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Ellie Walker-Arnott

Ellie Walker-Arnott

Ellie Walker-Arnott is Digital Travel Editor at Time Out, where she’s worked since 2016. She also edits the Time Out London magazine’s Travel and UK Escapes sections.

Ellie writes about amazing and unusual places to explore in cities around the world. She also loves day trips and the chance to swap city life for Italian islands, Scottish hiking trails or rustic treehouses in Cornwall. Ellie was born in London and, after a stint in the countryside, returned to the city a decade ago. She loves being able to champion her home city. Her first book, a London guide book called ‘Nostalgic London’, was published in June 2020. 

Reach her at ellie.walker-arnott@timeout.com or connect with her on social at Twitter: @Ellie_Wa and Insta: @elliejwa

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The coolest places to park your campervan in the UK

The coolest places to park your campervan in the UK

Campervans are cool. Understatement? You better believe it. There is something about these bad boys that oozes awesome, and countless folks around the globe dream of buying one and setting off on the journey of a lifetime. So, you’ve parted ways with your cash, now to get planning. Where to park your campervan in the UK? There is no shortage of spectacular spots to rock up and enjoy, and our selection of campervan-friendly campsites covers the entire country and has a little something for everyone. Well, something for everyone that happens to own a campervan, obviously. The views are stunning, the conversation is electric, the nature is invigorating. The stuff dreams are made of, really.

The 10 most beautiful national parks in the UK

The 10 most beautiful national parks in the UK

The UK does a fine line in sweeping countryside, undulating hills and stunning valleys, so it stands to reason that the national parks are something special. That is an understatement, and the most beautiful national parks in the UK will take your breath away and fill your lungs, all at the same time. From the rugged Welsh coast to secret backwaters in the east, these protected natural spaces deserve all the attention and love they get and more. The United Kingdom does ‘small but perfectly formed’ better than most, and there is plenty to sink your teeth into here. As the weather improves, get out into beautiful nature and embrace everything this wonderful place has to offer.

11 dreamy UK holiday cottages with swimming pools

11 dreamy UK holiday cottages with swimming pools

Yes, you read that title correctly. These dreamy UK holiday cottages also have swimming pools. Get you a lover who can do both, right? The homely comforts of a cottage allied to the tranquil exoticism of the swimming pool. Sure, British weather is hardly the most consistent, but sunny days at these spots are proof that our little island can be a paradise in its own right. Looking to embrace that tropical summer vibe without having to remember where you left your passport? Look no further. From Cornish beach houses to Welsh barns, these UK holiday cottages are ready to amaze. Fingers crossed the weather stays onside… This article includes affiliate links. These links have no influence on our editorial content. For more information, click here.

Lidos and outdoor swimming pools in London

Lidos and outdoor swimming pools in London

London has some great outdoor swimming options, but our desire to paddle around under a sunny sky does mean that it’s important to book ahead if you want your open-air swim fix. So no rocking up to try your luck.  Whether you’re looking for alternative ways to get fit, family-friendly fun or a body of water to lounge around next to, take your pick from our list of London’s best lidos and outdoor swimming pools. London also has some truly great (and exceedingly bracing) options for wild swimming too, so check those out if you’re feeling brave. RECOMMENDED: the best swimming pools in London.

19 dreamy places to go glamping in the UK

19 dreamy places to go glamping in the UK

It’s a fact: spending time in nature is good for you. Whether that’s a long walk surrounded by lush countryside or a trip to the beach to plunge into the salty ocean, it’s proven that the great outdoors helps with anxiety and stress – and where better to soothe your soul than a leafy retreat in the UK?  To really embrace Mother Nature, sleeping out under the stars never fails. Sure, there are some people who enjoy Bear Grylls-ing it on a wild camping adventure, but what about those of us who need a few more home comforts... loo roll, for example.  That’s where glamping comes in. A cut above your average campsite, these luxurious getaways promise comfort and the great outdoors in equal measure. From bougie bell tents set around idyllic natural swimming ponds to quirky tipis with their own wood-fired hot tubs, these plush pads are a million miles from roughing it. So forget about wrestling with tent poles, leave that musty sleeping bag at home, and take your stress levels down a (tent) peg with a stay at one of these incredible glamping sites. RECOMMENDED: Cool places to park your campervan in the UK

The best day trips from London

The best day trips from London

As glorious as the capital is in the summer – think nine million of us Londoners careening towards the closest beer garden, green space or rooftop bar – the sheer volume of revellers thronging the city can occasionally leave you feeling a tad claustrophobic.  Thankfully, this year has seen domestic travel open back up, with day trips and overnight stays in Airbnbs, campsites and hotels no longer a thing of the past. And that means we can once again hit the coast, hike a forest trail or explore a postcard-perfect village whenever the bustle of the Big Smoke gets a bit much. Planning a quick getaway soon? Here’s some fuel for your own day(trip)dreams. These are our 17 of our favourite day-tripping spots, complete with cute pubs and ace restaurants – all close enough to London to get there and back in one glorious day. RECOMMENDED: 101 incredible things to do in London instead // // This article includes affiliate links. These links have no influence on our editorial content. For more information, click here.

