discover the latest fresh openings and planned developments in Britain’s accommodation sector. From Instagrammable luxury treehouses to renovated Georgian period properties, there’s something to suit all tastes.

 

Recently opened

The Biltmore, Mayfair

The Biltmore in Mayfair has opened its doors this month following a multi-million-pound redevelopment, offering 257 contemporary rooms in addition to 51 lavish suites. Part of Hilton’s luxury LXR brand and with stunning views looking out over Grosvenor Square, guests can expect elegant designs and state-of-the-art facilities. Located minutes from Bond Street’s exclusive retailers and a number of London’s major landmarks, the hotel also houses an impressive ballroom with private street access while a large gym-tech fitness suite opens at the end of the month. Chef James Atherton will open the hotel’s flagship restaurant, The Betterment, on 19 September, offering a year-round alfresco terrace, new culinary concepts and an exclusive cocktail bar.

South Cliff Holiday Park, Bridlington

Found in delightful East Yorkshire countryside, but just yards from Bridlington’s award-winning beach, the South Cliff Holiday Park now offers a range of new lodges, holiday homes, touring pitches and shepherd huts. From its site overlooking the North Sea, guests can opt to stay in a range of two or three-bedroom static homes, six-person cabins or one of two unique shepherd huts. The picturesque coastal town of Bridlington is just a short walk away, as well as a number of beautiful wildlife and conservation areas.

Beverley Minster House, East Yorkshire

Located in a Grade II-listed Georgian town house and in shadows of the striking Beverley Minster, the newly restored Beverley Minster House has now opened its doors. With accommodation spread over three floors and with an abundance of quirky spaces, all rooms in the five-star holiday home have Minster views, making it a central self-catering base from which to explore the East Yorkshire market town. Capable of sleeping six people and with three luxurious bathrooms in addition to a spacious lounge and dining area, this period property stands proudly in one of the oldest parts of the town.

Ness Walk, Inverness

Set in the beating heart of Inverness, Ness Walk offers five-star luxury and a secluded hideaway in a historic Grade II-listed building. Many of the 47 rooms retain fine period features, blended with unique modern twists and a décor that reflects the Highlands’ seasonal landscape. Guests can relax and soak up the views from the ground floor private terraces, while floor-to-ceiling windows fill the upper rooms with light. Two exclusive suites provide an indulgent experience with stunning views out over Inverness Castle, alongside private lounge and dining areas, chic marble bathrooms, lavish super king size beds and luxury cashmere throws. The hotel’s Torrish Restaurant provides elegant fine dining using seasonal local ingredients, and the Riverside Room, with its lounge and bar space, offers ample space for guests to unwind.

 

Coming soon

Luxury treehouses at Ramside Hall Hotel, Golf and Spa, Durham

Opening September 2019

Guests will soon be able to relax in luxury treehouses overlooking the Ramside Hall Hotel and The Prince Bishops Golf Course, just outside Durham. Set to open in September, the highly Instagrammable treehouses are built on stilts and can be used as three-bedroom lodges, or split into a one bedroom and two bedroom suites. There’s also a lavish bathroom in each treehouse, complete with free-standing copper baths, while the wraparound balcony houses a luxurious sunken hot tub.

Artist Residence, Bristol

Opening October 2019

Housed in a former boot factor in Portland Square, just minutes from Bristol city centre, is Artist Residence. The 23-bedroom hotel in the creative St Pauls community will feature a coffee shop, event space and garden, as well as a bar and kitchen offering a delightful food menu. Marking the fifth venture of the arty chain, the hotel promises a mix of art, design and vintage in equal doses.

Moxy Hotel, Southampton

Opening December 2019

Southampton is set to welcome Moxy Hotel to the south coast for the first time with the opening of a chic 208-bedroom offering, based near the hustle and bustle of West Quay. Featuring a bright and airy lobby space that’s chock-full of contemporary furniture and a state-of-the-art video wall, the multi-million-pound boutique hotel will add to a brand that has properties in London, York, Aberdeen and Glasgow. All bedrooms in the eight-storey building will feature the latest technology, while the hotel bar offers an array of wines and local beers.

Yotel Glasgow, Scotland

Opening spring/summer 2020

YOTEL’s distinctive design and technology-driven hotel offering is set to open its second venture in Scotland in 2020 with the launch of YOTEL Glasgow. The Westergate Building on Argyle Street is being transformed into a 256-room hotel, as well as a destination rooftop bar complete with bowling alley. Found opposite Glasgow’s Central Station, the hotel will feature a range of rooms from Premium Queen Cabins for two guests up to VIP Suites, meaning there is something for every budget.

Moat House Hotel/ DoubleTree by Hilton, Stoke-on-Trent

Opening 2020

Hilton has unveiled ambitious plans for Stoke-on-Trent’s Moat House Hotel on Festival Park, having agreed a franchise deal this summer. The hotel chain has outlined proposals for a £6.5 million refurbishment of the site, before rebranding it to become a DoubleTree by Hilton in 2020. The 140-bedroom Hilton Garden Inn is also set to open its doors in Stoke-on-Trent in early 2020 as part of the Smithfield development in the heart of the city.

Celebrate Bonfire Night in Britain

November means big bangs, blazing bonfires and fizzing fireworks across Britain, as towns and cities remember, remember, the fifth of November! Wrap up and embark on a fiery journey into history at these flaming events that commemorate Guy Fawkes Night – the failed Gunpowder Plot and the conspirators’ attempt to blow up the Houses of Parliament in 1605. Expect fireworks, light shows and an abundance of other entertainment all over the country.

Alexandra Palace, London

Offering spectacular views across London in addition to a breathtaking fireworks showpiece, the annual fireworks and bonfire show at Alexandra Palace is fun for all the family. From a stunning laser show and huge bonfire to live music, a German beer festival, funfair and an abundance of street food, it’s best to arrive early to see all the action. Tickets are £9.50 for adults, £7.50 for children and £2.50 for those aged 10 and below. Access to the beer festival or ice skating is at an additional cost.

When? 1-2 November

Crystal Palace Park, London

The green space of Crystal Palace Park is illuminated for Guy Fawkes Night, with two shows across the evening. Expect more colour and less bangs during the earlier children’s show, before the main event rounds off the evening, with all proceeds going to charity. Tickets must be purchased online in advance.

