As if you need another reason to visit the beautiful harbour city of Bristol, it’s been voted 2015’s European Green Capital!
As if you need another reason to visit the beautiful harbour city of Bristol, it’s been voted 2015’s European Green Capital!
This Easter The Westbury Hotel has created a sweet overnight experience to thrill and delight the senses. The iconic five star luxury hotel which enjoys an unrivalled location in the heart of Dublin’s social and cultural scene, is the perfect destination to spend an Easter break with family and friends.
Nothing beats the start of the summer in Bristol. Groups of friends filter down to the harbourside, sitting out on a café terrace to soak up the sun, while children play by the water. And more often than not, there’s a gathering or festival taking place in the sunshine. Bristol is a huge foodie city, so there are a wide array of tasty festivals taking place over the summer months. We’ve rounded up six that you don’t want to miss.
It’s been a long, cold winter, but thankfully the great thaw has finally begun! If you fancy welcoming spring in style, be sure to head along to Washington’s annual National Cherry Blossom Festival, set to take place from March 20 – April 12.
For a city as busy and metropolitan as London, it’s hard to believe that it’s home to so many pockets of serenity. London has an abundance of stunning parks, some of which are located bang in the middle of the city. And what better way to enjoy them than by heading out for an invigorating jog?
Whether you’re a fitness fiend or just want to get out in the fresh air for a while, we have three of the best routes in London for you to explore.
Rahim Ismail is a concierge at The Marylebone Hotel. Here, he shares his top secrets about London, including the best markets, shopping tips and the first thing every guest should do when they arrive...
With Mother’s Day fast approaching, it’s time to start making plans. Avoid panic-buying wilted flowers at your local petrol station on the big day; and plan something different for the special lady in your life. Are your brothers and sisters just as clueless? Why not chip in together and really spoil your Mum? Here are just some ideas...
What makes a city special? Ask this question to anyone living in Dublin, and you’ll likely get very different answers. We chatted to Karolina Pluta from The Croke Park Hotel, to find out what she loves about Dublin, her favourite spots, and the best memory she has of the fair city.
Planning on visiting Dublin this summer? If you’ve an interest in sport, you’ll want to catch a game of Gaelic football or hurling; two sports that really have to be seen to be believed! The iconic Croke Park stadium plays host to the legendary All Ireland championships in both sports each summer. ‘Croker’ is steeped in history; to help explain we’ve put together this special infographic of stats, sports history and even musicians who’ve played there.
The Easter holidays are looming, and thoughts of chocolate eggs and visiting bunnies are on the minds of children everywhere. But most parents are wondering how on earth they can entertain the kids for another fortnight.
Cricket is one of those games that can seem a little confusing to newcomers. Matches can (and do!) last for days, the players wear woolly jumpers, and games often break for high tea on the village green.
It’s a little different at the ICC Cricket World Cup 2015, which is taking place at the moment. Do you love cricket, but find yourself a little confused by the game? We’ve broken it down to the simple basics, so you can enjoy the series as it plays out.
Dayonna Welch of The Dupont Circle Hotel talks us through her perfect day in Washington DC, outlining all of the wonderful things to do.
If there’s one culinary trend that has exploded in Dublin over the last few years, it’s brunch. We have wholeheartedly embraced the American tradition of a weekend breakfast/lunch, enjoyed lazily with a Bellini or Bloody Mary.
To celebrate the return of the Cork French Film Festival (March 1 – 8), we’re taking a closer look at five of its finest offerings. Read on...
Sometimes you need a bit of a local insight to a city, so you can step away from the main sights and discover the secret hotspots. Mary O’Brien is the Food and Beverage Executive in The River Lee Hotel, and she’s lived in the city for eight years. Here, she walks us through her perfect day in the rebel city.
With Chinese New Year just around the corner, London is preparing itself for one hell of a party! The Year of the Ram will be ushered in on Feb 19, and to celebrate, there’ll be a day-long parade winding its way around Trafalgar Square on Feb 22. It’ll include colourful live performances, as well as vibrant art and food stalls set up along the route. And of course, there’ll be much celebration in the city’s Chinatown region; be sure to check out its abundance of delicious restaurants. If you’re planning on spending a night or two in London; check out The Bloomsbury, The Marylebone and The Kensington; three great central locations to start your adventure!
Who better to give an insight into a city than those who live and work there? In our brand new series, we ask a member of staff from one of our hotels to describe their perfect day in the city where they live.
First up is Chris Rutherford, a Junior Sous Chef at The Bristol Hotel, where he has worked for two years.
