Biltmore sommelier Stefan Kobald on what to drink on Christmas Day from dinner to the Queen’s speech

Stefan Kobald, the Executive Head Sommelier at The Biltmore Mayfair hotel Don’t let your Christmas Day be marred by cheap sherry and wine that tastes like bleach. Instead, heed the advice about what to drink – and when – on the 25th from one of Britain’s top sommeliers, Stefan Kobald, the Executive Head Sommelier at … Read more

Christmas lights map reveals UK’s most festive residential streets from Cornwall to Scotland

A new interactive map has revealed the locations of the most impressive Christmas light displays in Britain. But the map doesn’t pay any attention to town or city centre displays. Instead, it champions the efforts Britain’s residents have gone to in bringing twinkling festive cheer to their streets. In total, 200 dazzling spots have been … Read more

Driving home for Christmas? The Extra Mile by Sawday’s lists hundreds of lovely roadside UK eateries

Driving home for Christmas but dreading the meal options on offer from Britain’s network of often miserable, crowded service stations?  Worry not, because a portion of help has arrived in the form of book The Extra Mile, by accommodation guide Sawday’s. It’s filled with delightful places to take a pit stop, from a railway carriage … Read more

The sales are on and flights are cheap. There’s no better time to visit New York than in new year

The Big Apple in December is glamorous and glittering, carried on a tide of spectacular department store window displays, floodlit ice rinks, Radio City Christmas specials and bell-ringing Santas on Fifth Avenue. But that all comes at a price. A sky-high price, in fact, along with impossible-to-get-in restaurants, sold-out Broadway shows and claustrophobic, congested sidewalks. … Read more