When? 5 November (7pm children’s show, 8.30pm main family show)

Battersea Park, London

Expect a bang at the annual firework display in Battersea Park to mark Guy Fawkes Night, which attracts mammoth crowds year after year. Arrive early to grab a great viewing spot as the park fills up quickly. An exclusive after party in Battersea Evolution follows the show for those aged over 18. Earlybird tickets from £7 plus booking fee. Afterparty tickets must be purchased alongside a regular ticket.

When? 2 November

LEGOLAND Fireworks Spectacular, Berkshire

Watch as the sky over LEGOLAND Windsor comes alive with colour as the theme park’s Fireworks Spectacular returns for another year. LEGOLAND also gets a makeover for Halloween as part of Brick or Treat, promising plenty of child-friendly thrills and frights! Tickets start from £36 and include access to numerous spooktacular activities, as well as to more than 55 rides, live shows and attractions.

When? 19-20, 25-26 October and 1-2 November (Brick or Treat from 17 October - 2 November)

The Tar Barrels of Ottery St Mary, Devon

The town of Ottery St Mary marks Guy Fawkes Night like no other, as its townspeople lug flaming barrels of tar through the streets, a tradition dating back hundreds of years. Although the origins of this annual pastime are unknown, many link it back to historical events including the gunpowder plot in 1605 and as a warning for the approach of the Spanish Armada less than 20 years earlier. The locals remain fiercely proud of the tradition and a 30-foot bonfire, fireworks and a fairground add to the fun. Just remember to stand well back from the evening tar barrel procession!

When? 5 November

Sparks in the Park, Berkshire

The grounds of the Grade II-listed stately home at Swallowfield Park in Berkshire are illuminated for Bonfire Night with a spellbinding firework display. A huge bonfire adds to the Sparks in the Park celebrations, with visitors able to sample a dazzling array of live music, food and drink in addition to the bright lights and loud bangs at this family-friendly event! Tickets are sold online from early September.

When? 2 November

Leeds Castle Fireworks Spectacular, Kent

Celebrate the 900th anniversary of one of Kent’s showpiece castles at the Leeds Castle Fireworks Spectacular. The castle has promised to take visitors ‘around the world’ on a themed evening featuring stunning pyrotechnics and the ‘biggest firework display in the south east of England’ featuring an incredible 25,000 starbursts! Explore the castle’s maze and falconry displays during the afternoon against a backdrop of live music and performers, before tucking into a variety of delicious food options as the fireworks get underway!

When? 2-3 November

Fantastic fireworks at Longleat, Wiltshire

The night sky is filled with bold autumnal colours as the grounds of Longleat are illuminated on the weekends leading up to Bonfire Night. Come face-to-face with lions in the safari park, see England’s only koalas in Koala Creek and tackle the newly renovated Adventure Castle before exploring the stately house and gardens. The fireworks coincide with the Great British Autumn, a set of family-friendly events to mark the October school holidays that includes pumpkin carving for Halloween, owl displays and ride-on tractors. Entry to the fireworks is included with a day ticket or annual pass.

When? 25-26 October, 1-2 November (Great British Autumn, 26 October – 3 November)

Chatsworth House, Derbyshire

Wrap up warm and celebrate the 50th anniversary of the moon landings – as well as Bonfire Night – in the glorious surroundings of Chatsworth House. With two dazzling firework displays, including one specifically for children, and an array of entertainment and delicious food, the family-friendly show has something for visitors of all ages. Tuck into a delectable hog roast or indulge in sweet treats before the fireworks take visitors on ‘an extraordinary voyage into space’. Tickets cost £16 for adults and £11 for children aged 4-16.

When? 2-3 November

Penrhos Beach, Holyhead, Anglesey

Rockets and fireworks explode over Holyhead Bay as the Welsh island of Anglesey celebrates Bonfire Night with a bang! Crowds flock to Penrhos Beach for the show, where there’s also a funfair, local music and seaside rides to keep children entertained before the fireworks begin! Watch as the bonfire roars into life and the lights from the pyrotechnics glisten across the sand – it’s a sight to behold!

When? 5 November

Wynyard Hall, County Durham

Celebrate Bonfire Night in 150 acres of stunning historical landscape at the Wynyard Estate in the picturesque Tess Valley. Dating back to 1230, the estate on the outskirts of Durham was transformed into a striking four-star hotel in 2008 and is all set to mark the occasion in style. As well as the bright lights and fireworks, there’ll be plenty of entertainment and fairground rides to keep all of the family amused.

When? 3 November

Winchester charity bonfire and fireworks, Hampshire

Winchester’s largest annual charity event returns with a bang in 2019 to mark its 61st year! Alongside roaring fireworks and a gigantic crackling bonfire, there’ll be ample opportunity to take in the city’s magnificent architecture as a huge procession weaves its way through the city’s historical core. Tickets go on sale from early September.

When? 9 November

Commemorate the 400th anniversary of the Mayflower’s voyage to America

This September marks 400 years since the Mayflower’s pioneering voyage from Plymouth to the ‘New World’, and events are being held across England to commemorate the journey. Visitors to Britain can experience an incredible range of festivals, exhibitions, self-guided tours and art installations, organised by Mayflower 400. These events will reveal the fascinating history and cultural impact of the journey, while celebrating the values of freedom, democracy, integration and tolerance in the modern world. So, why wait? Read on to discover more about the Mayflower celebrations or find out how to explore Britain’s rich maritime heritage, for a truly epic voyage into history.

The opening event

Commencing in November 2019, there will be a rich 12-month programme of cultural events focusing on the Native American people and the connection between the UK, Netherlands and America. Organised in conjunction with the Wampanoag Advisory Committee, this collection of events and exhibitions aims to highlight Britain’s link to the founding of the United States in a culturally sensitive way.

The commemorative programme of events will open with a set of illuminations at multiple locations including Plymouth, Rotherhithe and Dartmouth. Local and international artists will create spectacular light installations to mark the first Thanksgiving that happened between the pilgrims and the Native Americans in 1621.

When? 28 November – 1 December 2019, entry is free.

Self-guided tours

‘Mayflower Self-Guided Tours’, a free app aiming to tell the stories of the original pilgrims via trail guides, has been released as part of Mayflower 400. Allowing visitors to follow Mayflower trails, the app uses GPS to guide users along routes in British cities, towns and villages associated with the Mayflower. Free guided walks and driving tours encourage visitors to retrace the steps of the pilgrims in connected locations such as Rotherhithe in London, Southampton, Dartmouth and Plymouth. With exciting new additions such as artworks, way-markers and new installations along the trails, key spots such as Gainsborough Old Hall and the Mayflower Steps in Plymouth can be explored in an immersive and insightful way.

