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BABINGTON HOUSE, SOMERSET: HOTEL REVIEW

BABINGTON HOUSE, SOMERSET: HOTEL REVIEW

PRIVATE MEMBERS CLUB: BABINGTON HOUSE, SOMERSET Babington House, in Somerset, is the UK country outpost of the private members' club Soho House. The hotel rooms are open to members and non-members. The house is from the 18th-century and is set in 18 acres. I started visiting in the early noughties and have stayed many times since. There is an indoor and outdoor swimming pool, boutique, Cowshed Spa, chapel, kids club, orangery, tennis courts and more. The hotel is aimed at 'creative types' so it is full of the kind of people I like to hang around with. Think thirty-forty somethings...


ARNOLFINI CENTRE FOR CONTEMPORARY ARTS BRISTOL: RICHARD LONG TIME AND SPACE

ARNOLFINI CENTRE FOR CONTEMPORARY ARTS BRISTOL: RICHARD LONG TIME AND SPACE

RICHARD LONG EXHIBITION - ARNOLFINI CENTRE TIME AND SPACE is a major new solo exhibition (at the Arnolfini in Bristol, England) celebrating Bristol-based artist Richard Long, including several new works and recreations of previous works that have been made for this exhibition. TIME AND SPACE looks at the area (Bristol and the south-west) where Richard Long grew up and still resides and takes it as the start and end point of his work and walks, which are a key part of his work. Walking is his way of recording and perceiving landscape and he sees art as a journey. The...


HOTEL REVIEW: WEST LODGE PARK HOTEL AND THE BEALE ARBORETUM

Lynnette Peck

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HOTEL REVIEW: WEST LODGE PARK HOTEL AND THE BEALE ARBORETUM

West Lodge Park Hotel and The Beale Arboretum in Hertfordshire, England We stayed at the West Lodge Park, a four star hotel in Hertfordshire, on a Saturday night in August 2015. It was £165 for two to stay in a room with a king size bed, bathroom, walk in wardrobe and patio. Breakfast is an extra £17 per person.  The place has a long history and Henry Coventry a Secretary of State to Charles II, even lived at West Lodge and was visited there in June 1676 by the writer John Evelyn who wrote a favourable description of the place in his diary....


VINTAGE RESTAURANT: BELL'S DINER AND BAR ROOMS, BRISTOL

VINTAGE RESTAURANT: BELL'S DINER AND BAR ROOMS, BRISTOL

Review: Bell's Diner and Bar Rooms, Bristol Bell's Diner is something of a Bristol institution. One of those restaurants that when you move here everyone says 'Oh you must visit Bell's' with an approving nod of their head. It has been open since 1967 so no wonder everyone knows of it. The restaurant is based in a former greengrocer's shop in Montpelier - a slightly down at heel, arty, graffiti-ridden, sort-of-cool, sort-of-rough area close to Bristol city centre. It has recently been renamed Bell's Diner & Bar Rooms (not sure why) but everyone still calls it Bell's. It has three rooms that...


AFTERNOON TEA WEEK 2015: OUR TOP FIVE PLACES TO HAVE AFTERNOON TEA

AFTERNOON TEA WEEK 2015: OUR TOP FIVE PLACES TO HAVE AFTERNOON TEA

Afternoon Tea Week Afternoon Tea Week celebrates the great heritage of afternoon tea in the UK with a week of activities, themed menus and offers in hotels, restaurants and tearooms across the country from 10th-16th August 2015. Here are our TOP FIVE places to have afternoon tea in the UK 1) The Hythe Light Railway Tea Room, Hythe Station, Kent The railway have recently opened a tea room at Hythe Station and Alison Chapman (antique dealer, TV presenter on Dickinson's Real Deal and Secret Dealers, and friend of Lovely's Vintage emporium) is the genius behind the vintage-inspired tea room. The...