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The best Airbnbs in Los Angeles

The best Airbnbs in Los Angeles

Why stay in a run-of-the-mill hotel when you can rent a charming Airbnb in Los Angeles? Unlike the typical beige hotel rooms you’re no doubt used to, these apartments, homes, and condos are soaked in character. From stylish homes near West Hollywood to sprawling estates in Malibu or architectural townhouses in Venice, there’s something on this list for every vibe and budget. You’ll even find a few sunny abodes not too far from the best beaches in L.A. Whether it’s your first time visiting the city or you’re here all the time, these superb Airbnbs in Los Angeles might just convince you to become a full-time Angeleno. Since L.A. traffic is some of the worst in the country, location is everything here. If you're planning to spend most days on the beach, you should plan to stay very close to the beach. Traveling during peak commute times can often lead to hours-long drives. The good news is that there's no shortage of Airbnbs in the city, so you won't have trouble finding plenty of options to fit your needs. Whether you fancy being perched looking out on the Pacific, near Venice Beach, in the Hollywood hills, or tucked away in an unassuming forest, it's all here for the taking.  To properly explore the megalopolis, you'd be well-advised to split up your trip to include a few different Airbnbs located in various parts of the city. For instance, Downtown has a completely different vibe from Santa Monica, Beverly Hills, or the South Bay. Each neighborhood has its own unique charm, s

Ski lodge bars in London

Ski lodge bars in London

There’s nothing quite like hitting the slopes. But due to the price, and, well, the distance, it’s not something most of us can make a very frequent habit of. Well, we’ve got the answers to all your prayers, right here in the Big Smoke.  Fancy a plate of raclette? Or a glass of vin chaud and some cheesy tunes? There’s a whole host of cracking aprés-ski themed bars in London, with heated terraces, soaring rooftops, cosy blankets and those all-important hot cocktails. And now that it’s well and truly winter in London, what would you rather be doing than this?

10 cozy cabins near L.A. that you can rent on Airbnb

10 cozy cabins near L.A. that you can rent on Airbnb

There are few better places for immense hiking trails and spectacular views than in Southern California, where you can choose from wide open deserts and cozy woodland. And the opportunities are endless – check out Joshua Tree for quirky desert stays or one of the ski resorts on offer.  But after a long day of exploring, there’s nothing better than a cozy cabin. A place to get comfy on the couch with a mug of cocoa or a glass of wine, snuggle under a blanket and whack the television on. Or simply a spot to chill on the front terrace with a cold beer on a warm evening. And if you’re ready to take the plunge - we’ve got you. Time Out has picked the best Airbnbs to book for a weekend getaway out of L.A. 

Where to buy a Christmas tree in London

Where to buy a Christmas tree in London

Yes, yes, there's so much to do this Christmas, you don't even know where to start. Whether you're booking ten festive shows, hitting up the Christmas lights or tracking down every winter pop-up you can find, it's pretty hard to cram everything in. But really, is it even Christmas until you're graced with the smell of pine needles? Fake trees are all well and good, but sometimes you crave the real deal. Heaving a dusty plastic tree down from an attic simply doesn’t warm the cockles anywhere near as much as a trip to the local Christmas market. There are, however a few basic rules to observe. Listen and learn... Know your Christmas trees Read up on the Nordic spruce, Nordmann fir, Scots pine et al to decide whether you want to prioritise value over, say, needle retention. The only drawback to a real tree, after all, is that spiky green carpet come January.   Get to grips with dimensions Don’t buy a tree until you know how high your ceiling is. Choosing the right tree will (obviously) depend on what your home can accommodate. Bear in mind that it will likely expand threefold once that netting has been snipped off. You can always chop away unnecessary branches (although remember, children under 12 should not handle chainsaws unsupervised). When Christmas is over... If you’ve not arranged a tree pick-up, your local council should offer a tree recycling service. See www.londonrecycles.co.uk for details. RECOMMENDED:🔔 Check out the very best Christmas events this season.🎄 Read ou