Mayflower 400: Legends and Legacy

The commemorative festival will also include ‘Mayflower 400: Legends and Legacy’, a major artistic programme due to show at The Box, Plymouth. This will include a series of community projects, events and art focusing on the pilgrims and Native Americans touched by the Mayflower voyage. It will bring objects from the National Museum of the American Indian, the Harvard Peabody Museum and Pilgrim Hall to Plymouth for the first time, showcasing Native American culture to a new audience in Britain.

When? Running from spring 2020 – autumn 2021

The Elizabethan House

An Elizabethan House in Plymouth is being restored as part of the Mayflower 400 commemorations, taking visitors back to the late 16th century. Experience the feel of a traditional British house from the time of the pilgrims, set out in the style of a sea captain’s home and complete with restored wooden panelling. Set to reopen in 2020, the house will feature expertly restored rooms over two floors, including a kitchen, dining room, bedrooms and a parlour.

See a complete overview of the Mayflower 400 programme in this guide.

Mayflower Heritage Tours

From 102 passengers, there are currently an estimated 30 million Americans alone whose linage can be traced back to the pilgrims and crew from this voyage, making the Mayflower 400 a new and interactive way to trace ancestry. Curious travellers can now book a range of ‘Mayflower Tours’, guiding them around historic cobbled streets and traditional pubs, as well as stopping for educational Mayflower 400 events or talks. Prices vary.

South-east England’s historical ships

For visitors wishing to experience more of Britain’s nautical history and continue on their own journey of discovery, south-east England has a number of fascinating ships to explore.

HMS Warrior, Portsmouth

Once the highlight of Queen Victoria’s fleet, the HMS Warrior was the world’s first armour-plated warship. A fantastic example of a Victorian combat vessel, the ship is now a museum where visitors can explore the decks and learn about life on the ocean. This is one of the most interactive historic ships to visit, with characters from its heyday walking the decks, alongside opportunities for visitors to learn sword fighting skills, master signal flag waving and to peek inside the captain’s cabin.

Tickets to a single attraction at Portsmouth Historic Dockyard cost £18 for adults and £13 for children and students, but there are a range of ticket types available depending on the number of attractions included.

A discount of 20% is available when buying a Full Navy Ticket online – this includes access to HMS Warrior, HMS Victory, the National Museum of the Royal Navy Portsmouth, harbour tours and more.

The Mary Rose Museum, Portsmouth

Once serving the Tudor Navy under King Henry VIII, the Mary Rose made her first voyage in 1510, and was a successful war ship for almost all of the monarch’s reign. This vessel was raised from the seabed in 1982, after underwater research uncovered the shipwreck. Visitors can see what was saved of the ship at the Mary Rose Museum, along with thousands of Tudor artefacts that were also recovered from the wreckage.

A Portsmouth Pass allows visitors 12 months to visit the Mary Rose, Portsmouth Historic Dockyard, Emirates Spinnaker Tower and The D-Day story. A VIP experience can be booked online, which includes a private tour with behind-the-scenes access, a boat ride to the Mary Rose wreck site, a private audience and retelling of the Mary Rose story by a King Henry VIII impersonator, and a goody bag. This costs £75 per person. General admission to this attraction is £18 on the day for adults and £8.50 for a child. A discount of 20% is available when bought online.

HMS Victory, Portsmouth

Famous for being Lord Nelson’s flagship at the Battle of Trafalgar in 1805, HMS Victory embarked on numerous voyages after first setting sail in 1765. Docked at Portsmouth since 1922, it is now a museum, where visitors can discover what life would have been like on board such a vessel. Walk through the Great Cabin where the Admiral would have planned his battle strategy, the lower gun deck where 460 members of the crew slept and ate, and the Poop Deck, only recently open to the public. This is the highest point of the ship, giving an additional historical perspective as well as great views of the surrounding dockyard.

This is also part of the Full Navy Ticket scheme, otherwise a ticket to two attractions costs £18, and for a single attraction, £13.

The Cutty Sark, London

Visitors can get a taste of Victorian life on the sea as they explore the decks of the Cutty Sark. There are both above and below decks, a chance to manoeuvre the ship’s wheel and to listen to the stories of people who lived and breathed the Cutty Sark in daily dramatic retellings.

Built in 1869 and restored in 2007, this impressive example of a British sailing ship is an award-winning London attraction.

Visitors can save when buying a Day Explorer ticket, which includes multiple London sites, or by purchasing online. Walk-up prices are £15 for adults and £7.50 for children.

Yesterday/Today; Ontem/Hoje: Veja os pontos turísticos ligados aos Beatles na Inglaterra

Um mundo sem os Beatles? Não dá para imaginar! O lançamento do filme britânico “Yesterday” nos cinemas brasileiros em 29 de agosto explora esse cenário. Já dá para antecipar uma obra com romance, comédia e boa música, além de alguns dos locais mais emblemáticos da Inglaterra, em Liverpool e Londres.  Você pode usar o filme como inspiração para visitar Liverpool e Londres e homenagear os Beatles ou outros músicos britânicos como Queen, David Bowie, Pink Floyd, Amy Winehouse ou Oasis, para ficar só em alguns. A Inglaterra tem inúmeros para uma viagem inspirada na música.

Liverpool, Inglaterra:

  • The Beatles Story Provavelmente o melhor lugar para começar sua jornada dos Beatles. Essa exposição interativa guia você pela história da banda desde o primeiro encontro de John e Paul até a Beatlemania global, álbuns posteriores e carreiras solo. Embalado com informações curiosas e muita história, o guia de áudio está disponível em 12 idiomas, incluindo português (Brasil).
    www.beatlesstory.com
     
  • Magical Mystery Tour: Você não pode perder o passeio a bordo deste ônibus pintado em cores psicodélicas. Ele leva visitantes a locais que inspiraram canções como “Penny Lane”, “Strawberry Fields Forever” e “Woolton Village”, onde John e Paul se conheceram e onde fica o túmulo de Eleanor Rigby.
    www.cavernclub.com/the-magical-mystery-tour
     
  • The Cavern Club: Nenhuma visita está completa sem uma viagem descendo as escadas para The Cavern Club, onde os Beatles tocaram 292 vezes e aperfeiçoaram seus talentos no início dos anos 1960. Ainda há música ao vivo lá todos os dias, e apesar de seu pequeno tamanho, o local recebeu outros grandes nomes, incluindo Adele, Arctic Monkeys e um cara chamado Paul McCartney, que fez um concerto lendário no bar no ano passado.
    www.cavernclub.com
     
