United Kingdom Travel Guide

/ / / /

How to Do London Fashion Week Without Being a Fashion Week Crasher

Where: Strand, London, United Kingdom, WC2R 1LA
January 27, 2015 at 5:57 PM | by | Comments (0)

You may fancy yourself a fashion maven but perhaps the bigwigs running London’s Fashion Week didn’t get that memo. If you’re not a fashion industry insider but still want to hang out with your fellow fashionistas, here’s an alternative for you: London’s Fashion Weekend.

Held at the close of Fashion Week at Somerset House (virtually next door to The Savoy hotel), this is your chance to take in the catwalk shows, shop at plenty of pop-ups, get makeup and hair consults and ponder the trends of the season while sipping on a glass of bubbly.

more ›

/ / / / /

5 Best Bars to Get Drunk at in Newcastle

January 26, 2015 at 8:19 PM | by | Comments (0)

Newcastle upon Tyne is known for stag parties, scantily dressed men and women (in the middle of winter), and general hedonism revelry. It’s also home to the UK's version of "Jersey Shore", called The Geordie Shore. If you're heading here, you're pretty much DTF--down to find...a good bar to drink at. So please, allow us to help you.

Here are 5 bars to get drunk at in Newcastle:

Where to go for live music? The Cluny.
Hiding in the Ouseburn Valley, it's not the easiest to reach, or even find, the pub, but, once you do, it's worth the rocking. The part music venue, part theater, full-time bar hosts loads of events almost daily, including beer festivals. The tap list is extensive with a ton of craft brews from around the world.

more ›

/ / /

Now You Too Can Go 'Into The Woods' With The Dover Castle Tour

January 20, 2015 at 4:03 PM | by | Comments (0)

Into The Woods, the cinematic adaptation of Stephen Sondheim's Broadway musical, isn't just racking up award nominations this month, it is also being honored with its own tour.

To commemorate the movie's UK release, one of Into The Woods' filming locations has created themed tours that give fans a chance to walk in the footsteps of the film's stars, including Anna Kendrick and Chris Pine.

This special location, Dover Castle in Kent, is prominently featured in the Rob Marshall-directed musical. It was used as the prince's castle, the setting for an earthquake scene, and as the backdrop for Cinderella's wedding.

The cinematic tours of Dover Castle will run on Saturday, Jan. 24 and Jan. 31 and will be conducted by an English Heritage guide who worked with the film company. Adult tickets are £19.50. To book, visit english-heritage.org.uk.

Into The Woods isn't Dover Castle's only shot at the big screen. It will also be featured in the upcoming feature films Avengers: Age of Ultron and Hollow Crown.

[Photo: IMDb]

/ / / /

What Ridiculous Foods Would a Glasgow Chip Shop Fry For Us?

January 19, 2015 at 6:48 PM | by | Comments (0)

Scotland is no stranger to fried foods. In fact, the country could probably contend, and win, the fried-food competition at the Texas state fair. So we thought it’d be fun to put a Scottish chippy to the test--What ridiculous foods would they fry for us?

For a country that treasures the deep-fried Mars Bar, we decided to test the limits of a chippy menu, using a few Glasgow chip shops as the guinea pigs.

more ›

/ / / / /

No TP in the Toilet? Virgin Trains Has You Covered

January 7, 2015 at 2:15 PM | by | Comments (0)

Man boards train. Man gets bathroom urge. Man races to train bathroom to relieve self… Man realizes there’s no toilet paper.

Such was the predicament of 16-year-old Adam Greenwood who was making the long haul from London Euston to Glasgow on Virgin Trains last month.

But instead of flushing himself down the toilet in shame, as the rest of us would, being a millennial he tweeted his situation to the company.

more ›

/ / / / /

The Most Improved Airport of 2014

December 31, 2014 at 11:09 AM | by | Comments (0)

It's that time of the year again, the time when the year just plain ends. Alas, we can't just let 2014 go that easily, especially since travelers spent it both up in the air and up in arms over a crazy range of topics. Now we take a brief look back at the best and worst of 2014 with the Jaunted Travel Awards,—or as we fondly refer to them—The Jauntys.

