The Grill on the Alley is the place to go if you want great seafood and steak, as well as top notch standards of service plus a vibrant atmosphere that guarantees an enjoyable night out. Seasonal ingredients are always a priority and the very popular steak of the month is a great opportunity to sample the differences in taste between the various breeds. The menu also offers more adventurous options such as ostrich. The fish and seafood is on display in the open kitchen, so you can see exactly what you are getting for your money. One of the great places to eat in Manchester.
El Rincon de Rafa is a must if authentic tapas with top quality ingredients, freshly prepared and cooked, as well as surroundings that will transport you to the Mediterranean, are what you are looking for. Some of the recommended items include the mini chorizo sausages, tortilla, meatballs, seafood (exquisite) and patatas bravas. The atmosphere is typically Mediterranean – full of action, and hustle and bustle. One doesn’t come here looking for fine dining service, but they certainly do if they want to give their taste buds a treat!
At Riverside Museum, visitors are encouraged to interact with a number of the exhibits. In this way, they can get a proper sense of what it felt like to be a passenger on public transport in the olden days. The biggest attraction is the South African locomotive. Here, they have also had the novel idea of recreating an entire Glasgow street as it would have looked in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Walking its length, one feels that they have gone back in time. Again interactivity is the key – you are welcome to walk into and around the various subways and shops. With more than 3000 things to see, above as well as around you, be careful not to knock into anything!
Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum is much more than what it at first seems – it is, in fact, 22 modern galleries, each with its own unique theme. Between these 22 galleries, a total of more than 8000 exhibits teach the visitor about a huge range of subjects. These range from natural history to the history of the military, to art through the ages, to name just a few. This is a family friendly institution, with a host of activities and interactive exhibits to keep the kids entertained. Once you visit, you will see why this is one of Glasgow’s most visited free attractions.
The now disused Ancoats Mills Complex was once at the heart and soul of Manchester’s industrial community – a time now long gone. The imposing mills produced products like cotton, glass and chemicals and were affectionately termed “the workshop of the world”. What is now Anita Street was previously known as Sanitary Street, due to its row of dedicated workers’ residences, which were always kept in spick and span condition.
The Bolton Museum, Aquarium and Archive has recently had a revamp and now boasts an exhibition on local history. More displays have also been added, dedicated to the life and times of the people who lived here, such as Samuel Crompton. This man will forever go down in history as being the inventor of the Spinning Mule. This revolutionised the cotton industries in Manchester and Lancashire, and allowed it to grow exponentially as production took off.
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Glasgow Cathedral was the first building of its kind in Glasgow to be built in stone and dates right back to the early 12th century. For over eight centuries now, worshippers have been attending mass in what is the finest Scottish medieval church still standing. It also is home to one of the most extensive stained glass window collections in the country. No visit to Glasgow is complete without seeing this magnificent building, which has so many stories to tell about the city.
The University of Glasgow is one of the oldest universities in the world as it was established in the mid 15th century. Since then, it has educated a host of important politicians and renowned academics. It has also had the honour of hosting Albert Einstein, who gave a lecture here on the origins of the general theory of relativity. It is also an innovative institution; the first female graduates to come out of Scotland were awarded their degrees by the University of Glasgow.
Entering Liverpool Cathedral, one really gets a sense of the history of this fine building. Every year it proves to be one of the top attractions in the city. Not only this, but it is a top venue for conferences, dinners and other events. The views of the city from the Tower are truly breathtaking. The interactive tour of the cathedral combines a movie with audio to explain the story of each aspect of this fine building in seven languages. A BSL tour is also available on portable DVD for the hard of hearing.
Looking for the biggest Imperial Arch outside of China? You may be surprised to find it in Liverpool. This awe-inspiring tribute to the annual Chinese New Year, which features a pair of bronze lions, 200 dragons and five roofs, was originally constructed in pieces in Shanghai, before being brought over to Liverpool and painstakingly rebuilt in accordance with Feng Shui ideology. This is the impressive result of years of team building by the Liverpool Chinatown Business Association, Liverpool Rope Walks, Liverpool Chamber of Commerce and Liverpool City Council, and is a fine example of what can be achieved when people of different cultures work together. It is 15 metres high and is the full width of Nelson Street (where it stands), so getting it to fit into the viewfinder may be a challenge if you don’t have a decent camera.
The Hilton Chambers, in the fashionable Northern Quarter of Manchester City, is a hostel that tricks you into thinking it’s a hotel. It may have all the atmosphere and camaraderie that comes with a hostel, as well as a fully equipped, modern kitchen. However, its mainly private en suite rooms, which house anything from two up to ten guests, are stylishly decorated and offer unlimited WI-FI. Free luggage storage and a barbeque terrace outside are also available, ensuring that this hostel cum hotel has set the bar as high as it can go when it comes to standards of service for budget accommodation.