The coolest Airbnbs in Philadelphia

The coolest Airbnbs in Philadelphia

Philly isn't just a place for insanely good cheesesteaks and rich history. Well, those are some of the good parts. But what could be better than completing your stay with a perfect Airbnb? Well, we've weeded through all the options to present you with the coolest Airbnbs in town – paying particular attention to the spots that offer a unique, local experience that you’d never get in a Center City hotel. Choosing an Airbnb in Philadelphia puts you in the heart of our neighborhoods, but still close enough to access all the best Philadelphia attractions. Plus, in many cases, you’ll spend a lot less than you would at a regular hotel, which means you’ll have more cash to spend on dinner at one of the best restaurants in Philadelphia or the best bars in Philadelphia. RECOMMENDED: Full guide to the best hotels in Philadelphia

The 11 best Airbnbs in New Orleans

The 11 best Airbnbs in New Orleans

New Orleans is where things get funky. The home of jazz music, there are a thousand streets to explore, each bursting with character and charm. But whether you’re there to sample the delicious cuisine, ranging from boiled crawfish – it’s not called the seafood capital for anything – to po’boy baguettes, or you’re just there for a seriously good time, choose the right place to stay to complete your visit.  It turns out New Orleans is also home to some seriously unique Airbnbs, from huge penthouses with a pool to quaint little library rooms lined with worn books. So whether you’re there to sample New Orleans’ fabulous bars, and restaurants, or you’re headed up there for a festival, choose an iconic Airbnb before you go. Here are our top picks.  Recommended: The best things to do in New Orleans

Four British workers on why they’re going on strike this month

Four British workers on why they’re going on strike this month

Train drivers, nurses, ambulance drivers, bin workers, postal workers, teachers, border force officers, sixth-form college staff, firefighters, security workers, train cleaners, driving examiners, university lecturers, civil servants. Union members in all of these professions (and more) are either going on strike this month or waiting for the results of ballots to decide if they will also walk out. The scale of this industrial action seems uncomfortably similar to the so-called ‘Winter of Discontent’ which took place between November 1978 and February 1979. But it’s not the 1970s, it’s 2022, and here we are.  From healthcare workers to train drivers, large-scale strikes will be taking place in the run-up to Christmas on an almost daily basis. At its peak, it is expected that around 1.5 million workers could be at the picket lines. And who can blame them? As millions of us face a cost-of-living emergency, the majority of walkouts are calling for better pay and working conditions, yet negotiations between unions, employers and the government are stuck in a deadlock. With an already bleak festive period starting to look even bleaker, we speak to four workers about why they’re going on strike this month.  The bus driver ‘With crazy shifts and long driving times, we don’t see any other way to change what’s going on’ ‘I work for Abellio, a bus company based in Battersea which runs services on behalf of Transport for London. I’ve been working here for the past four years and things

The mysterious backstory of Madrí lager – and why it’s suddenly appeared in every pub

The mysterious backstory of Madrí lager – and why it’s suddenly appeared in every pub

Every self-respecting beer-drinker knows the classics. Heineken. Fosters. Moretti. Carling. The gang, shall we say. These guys are a given at most British boozers, often backed up by rows of craft ales with multi-coloured labels and called things like ‘Sunday Best Sour’ and ‘My Lipgloss is Hoppin’. But sometime this year, something new popped up – seemingly out of nowhere. And as quickly as we noticed it at the pub over the road from Time Out’s London office, it seemed to find its way on to every single bar in the UK. Enter Madrí: a Spanish-sounding beer that looks kind of like Birra Moretti, but isn’t.  So where did this mystery beverage come from? And how did it take over the UK?  New beer on the block First things first: Madrí’s initial boom appeared to take place in one particular month. A quick peek at Google Trends shows that Madrí’s popularity shot up in April 2022 – specifically the week beginning April 24, when interest peaked at ten times its February figures. That was exactly the same month that Manchester Evening News reported on the new beer that was ‘everywhere’ in the UK, and the Irish Mirror asked whether the new lager that the UK was ‘obsessed’ with was about to ‘take over’ Irish pubs too. It was the same month that LADbible sent out its Madrí lager appreciation tweet with no explanation whatsoever. This received nearly 13,000 likes and rather a lot of suspicious comments. One said: ‘I’m increasingly convinced it’s a marketing tool for something else and not