2014 brought fresh airports, but one really caught our eye for more than just new coats of paint and updated design elements. London City, the little airport that is positioned so close to one of the British capital, that you might be able to wave to the Queen upon collecting your luggage, takes home the prize for the most improved airport for 2014.

more ›

/ / / /

Complaints May Send the Highway Near Stonehenge Subterranean

December 10, 2014 at 10:21 AM | by | Comments (0)

Visitors to Stonehenge might have a better experience in just a few years, as it sounds like the British government is thinking about routing traffic elsewhere to reduce the noise pollution and traffic in and around the prehistoric monument.

The initial plans call for the highway to be buried underground near the ancient sites, as the A303 highway will disappear into a tunnel and reappear once safely away from any potential congestion. There are three proposals kicking around, and of course there’s already some serious debate regarding if this will even happen—or if it’s even a good idea.

more ›

/ / / / / /

The Train to the Plane is Only Improving at London-Gatwick

December 9, 2014 at 9:52 AM | by | Comments (2)

The train to plane options over at London-Gatwick are about to get much improved, as officials are spending big bucks to make the transition from rail to air that much better.

Work will be ongoing for quite some time, as the plan is get things done in time for 2020. The investment will upgrade and improve the airport’s train station, and that means way better public transportation options to and from the terminals and concourses.

more ›

/ / / / / / / / /

Go Behind the Scenes of 'The Imitation Game' at the Real Bletchley Park

December 5, 2014 at 3:23 PM | by | Comments (0)

Visitors to Britain's Bletchley Park, where Alan Turing and his team cracked the German Enigma code and helped end World War II, can now go behind the scenes of the movie based on Turning's life, The Imitation Game.

The Imitation Game: The Exhibition is now on display in the room where the movie's bar scenes were filmed at Bletchley Park.

“Filming at Bletchley Park was amazing," said star Benedict Cumberbatch. "The parts where we were at Bletchley Park were magical moments in the filming schedule. It really was very special. You really feel like you're playing slightly with ghosts. It's nerve-racking, fictionalizing what happened."

more ›

/ / / / / / / / / /

Video Interlude: The Airbus A380 as a Canvas for Light Projection Artwork

November 17, 2014 at 11:33 PM | by | Comments (0)

When it comes right down to it, all aircraft are works of art. One particular masterpiece of recent is the super-jumbo A380, with its double-decker curves and four-engine strength. British Airways is particularly enthralled with their sparkling new A380s and thus created a piece of video art in homage to it.

The British carrier has swapped canvas for fuselage to celebrate their newest non-stop route between London-Heathrow and Singapore with a stunning video that's right out of the cool 4D trend of late. You know—when a projection on a building gives the illusion of it coming alive right before your very eyes.

more ›

/ / / / /

One Airport in England Goes All Out for 'Movember'

November 17, 2014 at 8:00 AM | by | Comments (0)

There’s No Shave November, Movember, or whatever else you want to call it; however, just note that one airport is truly getting into the season.

The fun is all associated with cancer awareness and other men’s health issues, and of course we have even discovered a few planes doing their thing to help out.

more ›

/ / / / /

Take a Whiff of London-Heathrow's Smelly New Attraction

November 4, 2014 at 6:06 PM | by | Comments (0)

We have seen some weird stuff at airports, but even the oddest things seem to have a purpose—like those sleeping pod things. Now we’re not sure about this latest addition to London-Heathrow, as officials have wheeled in some kind of globe that shares the smells of the world.

The entertainment—if you can call it that—is now set up in Terminal 2, as the scent globe shares different aromas, smells, and fragrances from around the world. Spots like China, Thailand, South Africa, and Brazil are just a few of the featured offerings. Apparently those spots smell nice, and they’re of particular interest to those heading out of Great Britain on holiday.

more ›