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Manchester in Focus
Take look at Manchester central today and the overriding view is of cranes. Metal sky creatures reaching ever upward. A perfect analogy for what has happened to this proud city.
The results of a twenty-year plan, that has seen a comprehensive tramway system installed (reaching every major town within a 10-15 mile radius), a free city-centre bus service and progressive redevelopment across the whole of the city. These collective efforts have vaulted Manchester into the premier league for investment. Only this month it was revealed that Manchester is now the fastest developing and redeveloping city in Europe.
This spectacular transition is due in no small part to the progressive determination of Manchester City Council, who despite all odds and interference from central Government have shown just what can be achieved with a little foresight and a long-term plan. The regeneration has also brought a major population boom to the inner-city areas. There is barely an old mill or cotton warehouse/office that has not been converted into swish apartments. The rewards for the city are obvious in the vibrant feel that Manchester now exhibits. Not since Victorian times has Manchester had this level of inner-city dwellers.
So what does Manchester have to offer the many new found visitors ?
Where do we start ? There are fine buildings and history galore in this Victorian city. Many, like the Royal Exchange and The Corn Exchange have found new and impressive uses. One is now a theatre in the round, and very good it is too, while the other houses a plethora of restaurants and bars including a stylish branch of Gino di Campos Italian eaterie.
There are several theatres offering a wide variety of productions from musicals to Oscar Wilde. A great cinema complex at the Printworks offers up to the minute films and at £4.90 per ticket any weekday or evening, it’s without doubt the best value anywhere.
Hotels- whatever your choice or preference, you will find a huge selection within the city boundaries, from classic hotels such as The Midland, to boutique, business, aparta hotels and the very stylish sleep groups that are popping up all over Manchester. So, whether it’s £60.00 per night or the height of luxury, you’ll have no trouble booking your stay.
As previously stated there is a great theatre selection to choose from. Take in a Rattigan at the Royal Exchange or a spot of ballet at the Opera House. Should you prefer a musical then the Palace Theatre is ideal. All of the main theatres are within walking distance. There is an even greater choice if you take the short tram ride to the Lowry complex – here you will find theatres, restaurants and of course the Lowry Art gallery.
Manchester has great rail & road links, and the beautiful Cheshire countryside and stately homes are well within driving distance. Manchester airport has a direct rail & tram link to the city.
If your thing is eating out, then there is certainly a huge choice, from the national chains to the finest dining. The choice really is yours. Should your tastes be more cultural, then the Manchester Art Gallery is without doubt a major feather in Manchester’s cap, as is the wonderful Central Library and the unique John Rylands Library on Deansgate.
So, whether it’s a business trip, a week in the north or a great weekend – try Manchester – we think you will be very pleasantly surprised.
Tate St Ives Reopens
This summer, visit tate St Ives for a unique exhibition of large scale paintings, films and sculptures by British artist Jessica Warboys set to fill the ocean facing galleries this summer.
The coast and landscape are a source of inspiration and influence for Warboys, who makes use of the sea in the making of her large scale paintings and draws upon pagan history and folklore in her films and performances.
In A Class of Its Own
Looking for a weekend with a difference, then take a drive to the Ribble Valley and Park House Gisburn. This glorious, deluxe B&B, offers comfort and value on a scale seldom seen. With stylish, romantic rooms, comfortable beds, immaculate bathrooms and a hearty breakfast, this makes the perfect base for discovering the sublime Ribble Valley area
Check out their uber deals, we think you'll agree, this is one special place.
Lower Barns Goes Big on Weddings
On the South coast of Cornwall where roads give way to country lanes and beaches, spectacular coastline and pretty fishing villages, you will find Lower Barns.
Fall under the spell of this special place instantly. Blending a riot of colour and a heady air of romance, you’ll find stylish retreats scattered across a glorious garden; the lush lawn with colourful flowerbeds, lanterns and wooden flowers, and the trees blossom with candyfloss pink flowers in the spring.
