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Afternoon tea at The Langham, London

Afternoon tea for just 7p

On June 10 2013, Palm Court at The Langham in London is offering guests afternoon tea for the original price it was served at in 1865 – just 7p – to mark the hotel’s 148h birthday.

Cliveden House - Jude Law's favourite place

National Trust reveals celebrities’ favourite UK spots

The National Trust has been recruiting famous faces to encourage the country to share their favourite places. Actor Jude Law, England rugby player Austin Healey and Sex and the City actress Kim Cattrall are among those who have shared photographs of the places that mean the most to them.

Easter weekend in England

2.7 million Brits to take a UK break over Easter weekend

Despite the cold weather this year 2.7 million Brits (6% of the adult population) plan to make the most of the Easter break by taking at least one overnight trip away in the UK. And of those, 2.5 million are planning to stay in England, according to VisitEngland’s latest Trip Tracker survey.

This is London Tower Bridge exhibition

Tower Bridge’s new family-friendly exhibition opens for Easter

Tower Bridge is to open a new family-friendly exhibition – This is London – in time for Easter. The exhibition will feature the internationally acclaimed illustrations and playful prose from Miroslav Sasek’s classic children’s book, This is London, first published in 1959.

Top five places to see the spring flowers

Top five places to see the spring flowers

Yesterday was the first official day of spring (even though it may not look like it outside), so we’ve picked five of our top favourite places to see the spring flowers. From the famous gardens at Kew, to tulip fields near Amsterdam, a cherry blossom festival in Copenhagen and an ancient bluebell wood in Wiltshire, here are our top picks.

The Floral Guernsey Spring Festival

A spring floral festival in Guernsey

If you’re looking for somewhere to celebrate the start of spring (when it finally arrives), then why not head to the Guernsey floral festival, from Saturday 20 April to Sunday 28 April 2013?

mother and daughter spa break

Mother’s Day spa breaks in the UK

Mother’s Day is less than two weeks away now and if you haven’t planned anything yet, then we’ve found some of the best Mother’s Day spa breaks around for pure indulgence and relaxation. Plus on many of them, you can join her too.

Tasty Walks in Guernsey

Visit Guernsey to launch 'Tasty Walks'

The island of Guernsey is to launch a series of three themed walks that combine the island’s unique natural scenery with its gastronomy.

Head to EAT! in July for foodie fun

Newcastle events to look forward to in 2013

Newcastle is one of the best British locations for an exciting city break - a holiday that can be made even more thrilling if you time your trip to coincide with one of its excellent festivals. Read our guide to find out what's on in the destination in 2013.

Highclere Castle

Top Downton Abbey film locations

There’s no denying that the nation is obsessed with Downton Abbey, the popular period drama that follows the story of the well-to-do Grantham family and their team of servant staff.

Frankfurt Christmas market

Best Christmas market food

A big part of the Christmas market experience is not only buying presents for all your friends and family, but trying all the tasty Christmas treats. From traditional mulled wine and gingerbread, to stolen and bratwurst here is some of the best Christmas market food try to on your short winter break.

Travelodge launches cosmic night sky panorama hotel room

Travelodge launches cosmic night sky panorama hotel room

Travelodge guests will now be able to sleep under the stars while in the comfort of their hotel bed, thanks to the installation of new cosmic panorama ceilings.

The Malvern Hills

The British sites that inspired Hollywood

There’s no need to travel all the way to Hollywood for a backlot film tour, over the next year England’s rural landscapes, stately homes and city skylines will take a starring role in some of the biggest blockbusters to be released.

Land Rover from James Bond Skyfall

Skyfall's Land Rover goes on display in Warwickshire

The Land Rover Defender 110 double cab pick-up featured in the opening chase scenes of new Bond movie Skyfall will go on display at the Heritage Motor Centre (HMC) in Warwickshire from December 17.

Bonfire Night and fireworks

Britain’s best Bonfire Night celebrations

Remember, remember the fifth of November, gun powder, treason and plot... It’s that time of year again when Britons all over the country wrap up warm and go out to celebrate Guy Fawkes Night, by burning bonfires, watching firework displays, waving sparklers and feasting on toffee apples, mulled wine, hot chocolate and steaming soup.

Halloween Haunted Castle at Warwick

Editor’s blog: Halloween at Warwick’s Haunted Castle

Esme Fox goes to check out the spooky goings on at Warwick Castle’s Haunted Castle event for Halloween.

Haunted Castle

Haunted retreats for Halloween

Why not celebrate this Halloween by taking a short break to visit some of Britain’s most haunted hotels? Set in beautiful historic buildings these hotels have plenty to keep you entertained, with stories of ghosts of floating ladies, notorious highwaymen, screams in the night and mysteriously locked doors.

Apples with hot spiced cider

The best places for British cider to celebrate Apple Day

October 21st is officially Apple Day, so in celebration, we’ve scoured the country for some of Britain’s best cider regions. From Somerset the undisputed king of cider, to the Cider Museum in Herefordshire and small local cider producers in Kent, here are the best places for British cider.

Bran Castle, Transylvania

Best towns to visit for Halloween

If you’re after a short break this Halloween, then why not go to some of these places that inspired some the world’s greatest classic horror novels? From Bran Castle in Romania, to Frankenstein’s Castle in Germany, here are the best Halloween towns.

Isles of Scilly

Cornwall's Isles of Scilly take second place in Top Ten Islands of the World

Forget the Caribbean, forget the Maldives, the Isles of Scilly in Cornwall has taken second place in a list of the Top Ten Islands of the World.

British cheese tour

British cheese tour

It’s British Cheese Week next week, from September 22 – 30, so we’ve decided to celebrate this British delight by taking you on a cheese tour of Britain to discover some of our favourites.

King's Cross Ice Cream Festival

Editor’s blog: A foodie weekend of brunch and ice cream

With so much always going on in London, you would never need to go to the same event twice and there is always something new to explore. Having lived here for four years now, I haven’t tired of it yet and always take the opportunity to go out and explore something new. Each week I’ll be sharing with you some of the things I get up to, both in the capital and further afield.

Kendal to hold sixth annual Mintfest

Kendal to hold sixth annual Mintfest

Mintfest, Kendal’s International Festival of Street Arts will be held from August 31 to September 2 and fill this small Cumbrian market town with more than 70 acts and performances from across the globe.

Top five things to do this August Bank Holiday Weekend

Top five things to do this August Bank Holiday Weekend

This is our last bank holiday of the year, so why not make the most of it and enjoy some of the great events that are going on around the UK? From the famous Notting Hill Carnival, to the Edinburgh Fringe and the International Beatle Week Festival, here’s our pick of the best.

Yorkshire encourages visitors to travel to home of Gold Medallists

EastCoast Rail launch Team Yorkshire campaign for Londoners

Yorkshire holds up their Olympic Success, as encouragement for Londoners to visit the Northern County.

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Coffee with a local in Amsterdam

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?