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Fancy getting away from London for a day or two? Checking out a great city like Liverpool, which is just over two hours away by train, can provide experiences that rival anything found in the UK’s capital. Whether it is music, sport, art or history, Liverpool has something singular on offer. Below are five things you can do in Liverpool, not found anywhere else in the world:

Visit the Cavern Club (pictured above This Photo by Unknown Author is licensed under CC BY-NC- SA):

Liverpool was the city where it all started by one of the most influential bands of all time – the Beatles. The Cavern Club was the home of the Fab Four from 1961-1963, where they played an astonishing 292 times. Today, it is effectively a shrine to the Beatles, where you can spend your time listening to tribute bands on stage or checking out cool Beatles memorabilia. There are brilliant events and festivals too, such as the International Beatleweek Festival (22-28th August).  

Experience the Grand National:

 

There is no horse race in the world quite like the Grand National. For a few minutes on 14th April 2018, the whole British nation stops to watch 40 runners and riders tackle the toughest course in racing. The National has been run for nearly 180 years now, making legends of horses like Red Rum and Golden Miller. This year, those looking to make history include the likes of Total Recall (12/1) Blaklion (14/1) and Cause of Causes (20/1). You can find free bets with the latest 2018 Grand National betting offers, which might help you make it a free trip. Regardless if you win or lose, the breath-taking action at the Grand National is not to be missed.

Check out Liverpool’s Historic Waterfront:

Liverpool’s Waterfront was made a UNESCO World Heritage site in 2004. It provides an insight to the city’s mercantile past, echoing the glory years of Liverpool as one of the great maritime centres of the world. It shows that Liverpudlians have a deep connection with their roots, but also points to the future of this thriving city. There are plenty of hotels, bars and restaurants in the area. Be sure to check out the Titanic Hotel on the Stanley Dock, a fitting tribute to the old world with all the comforts of the new.

Watch Liverpool FC at Anfield:

When opposing teams are about to step on to the pitch at Liverpool’s home ground, they must read one last message before the game starts. The simple inscription in the tunnel states: This Is Anfield. Its purpose is to remind opposing players they are about to enter the home of one of the world’s greatest football teams. Few sides leave the historic stadium with a win, but if they do it has been hard earned. Even if you are not a football fan, hearing legions of loyal fans sing their haunting anthem, You’ll Never Walk Alone, is one of the most spine-tingling experiences in world sport.

Liverpool Biennale:

Liverpool has always been a hub for both culture and counterculture. That is to say that it has always been a city for art, but it is not always what you might expect.  The 2018 Biennale invites artists to reflect upon the turmoil, both economic and social, happening around the world today. The Biennale is entitled, Beautiful world, where are you? With Liverpool’s history of working-class protest, social upheaval and the resilient nature of its people, they may have found the perfect city in which to ask such a pertinent question.

 

Watching sunrise from the best peak in the area, skating on black ice before a picnic and glass of bubbly, zooming down the St. Moritz ice track, or an excursion to feed local birds: these are just some of the unusual requests that Urs Wiederkehr, the new Outdoor Butler at Carlton Hotel St. Moritz, can fulfil.carlton_aussen_dez2013_016

An ex-ski instructor who has lived in St. Moritz for more than 30 years, Urs will cater to guests’ every need while showing them the very best hidden spots to ski, eat and discover history and culture in the Engadine. Newcomers and returners will discover the gems that only locals know about, taking in all of the old-school glamour and luxury of St. Moritz while avoiding the tourist traps.

Recently named Switzerland’s Leading Hotel 2016 at the World Travel Awards, the Carlton Hotel St. Moritz reopens for winter on 16 December.Travel to St Moritz for your very own outdoor butlre


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The all-suite Carlton Hotel is based in one of the world’s most prestigious ski resorts, and while those keen on winter sports have access to unrivalled skiing and snowboarding on the slopes of the Upper Engadine mountain range, guests can also enjoy winter hiking trails, gourmet cuisine in the Michelin-starred Da Vittorio and relaxation in the Carlton Spa.

Carlton Hotel St. Moritz has suites from CHF900 per night, based on two adults sharing a Junior Suite on a B&B basis. For further information and reservations, please visit www.carlton-stmoritz.ch or call +41 81 836 70 00.

