An Inspector Calls… A review of London’s Belmond Cadogan Hotel

An Inspector Calls… London’s Belmond Cadogan Hotel is full of ‘hope and expectation’ following a multi-million pound renovation The Belmond Cadogan Hotel has reopened after its £39 million refurbishment Located on Sloane Street in Chelsea, the cheapest room will set you back £470 The decor is stylish and modern but ‘respectful of the building’s heritage’ By … Read more

Ancient sphinx sculpture with head of a ram discovered at 3,000-year-old abandoned workshop in Egypt

Archaeologists have discovered the 3,000-year-old remains of an Egyptian carving workshop containing several unfinished sculptures, including a ram-headed sphinx chiseled from sandstone. The ancient workshop is thought to date back to the 18th Dynasty, during the reign of Amenhotep III – King Tut’s grandfather. The Swedish-Egyptian team behind the discovery also found hundreds of hieroglyphic … Read more

Dipping below the surface at the Burj Al Arab to discover the luxury hotel’s TURTLE hospital 

Most visitors to the United Arab Emirates go to enjoy the glitzy hotels, round-the-year sun and glamorous nightlife. But only yards away from the holidaymakers, there is a major campaign in progress to try and protect one of the planet’s most endangered marine species. At the Burj Al Arab Jumeirah hotel, with its iconic sail-shaped … Read more

A review of the Mamilla Hotel in Jerusalem just a short walk from the most revered sites on earth 

Holiness is perhaps an under-rated quality in a hotel. What with the worldly trappings of room service, valet parking and chocolates on pillows – not to mention the Satanic temptation of mini-bars – they are normally unabashed temples of fleshly delights. The Mamilla Hotel in Jerusalem, however, is different. Don’t get me wrong: as a … Read more

How to explore Lisbon on a shoestring budget

Lisbon is one of the coolest and most exciting capitals in Europe. And there’s so much to see and do from monuments and museums to quirky places to eat and stay. Here are some tips on how to make the most of a budget-friendly city break… WHERE TO STAY  Casa do Barao, Bairro Alto Snazzy: … Read more

Britain at its best: Raise a wee dram to the Isle of Islay

The Isle of Islay is closer to the ‘island of Ireland’ (as politicians call it when squabbling over the EU ‘backstop’) than it is to Scotland’s big cities. Out there, in other words. And yet for a first-timer it seems like a microcosm of Scotland as a whole, with its mountains, heathered moorland, grazing sheep, … Read more

Amazon unveils ‘Scout’ delivery bot set to roam the streets of Washington to deliver packages

Amazon unveils ‘Scout’ delivery bot set to roam the streets of Seattle to deliver packages The bright blue battery-powered robots can deliver packages autonomously Six Scout robots are being used in an area of Snohomish County, Washington They roll along at a ‘walking pace’ and avoid humans and pets on the sidewalk By Annie Palmer … Read more