A sparkling good time: Sailing through France’s Champagne region

Rolling hills patched together by vineyards and everyone’s favourite fizz: Sailing through France’s stunning Champagne region on a hotel barge The European Waterways hotel barge ‘Panache’ sails down the River Marne and the Canal latéral à la Marne Guests enjoy day trips to the cities of Reims and Epernay and even visit Champagne house Moët & … Read more

Food by Jason Atherton and personalised pillowcases: Hilton’s The Biltmore Mayfair opens in London

Hilton’s most luxurious European hotel has flung open its doors – and here we take a peek inside. The Biltmore Mayfair will undoubtedly be a huge hit with the well-heeled. It’s in London’s Grosvenor Square, the former home of the American Embassy and one of the UK capital’s most exclusive postcodes, Michelin-star restaurateur Jason Atherton … Read more

Everything you need to know about Japanese BULLET TRAINS including the ones serving RWC stadiums

Rugby fans visiting Japan for the World Cup are in for a treat if they use the country’s bullet trains to reach the stadiums. The fleet contains some of the most advanced high-speed trains in the world, with jaw-dropping top speeds and unmatched punctuality. Here we map out the network, pick out which types of … Read more

Turning sailing into an art form: Saga’s Spirit of Discovery ship has a £1million art collection

Turning sailing into an art form: On board Saga’s Spirit of Discovery ship, which boasts a £1million art collection Saga’s new Spirit of Discovery cruise ship has an incredible 1,200 commissioned pieces of art on board  The ship’s onboard library has 3,500 books, as well as comfortable chairs with soft blankets for reading  It also has … Read more

Fascinating photographs from new book Hidden London: Discovering the Forgotten Underground

There’s a secret world within London, behind locked doors and lost entrances. That’s according to a fascinating new book – Hidden London: Discovering the Forgotten Underground – which explores ‘a world of abandoned stations, redundant passageways, empty elevator shafts and cavernous ventilation ducts’ and reveals its discoveries using incredible photography. It claims to be the … Read more

The cruise where you float above the river! See the stunning Irrawaddy in Myanmar from every angle

The cruise where you float… above the river! See the stunning Irrawaddy river in Myanmar from every angle on balloons, kites and boats The Scenic Aura sails on the mystical Irrawaddy river that runs through Myanmar It is an exceptionally luxurious ship, with 22 balcony suites hosting 44 guests  The ship has an almost 1:1 … Read more

Snowflakes AND elephants? A Viking sailing safari along Africa’s shores on a ship with a snow grotto

Standing in a swimsuit, barefoot on the frozen ground, I watched as snowflakes fell around me in the snow grotto. Shivering with cold, I warned the masseur that I was going to succumb to hypothermia.  ‘OK,’ he said, guiding me to the steam room, where he had another questionable treat in store for me: while … Read more

Stunning black-and-white pictures in new teNeues book by Laurent Baheux of lions in Africa

A new coffee table book features stunning black-and-white lion pictures guaranteed to take your breath away. The images in the tome, which is simply titled Lions, were taken by French photographer Laurent Baheux over 17 years during odysseys across Kenya, Tanzania, South Africa, Namibia, and Botswana. The lion, he says, is an animal that he … Read more

First-time buyers close the gap on home movers as the number jumps by nearly 6 per cent

Almost 2,000 more first-time buyers get on the property ladder each month, as they take advantage of cheaper homes, generous mortgages and stamp duty cut First-time buyer numbers jump by 5.8 per cent compared to last year July saw a year-high in the amount lent to people buying their first homes Fewer homeowners are remortgaging than … Read more