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The Principal Manchester: a gorgeous space in a gutsy city

You know how you sometimes wander around – or drive around – a city, searching for the hotel you’ve booked, increasingly wanting to put a curse on the annoying SatNav lady for leading you astray yet again? Well, that won’t happen with The Principal Manchester. You simply can’t miss this impressive Baroque building with a […]

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The Waterhead: A Boutique Hotel in the English Lake District

Do you keep up with World Heritage? If so, you will have noticed that the English Lake District was just added to the list this month. And deservedly so, in my not-so-humble opinion. We arrive in Ambleside on a lovely April day. I simply plugged Waterhead into the GPS, and after leaving Manchester airport behind, we […]

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The charms of England’s Lake District

It’s so easy, isn’t it… jump on the plane – and less than two hours later you’re in London, the city we Scandinavians know so very well. It’s practically a default weekend break. Lake District view through a smudgy steam train window – ‘What are you doing this weekend?’ – ‘Dunno, don’t have any plans.’ […]

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Things to do in Manchester if you’re not into football

So… imagine you are in Manchester. With a girlfriend – or boyfriend – who’s here for one thing and one thing only: footie! You, on the other hand, couldn’t care less for the Beautiful Game. You can’t even remember what the corner kick rule means, even though you’ve heard it a million times. Well then: […]

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Off to Northern England!

This week, we’re exploring the hills and dales of the Lake District and the urban milieu of Manchester here on Sophie’s World. Follow along on #LuxLakeDistrict and #BestofMCR.

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Underneath the river: Secret London

Did you know you could walk from one side of the Thames to another, underneath the river? A social revolution Opened in 1902, the Greenwich Thames foot tunnel allowed dock workers who lived on the south side of the river an easier way to get to and from work. But also, families living in the […]

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World at a Glance: Cornwall mining landscapes

Cornwall is one of my favourite parts of Britain. And not just the curiously captivating fishing villages, but inland, too. Last summer, Cat spent a few days at horse riding camp on the deliciously spooky Bodmin Moor. On the way, we naturally used the opportunity to spend another night at Jamaica Inn. And this time, we also had a look […]

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