The best UK campsites

The best UK campsites

Shhh... can you hear that? No, it’s not your noisy neighbours. It’s the call of the great outdoors, and it’s telling you to grab a tent and get the heck out of the city. And where better to immerse yourself in nature than the great British countryside? Wild, lush, and dotted with brilliant pubs, the UK could not be more perfect for camping. Up and down the country you’ll find everything from lengthy walks to incredible coastlines, fairytale forests to awe-inspiring National Parks. And the best thing about camping in the UK? There’s something for everyone, from back-to-basics pitches in the back and beyond of Scotland to sunny seaside meadows in Cornwall. The hardest thing (aside from putting the tent up) is choosing a campsite. That’s where this list comes in. We’ve put together a round-up of superb open-air stays, including a vineyard in Devon stocked with all the cider and wine you could wish for and a remote beach-side campsite on the stunning Isle of Mull. So swot up on your campfire songs and get ready to sleep under the stars, these are the best places to go camping in the UK. 

Nine villages near London that time forgot

Nine villages near London that time forgot

London has a special place in our hearts, obviously. But every now and again modern city living gets a bit too much. Sometimes we need to swap the screens for the serene. Whether it’s with a walk in a park, a scenic bike ride, or a trip to a gallery, there are loads of ways to reset in the city. But sometimes a jaunt further afield is required – and that’s where these picturesque villages come in.  They have old-fashioned character by the bucketload, from wonky cottages to cobbled hilltop towns and blissful seaside villages. Here are nine timewarp villages that time forgot. RECOMMENDED: The best day trips from London

The best road trips in the UK

The best road trips in the UK

Ah, the open road. It’s been the source of inspiration for many a cracking anthem, and where better to belt them out than on an epic road trip. The boundless hot tarmac of Route 66 or the dramatic coastline of Australia’s Great Ocean Road might be what first springs to mind, but believe it or not, there are some equally stunning routes in the United Kingdom.   The country’s small but mighty network of roads makes it the perfect place for a multi-day adventure in the car – not to mention its lush countryside, cute seaside towns and fairytale forests. The vistas vary wildly across Wales, Scotland, Northern Ireland and England, and sauntering around on four wheels is one of the most liberating ways to explore them. From the incredible deserted beaches, glassy lochs and heather-covered peaks of the North Coast 500 to the waterfalls and world-class rambling routes of the Yorkshire Dales, get those playlists at the ready and tick off these bucket list road trip itineraries around the United Kingdom. RECOMMENDED: Travelling in a campervan? Here are cool campervan-friendly campsites in the UK. 

11 of the best breathtaking UK hikes

11 of the best breathtaking UK hikes

If there’s one thing the UK can deliver, it’s good walks. The country is a treasure trove of natural beauty, rippled with routes that take in spectacular countryside and must-visit sights – many of which are only accessible on foot. Some of the greatest minds of our time have strapped on their walking boots and plodded along the trails of Britain looking for inspiration (Beatrix Potter knew the routes around the Lake District like the back of her hand, don’t ya know), and who can blame them? The United Kingdom flexes its (calf) muscles with impressive National Parks, from the mighty mountains of Snowdonia to the rugged beauty of the Yorkshire Dales. The walks listed here are a little more challenging than the usual stomp around the park. You can either pick a short stretch of the trail to wander or, if you fancy a serious hike (some of which take days), you can do them in their entirety. It’s the perfect excuse to dust off that tent and book a pitch at one of the UK’s brilliant campsites – or go wild camping (responsibly, of course) for a walk on the wild side. So grab your boots and pack some sandwiches, here are some of the best hiking routes in the UK. RECOMMENDED: The best places to visit in the UK right now

The 33 best beaches in the UK

The 33 best beaches in the UK

Desperately need to dip your toes in the sea? Or sink your fingers into warm white sand? The UK might not be the most obvious destination, but don’t overlook its thousands of miles of coastline for a sandy getaway. For a small island, the United Kingdom boasts buckets of seaside fun, from hidden coves to big crowdpleasers. Sure, there’s the nostalgic, family-friendly Woolacombe Sands and the rainbow-coloured beach huts on Summerleaze, but did you know about porpoise spotting from the pristine sands of Scarista Beach? Or the unbeatable picnic spot overlooking Lulworth Cove? The UK has got it all, right down to crystal-clear waters that look nothing like the UK. Don’t believe us? Take a look at these brilliant beaches on the British coastline, and start making plans for a trip to the Costa del United Kingdom.