  • Casas de infância de John e Paul: Se você quiser ver algo realmente pessoal e se transportar para a juventude de John e Paul, faça o tour do National Trust em suas duas casas de infância, Mendips e 20 Forthlin Road. As duas são imaculadamente preservadas, então dá para imaginar como viviam os dois jovens compositores.
    Elas são abertas aos visitantes quatro vezes por dia em excursões que partem do centro da cidade.
    www.nationaltrust.org.uk/beatles-childhood-homes
     
  • Estátua dos Beatles: Um dos pontos de selfie mais populares da cidade, a estátua icônica dos quatro Beatles fica no meio da orla da cidade. Esse é o lugar onde os turistas foram surpreendidos quando Paul parou para uma foto rápida em seu passeio pela cidade durante o programa “Carpool Karaoke” no ano passado.
    www.visitliverpool.com/things-to-do/the-beatles-statue-p397421
     
  • Magical Beatles Museum: O museu na Matthew Street possui alguns produtos fantásticos e raros dos Beatles. Tudo vem da coleção pessoal de seu dono, Roag Best, irmão do baterista original da banda, Pete, e filho de Mona, dono do Casbah Club. Há seções para cada fase da banda, mas nós particularmente amamos os itens de período em Hamburgo, que conta a história de uma banda jovem no exterior – incluindo um caso de prisão e expulsão do país!
    www.magicalbeatlesmuseum.com
     
  • The Casbah Coffee Club: Antes do Cavern, havia o Casbah. A despretensiosa casa suburbana era o lar do primeiro clube de rock'n'roll de Liverpool, onde John e Paul se divertiram, fizeram seus primeiros shows e participaram da movimentada cena de Merseybeat. Os visitantes ainda podem ir ao clube e ver como tudo era no início.
    www.petebest.com/casbah-coffee-club
     
  • Abertura de Strawberry Field em Setembro: O local onde John Lennon brincou quando criança e inspirou a famosa canção dos Beatles já é um local de peregrinação para os fãs do quarteto. Neste ano, ele será reaberto ao público como uma atração para visitantes, além de ser um centro que oferece aos jovens com deficiência a oportunidade de desenvolver novas habilidades, treinamento e oportunidades de trabalho.
    www.strawberryfieldliverpool.com/
     
  • Double Fantasy - John & Yoko: A impressionante e emocionante exposição no Museum of Liverpool tem itens da coleção pessoal de Yoko e conta a história do casal nas suas próprias palavras. A exposição fechará em 3 de novembro de 2019.
    www.liverpoolmuseums.org.uk/mol
     
  • Penny Lane: Sim, é um lugar real. Sim, existe uma barbearia. E sim, você pode tirar uma foto ao lado da placa da rua.
    www.visitliverpool.com/explore-the-city/top-spots/penny-lane
     
  • British Music Experience: Este museu do Merseyside conta a história da música britânica através de trajes, instrumentos, performances e memorabilia dos Beatles, David Bowie, Oasis, Coldplay, Adele e outros artistas. 
    www.britishmusicexperience.com
     

Londres, Inglaterra:
 

  • London Rock Tours: A empresa organiza um passeio de meio dia na capital totalmente focado nos Beatles chamado Ticket to Ride. Embora tenham nascido em Liverpool, os Beatles se fizeram em Londres, cidade que influenciou diretamente seu desenvolvimento artístico. No passeio noturno “Ticket to Ride”, é possível visitar mais de 50 grandes locais dos Beatles, registrando o período da Beatlemania de 1962 a 1969 e os anos solo depois disso. Nenhum outro passeio da Londres dos Beatles cobre tantos locais do centro da capital em uma única turnê. Os destaques incluem o Abbey Road Studios, a casa de Paul McCartney em Londres, a galeria de arte onde John Lennon conheceu Yoko, o local onde a música “Yesterday” foi escrita, locações de filmes de “A Hard Day's Night”, “Help!” e “Magical Mystery Tour” e muito mais. Outros passeios da London Rock Tours que incluem locais do ligados dos Beatles, além de outras bandas britânicas, são o Rock Walk e o Classic Rock Legends.
    www.londonrocktour.com/tour-5-why-walk-when-you-can-take-a-ticket-to-ride
  • Outros passeios ligados à música britânica: Londres é a cidade ideal para fazer uma viagem focada em música. A Rock 'n' Roll London Tour leva você para visitar locais ligados aos Beatles, Pink Floyd, Jimi Hendrix, The Sex Pistols, Blur e Oasis. A Undiscovered London organiza o Camden Markets and Music Legends Tour, no qual você aprenderá sobre a vida e a música de Amy Winehouse, Pink Floyd e outros artistas que viveram e trabalharam no bairro de Camden, no norte de Londres. Os fãs de David Bowie devem conferir a David Bowie Musical Walking Tour no bairro onde o artista vivia no sul de Londres, Brixton. Outra opção é viajar no tempo a bordo do Swinging 60s bus, que transporta você de volta à década crucial para a música.
    - Rock ´n´ Roll London Tour: www.walks.com/our-walks/rock-n-roll-london-keep-on-
      walking-keep-on-rocking

    - Camden Markets & Music Legends Tour: www.undiscoveredlondon.com/walking-
      tours/camden-walking-tour/
    - David Bowie Musical Walking Tour: www.bowietourlondon.co.uk
    - Swinging 60s Bus: www.60sbus.london
     
  • Passeios autoguiados: Um simples passeio pelas ruas de Londres revelará locais que as lendas do rock britânico tornaram famosos. A Berwick Street, no Soho, é a rua que aparece na capa do álbum seminal do Oasis (What's The Story) Morning Glory. Baixe o aplicativo Blue Plaques para descobrir onde músicos como Jimi Hendrix e John Lennon viveram ou tocaram. Dê um passeio pela Denmark Street do Soho -- carinhosamente conhecida como Tin Pan Alley por seu grande número de lojas de instrumentos musicais que serviram clientes famosos ao longo das décadas. Visite o Handel & Hendrix Museum em 23 Brook Street, onde você aprenderá sobre a vida de dois músicos muito diferentes que viveram neste endereço com séculos de diferença. E você não pode vir para a capital da Inglaterra sem recriar a lendária travessia dos Beatles que virou capa do álbum Abbey Road - vá até o bairro de St John's Wood e fotografe seus passos na faixa de pedestres mais famosa do mundo (cuidado com o tráfego!).
    - Blue Plaques: www.english-heritage.org.uk/visit/blue-plaques
    - Handel & Hendrix Museum: https://handelhendrix.org/plan-your-visit/whats-
      here/hendrix-flat