The 14 most unique Airbnbs in NYC

The 14 most unique Airbnbs in NYC

When it comes to staying in a super-fancy Airbnb, who says you have to be a tourist? Even New Yorkers can indulge in a change of scenery every once in a while. And Airbnb is the perfect place to explore your own city. The site is full of rentals that are whacky and glorious, that give you a chance to live an entirely different life for a day or a few. But where are these fallowed unique Airbnbs? Well, they’re on the following list, that’s where. Below we’ve picked out some of NYC’s most fascinating and brilliant rentals. RECOMMENDED: The best Airbnb New York City rentals This article includes affiliate links. These links have no influence on our editorial content. For more information, click here.

The best Airbnbs in Hong Kong for staycations

The best Airbnbs in Hong Kong for staycations

When we think of holidays, we think of jetting off on a plane to somewhere totally new, and indulging in all a country we've never visited before has to offer. But we'd be mistaken to forget about the humble staycation, which entails visiting a new part of the country you're already in - and they can sometimes be the very best trips. Think cosy, peaceful weekends and relaxed weeks, just a little closer to home. And the best news? Airbnb offers some great rentals for a perfect weekend escape. From luxury apartments to houseboats and beachside homes, here is our selection of the best Airbnbs to book in Hong Kong now. RECOMMENDED: Read about the hidden side of Hong Kong’s amazing island life for inspiration on your future city escapes. This article includes affiliate links. These links have no influence on our editorial content. For more information, click here.

22 actually amazing things that happened in 2022

22 actually amazing things that happened in 2022

What a year for the UK, eh? Not only did we have three prime ministers and, terrifyingly, the hottest summer on record, there was actually a fair bit of good stuff that happened as well. And while we’re not denying there was a lot of doom and gloom, we’re firm believers in remembering the positives: the viral sensations, the WTF moments and the once-in-a-lifetime events. The sort of stuff that makes you pause in your tracks and just smile, even if the world kind of is going to shit.  Remember when everyone became obsessed with watching planes land at Heathrow during Storm Eunice? When Chloe Kelly scored the winning goal for England in the Women’s Euros? And when a certain iceberg lettuce became the talk of the nation? See, 2022 wasn’t all bad. From the awe-inspiring to the downright bizarre, below we’ve handpicked the 22 most amazing things that happened in the UK this year (in no particular order). Stay in the loop: sign up to Out There, our free newsletter about all the best stuff to do across the UK.

The best Christmas hotels in NYC

The best Christmas hotels in NYC

If you’re looking for the best Christmas things to do in NYC, then why not stay at the most festive hotels? New York’s elaborate Christmassy window displays may get all the attention in December, but New York hotels go all out in their holiday decor, too. Whether you want to take in 30-foot Christmas trees or visit a pop-up winter wonderland, the city’s hotels deck their halls to get everyone – from the Grinch to Buddy the Elf – in the holiday spirit.  We've tried a huge range of NYC Christmas hotels out (yep, it was a tough gig) and we've whittled them down to this hand-picked selection of hotels we think are well worth your money. After all, what's better than Christmas in NYC? Well, we'll tell you: Christmas in NYC in a hotel that specializes in bringing festive cheer. So prep your voice for Christmas carols, grab a jug of eggnog, and get ready to wrap presents because we think you're going to like these. Happy Holidays! RECOMMENDED: Full guide to the best hotels in NYC RECOMMENDED: Cozy cabins near NYC you can rent on Airbnb RECOMMENDED: The most romantic hotels in NYC This article includes affiliate links. These links have no influence on our editorial content. For more information, click here.

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Ever After Garden

Ever After Garden

Every year, Grosvenor Square gets lit up with over 20,000 glowing white roses, for a very special reason. The garden is run by the Royal Marsden Cancer Charity, and anyone can visit the square and lay a rose in memory of a loved one - and donate to the charity to help them continue their vital work. The garden is open until Christmas, and you can also donate online. 