The best places to go stargazing in the UK

The best places to go stargazing in the UK

There are few things in life more calming than a star-filled sky. The chaos of modern existence can often feel overwhelming, but the endless sprawl of the worlds beyond our own does gleeful things for the heart, mind and soul. The United Kingdom has seemingly perfected the balance between the urban and the rural, and the latter provides us with many of the best places to go stargazing going. Where to start? You can start by putting that digital device down (once you’ve finished reading this list, of course) and heading to the beaches of Cornwall, the hills of Kent, the national parks of England and Wales and the furthest reaches of Scotland, where lucky stargazers may even get a glimpse of the fabled Northern Lights. Peace and calm aren’t so far away, after all. RECOMMENDED: Magical and mystical places in the UK 

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Virtual pasta-making with Nonna Nerina

Virtual pasta-making with Nonna Nerina

One 84-year-old Italian grandmother has had the perfect reaction to her country going into lockdown. Nonna Nerina usually runs pasta-making workshops in the countryside around an hour north of Rome in Italy, but thanks to the current isolation measures, she had to cancel all her classes. Now, with her granddaughter Chiara, Nerina has taken her classes online. You can book onto a live two-hour, virtual pasta masterclass where you’ll be taken through Nerina’s family recipes using simple ingredients and equipment from a shopping list you’ll be sent a week before class. Dishes on the menu include classic lasagne and ravioli with butter sage sauce. Buon appetito!

re:lax

re:lax

A facial with Katie White at one of re:lax’s petite shipping-container studios (there are two and a third which acts as a chilled waiting room) isn’t really about your face. You’ll leave with soothed, sated and glowing skin, but you’ll also head off with a new perspective on your health, and a list of supplements, balms and tonics that could help you feel even better.  Once you have a cup of homemade herbal tea in hand, Katie kicks off by asking questions about your general wellbeing. It’ll begin as a conversation about your skincare routine and end up with you spilling all your secrets. I find myself opening up about my stress levels, a big project I'm working on, my strange new sleep pattern, the fact that truffle oil makes me feel really sick. But what might be considered a totally irrelevant overshare feeds into the bespoke and holistic facial Katie then gives you.  Mine begins with a double cleanse and steam, an AHA tonic and a lush rose hip mask, during which Katie magically kneads the tension away with an intense head, neck and shoulder massage. A vitamin c serum and a LED light therapy session follow, during which I relax even more, thanks to a little foot reflexology. A dreamy facial massage rounds off the hour, and I head out into the evening, a list of personalised recommendations in my phone notes, feeling sleepy, replenished and reset.  I later returned for one of Katie's new cosmetic accupuncture facials. You might file this kind of treatment under 'extreme' or

Frame Angel Central

Frame Angel Central

Frame is brightening up Angel shopping centre with their trademark colourful decor and perky group fitness classes. The latest studio to join the gang is actually underground, just off Upper Street, (feel like you’re heading for the car park? You’re going the right way) but the lack of natural light does nothing to dampen the vibe. You’ll find a bright reception area, technicolour lockers and functional changing rooms, plus three studios – a reformer pilates studio, a light space for classes like barre and yoga and a darker room for strength, cardio and PT sessions, all run by infectiously energetic trainers. 

LIM Studio

LIM Studio

Founded by Pilates teacher Isobel Palmer, LIM Studio is a light and calming space in Highbury (you can even pause for a herbal tea if you need to destress before you hit the mat), but classes here pack a powerful punch. Book onto Lim Signature for a challenging yet upbeat mix of barre and Pilates that’ll leave you with wobbly legs. The mat Pilates classes are great here, too – expect a focus on technique from instructors who really know their stuff – while there’s a range of yoga classes on the timetable if you never want to do ‘the hundred’ again. Chances are you will, though – Isobel’s cheery and positive demeanour is totally infectious. 

‘Christmas Carol – A Fairy Tale’ review

‘Christmas Carol – A Fairy Tale’ review

4 out of 5 stars

From the Muppets to the RSC, everyone has done ‘A Christmas Carol’, the tale about a miserly old man who becomes charitable and warm-hearted following nighttime visitations from a trio of spirits at Christmas. But Wilton’s – possibly the most atmospheric theatre in the city and the perfect setting for any festive theatre imo – might have managed to find an original take.  It’s Scrooge versus the patriarchy in Piers Torday’s clever, gender-flipped adaptation of Charles Dickens’s famous festive tale, directed by Stephanie Street. Ebenezer is dead and Fan (Sally Dexter), his younger sister and Jacob Marley’s widow, is the one shrouded in black, barking ‘bah, humbug’ at anyone who’ll listen. The main difference, though, is that, as a woman in Victorian England, she has a lot more to be miserly about than Ebenezer ever did.  Sure, she’s closed-off and mean-spirited. But she’s also been restricted, controlled and belittled by all the men in her life. She finally has the autonomy to live her life the way she chooses now that her husband is dead. Then, the man who legally reigned over her in life returns one Christmas Eve, intent on teaching her another lesson from beyond the grave.  The evening starts with an audience singalong fitting for the setting – Wilton’s was a nineteenth-century music hall, after all – but, although the intention is to spread love and goodwill, the vibe of this ‘Christmas Carol’ is never purely jolly again.  There are lols. The story is told by Meagre, Charl

