In the next installment of our Photo Diary series, we’re revealing where to eat, stay and play across the United Kingdom. From bustling, cosmopolitan London and Edinburgh to the rural, charming countryside of the Cotswolds and the Scottish Highlands, the United Kingdom presents an endless variety of landscapes and experiences sure to satisfy any curiosity.
WHERE TO EAT
Perhaps one of the top “Instagrammed” places in London’s Mayfair neighborhood right now, Sketch’s The Gallery, a modern European gastro-brasserie, is THE hot spot for afternoon tea. Not much of a tea drinker? Don’t worry, you can make reservations for a Champagne Afternoon Tea or a British Sparkling Afternoon Tea.
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Located within The Principal Edinburgh, The Printing Press Bar & Kitchen showcases Scottish produce at its finest. “Inspired by Scotland’s larder, the warmth of its people and Edinburgh’s rich literary heritage,” the restaurant’s atmosphere, menu and staff come together to offer guests an exceptional dining experience. So grab a table, try some smoked haggis and sip on a wee dram of Scotch whisky at this fine Scottish establishment.
Set in the heart of the idyllic Cotswolds, head to The Wild Rabbit for a locally sourced meal featuring the finest seasonal food. With its Michelin star, you’ll be wowed by the restaurant’s contemporary, creative and delightful dishes served in a tranquil setting.
Indulge in modern British comfort food at The Game Bird at The Stafford London. Whether you make a reservation for an elegant afternoon tea, stop by for a Sunday roast dinner or simply pop in for a glass of bubbly at the chic Champagne Bar, you are guaranteed to feel like an honorary member of an exclusive private club.
WHERE TO STAY
Stay in one of The Stafford London’s 107 rooms and suites and you’ll be waking up in a uniquely personalized, boutique hotel just around the corner from Buckingham Palace. From the 380-year old wine cellar with corridors leading to St. James’s Palace, to the charming accommodations and unparalleled dining experiences, The Stafford is one of the most sophisticated hotels in the Capital.
Further north in Edinburgh, Scotland, retreat to the sensibly modern and pleasingly historic Principal Edinburgh. Located in the posh New Town neighborhood on the quintessential George Street, and just a short walk from the famed Royal Mile in Old Town, this landmark property dating back to 1775 is not to be missed!
In the heart of the historic walled city of York, England, just steps from the train station, you will find The Principal York. It is an ideal location to call home base as you set out to explore the medieval history of the region. When you’re not out and about, relax in your bedroom featuring balanced, neutral tones, grab a drink at the hotel’s Refectory Kitchen & Terrace or take a dip in the heated swimming pool.
Head southwest from York and book a stay at The Principal Manchester, “a refuge in the capital of cool.” Experience the city of Manchester known for its bustling music scene, famed football matches, acclaimed art museums and more from one of their 270 elegant and spacious bedrooms.
WHERE TO PLAY
Calling all Downton Abbey fans: Spend a day with Stately Tours on an exclusive tour of Blenheim Palace accompanied by Jessica Fellowes, whose uncle wrote the popular series! Located just outside of Oxford, this Baroque masterpiece is the only non-royal palace in England and is an absolute treat to visit.
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Take a few hours one afternoon to climb the highest point in Edinburgh, Arthur’s Seat, which also happens to be a dormant volcano. Once at the top, take in a panoramic view showcasing the city’s Old Town, New Town and its neighboring body of water, the North Sea.
Peruse around the shops and cafes of the quaint, inviting market town of Cirencester, nicknamed the “Capital of the Cotswolds.” With Stately Tours as your private guide, you’ll be sure to discover the town’s hidden corners and experience rural England at its best.
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Go on a guided tour of The National Gallery in London and gaze in awe of the museum’s vast collection of Monet’s, Degas’, Cézanne’s and more as you pick up interesting details about each artist and work of art. With Stately Tours as your museum guide, you’ll even get to meet local artists just outside of The Gallery in Trafalgar Square!
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– The JG Black Book Team