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Reading and Leeds Festivals have just announced their 2023 headliners

Reading and Leeds Festivals have just announced their 2023 headliners

What with all the Christmas cheer, summer seems a long way off right now. But the more organised among us know that this is the time to start getting events booked in. And if you want to avoid having to stay in while your pals all get wrecked, we’d strongly advise getting on those early-bird ticket sales ASAP. And if you don’t know where to start? Reading and Leeds have just announced their line-ups for next year, and they’re looking pretty promising. Here’s everything you need to know about the 2023 editions of these two banging festivals. When are Reading and Leeds Festivals? Both of the three-day events will take place from August 25 to 27 2023. Leeds Festival will be in Bramham Park, while Reading Festival will take place at Richfield Avenue.  Who are the headliners? The headliners for both festivals were announced today on BBC Radio One, with Billie Eilish, Sam Fender, Lewis Capaldi, Foals, the Killers and Imagine Dragons all set to top the bill. Other performers will include Shy FX, Yung Lean, Slowthai and Bicep. Headliners play both festivals on different days throughout the weekend. Reading and Leeds is traditionally a rock festival, but features artists across indie, dance, pop and more. Scots singer Lewis Capaldi tweeted that he expected some backlash from rock music lovers for headlining the festival. He wrote: ‘“Reading and Leeds is a ROCK festival what the f*** is Lewis Capaldi doing there.” “Lewis Capaldi isn’t festival material.” F*** ye. Dream come true to be

This hilarious snap took the crown at the Comedy Wildlife Photo Awards

This hilarious snap took the crown at the Comedy Wildlife Photo Awards

Been having one of those weeks where things just aren’t going your way? Life left you feeling a little blue on this humble Friday? We’ve got just the remedy for all your woes. The winners of the 2022 Comedy Wildlife Photo Awards have just been announced, and the photos will have you giggling at your desk. The awards were co-founded in 2015 by photographers Paul Joynson-Hicks and Tom Sullam, with a vision of making people laugh – while also helping to conserve wildlife. Over the last 29 years, they have channelled £20 million to 200 conservationists in 80 countries. We love to hear it. The final 2022 Comedy Wildlife Photo Awards shortlist included 40 standalone photos and 10 portfolio entries. Have a gander at the winning shot and some of our fave pics from this year’s awards below. 2022 winner: 'Not So Cat-like Reflexes' by Jennifer Hadley The Comedy Wildlife Photography Awards 2022 / Jennifer Hadley ‘Talk to the Fin’ by Jennifer Hadley  The Comedy Wildlife Photography Awards 2022 / Jennifer Hadley ‘It’s All Kicking Off’ by Michael Eastwell The Comedy Wildlife Photography Awards 2022 / Michael Eastwell ‘Hello Everyone’ by Miroslav SRB  The Comedy Wildlife Photography Awards 2022 / Miroslav Srb ‘Pegasus the Flying Horse’ by Jagdeep Rajput The Comedy Wildlife Photography Awards 2022 / Jagdeep Rajput  ‘Keep Calm and Keep Your Head’ by Martin Grace The Comedy Wildlife Photography Awards 2022 / Martin Grace ‘Monkey Wellness’ by Federica Vinci The Comedy Wildlife Phot

Everything you need to know about King Charles III’s coronation

Everything you need to know about King Charles III’s coronation

On September 8 this year, the UK received the news that the Queen had died. Suddenly, Brits were left with a whole load of questions – mainly about how different things would look with a new monarch. Though it feels like just yesterday that Charles was named King, the new Charles III 50p coins have already started entering circulation all over the UK and arrangements have been made for his coronation next year (and the accompanying bank holiday). Read on for everything we know about King Charles III’s coronation so far. When is King Charles III’s coronation? The coronation will take place on Saturday May 6 2023. This will be eight months on from his automatic appointment as King on September 10 2022.  This is the first time a coronation ceremony will take place on a weekend since 1902 when Edward VI was crowned King.  Will we get a bank holiday to celebrate the coronation? It has been confirmed that we will indeed get a bank holiday to mark the occasion. As the coronation itself will fall on a Saturday, the bank holiday will take place on Monday May 8 2023, two days after the service at Westminster Abbey.  What time will the coronation start? The timings for the King’s coronation have not yet been announced, but Queen Elizabeth’s 1953 ceremony started at 11.15am and lasted nearly three hours, so it may end up following a similar schedule. Where will the coronation take place? The ceremony will be held at Westminster Abbey. It will be conducted by the Archbishop of Canterbury