The Aeronauts

The Aeronauts

4 out of 5 stars

It’s hard to work out where facts end and the fantasy begins in this charming ballooning adventure set against a sweet version of Victorian London. The historic expedition the movie is all about – an attempt to break the world flight altitude record – did happen, just not quite like this. But you’ll want to suspend all disbelief, hold tight to the wicker basket and go along for the ride. Eddie Redmayne is James Glaisher, a meteorologist, who, in 1862, really did travel closer to the stars than anyone had done before. He’s reserved but wonkishly enthusiastic about science, and regularly mocked by his Royal Society colleagues for believing that weather can be predicted. Redmayne’s ‘The Theory of Everything’ co-star Felicity Jones plays his pilot Amelia Wren, a daredevil balloonist with glitter in her bra and a tiny dog. Wren is an engaging amalgamation of genuine balloonists such as Sophie Blanchard and Margaret Graham. The pair’s ascent is tracked in very close to real-time, the minutes ticking by as the balloon rises and rises. There are beautiful moments as the pair pass above the clouds to find a sea of fluttering butterflies and a circular rainbow. But the tension ramps up as the air thins while the temperature drops, and the frequent moments of peril are breathtaking in a very literal sense. Flashbacks reveal the struggle to get the basket off the ground at all and the widowed Wren’s desperately sad backstory, before incredible feats are required to bring the pair, and th

Sea Containers London

Sea Containers London

5 out of 5 stars

Sea Containers London occupies one of the best spots in London. It has views of the city and St Paul’s with its iconic dome to the north, London landmarks like Southbank Centre, National Theatre, Tate Modern and Shakespeare’s Globe within strolling distance, and the Thames flowing beside its riverfront terrace. Tourists should take note – it’s as conveniently located for a cultural outing as London hotels get – but it’s also got a lot going for it if you’re a local.  There’s Lyaness for starters. Formerly Dandelyan, which was voted the world’s best bar, this light-filled boozing spot is a stunning place to drink stunning cocktails. Up on the roof you’ll find 12th Knot, a buzzy rooftop bar that makes the most of its position with ceiling-to-floor windows. In the basement there’s Agua London spa, a heavenly space (literally – it’s all bright lights and white interiors) for unwinding with restorative treatments, as well as a 56-seat Curzon cinema which screens new releases in a plush, intimate environment during the weekends. The restaurant, too, which on sunny days spills out on to the South Bank, is a draw. Throughout the hotel you’ll notice playful touches that hint at the building’s nautical history (it used to be a shipping company’s offices). The main foyer is dominated by bronze-clad and curvy walls that give the impression you’re standing beneath the hull of a huge boat, windows and mirrors evoke portholes and the hotel’s rooms feel like plush ship cabins. If you’ve alwa

Goods Office

Goods Office

3 out of 5 stars

Despite its low-key location – a triangle-shaped corner spot in a residential stretch between Stroud Green and Crouch End – Goods Office always seems to be busy. The all-day eatery is buzzing right from the early morning – when local freelancers turn up to take advantage of their croissant, wi-fi and unlimited coffee for a tenner offer – to the evening, when I can only assume it’s full of commuters who’ve stepped off the W3 bus right into happy hour.  Sitting outside under a string of festoon lights on a warm summer’s evening, you can certainly see the appeal. The drinks were cool, Wimbledon was playing (ever so quietly) inside and, recognising familiar faces, tables were turning around to greet one another.  There’s a brunch menu served until 5pm, but the evening is all about small plates. Both the ‘ugly fish goujons’ and the jalapeño and cheese croquettes were well-seasoned and moreish. The mac and cheese was, as we’d hoped, both heavy and soothing, while a plate of fried chicken satisfied our need for something hot and indulgent. Other dishes needed tweaking: our halloumi was swimming in way too much honey, while a green salad was similarly drowning in oil and salt. We finished off with a Pimms-inspired cheesecake, which, like the rest of the meal, was solid, if not sensational. On the whole, Goods Office serves the kind of comfort food you’d be pleased to eat at a dinner party. Which is pretty fitting as, if you’re local, you’re likely to end up chatting to your neighbou

Still London

Still London

Kingsland Road isn’t somewhere you’d necessarily describe as peaceful. It’s busy and buzzing with Londoners from all walks of life at all times of the day. But there’s true tranquillity to be found in this hippy, holistic nail salon. At the front of the space, you can shop for crystals, jade rollers, organic bath salts and other wellness products. In the middle, it’s set up like a standard nail salon, but all products are vegan, non-toxic and cruelty-free – and all the nail art options are delicate and stylish. The back room, though, is where Still London really gets interesting. Once your nails are looking fresh, you can head into the petite space for a tarot reading session with healer Wolf Sister, or holistic facials and massages with Daisy, the in-house therapist. We tried The High Vibe facial (£85), which was 90 nourishing minutes of crystal healing and reiki, plus much of what you’d expect from a standard facial: gentle exfoliation, massage, soothing natural serums and masks. It’s the facial for when your skin and your soul are in need of some quiet care. You won’t get extractions or potent products applied to your face here, but whether or not you believe in chakras and auras, an hour and a half in Daisy’s company will leave you and your skin feeling balanced, cleansed and reset. 