Prices for the Outdoor Butler at Carlton Hotel St. Moritz are available upon request.

654px x 492px_02 (1)To celebrate adding more destinations to their Feel at Home roaming service, Three Mobile will be giving away free holidays in their pop-up Travel Agency at Westfield Stratford this Friday.
If you have an epic holiday story to share, head down to Westfield between 10am-8pm where a celebrity guest will be rewarding the best stories.
The celebrity travel agent will be revealed later in the week - for more information follow Twitter, Instagram or Facebook.
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Friday 12th August, 10am - 8pm
 
WHERE
Westfield Stratford (near Lacoste)

Olympic Park, Montfichet Rd, London E20 1EJ

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Take a couple of days to leave the smoke (after you've signed Greenpeace's petition to remind Khan that he's meant to be making London's air cleaner) and go to somewhere that doesnt have to worry about pollution all that much - Arosa.

Get back to Nature, sleep in a tepee and go horseback mountain riding and fly fishing at Tschuggen Grand Hotel, Arosa.

 

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Sleep under the stars in a luxury tepee and experience nature in the Alps this summer with Tschuggen Grand Hotel’s new tepee adventure experience.

Spend your first night at the hotel, relaxing in the Mario Botta-designed Bergoase spa, before setting off on horseback the next morning with Arosa’s mountain riding team. After stopping for a locally-sourced lunch at Restaurant Alpenblick, you will spend the afternoon learning the art of fly fishing before a Swiss barbecue, spending the night in a luxury private tepee complete with full furniture. The next morning, hike or ride back to your base at Tschuggen Grand Hotel.

 

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The tepee adventure experience includes

  • One night at Tschuggen Grand Hotel in a deluxe room on a half-board basis
  • Two-day guided horseback trek through the mountains organised by the Reiten am Berg mountain riding team
  • Lunch, dinner and a farmhouse-style brunch at Restaurant Alpenblick
  • Fly fishing on Lake Schwellisee
  • One night in a private luxury tepee

With a picturesque settings and holidays that you can be active on rather than over indulge making waves with our London leavers the town of Arosa in the Swiss Alps, is an ideal break option. The 5* Tschuggen Grand Hotel sees mild Alpine summers and is an ideal getaway for those looking for an active holiday in beautiful surroundings, with hiking, climbing , mountain biking, running trails and golf on Europe’s highest 18-hole golf course. Alternatively, relax in the Mario Botta-designed Bergoase Spa and enjoy Michelin-star dining in La Vetta restaurant.

For further information and reservations, please visit tschuggen.ch or telephone +41 81 378 99 99.

From CHF970 per person for 2 nights

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The Ski season may be over but that doesn't mean Switzerland has given you all it has to offer for the year.

We went to Hotel Villa Honegg to have a truly tranquil getaway and decided that come snow or sun (we had both on our trip) this is a stunning pocket of getaway heaven.

The hotel is small with only 27 rooms which makes for a truly boutique offering. There is a well equipped spa with gym, treatments, sauna, steam and plunge pool on offer as well as small swimming pool and outdoor heated infinity pool (our favourite) with stunning views whether the clouds move in and you just see the tops of  mountains or you stay out until the sunset.villa-honegg-terrassenlounge.jpg.1150x0_q85

The dining room is large and joined by the most comfy of library rooms complete with board games, fire (if it gets a little nippy in the evenings or you go in a cooler climate) and large doors out onto the terrace boasting equally stunning tranquil and so, so  quiet views of lakes, mountains and ski.

If you want to get a little active there's not only traditional and motorized bikes available to explore mountain paths but theres also golf buggies free of charge! Who hasn't wanted to steal a golf buggy before? Now you can do it without a bad conscience.

Rooms are snug and perfectly formed with everything you could want. A selection have large balconies perfect for private breakfast and sunset watching.Hotel-Villa-Honegg-designrulz-023

Whether you go to get snow or to get some sun if you want a luxurious break where you can really switch off - see a fully black sky and sleep in pure silence Hotel Villa Honegg is ideal for a short break away from London.