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Great things to do at the South Bank

Top things to do in London's exciting South Bank

London is a fantastic place for a short getaway. Thanks to its electric mix of cultural attractions, parks, shopping, restaurants and entertainment, it is a real haven for those seeking lively breaks. Read on to find out all about what you can do and see at the vibrant South Bank.

Top London 2012 Festival events

London 2012 Festival: enjoy a short break with a difference

If you're planning a short getaway in the UK this summer, make London your destination. Teeming with attractions all year round, the city will prove an even more exciting place to visit as the weather gets warmer - especially thanks to the London 2012 Festival.

What’s on in London this February

What’s on in London this February

Our top picks for the best events happening in London this February 2012 – from flamenco to modern art and beyond.

Watch the Varsity Boat Race on a London city break

Join the rowing crowd on a Boat Race mini-break

The Oxford versus Cambridge classic Boat Race is a key date in the high society calendar and you can be there with a classy three-night London mini-break from onefinestay.com

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Coffee with a local in Amsterdam


This week IdealShortBreaks.co.uk is in Amsterdam drinking strong black coffee with local Machteld Ligtvoet, who gives us tips on some of his favourite local haunts – including where you can go to find one of the best views of the city.

Top five alternative Christmas markets

Alternative Christmas markets

Forget the likes of Germany and Eastern European favourites, Budapest, Krakow and Prague this year and why not head to some alternative Christmas market destinations for something a little different this festive season?