Masaj

Masaj

A shipping container might not sound like a nice place to strip down for a massage from a stranger, but it turns out it’s actually pretty delightful at Masaj. Set across three shipping containers at the Gossamer City Project, with a bright, greenery-draped courtyard at its heart, the aim here is to champion the power of touch as an antidote to city stresses. Ideal, then. Their tagline is ‘come as you are’. For me that meant late and slightly sweaty after rushing out of a meeting and across London to the appointment. Happily, my frazzled arrival at the space, simply decked out with calming tones and fresh interiors, was met with soothing words and a line-up of delicious, and 100 percent natural, oils to sniff. Each massage is tailored to the needs of each individual body, so after a chat about my aches, pains, preferences and the weird places I hold tension, we moved to the petite but cleverly designed massage studio, and my therapist began. The only downside was having to leave the cocoon of the container and head back into the real world ‘as I was’: sleepy, dishevelled and covered in that delicious-smelling oil.

Agua Spa

Agua Spa

Deep in the basement of Sea Containers London hotel on the South Bank you’ll find the heaven-like Agua Spa. The bright, white interiors, with sweeping curves and warm golden lighting, are the complete opposite of a grey and dreary London day – just popping down there in the lift feels like a mini escape.  Guests can be primed and polished with grooming treatments in the Glamour Room, or, if deep relaxation is on the cards, you’ll be ushered into a plush private room for a treatment from wellness brands such as Made for Life, Soveral, Natura Bisse, Dr Jackson’s and De Mamiel. We opted for the Soveral Signature Facial and found ourselves glowing after an envigorating and firm face massage with a series of delicious aromatherapy-based products.  To maintain those chilled-out post-treatment vibes, guests are invited to sip herbal teas, enjoy a hot water bottle or snuggle with a duvet in the spa lounge. Beds, which are surrounded by light curtains for privacy, face an eye-catching copper teardrop installation created by designer Tom Dixon. You can even order nutritious salad bowls, juices and multivitamin sorbet sundaes while you prepare to face the outside world once again. 

Arepa and Co Haggerston

Arepa and Co Haggerston

3 out of 5 stars

For a hunger that won’t be sated until your stomach is stuffed full of stringy cheese and stodgy carbs, I’d prescribe Apera & Co. Arepas are Venezuelan comfort food: hot cornbread slathered with butter or stuffed, like a sandwich, full of steaming beans or more of that melted cheese. This isn’t elegant: it’s simple, hearty food for big appetites. Starters in the form of sweet cassava chips, are solid enough to start filling you up. Tequeños are a cheese-lover’s dream: strings of the oozing melted stuff cooked within blistery bread fingers. Onto the mains and the Perfect Vegan arepa – a wheat and gluten-free cornbread full of creamy avocado, hot black beans and sticky plantain – was warming but lacking in any seasoning or spice. The pabellón criollo, a generous plate of shredded beef, rice, cheese, black beans and plantain – was less bland, but still not hugely exciting on the flavour front. If you can face another mouthful after all that hearty, heavy grub, it’s worth returning to those tasty tequeños, this time with dark chocolate middles and ice-cream on the side. Arepa & Co’s biggest draw is its sweet spot, bright and prime for people-watching, beside the Regent’s Canal towpath – well, that and all those delicious carbs.

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Stay in this English cabin, built on stilts so sheep can walk underneath

Stay in this English cabin, built on stilts so sheep can walk underneath

There are authentic farm stays, and then there is this cabin. The little wooden home has been built on stilts above an ancient drovers’ track, so that the farmers can still herd their sheep underneath. And yes, you can book it for a rustic weekend away. Not only does the elevated position provide some lovely views and leafy treetop vistas out of the windows, but it means your stay doesn’t interfere with the workings of the Herefordshire farm.  Photograph: Canopy & Stars The clever, low-impact creation was the concept of architects Akin Studio, who also note that the stilts create the sense of being in a treehouse, without damaging the surrounding trees themselves. ‘The house reinterprets the experience of living within the tree canopies by building as close as possible to them, without felling or damaging their roots,’ say the architects. Photograph: Canopy & Stars Drovers’ Bough is nestled deep in the peaceful Herefordshire countryside, surrounded by overgrown hedgerows and trees, on a 27-acre farm in the foothills of the Black Mountains. It sleeps two and starts at £275 a night. Once there, all you need to do is switch off, wake to birdsong and spend your evenings stargazing around the fire pit. Apart from the odd passing flock, you’re likely to be entirely undisturbed.  Find out more or book here.  Fancy an actual treehouse? Check out these top treehouses you can stay in. 