Hatters Hostel is right in the centre of Manchester, meaning it is at the heart of all the action and where it‘s at. It is ideal for groups travelling with each other, as the majority of rooms are dorms with shared bathrooms, and there is a spacious communal area for hanging out. Here, two things are guaranteed above all others – fun and great service with a smile. Together, these have ensured that The Hatters is one of the most popular hostels in the city. Its staff take pride in being fountains of knowledge about the best places to eat, the best places to hang out and events that are going on during the few days or so of your stay. Chances are, these are just a short walk away from the hostel, due to its great location. Buses, trams and railway lines are only 5 minutes down the road.
Posh Pads at The Casartelli has something for everyone; whether you want an apartment just for one night, for a week or maybe even as long as a month, they have something for you. Not only can you book accommodation for whatever duration you like, but you can be guaranteed that it will be generously sized, will have all the conveniences you may expect from a 5 star hotel, and will be fully serviced. The Casartelli building itself dates from the mid 18th century, but was completely renovated to mix period elegance with modern facilities. Just down the road within walking distance is the Liverpool One Centre and Albert Dock.
Hope Street Hotel has its origins in an old warehouse in Liverpool’s Georgian Quarter, but oh how far it is come from those humble beginnings. The building has had a total overhaul and now is home to one of the World’s 50 Coolest Hotels (or so Condé Nast Traveller voters thought, anyway). The location of this luxurious 89 room hotel is exceptional; it is surrounded by both of Liverpool’s cathedrals, a number of its prestigious educational establishments, concert hall and theatre. From its rebuild to its reincarnation as a luxury hotel, this has been a labour of love for a native team of builders and designers. The interior is modern, yet does not forget its roots; the wooden beams, metal pillars and brick walls complement the simple design.
The 5 star Dorchester Hotel sits in what must be the most enviable location in London, at the centre of Mayfair and just across the road from Hyde Park‘s manicured loveliness. This has always been the ‘It’ hotel of socialites down through the years, as it is renowned for its exceptionally high standards of service. Its sumptuous décor transports one back to the sophistication of the 1930s, while never compromising on the modern luxuries and facilities that ensure its continued popularity. It provides ample, gorgeously decorated guestrooms and suites while the recently renovated Dorchester Spa will help you to relax and unwind with afternoon tea. There is also a choice of on site bars and restaurants to choose from, such as Alain Ducasse, China Tang, The Grill and The Promenade.
At the 4 star Kenilworth, the priority is to make its customers feel like royalty, with first class service from the minute you walk through the door. The hotel’s ambience is influenced by its Chinese and Cambodian objet d’art and bouquets of exotic blooms. Meanwhile, the guestrooms exude luxury; each is slightly different from the next, with wardrobes and beds made from African walnut, curtains made from silk and Dixon Turner pictures. The Sicilian Carrara marble en suite bathrooms offer Jacob Delafon accessories. Continue reading
The Tower of London may be best known as the place where people were tortured to death, but this period in its history is just a small part of what it has to offer to the curious visitor. Here, one can learn about the history of a royal palace, military building and sovereign stronghold. Courtesy of the Royal Beasts exhibition, one can learn about the untamed and incredible animals who have lived in the Tower over the years. You can also take a look at the precious Crown Jewels, sign up to a ‘Beefeater’ tour and hear their gruesome tales, see for yourself where famous people have been beheaded, and hear the legend of the Tower’s ravens, to name just a few of the many activities visitors can partake in.
The EDF Energy London Eye currently provides the best panoramic views of London City. However, now you can marvel at aerial footage of London shot in 3D, making the admission fee better value for money than ever before. You can also view the globally famous London New Year’s Eve fireworks display. There are more 4D sensory effects here than anywhere else in the British Isles, so the visitor can actually experience the event, as well as seeing and hearing it. This truly is a magical way to experience London like you’ve never felt before.
The city of London England is over 800 years old. Rich in history, beauty and wondrous sights to see, this city is adding another great event to its already lengthy list of accolades. In the summer of 2012 the Olympics will be hosted in this fabulous city.
The Olympic torch enters this fine city in July of 2012 and will host games through August. An already exciting Mecca of bustling activity, the 2012 games being hosted here is just another jewel in its sparkling crown of acclaim. Arts, Museums and shopping are intermingled with all of the culture.
Opening in the spring of 2012 is Warner Bros. Studio Tour – The Making of Harry Potter. Experience the sets, costumes and special effects of the most successful movie series ever. Walk the streets of the World of Harry Potter and feel the magic. Continue reading