    - Abbey Road: https://www.abbeyroad.com/CROSSING
     
  • Hard Rock Hotel London: Localizado na esquina da Oxford Street com a Park Lane, o hotel abriu em abril este ano. Aqui funcionou, anteriormente, o Cumberland Hotel. Como Hard Rock, ele tem uma coleção de relíquias para homenagear antigos residentes e hóspedes como Jimi Hendrix, Diana Ross, Bob Dylan, Stevie Wonder e Madonna. O Hard Rock Hotel London tem cerca de 1.000 quartos e suítes elegantes, juntamente com dois bares vibrantes e um animado Hard Rock Cafe®. No lobby, a mundialmente famosa Rock Shop® conta com os icônicos produtos do Hard Rock.
    www.hardrockhotels.com/london
     
  • K West Hotel & Spa: Este hotel poderia ser “apenas” um retiro de quatro estrelas no oeste de Londres, mas vai além, com seu estilo e ambiente vanguardista. E isso se deve à sua localização dentro de antigos estúdios de gravação, onde lendas como The Kinks e Bob Marley gravaram faixas. O seu Studio Bar é replete de mobiliário chique e lustres, abrigando uma multidão urbana descolada nos fins de semana.
    www.k-west.co.uk

 

  • Portobello Hotel: Esse hotel butique no bairro de Notting Hill tem um "bar de honestidade" (sem atendentes; você paga o que consome), o que pode ser uma das razões para atrair tantos músicos e bandas famosas que acabam se hospedando aqui. Reserve um quarto aqui e você estará no mesmo ambiente onde já dormiram U2, Mick Jagger, Blur, Alice Cooper, Oasis e Sex Pistols -- embora nem todos ao mesmo tempo (isso seria uma festa bem louca!)
    www.portobellohotel.com
     
  • Karma Sanctum Soho: O local convida você a “viver a vida de rock star” -- o que combina perfeitamente com o bar 24 horas e a banheira de hidromassagem. Duas moradias georgianas foram convertidas em 30 quartos de hotel. O hotel butique combina com a história artística e de vanguarda de Soho. Os membros do Motorhead se hospedaram aqui no passado.
    https://karmagroup.com/find-destination/karma-sanctum/karma-sanctum-soho/
     
  • Divertir-se: Quer tomar uma cerveja nos mesmos locais que seus ídolos do rock beberam ou tocaram? Londres está repleta de pubs e bares onde seus artistas deram início às suas carreiras. O pub The Dublin Castle em Camden, por exemplo, já recebeu The Killers, Blur e Amy Winehouse como artistas e clientes. Confira também o Camden Assembly, (anteriormente conhecido como The Barfly), um bar onde Oasis, Coldplay e Franz Ferdinand fizeram arte, bem como The Good Mixer, ainda um local de música ao vivo e um pub onde Amy Winehouse, Blur, Pulp e Oasis eram ou são vistos. Em Earl's Court, The Troubadour é um local de música histórico onde Bob Dylan e Jimi Hendrix tocaram. Já em Islington, o pub The Hope & Anchor já recebeu bandas como U2, The Police e The Stranglers enquanto eles subiam no mundo da música. Os fãs dos Rolling Stones podem comer alguma coisa no restaurante Sticky Fingers de Bill Wyman, em Kensington.
    - The Dublin Castle: http://thedublincastle.com
    - Camden Assembly: https://camdenassembly.com
    - The Troubadour: www.troubadourlondon.com
    - Hope & Anchor: www.greeneking-pubs.co.uk/pubs/greater-london/hope-anchor

- Sticky Fingers: www.stickyfingers.co.uk
 

Savour the flavours of autumn food and drink in Britain

From sizzling sausages to charming chocolates and tasty treats, south-east England is home to an array of awesome autumnal foodie experiences. Join top chefs as they reveal the secrets of their culinary masterpieces at food festivals, enjoy hands on demonstrations and tasting sessions, and discover where to find some of the region’s finest food this autumn.

Canterbury Food and Drink Festival

Around 150 stalls are packed into Dane John Gardens for the Canterbury Food and Drink Festival, featuring an exciting mix of trade exhibitors, live entertainment and foodie workshops. Don’t miss the Produced in Kent area, with 40 stalls selling the region’s finest foods and crafts, or the Green Hops Beer Tent, which celebrates the Kentish harvest by serving Green Hop Beers straight form the cask. There’s a funfair to keep the children entertained and a craft area showcasing everything from jewellery and woodwork to contemporary fashion. The festival is free to attend but some Urban Food Tour events are ticketed and prices vary.

When? 26-28 September

Aldeburgh Food and Drink Festival

Now in its 14th year, the Aldeburgh Food and Drink Festival welcomes more than 100 producers from across Suffolk to showcase their foodie creations. Embark on a culinary adventure and take in tastings and demonstrations from chefs, authors and presenters at the Tiptree and Co-op Stages over the weekend, before sampling the Adnam’s Drink Experience. With a daily programme of events showcasing how drinks are made and how best to serve them, expect an exciting cocktail of drinks demonstrations and discussions. The Wild Suffolk area highlights the best naturally grown produce from across Suffolk while the Hillfarm Family Meadow has an array of fun and games to keep children entertained. A set of Masterclasses, including chocolate tasting and kids’ cookery sessions, also run across the weekend although spaces are limited. Day tickets for the festival are priced at £9 each, while a weekend ticket covering both days costs £16. Children aged 15 and under go free.

When? 28-29 September

Broadstairs Food Festival

Celebrating Kent’s best food and drink, Broadstairs Food Festival has something for all the family to enjoy. Set in the picturesque coastal town of Broadstairs, in east Kent, the festival features three jam-packed days of food demonstrations, tasting sessions and trade stalls selling an array of delectable produce from across the region. As well as talks and tastings in the Theatre Marquee, more than 100 stalls will be present, alongside a pop-up tea room, festival bar and Cider House. Entry to the festival is free, although many of the festival’s events need to be booked in advance and spaces are limited.