Cornwall’s magical beach feasts are back – and tickets go on sale this week

Cornwall’s magical beach feasts are back – and tickets go on sale this week

Here’s a reason to plan a trip to Cornwall this summer (as if you needed another). The Hidden Hut’s magical beach feasts are back for the season – and the first batch of tickets go on sale this week. If you haven’t heard of the Hidden Hut, here’s the deal. It’s an open-air café-restaurant tucked away on a secluded stretch of the coastal path between Portscatho and St Mawes. Open year-round, it serves up delicious takeaway lunches (Cornish pasties, cakes, chowders, dhals and enormous salads) to be enjoyed on Porthcurnick Beach, one of the best beaches in Cornwall. But the Hut is almost famous for its summer beach feast nights. As the sun goes down at low tide, one spectacular themed dish is served to hungry diners seated on long communal tables on the sand. Customers bring plates, cutlery and booze (plus layers for the chiller and rainier Cornish evenings) and the Hidden Hut chefs provide the flavours. The dreamy experiences sell out quickly, and for very good reason: they’re a highlight of the British summer. Plus the feasts haven’t run since 2019, so you can expect an even bigger ticket rush as they make their grand return. View this post on Instagram A post shared by The Hidden Hut (@hiddenhut) Feast themes for summer 2022 include Champagne Shells, Allotment Meze and Summer Sardines. Tickets for the May dates, the first feasts of the season, go on sale on Saturday May 14. You can book and find out more here. Planning a trip? Here are 12 more of

Revealed: this is officially the best seaside town in the UK

Revealed: this is officially the best seaside town in the UK

The UK is edged by miles and miles of glorious coastline: rugged cliffs, soft sand dunes, pebble beaches – and a LOT of brilliant seaside towns. So many and yet we only have 52 weekends a year in which to explore them, so it’s a good job someone has taken the time to rank them, from best to worst.  If you hear ‘seaside town’ and immediately think bright and buzzy Brighton or Blackpool, the town that topped this list might surprise you.  Photograph: Shutterstock The quiet seaside town of Bamburgh in Northumberland is officially the best in the UK, according to more than 4,000 people polled by Which?. There’s not much going on – it rated poorly for shopping and has zero nightlife – but little Bamburgh, which sits in the shadow of impressive Bamburgh castle, scored highly for peace and quiet, winning points for its stunning scenery and pristine beach. Sounds lush to us.  Photograph: Shutterstock You can check out the full list here, but other coastal towns which scored highly include Llandudno, Tenby, St Davids and Conwy in Wales, St Andrews in Scotland, Dartmouth in Devon, Aldeburgh in Suffolk, Filey in North Yorkshire and Lyme Regis in Dorset.  That’s a solid list to work your way through this summer. See ya on the sand. 

5 incredible places to stay over the May bank hol weekend

5 incredible places to stay over the May bank hol weekend

This really is the most wonderful time of the year. It seems like only last week that we were revelling in the joy of a long weekend (because it was), and now here we are on the cusp of another.  If the bumper run of bank hols has taken you by surprise and you find yourself plan-less for the early May long weekend, do not panic. As luck (and an Airbnb deep dive) would have it, there are plenty of pretty ace places that still have availability for the upcoming weekend (April 29 to May 2).  Like this vibey 1960s poolhouse in the Cotswolds. Photograph: Airbnb This rural hideaway beside a lake in Devon. Photograph: Airbnb This incredibly-positioned, luxe cabin high above a Cornish beach. Photograph: Unique Homestays This twee, Edwardian cottage surrounded by pine trees. Photograph: Landmark Trust And this bougie Somerset bolthole. Photograph: Airbnb Want to plan ahead for the next bank holiday? Check out our pick of the best Airbnbs in the UK. 

Five incredible places to stay that still have Easter bank hol availability

Five incredible places to stay that still have Easter bank hol availability

Heard the big news? This weekend is not only the first bank holiday of 2022, but it’s also going to bring with it a mini-heatwave.  We’re talking highs of 22C, which would make it the hottest weekend of the year so far. Truly the best of times.  If you’re unprepared, do not panic. There are actually quite a few places to stay in the UK that still have Easter bank hol availability. Like these five properties, made for sunny, warm weekends like these:   The lakeside shepherd’s hut Photograph: Airbnb A fancy villa right on the beach Photograph: Airbnb This place with a pool Photograph: Airbnb A *very* chic boudoir by the seaside Photograph: Airbnb This super-romantic Cotswolds cottage Photograph: Airbnb

You can buy the fairytale tower that Judy Garland once called home

You can buy the fairytale tower that Judy Garland once called home

There’s no place like home, eh? And you could be saying that about one pretty incredible property soon.  The Deer Tower (yes, we’re talking about an actual tower) wouldn’t be out of place in a fairy tale – and it’s just come on the market for the first time in 25 years. Photograph: Knight Frank It’s got some impressive features, as well as one very famous former resident: Judy Garland. The Wizard of Oz star once called the tower, which sits near Chiddingfold right on the West Sussex/Surrey border, home. *insert joke about not being in Kansas any more*  Photograph: Knight Frank For a casual £6.35 million, the three-bedroom Deer Tower’s 120 acres, including formal gardens, an orchard, woodlands and a standalone studio in the grounds, could be yours.  You can survey it all from the tower’s roof terraces and balconies, while inside the eighteenth-century, grade II-listed tower you’ll find a log burner, an AGA, elegant rooms and ornate windows to gaze out of. Photograph: Knight Frank Due to the tower’s rounded walls there are also plenty of cute nooks and unusual spaces to discover, like circular dressing rooms, a petite study and a tiny bar off the drawing room. We can see why Judy liked the place.  Fancy calling this place home? Find out more here.  Got five minutes to spare? Want to tell us what life is like in your city? Take the Time Out Index survey here. 