UK train strike dates: everything you need to know about the December and January rail strikes

UK train strike dates: everything you need to know about the December and January rail strikes

Train strikes have continued this month, impacting rail travel up and down the country – and they don’t look like they’ll slow down anytime soon. New walkouts have just been announced for over Christmas, on top of the planned strikes happening earlier this month and at the start of January.  The walkouts are set to bring major disruption over the festive period, and follow many other strikes that have taken place across the transport network since June this year. It’s not only rail workers who are striking – nurses, bus drivers, university staff and more are all taking part in industrial action this December. Passengers are urged to plan their travel far in advance to avoid any disturbance to Christmas plans. With that in mind, here’s everything you need to know to plan your travel. When are the next train strike dates? Workers at the RMT union have just announced that they will walk out from 6pm on December 24 until December 27, after the union urged workers to reject the latest pay offer. This will heavily impact Christmas travel.  That’s in addition to the four periods of strike action already announced by the RMT, taking place between December and January. The days affected are December 13, 14, 16 and 17, and January 3, 4, 6 and 7. The strikes will take place across 14 major railway operators for 48-hour periods.  In a separate dispute, the RMT also said it will be holding strike action on Avanti West Coast services on December 11 and 12. Rail passengers will also

Are we living through another winter of discontent?

Are we living through another winter of discontent?

Okay, so pretty much everyone is striking this month. Nurses, teachers, border force officers, postal workers, ambulance drivers and more are taking to the picket line to demand better pay and working conditions. We’ve got a pretty wild month ahead, with postal strikes on Christmas Eve and nurses walking out on December 20. There are also a whole lot of rail strikes, which you can read about here.  Across the board, workers are demanding that the government and their bosses listen. And suddenly a phrase is getting thrown around, one we haven’t heard much since 1979: the ‘winter of discontent’. So are we living through another one? RECOMMENDED: Four British workers on why they’re going on strike this month What was the winter of discontent? Between November 1978 and February 1979, there were mass strikes all over the UK. Trade unions demanded pay rises of around 15 to 20 percent, which was far higher than what bosses and the Labour government had been offering as they attempted to curb levels of inflation. At the height of the strike action, 12 million working days were lost to strikes. In a nutshell, the amount of unrest caused a ton of issues in Britain and the economy suffered.  What is the meaning of the winter of discontent? Like many famous phrases, ‘the winter of discontent’ actually originates from a Shakespeare play, ‘Richard III’. It was later used to describe that period in 1979, but sometimes gets thrown around when there is large-scale unrest in the winter months.

These are the best restaurants in the UK, according to OpenTable

These are the best restaurants in the UK, according to OpenTable

So, it’s nearly the end of 2022, and we’ve got ‘best of’ lists coming out of our ears. Yesterday, we revealed the best Indian restaurants in the UK, and today we’ve got an even better one – the UK’s favourite restaurants, full stop. Restaurant booking and reviewing platform OpenTable analysed more than 1.4 million reviews from diners across the UK to find the restaurants which left the most lasting impression. Now, OpenTable has revealed the top 100 – and winners showed up in Buckinghamshire, Cornwall, Devon, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Kent, Lancashire, London, Manchester, Newcastle, Norfolk, Oxford, South Wales and Warwickshire. London had the most winners (a whopping 66 overall), with Yorkshire and Edinburgh coming second and third. Some of the winning restaurants had received as many as 10,000 reviews, and all received an average of 4.5 stars or more. In London, the restaurant with the most positive reviews was Hawksmoor Air Street in Piccadilly, which serves up high-end British cuisine. In Edinburgh, the most popular was White Horse Oyster & Seafood Bar on the Royal Mile, and in Yorkshire the winner was The Starr Inn The City, a contemporary British restaurant in York.  Other standouts were The Assembly House in Norwich, The Elephant Restaurant in Devon and Michael Wan’s Mandarin, a Chinese restaurant in Blackpool. You can check out the full list here.  Stay in the loop: sign up to Out There, our free newsletter about all the best stuff to do across the UK.