When? 4-6 October

The Great Framlingham Sausage Festival

A celebration of East Anglian sausage producers, The Great Framlingham Sausage Festival takes over the small Suffolk market town in October. Regional producers sizzle an array of mouth-watering sausages for visitors to try, while competing to be crowned Best Classic Pork Sausage or Best New Taste Sensation. There’s also a host of foodie workshops, live music and entertainment to enjoy at different venues around the town. Take part in sausage making workshops, try delectable local beers and ciders, or enjoy the latest comedy in the Fresh Talent performance area. Keep a look out for the festival’s mascot too – Teddie the adorable Dachshund (sausage dog)! If the sausages are not enough, the town also has a medieval castle to explore, as well as beautiful historic architecture and numerous cafes and coffee shops. Day tickets cost £3, or £6 including a tasting pass. A group or family ticket is available for £20.

When? 13 October

Hampshire Chocolate and Treats Fair

Welcoming an abundance of artisan chocolatiers and bakers to the south coast, the Hampshire Chocolate and Treats Fair has unique treats for the taste buds. As well as luxury festive chocolate, fudge and sweets, the Locks Heath Shopping Village in Southampton will also host several drinks providers, ensuring a great selection of cakes, biscuits and sweet treats. Entry to the fair costs £1 for adults and 50p for those aged 12 and under.

When? 19 October, 11am-3pm

Vegfest UK London

Olympia London hosts one of the largest vegan lifestyle shows in Europe in late October, when Vegfest UK comes to the capital. Dubbed the ‘ultimate vegan experience’, with 325 stalls offering everything from food and cosmetics to fashion items, visitors can also enjoy live demonstrations by vegan experts and indulge during taster sessions by 25 specialist caterers from around the world. The festival, now in its seventh year, will feature a cinema screening vegan documentaries, an art exhibition and live music from two stages, as well as panel discussions and entertainment in the auditorium. Discover what can be done with plant-based ingredients in the Living Raw Zone or relax with a yoga or qigong session. Tickets cost from £13.20 when purchased in advance (including booking fee).

When? 26-27 October

Kent Food Trails

Discover delights from across Kent during the autumn as part of a Kent Food Trail, a delightful range of itineraries featuring some of the county’s delicious treats. One great example is Canterbury to Wye – from Cheese to Wine. Travel from the magical city of Canterbury to Wye, taking in cheesemakers, vineyards and farm shops en route, or plan an exciting itinerary from the range of foodie businesses based all over Kent.

TASTE – August 2019

From pop-up restaurants serving gourmet classics to modern takes on traditional cooking, Britain continues to welcome new restaurants and food offerings to its already thriving culinary scene. Here are the latest restaurant openings and unveilings for visitors to get their teeth into.

 

Recently opened

 

The Samling, Lake District

 

The luxurious Lake District hotel, The Samling, has relaunched its food offering with the support of new Executive Chef Robby Jenks. Several new fine dining menus now cover lunch and dinner to give guests plenty of options, including a three-course set lunch Table D’Hote menu and The Choice Menu, offering three courses of à la carte dining. Both menus will include a delectable array of seasonal ingredients as well as some from The Samling’s own gardens. Dinner service will include the Choice Menu and a delightful five-course Tasting Menu packed with a unique fusion of cooking styles, flavours and tastes. The lunch menu options are priced at £25 per head for the Table D’Hote menu and £65 per person for the Choice Menu. The Tasting Menu costs £85 per person.

 

Feasts from the Middle East, various locations

 

Comptoir Libanais Group founder Tony Kitous launched Britain’s first high-end large-scale Middle Eastern catering company in June, having partnered with leading events designers Admirable Crichton. Feasts from the Middle East specialises in mezze, small sharable plates of food that aim to showcase the best of Middle Eastern and North African cuisine. The venture aims to bring an array of grilled meats, rice dishes and plant-based delicacies to events, award ceremonies, product launches, weddings and private parties across the UK.

 

The Mantl, Knightsbridge, London

 

Using traditional cooking methods over hot coals to create an authentic Turkish sharing experience, The Mantl in Knightsbridge offers refined food in a sleek, modern setting. Founder Serdar Demir’s carefully curated menu puts a focus on lesser-known Turkish dishes, including Smoked Sheep’s Yogurt, Smoked Eggplant, Feraye and Chargrilled Octopus. The house speciality Lamb Shish is lovingly prepared over four days, while the Pistachio Lamb Chops promise a mix of mouth-watering flavours. Deserts include the restaurant’s own take on Baklava and Chocolate Delights, a twist on Turkish Delight. A set lunch menu with two or three courses is also available at a cost of £14.90 per person and £17.90 per person respectively.

 

The Freemasons at Wiswell, Lancashire

 

To coincide with the opening of new kitchen space, chef owner Steven Smith has launched a selection of exciting new menus at The Freemasons at Wiswell. The award-winning gastropub in the heart of the Ribble Valley in Lancashire now includes Mr Smith’s Table and Bench, offering guests the chance to dine in the heart of the kitchen. The Kitchen Table seats up to 12 – with a minimum of six needed to book – and provides a premium space for guests to try out tasting menus or celebrate special occasions. Meanwhile the Kitchen Bench features four stools in front of the kitchen, enabling guests to watch their meals being made from scratch.

 

Glasshouse at the Gherkin, London

 

In partnership with Perrier-Jouët Champagne, the Iris Bar at the top of the Gherkin has been transformed into a luscious botanical greenhouse. With splendid views of the River Thames, all of level 40 has become an oasis of greenery where guests can try an inspired seasonal menu, a delightful array of botanical gin cocktails and Champagne pairings by Perrier-Jouët. Glasshouse at the Gherkin runs until 1 September.

 

High Tea at the Orangery, Rockliffe Hall, Yorkshire

 

Rockliffe Hall’s flagship 4AA Rosette restaurant, The Orangery, has launched an indulgent afternoon tea experience. Executive chef Richard Allen’s offering includes an abundance of sweet and savoury treats and takes inspiration from the restaurant’s tasting and à la carte evening dinners. Expect a modern take on a traditional favourite, as the menu includes Duck Egg Mayonnaise and Cured Cumbrian open sandwiches, Warm Whitby Crab and Wensleydale Cheese Tart with Garden Chard and Raspberry Short Bread with Rockliffe Estate Honey and Candied Lemon, all served with loose leaf tea or fresh coffee. The Orangery High Tea is available daily between 1pm and 3pm for £35 per person. A Champagne Tea, including a glass of Perrier-Jouët Grand Brut, is priced at £49 per person.