This lesser-known walk is officially the best in the UK

This lesser-known walk is officially the best in the UK

There are walks and then there are incredibly scenic, cinematic walks that take twice as long as they should because you can’t help but stop to try and capture the scenery on your phone.  This is one such walk, recently voted the best 13-mile-or-less wandering route in the UK in a survey by Which? magazine. Photograph: Shutterstock Fifty-one walks were rated and Malham Cove and Gordale Scar in North Yorkshire came out on top, scoring highly for scenery, wildlife and places of interest. So basically all the things.  The stunning route has even featured on screen, appearing in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, so it’s got genuine film credentials too.  Photograph: Shutterstock Other walks that topped the list include both the Botallack Mine Walk and Lizard Peninsula Circuit in Cornwall, the climb to the top of Helvellyn (that’s England’s third highest mountain FYI), Buttermere Circuit in the Lake District, the Grosmont-to-Goathland walk and a stamp around Rhossili Headland in Wales. You can check out the full list here.  For more walking inspiration, read our pick of the nine best hikes in the UK. They’re all breathtaking – in more ways than one.  Got five minutes to spare? Want to tell us what life is like in your city? Take the Time Out Index survey here.

This new UK hotel wants to mend your broken heart

This new UK hotel wants to mend your broken heart

Been dumped? Cheated on? Ghosted? If your heart feels broken, there’s a warm welcome waiting at this new UK hotel.  The Heartbreak Hotel, which opened in north Norfolk at the end of 2021, is a new retreat that specifically aims to heal heartbreak. How? Through a soothing mix of rest, relaxation, endless cups of tea, beach walks, runs and swims, nourishing food, plush surroundings, engaging fireside conversation – and hours of intensive group therapy.  Photograph: The Heartbreak Hotel The hotel, which is run by psychologist Alice Haddon and life coach Ruth Field, offers three-night weekend stays for women who have recently had their hearts broken by their partner.  Photograph: The Heartbreak Hotel ‘We’ve all had our hearts broken. And it hurts like hell,’ they say. ‘We ask ourselves why. What did I do wrong? What does their WhatsApp message really mean?’ And The Heartbreak Hotel is the place to find the answer. What it isn’t, is the place to vent over a drink (or three) and then text your ex. The retreats are alcohol- and technology-free. The aim instead is that women leave Heartbreak Hotel having not only fast-tracked their recovery from heartbreak and trauma, but also armed with knowledge about their attachment styles and what they want from life post-break-up.   Photograph: The Heartbreak Hotel Each stay, they say, is equivalent to six months of weekly therapy, with every guest taking part in around eight hours of therapy each day. No surprises then that this isn’t

You can stay overnight in these famous gardens where an extravagant Bridgerton ball was filmed

You can stay overnight in these famous gardens where an extravagant Bridgerton ball was filmed

If Bridgerton season two has left you feeling less than impressed with your twenty-first-century existence, this unusual and historic stay will perk you right up.  It’s a properly stunning gothic temple, built in 1741, complete with turrets, a gilded dome ceiling, a viewing gallery and quirky circular rooms. Sleeping four, it’s available to rent from less than £175 a night – and this spectacular place has even got a genuine Bridgerton connection.  Photograph: Landmark Trust Landmark Trust’s Gothic Temple is set in the famous gardens of Stowe House in Buckinghamshire, where the ball at Vauxhall Pleasure Gardens in Bridgerton’s first season was filmed. You know, the one were Daphne and Simon first make their scandalous pact.  Photograph: Supplied/Netflix The ball scene was shot just in front of the Temple of Venus, another of the buildings found in Stowe’s grand Georgian gardens. It’s just a short walk through the parkland from Gothic Temple.  Photograph: Landmark Trust Rent Gothic Temple for a short stay and you can take in dreamy views of the gardens, which are dotted with lakes, follies and monuments, from the temple’s roof terrace. The grounds are run by the National Trust, but you’ll get access after hours to live out all your regency fantasies.  Photograph: Landmark Trust As well as the spectacular surroundings and genteel vibes, Gothic Temple promises an (almost) realistic taste of eighteenth-century life. We’re talking minimal heating, patchy signal, no interne

Is this heated coastal lido the UK’s ultimate winter swimming spot?

Is this heated coastal lido the UK’s ultimate winter swimming spot?