The first King Charles III coins have just been released

The first King Charles III coins have just been released

After the Queen died in September, people began questioning how different things would look in the UK. Suddenly, we noticed just how many everyday things we use had the Queen’s face on them, from banknotes to stamps to postboxes to police hats.  And it turns out things move pretty fast. From today, the first 50p coin with King Charles III’s face on it will start circulating in post offices in the UK. The coin was designed by sculptor Martin Jennings and was personally approved by the King. And here’s a fun fact – each new monarch’s face the opposite direction to the last. So the Queen’s face always faced right, and Charles’ faces left.  But don’t panic, that doesn’t mean you can’t use your Lizzy coins any more. They’re still in active circulation and legally fine to be used. In total, 4.9 million of the new 50p coins will circulate across 9,452 Post Office branches throughout the month, so you’ll start to get them as change when you’re posting something. There will eventually be 9.6 million of the coins in the UK.  Rebecca Morgan, director of collector services at the Royal Mint, said she anticipates ‘a new generation of coin collectors emerging’ as people start to search for the new 50p. She said: ‘Today marks a new era for UK coinage, with the effigy of King Charles III appearing on 50ps in circulation.’  Stay in the loop: sign up to Out There, our free newsletter about all the best stuff to do across the UK.

You and 33 pals could rent an entire pub in the Peak District

You and 33 pals could rent an entire pub in the Peak District

It’s the festive season, and for those who love to party, it’s also party season. We’re talking rogue dinner parties, regrettable work drinks, loud tables at a BYOB and incredibly stressful New Year’s Eve event planning.  But things are getting very, very booked up at the minute (especially pubs, thanks World Cup) and bagging a table during the festive season can be all but impossible. So how about this: getting all your pals together, and renting an entire pub for your next holiday. That’s right. It’s a thing.  A huge Grade II-listed pub in the Peak District has just become available to rent as a holiday let, and you’re going to want to get involved. The Temple in historic spa village Matlock Bath comes with its own wooden bar to let loose at, and the best part? No last orders. Oh, and the two hot tubs on site. Yes, really.  Photograph: Holiday Cottages Photograph: Holiday Cottages The pub can fit 34 guests across its 15 bedrooms, and has incredible views of the surrounding area, four stylish leather sofas, and that all-important piano for those late-night renditions of ‘Hey Jude’. In the day time, you can take a scenic walk around through the woods along the River Derwent, and pay a visit to the Peak District Mining Museum, Gulliver’s Kingdom and the local arcades. But there is one catch. The beer taps at The Temple don’t actually work, as they’re for ‘show only’, but you can play bartender by bringing your own bevvies and shoving them in the fridge. Plus there’s table

Now Border Force staff are going on strike over Christmas

Now Border Force staff are going on strike over Christmas

Workers across a number of industries in the UK are taking part in strike action this Christmas. Those walking out include teachers, ambulance drivers, bin workers, postal workers, nurses and taxi drivers. But there were also whispers of a Border Force strike – and now this has been confirmed.  Staff at UK borders will walk out over Christmas, the Public and Commercial Services (PCS) Union has announced. PCS members employed by the Home Office on passport control will take action at London Heathrow, London Gatwick, Manchester, Birmingham, Cardiff and Glasgow airports on December 23, 24, 25, 26, 28, 29 and 30 and 31. The union members are asking for a 10 percent pay rise, as well as better job security and redundancy terms. Around 100,000 PCS members voted in favour of the strike action, and thousands of other civil servants will also take part. Mark Serwotka, general secretary at the PCS, said: ‘The government can stop these strikes tomorrow if it puts money on the table. Like so many workers, our members are struggling with the cost-of-living crisis. They are desperate.’ He added that many union members couldn’t afford to put their heating on.  Stay in the loop: sign up to Out There, our free newsletter about all the best stuff to do across the UK.