 

Mahé Cookery School, Padstow

 

Chef Paul Ainsworth and wife Emma have continued to put their stamp on Cornwall’s culinary scene with the launch of their fourth venture in Padstow, the Mahé Cookery School. With space for up to five guests to hone their kitchen skills under the guidance of Michelin-starred executive chef John Walton, the kitchen will provide a range of courses including Pasta Masterclass, Bistro Cooking, Dinner Party Secrets and Sugar and Spice. From learning the essentials to making authentic Italian pasta, knowing how to create restaurant quality dishes at home and designing eye-catching deserts, each class will include one-to-one teaching and a wealth of expert advice. The adjoining Michelin-starred No. 6 restaurant, Mahé, will offer its cookery lessons during the day and a bespoke culinary experience at the Chef’s Table, capable of seating six guests in the evenings. A range of classes can be booked in the remainder of 2019, with prices ranging between £195 and £275 per person.

 

Boringdon Hall Hotel, Devon

 

The five-star country hotel Boringdon Hall launched its Tasting Menu to Remember package in June, giving guests the opportunity to transform their special memories into a bespoke culinary experience. The package includes the creation of a five-course tasting menu with matched wines from head chef Scott Paton to be enjoyed in the intimate surroundings of The Gallery dining room, an overnight stay in one of the hotel’s luxury suites, a welcome gift and a 60-minute treatment each at the hotel’s luxury Gaia Spa for £975 per couple. Each menu will be unique to each couple and will feature an array of skilfully executed dishes and seasonal local produce.

 

The Furnace Kitchen, Ironbridge Gorge Museums

 

Celebrity chef Marcus Bean launched the Furnace Kitchen at the Ironbridge Gorge Museums at Coalbrookdale in late July, offering a variety of brunch, lunch and snack options. Mixing British classics and European cuisine, visitors will be able to sample homemade cakes and tasty light bites, as well as fresh oven-roasted pizzas from the on-site pizza oven. Open to museum visitors and the public every day from 8.30am to 5pm, as well as on selected evenings, the restaurant is located in the former Long Warehouse of the historic Coalbrookdale Company, once the loading bay for rail wagons.

 

Bill’s Baker Street, London

 

Having undergone an extensive transformation, Bill’s Restaurant and Bar opened another new-look London restaurant in June at Bill’s Baker Street. Modern décor and luxurious seating have been combined with an enhanced evening menu, packed with cocktails and delicious treats. Seasonal additions include Steak and Rarebit Pie and Vegan Black Bean Chilli, while the cocktail menu features favourites such as a Coconut and Raspberry Daiquiri and an Apple and Elderflower Collins.

 

New menus

 

Little Kolkata, Covent Garden, London

 

To celebrate the sunshine, popular Bengali restaurant Little Kolkata has introduced a brand new seasonal menu. With more than 20 new dishes and a fresh summer drinks menu to sample, guests can choose from highlights including spicy jumbo prawn with coconut cream and green chilli, and beetroot croquettes with green chutney. Hidden away behind bustling Covent Garden, and with a restorative range of summery cocktails including spiced gin, Campari and Martini Rosso on offer, this little gem is the perfect spot to savour authentic Bengali cuisine in the heart of London.

 

Patisserie Valerie, nationwide

 

Sweet-toothed staple Patisserie Valerie has started the first stage of its redevelopment with a brand new summer menu. Focusing on ethical produce, fine ingredients and creativity, diners can choose from a range of tasty treats such as strawberry gateau with vanilla sponge, whipped cream and fresh strawberries.  With a brand new cold drinks range produced with British drinks brand Cawston Press, a new all-day brunch menu, and a wide range of plant-based and vegetarian options, the new menu is the sweetest way to savour summer.

 

Coming soon

 

Story by the Sea, Carbis Bay, Cornwall

 

Critically acclaimed chef Tom Sellers and the team from Restaurant Story are relocating to the Cornish coast for six weeks from early August. The exclusive residency in Carbis Bay, titled Story by the Sea, promises a delicious five or six-course menu that takes inspiration from the ocean and Cornwall’s incredible surroundings, alongside a carefully crafted cocktail menu. Restaurant Story also intends to work alongside ocean campaigners Parley to remove 50 tonnes of plastic from the seas during the residency at the Carbis Bay Estate, by creating a series of limited edition upcycled tote bags. Running from 2 August to 14 September, the pop-up restaurant will be open every day throughout that period. Experience the set five-course lunch menu from £95 and the six-course dinner menu from £125 per person.

 

Kindling, Brighton

 

Opening in September, ‘land-sea-fire’ concept Kindling promises to deliver a range of delicious vegetarian, ethically-sourced meat and sustainable fish dishes under the mantra “good food, done well”. Created by husband and wife team Ramin and Jane Mostowfi, the duo behind ground-breaking vegetarian restaurant Food for Friends, the restaurant will feature reclaimed wood, elegant décor and a wood-fired grill, for an ethical dining experience with style.

New exhibitions to see in autumn and winter

From the announcement of the Turner Prize winner to a host of incredible installations and one-off exhibitions, Britain’s galleries are preparing to welcome a wide array of exceptional art as autumn and winter approaches. At sites across the UK, works from emerging and renowned national and international artists are set to go on display, showcasing everything from the power of photography to the mastery of the portrait.

Keith Haring – Tate Liverpool, Liverpool

The first major UK exhibition of renowned artist and activist Keith Haring is at Tate Liverpool until mid-November. Taking inspiration from underground club culture, graffiti and pop-art in 1980s New York, Haring’s works explore societal issues including racism, homophobia, drug addiction, AIDS awareness and the environment. He developed a fashion line with Malcolm McLaren and Vivienne Westwood, designed record covers for David Bowie and Run DMC, and directed a music video for Grace Jones during a career that was tragically cut short. More than 85 of the late artist’s works will be displayed in Liverpool, as well as an array of photographs, posters and videos that capture the essence of 1980s New York street culture.

When? Until 10 November 2019

William Blake – Tate Britain, London

An icon of British art, the works of William Blake have inspired artists, musicians and performers around the world. In recognition of the talented painter, printmaker and poet, the Tate Britain is exhibiting more than 300 original works as part of an immersive experience that showcases Blake’s visionary art as he wanted it to be viewed close to 200 years ago. The largest display of his works in Britain for more than 20 years, the exhibition will include his resplendent watercolours, paintings and prints, highlighting the enduring impact that Blake had on the art world.

