UK for the Holidays

Here’s an article from a guest of the site Olivia Lennox. She writes about the UK. It figures…a real bonafide girl comes to the site and Somebodyisfromhere.com didn’t even have time to tidy up. Enjoy!

The UK in Winter

by Olivia Lennox

Ever since The Holiday was released way back in 2006, I’ve been hankering to head over to the UK – well, Cameron Diaz made it look so gorgeous wrapped up in her knits while strutting around the countryside and falling in love with Jude Law!

And ok, while most people are jetting off to someplace warm and sunny in the winter months, here at somebodyisfromhere we’re embracing the notion of grabbing one of those last minute cruise deals and sailing over to the UK. We know it won’t be sunny, we’re sure there will be rain and maybe a bit of snow, but at this time of year we’ll avoid the hordes of tourists and see the country at its prettiest. So without further ado, let’s get on with discovering the place…

London

Ah, the home of HRH Queen Elizabeth – Buckingham Palace. On a misty winter’s morning with snow dusting its roof and the statues out front, this place looks absolutely stunning. Plus there’s hardly anyone else around so taking the perfect snapshot is a cinch.

Onwards from here, it’s time for a bit of fun at the Somerset House ice rink. It’s staged by Tiffany & Co so you can expect all-out glam. The busiest times are from dusk onwards so go during the day if you’d like a bit of space to skate around. If you’re not skating you can always sit back, relax and watch the merriment from the comfort of the bar, or wander around the Tiffany Shop where you’ll be able to find delicious artisan chocolates from master chocolatier, Cocomaya. We know which we’d rather be doing!

Just like a trip to New York isn’t complete without a trip to Broadway, a holiday in London isn’t complete without seeing a show in the West End. If you’ve got kids in tow then Matilda the Musical is the one for you – it’s showing at the Cambridge Theatre until 21st October 2012 so there’s plenty of time to book and plan that trip.

Edinburgh

From London, hop on a train at Kings Cross Railway Station (or Euston if you want a sleeper train) and journey north for around four hours until you reach the Athens of the North, Edinburgh. If you thought London was cold be prepared for it to get even colder! However, if you can bare the chill, this beautiful city is a definite must-see on a trip to the UK.

For a truly luxurious treat book a room at The Glasshouse – a five-star hotel within walking distance of Princes Street. Beds are huge, bathrooms sumptuous, and the breakfast to die for. If you go for the continental expect mouth-watering offerings like smoked salmon and cream cheese, miniature pastries, and smoothies packed with fruit. It’s a help-yourself affair so it should keep you going until dinner time.

In between meals, wander up cobbled street of The Royal Mile and have a look around Edinburgh Castle which sits high above the town perched on volcanic rock. You’ll probably need another day to enjoy a walk up Arthur’s Seat, but Calton Hill should be do-able. And it’s well worth the walk as up on the top you’ll find several monuments and buildings including the Robert Burns monument and the City Observatory. Make it up here for sunset and you’ll be in for a real treat – especially if it’s a clear day. Then amble back down into town and enjoy the best coffee in town at Artisan Roast on Broughton Street.

Countryside

If you’re hankering for a bit of countryside you’ll be spoilt for choice in the UK. But one of the most picturesque parts of the country has to be Yorkshire. With its moors, dales, lush wooded valleys, and old seaside charm, it’s up to you what sort of countryside you fancy. For an old school seaside retreat head to Whitby. Here you’ll find tales of Dracula and plenty of gothic ambience. Meanwhile, the cool hippy town of Hebden Bridge tucked away in the Pennines is perfect for café culture and hilly walks. If, however, you’re a Harry Potter fan make sure you head to Goathland. The train station here is Hogsmeade station in the film and kids of all ages will enjoy a trip on a steam train on the North Yorkshire Moors Railway.

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