Top Picks

Welcome to a cornucopia of personally-selected weekend break inspiration! Discover the best weekends from around the web right here – chosen by me – PLUS round-ups of some super-sweet short breaks you’ve just got to try. Ps: If you have any extra suggestions or ideas, or you’d like to feature in this section, drop me a line at: hellotravelcandy@gmail.com.

Is this the best cocktail bar in …

London’s One Aldwych has more than one thing to write home about. The dove-grey hotel sits in a princely position at the confluence of The Strand and The Aldwych, curving gently to follow the road and keep its eye on…

Gin bliss at London’s Gin Hotel: …

Free may be the most powerful word in the English language, but gin comes a close second. At least in my lexicon. For those of you who know me well, you’ll know that gin plays a big role in my…

Weekend Picks: Afternoon Tea in Bath

The Great British institution of afternoon tea has gone through a renaissance of late. Classic as the tradition may be, the ‘high tea’ execution of today is more inventive and more adventurous than ever. Not that I’m complaining; afternoon tea is my kind of jam…

Weekend Picks: Lisbon, Athens and Split

Spring. It’s trying. The daffs are out. The sun is warm, ish. No wonder you’re thinking of escaping for a weekend. So pack a bag and hit the road, weekend jetsetter. These balmy weekend away itineraries have been tried and tested…

Weekend Picks: Canterbury, Bath, Dublin

Soaring cathedrals, handsome churches, vats of guinness and 200 different types of gin. They’re just some of the gems that make-up this week’s scoop of Weekend Picks – taken from the best of the best around the web. First we head…

Weekend Picks: Afternoon Tea at The Goring …

THE GORING, London –  Ok, Kate Middleton; I can see what the appeal is. Class, poise, and enough ravishing Edwardian elegance to make Downton Abbey look positively hum-drum, The Goring Hotel in Belgravia certainly merits its regal visitors and its Royal Warrant. I went…

Weekend Picks: Rome, Florence and Genoa

If you’ve been to Italy then you already know. If you haven’t, then I envy you. Because you’ve yet to experience that first dalliance with Italy. The one that penetrates to the very fibre of your DNA, shifting it every so…

Weekend Picks: Budapest, Prague and Brussels

Hello. It’s me, Claire. I’d like to introduce you to a BRAND NEW Travel Candy feature that’ll be a regular visitor to this blog to take your weekend travels to new eye-popping horizons. It’s called Weekend Picks. Weekend Picks is going to be…