This is a hidden gem for intimate weddings and elopements. The ‘Wed Shed’, offers a unique spot to take your vows with gorgeous chairs, quirky-cool desk and light up ‘wed me’ letters creating a fun vibe.
With a beautiful mural on the wall beyond and the scent of flowers filling the air, it makes an extraordinary, soul stirring backdrop for a ceremony.
Ned Comes To Town
The Ned - London
Sydell, the hotel group behind New York's NoMad has joined forces with Soho House to create this spectacular destination in the City of London. The Hotel takes its name from the banking building designed by Sir Edwin Ned Lutyens.
This sparkling hotel in the city features 252 guest rooms, nine restaurants including Soho House favourites such as Cecconi's.
There will also be members-only areas which will include a rooftop pool and basement lounge bar.
More Awards for 25 Boutique B&B
The AA Bed & Breakfast Awards 2017 Attended by owners Andy & Julian Banner-Price Lunch & champagne reception at The Landmark Hotel in London, Mon 8th May.
Runner up for Unique B&B of the Year, Andy said “We really enjoyed attending the event and it was great to get through to the national finals as one of one two in our category. Although we didn’t win, it’s great to be recognised for the hard work we’ve put into creating a unique and different place to stay. We still offer all the luxuries and little touches you would expect at 5 star, and a little bit more, but we also add an injection of fun to our design so we’re a little out of the norm.” The 25 Boutique B&B opened its doors just over two years ago and since opening has won numerous awards including a TripAdvisor Travellers’ Choice Award, placing them as 9th best B&B in the UK.
Manchester has a new address
The latest addition to the Manchester based Eclectic Hotels is 'King Street Townhouse'.
The hotel is located within the upper King Street Conservation Area of Manchester city centre in an impressive Italian renaissance building, built in 1872 for the Manchester Salford Trustees Bank. The renovation and conversion has managed to accomodate an upmarket hotel, whilst retaining so many of the original features of this fine building.
The result is a contemporary but stylish addition to the King St Area. The hotel boasts some 40 bedrooms & suites | afternoon tea lounges | meeting & event spaces | south facing terrace with views of the Town Hall | infinity spa pool
St Ives Festival
The food & drink festival took place on the iconic Porthminster Beach. This year there were even more culinary experts, attractions and a wide variety of local beverages and food. With a fantastic range of activities and entertainment, the whole event was reported to be a great success..
Prize winners can be viewed on the website, as can other up and coming attractions - Watch this space.
Dakota Comes To Leeds
Dakota Deluxe Leeds is described as the jewel in the crown of Evans Property Groups £25m investment into rejuvenating the Bond Court area of Leeds city centre. It is due to open on May 1.
The boutique 84-bedroom hotel, which is situated between Russell Street and Greek Street, is the fourth for the independently-owned Dakota Group, led by Ken McCulloch, who founded Malmaison Hotels.
The Principal is Nearing Completion
Following extensive refurbishment - the Principal in Russell Sq, Bloomsbury, London will open in stages throughout the course of the summer,. The full launch will take place in September 2017.
Whilst the final touches are made to some areas, you can be one of the first guests to experience a sneak preview of the newly renovated hotel. this promises to be a landmark hotel, taking comfort and opulence to the max.
Watch this space !
From High St - To Hotel
Laura Ashley The Manor Hotel (formerly known as the Edgwarebury Hotel) was bought in 2012 by Laura Ashley Ltd. As one of the world's best-loved fashion and home furnishings companies, Laura Ashley was founded on a rich design heritage.The Manor has undergone a beautiful Laura Ashley refurbishment in 2013, and stands on the site of an old Tudor house, which dates back to 1540. Set in 10 acres of garden & woodland with views overlooking Central London, The hotel is ideally situated - only 20 minutes by rail from London and 9 miles by road, an ideal starting point to discover the surrounding area or enjoy a peaceful weekend.
Don't expect pretty chintz and flowers, this place is far more grown up.
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