An Arctic blast is on its way and temperatures could plummet to -10C

An Arctic blast is on its way and temperatures could plummet to -10C

Okay, so temperatures have officially dropped in the UK. Like, wearing-six-layers-in-bed kind of dropped. Thermals and that. We’re not loving it, but the one thing that’s meant to make it better is at least the hope of some snow (and a day off school or work perhaps).  Well, those dreams of a winter wonderland might be about to come true. Sub-zero temps have hit us overnight, pretty much everywhere, as cold air from the Arctic has moved in. Temperatures are set to hit lows of -10C in rural Scotland, and that probably means snowman time. A warning for snow and ice has also been put in place for northern Scotland and the Western Isles, Wales, Northern Ireland and England’s east coast. The UK Health and Security Agency has issued a Level 3 Cold Weather Alert, recommending that people wrap up warm and heat their homes to at least 18C if they have health conditions. Meanwhile, the Met Office has put out a tweet saying: ‘If you haven’t already, it’s time to dig out the winter hats, gloves and scarves – as Wednesday is looking cold.’ It added that people should keep checking its website, as more severe weather warnings could be on the way later this week. Stay in the loop: sign up to Out There, our free newsletter about all the best stuff to do across the UK.

This is officially the best Indian takeaway in the UK

This is officially the best Indian takeaway in the UK

When you think of British food, you might think of plates full of beige vegetables and pools of gravy. But the most popular dish in the UK? It’s actually a good ol’ curry. And specifically, a chicken tikka masala.  But with an Indian restaurant on every other corner, where does one find the absolute best of the best, I hear you cry? Fear not, the results are in. The publicly voted British Curry Awards (in collab with Just Eat) has just announced its winners for 2022. The 18th annual ceremony took place on Monday November 28 in London. Apparently, the awards are also known as the ‘Curry Oscars’, a term coined by former prime minister David Cameron. Random. The awards selected ten UK regional winners, as well as crowning the UK’s ‘Best Takeaway’, ‘Best Newcomer’ and even ‘Best Personality’.  Voted ‘Best Newcomer’ was London’s Colonal Saab in Holborn, which offers up a modern take on Indian food complete with jazz music and opened in late 2021. But the one we all want to know about is which Indian takeaway is the best in the whole of the UK. And if you’re in Buckinghamshire, you’re lucky. The winner? Malik’s Express Kitchen in Gerrards Cross. Bad luck everyone else.  Here are all the winners from the British Curry Awards 2022: Best Restaurant Scotland: Swadish by Ajay Kumar, Glasgow Best Restaurant North East: Khai Khai Indian Restaurant, Newcastle Best Restaurant North West: Mowgli Street Food, Liverpool Best Restaurant East Midlands: Calcutta Club Restaurant, Nottingham Best R

Now for sale: this epic (and ancient) mansion that has been lived in since 1016

Now for sale: this epic (and ancient) mansion that has been lived in since 1016

With all the bad news in the UK at the minute, everyone’s looking to pack up and escape somewhere far, far away. And if that is the case for you, a rather magical house has hit the market and it could make all of your escapist dreams come true.  Tangley Manor is the oldest continuously inhabited house in the UK, dating back to 1016, meaning it’s been lived in for more than a millennium. King Harold’s little brother apparently owned it to start, before a half-brother of William the Conqueror took it on later on. Now it could be yours for the small sum of £11 million.  Photograph: Strutt and Parker Photograph: Strutt and Parker The Grade I-listed manor is on the edge of the Surrey Hills, around four miles outside Guildford. The property is big enough to sleep 12, and has a massive 40ft indoor pool (always at 30C, apparently) and a tennis court. It’s surrounded by huge gardens and the interiors are pretty spectacular too, with a suitably grand dining room, huge windows and cosy, light-filled bedrooms.  Oh, and to add to the magic, there are actual etchings on the windows where previous visitors signed their name – including George V, Queen Mary, John Evelyn, Virginia Woolf and Vanessa Bell.  The main manor is what’s up for sale, while another five-bedroom bit is being kept as a luxury holiday spot that will get rented out. You can view the full property listing here.  Stay in the loop: sign up to Out There, our free newsletter about all the best stuff to do across the UK.

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