The temperature may have dropped, but that doesn’t mean you need to pack away your swimming costume. A balmy outdoor swim is very much possible in winter – even here in the UK. One of the best places to take the plunge? The recently reopened Jubilee Pool in Penzance – a lido filled with seawater that sticks right out into the Cornish waves with views across to St Michael’s Mount, heated by geothermal energy. The triangular, art deco lido has been popular with locals and visitors in the summer months since it opened in the 1930s. Now it’s open all year round, thanks to a section of the pool that is being naturally heated to a toasty 35C (95F). Jubilee Pool is already the largest lido in the UK and now it can call itself the first geothermally-heated lido in the UK too, using warmth from underground hot water springs. According to a spokesperson for Geothermal Engineering Limited, this is one of the lowest-carbon, most sustainable forms of heating available. The geo pool is big enough for 50 people and a ticket gets you an hour in the waves. The opening of the balmy pool last year marked the completion of a huge regeneration project, which also saw Jubilee Pool get new changing facilities and a café. It now hosts poolside yoga sessions and will run its first ‘geothermal and dine’ experience next week. So it’s a warm, sensory experience that’s also good for the environment? That’s reason enough to jump right in at the deep end. Love a lido? Check out the best ocean pools in t

2022年、世界で最もリロケーションに向いている都市は

2022年、世界で最もリロケーションに向いている都市は

この数年、多くの人が大変だったことは、言うまでもないだろう。もしあなたが人生を大きく変えたいという強い衝動に駆られているのであれば、我々が提案できることがいくつかある。そのうちの一つは、活気に満ちた都市への「リロケーション(移住)」だ。 2022年に向けて生活状況は好転しているが、コロナ禍で活発になった柔軟なWFH(Work From Home=リモートワーク)アプローチは維持される可能性が高い。つまり、どこか全く新しい場所に引っ越すことに関して、これまでよりハードルが下がっているわけだ。 では2022年、新生活を始めるのにおすすめの都市はどこだろうか。包装材の小売業者RAJA社が発表した、『リロケーションに適した都市ランキング』を見てみよう。これは専門家グループが、雇用率、生活費、治安、医療など10項目を調査、分析して作成したもの。 1位に輝いたのは雇用率が高く、手頃な家賃で住める、ギリシャの首都アテネ。さらに、ビールが安いということでもポイントを稼いだ。次点はアメリカのテキサス州オースティン。この街は緑が多く、アウトドア派にとくにおすすめといえる。3位はスペインのバルセロナ。酒が安く、医療が充実していて、気候も良い。また、郷土料理も絶品だ。4位以降は以下の通り。 リロケーションに適した都市ランキング(RAJA社) 1. アテネ(ギリシャ)2. オースティン(アメリカ)3. バルセロナ(スペイン)4. ベルリン(ドイツ)5. ケープタウン(南アフリカ)6. チェンマイ(タイ)7. クライストチャーチ(ニュージーランド)8. コペンハーゲン(デンマーク)9. デリー(インド)10. ドバイ(アラブ首長国連邦) 逆に、2022年に新生活を始めるのに適していない都市はどこだろうか。それを知るには、グローバルに活躍するビジネスマン向けコミュニティーであるInterNationsが、1万5000人以上の外国人駐在員を対象とした調査をまとめて発表した『Expat City Ranking』が参考になるだろう。それによるとローマ、パリ、ダブリンなどが生活費が高いため、移住を避けた方がいいとされている。確かにその通りだ。もちろん、休暇で訪れるにはいい街ではあるということは、念の為付け加えておく。 リロケーションか旅行か、判断は分かれるかもしれないが、どちらにせよ見ている景色を変えるのは良いことだろう。 原文はこちら 関連記事 『2021年、世界のベストシティランキング』 『2021年、世界で最もクールな49の街』 『大阪は世界で2番目に住みやすい、エコノミスト誌がランキングを発表』 『羽田空港が2021年度の世界一清潔な空港に選出』 『スカイトラックスが2021年版、世界のベスト空港を発表』 東京の最新情報をタイムアウト東京のメールマガジンでチェックしよう。登録はこちら 

These are officially the best cities to start a new life in 2022

These are officially the best cities to start a new life in 2022

You don’t need us to tell you that the past couple of years have been tough. But if they’ve left you with a strong and persistent urge to make a massive life change, we can help you out with some ideas. Like, which of the world’s vibrant and exciting cities you should move to next, for example. With things looking up for 2022 but a flexible WFH approach likely to stay put, you might be in the ideal position to up sticks and move somewhere totally new. If that’s you, these are the cities you should consider starting a new life in next year.  The Greek capital, Athens, takes the top spot in a new poll by packaging retailer RAJA. To come up with the ranking, a group of experts analysed data across ten factors including employment rate, cost of living, safety and healthcare. Athens clinched first place thanks to its high employment rate, affordable rent and – most importantly – the incredibly cheap beer. Sounds like the ideal place to relocate to. Next up is Austin in Texas, where experts say the quality of life is great. The city is packed with green spaces – so if you’re outdoorsy, this is the one for you. Then, in third, there’s Barcelona, which has cheap booze, good healthcare, great weather and some pretty exquisite national dishes. We’re packing our bags already.  Here is the top ten in full: 1. Athens2. Austin3. Barcelona4. Berlin5. Cape Town6. Chiang Mai7. Christchurch8. Copenhagen9. Delhi10. Dubai And when it comes to where not to start a new life in 2022? Last year, a l