When? 11 September 2019 – 2 February 2020

Tim Walker: Wonderful Things – V&A, London

Delve into the creative world of fashion photographer Tim Walker and discover his unmistakeable style at the Victoria and Albert Museum, London. His pictures, photographic sets, films and special installations showcase his inventiveness, creativity and style, with Wonderful Things including ten new series of photographs that are heavily influenced by the collections in the V&A.

When? From 21 September 2019

Anthony Gormley, Royal Academy of Art, London

The Royal Academy of Art welcomes Turner Prize winner Anthony Gormley in September, hosting the most significant set of works for more than a decade. As part of an exhibition detailing his illustrious 45-year career, the sculptor and creator of the Angel of the North is set to fill part of the Royal Academy with seawater. Focusing on his use of organic and industrial materials, the exhibition will also include a number of Gormley’s early works, detailing the journey of how he became one of Britain’s most celebrated sculptors.

When? 21 September – 3 December 2019

Mark Leckey – Tate Britain, London

Turner Prize winning artist Mark Leckey’s exhibition will see a life-size replica of a motorway bridge from the Wirral, in Merseyside where he grew up, acting as the setting for a new audio play. Featuring new and existing work, and titled O’ Magic Power of Bleakness, the ghostly theatrical experience focuses on a group of teenagers and draws inspiration from folklore and Leckey’s own childhood memories. Since coming to prominence in the 1990s, Leckey’s works have focused on the ties between technology and popular culture, as well as on young people and nostalgia, resulting in powerful and topical artworks, exhibitions and experiences.

When? 24 September 2019 – 5 January 2020

Turner Prize 2019 – Turner Contemporary, Margate

Renowned for recognising the best in visual art, the Turner Prize 2019 will be showcased at the Turner Contemporary in Margate. Awarded annually for an outstanding presentation of art work in the previous year, the Turner Prize can be won by any artist born, living or working in Britain. Four artists are shortlisted for this year’s award – Lawrence Abu Hamdan, Oscar Murillo, Tai Shani and Helen Cammock. The awards have been hosted in London every other year since 2011, but this marks the first time they have been presented at a venue with direct links to innovative artist JMW Turner – after whom the prize is named. The Turner Contemporary is built on the site of the artist’s lodging house and can be reached from London by train in 90 minutes.

When? 28 September 2019 – 12 January 2020

Artist Rooms: Roy Lichtenstein – Hatton Gallery, Newcastle

Explore the influential work of pop artist Roy Lichtenstein at Newcastle’s Hatton Gallery from late September. Part of the Artist Rooms programme of exhibitions, which display modern and contemporary art of international significance in smaller cities around Britain, the Roy Lichtenstein collection showcases cultural and political change in America from the 1960s to the present day. Expect abstract patterning, ambiguity and eye-catching works from one of the leading figures of the pop art movement.

When? 28 September 2019 – 4 January 2020

The Mackintosh Festival, Glasgow

The life and works of Charles Rennie Mackintosh are celebrated annually in October at locations across Glasgow with close ties to the famous Scottish architect, artist and designer. Developed by members of the Glasgow Mackintosh Group, including The Glasgow School of Art, The Mackintosh Church, Glasgow Museums and the Lighthouse, the Mackintosh Festival features an array of workshops, exhibitions, walks, talks and performances for people of all ages. A full programme of events will be unveiled in August.

When? 1-31 October 2019

Rembrandt’s Light – Dulwich Picture Gallery, London

Designated the Year of Rembrandt as it marks the 350 years since the Dutch Master’s death, 2019 will see a host of related exhibitions across Europe. Rembrandt’s Light at the Dulwich Picture Gallery is part of the celebration, and will include 35 carefully selected works that detail Rembrandt’s mastery of light and visual storytelling. This includes the chance to see the captivating painting Philemon and Baucis – on-loan from the National Gallery of Art in Washington, USA – in Britain for the first time. A number of the Dutch painter’s other works are also set to be displayed on British shores for the first time, while award-winning cinematographer Peter Suschitzky, renowned for his work on Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back and Mars Attacks, will provide lighting assistance for the exhibition, helping to showcase Rembrandt’s works in the best way possible.

When? 4 October 2019 – 2 February 2020

Gauguin Portraits – National Gallery, London

Discover how French artist Paul Gauguin revolutionised the portrait at the first ever exhibition devoted solely to his portrait works. Bringing together a set of around 50 extraordinary works in the National Gallery’s Salisbury Wing, the exhibition will include an exciting array of paintings and 3D objects from public and private collections around the world. To coincide with the exhibition, a special event will run in cinemas across Britain from 15 October, titled Gauguin from the National Gallery. The documentary will explore the life and work of Gauguin, with the biopic featuring scenes shot in Tahiti, France, the Marquesas and Britain, before taking cinema goers on an exclusive filmed tour of the National Gallery’s exhibition.

When? 7 October 2019 – 26 January 2020

Lucian Freud Portraits – Royal Academy of Art, London

More than 50 paintings, prints and drawings from Lucian Freud go on display as part of one eye-opening exhibition at the Royal Academy of Art in October. Spanning a period of nearly seven decades, his self-portraits showcase his extraordinary development as a painter and provide insight into the mind of a modern master of British art. The collection traces the fascinating evolution of Freud’s works and his portraits provide a gripping insight into the process of ageing, displaying a lifetime of art in just one showing.

When? 27 October 2019 – 26 January 2020

Dora Maar – Tate Modern, London

The largest retrospective of French photographer, painter and poet Dora Maar ever held in Britain goes on display at the Tate Modern in November. Renowned for symbolic photography and photomontages, Maar was an icon of surrealism and had close ties with Pablo Picasso, with whom she worked closely to create a series of images and portraits using experimental photographic and printmaking techniques. This ground-breaking exhibition seeks to explore Maar’s long career in the context of work by her contemporaries.

When? 20 November 2019 – 15 March 2020

Vivian Suter – Tate Liverpool, Liverpool

Taking inspiration from the tropical landscapes of her home region of Panajachel in Guatemala, Vivian Suter’s immersive installation of hanging paintings is set to dominate the Tate Liverpool’s Wolfson Gallery. The first solo display of her work in Britain, the large-scale installation, titled Nisyros, has close ties to the environment and the outside world, as Suter leaves her artwork outdoors to be exposed to the elements. As a result, an array of natural elements can be found in her creations, from twigs and volcanic matter to imprints of her dog’s paws.

When? 13 December 2019 – 15 March 2020