4 Great UK City Breaks
No list of city breaks in the UK would be complete without the capital, London. Home to thousands of attractions, shops, hotels and events, it’s definitely well worth a visit!
This year, London also plays host to the Summer Olympic Games, which, if you’re lucky enough to have tickets to an event, will be an amazing experience. If you don’t have tickets but still fancy getting into the Olympic spirit, consider going along to one of the open events, such as the cycling road race or the triathlon in Hyde Park.
If sport’s not your thing, there’s a plethora of other things to do: take a ride on the London Eye, have afternoon tea at Claridge’s, visit the shopping mecca that is Harrods, take in a West End show, or visit one of the many art galleries or museums.
Where to stay – try the Dean Street Townhouse, a boutique hotel in bustling Soho, with 39 individually designed rooms. Or the Strand Palace, in the heart of the West End.
Known for its music and vibrant party scene, Manchester has undergone massive renovations and redevelopments over the last few years. The shopping opportunities are amazing – try the Northern Quarter for vintage, King Street for designer brands, or the Arndale Centre and Market Street for high street brands – and unrivalled in the north of England, and there are also many music venues dotted around the city, which stage shows by the world’s top bands and musicians, as well as smaller, more intimate venues where you might catch an upcoming local band or two.
Manchester is also home to two rather well-known football teams, so if you’re a footy fan, you could try and catch a game. And if you need a break after shopping (or cheering yourself hoarse at the football!) visit Harvey Nichols for afternoon tea, have a cocktail at Socio Rehab in the Northern Quarter, or visit the Printworks for cinemas, restaurants and bars
Where to stay – it’s got to be the Hilton Deansgate, the tallest building in the City. Half hotel, half swanky apartments, and with a bar that features a glass floor 23 storeys up!
Every August, thousands of people from all around the world descend on Edinburgh for the Fringe Festival. This three-week long extravaganza of comedy, theatre, music and general mayhem takes place at venues around the city, from churches to pubs, to cafes, to caves, to empty houses. Walk down the Royal Mile, in the Old Town, and you can’t move for street artists and performers promoting their shows.
And if you get tired of sitting in venues, why not have a wander round Edinburgh Castle, or visit Holyroodhouse? Or if you’re tired after all that culture, visit the Hotel Missoni for afternoon tea. Be warned, you may need to book in advance!
Where to stay – the aforementioned Hotel Missoni. A new, stylish and modern hotel that is the only 5 star hotel on the famous Royal Mile, in the Old Town.
Most people know that Nottingham was the home of Robin Hood and his merry band of outlaws, and if you’re a fan of the legend, there is still much fun to be had in the city. Visit the Galleries of Justice, where the Sherriff of Nottingham once reigned supreme, and take a tour through crime and punishment in the city. Or if you’re feeling a little more adventurous, they also run ghost hunts here!
If that’s not your thing, take a walk round Nottingham Castle, or visit Wollaton Hall (which you’ll see as Wayne Manor in the next Batman film). If you fancy a bit of culture, Nottingham Contemporary is a fantastic modern art gallery in the Lacemarket area of the city, often featuring local artists. Or catch an independent film at the famous Broadway Cinema (which also has a great cafe/bar).
Nottingham also has fantastic opportunities for shopping. High street brands can be found in the Victoria Centre, the Broadmarsh and everywhere in between; head to Hockley for vintage shopping galore, or go to Bridlesmith Gate for designer brands. You may even be able to visit an actual market on the Old Market Square in front of the Town Hall.
Where to stay – the Lacemarket Hotel is stylish, luxurious and right in the middle of town, surrounded by the upmarket bars and restaurants of the Lacemarket area, or if you want somewhere quieter, try the family-run P & J Hotel, just outside the city centre.
P & J Hotel Nottingham is a family owned hotel in the prosperous Lenton area of the city. Just outside the city centre, its location makes it the ideal choice for travellers visiting Nottingham on business or pleasure.