Have you ever wondered how a personal trainer spends their working day? In our latest ‘Day in the Life’ post, we meet Martyn Evans, Head of Fitness at The Third Space gym in Marylebone. He tells us about his most memorable clients, how he squeezes in his own workouts, and how much food it takes to keep him going!
With Valentine’s Day fast approaching, it’s time to start making misty-eyed, romantic plans. But given the big day’s close proximity to the month we daren’t speak of (hint; it starts with a J), the likelihood is that funds are tight. Fear not! Washington is home to some amazing monuments, parks and gardens; perfect settings for whispering sweet nothings to that special someone, and more importantly – free of charge (or pretty cheap) to roam around! So wrap up warm, make a date with your sweetpea, and see how many of our romantic map’s locations you can visit together...
And the results are in! Based on a year’s worth of user reviews, renowned travel website Tripadvisor has released the results of its annual Traveller’s Choice Awards – and the Doyle Collection group is delighted to feature prominently.
It’s the iconic brand that has won the heart of millions around the world. With a range of products containing the unique ‘Miracle Broth’, a secret blend of potent ingredients, Crème de La Mer is a name trusted by countless customers to improve their skin.
And now, one of the world’s leading luxury skincare brands has partnered with The Westbury Hotel, to offer the ultimate pampering experience.
As the mighty Irish rugby team gets set to take on France in the Six Nations at Dublin’s Aviva Stadium, it’s interesting to note the date this showdown is happening; February 14. That’s right; Valentine’s Day. Now it’s no secret the French know how to do romance. Think about it... The accent. Paris. The Eiffel Tower. It seems this might in fact be a double battle for the Irish; we’re taking on (and conquering, fingers crossed) France in both rugby and romance.
After a hugely successful inaugural event last year, the Clonakilty Games Festival returns to Cork for three days of old-school fun (Feb 20 – 22). A celebration of the board games you know and love (plus a few you mightn't have heard of before!), the festival will see the streets of Clonakilty transformed into a veritable playground for kids of all ages. Planning a visit? Be sure to book your stay today at the nearby River Lee Hotel in Cork city.
In the meantime, to get you ready for this fun and quirky event, we've prepared the ultimate Game of Games. Think you’re up to the challenge? Read on...
London is a city renowned for its incredible museum culture. You could easily spend a week exploring them all in depth, from the imposingly beautiful Victoria & Albert to the starkly contemporary Tate Modern gallery. While they all have a compelling range of permanent pieces and rotating collections, there always seem to be exciting exhibitions on the horizon. We take a look at the ones you don’t want to miss in 2015.
Imagine having your very own cocktail waiter. One who would greet you at the door, suss out what kind of mood you’re in and whip you up the perfect drink, based on what he knows you love.
Well, he mightn’t take up residence in your own house, but Alessandro Pizzoli is the award-winning mixologist based in The Kensington Hotel. And he is just the man you want behind a cocktail bar.
The mighty county of Cork is set for a night of musical nostalgia this February, as Reeling In The Showband Years makes its way to the Cork Opera House. The Irish among you will immediately understand the night’s significance; hands up if your parents met while boogying away to ‘ Tar & Cement’ by Joe Dolan? Those of you visiting these shores may need a crash course in the phenomenon that was the Irish Showband though – so allow us to enlighten you...!
Sometimes it’s tough to work out alone. You find yourself listlessly drifting through a run, taking it easy on the bike or skipping to the end of a yoga sequence. That’s why workout classes are a great way to get yourself moving and stay motivated.
In celebration of Bristol’s upcoming Slapstick Festival (January 23 – 25), we’ve devised a simple quiz to help you finally figure out your very own comedic counterpart! Reckon you’re a Chaplin or a Carr? Find out below...
Meet David Fritsche, Executive Chef at The Dupont Circle Hotel
If there’s one thing you can’t miss on a trip to Washington DC, it’s a meal in The Dupont Circle Hotel. Whether you tuck into a sumptuous brunch in Café Dupont, or enjoy a casual dinner with cocktails at Bar Dupont, your taste buds are in for a treat.
At the helm of the kitchens is David Fritsche, Executive Chef at the hotel. Originally from Switzerland, David was surrounded by food from an early age, with his grandmother owning a hotel in the Swiss Alps. After working in prestigious kitchens around the world, David came to The Dupont Circle Hotel in 2010. The food he prepares has influences from all around the world; from his childhood in Switzerland, the classic French techniques he learned, and the global flavours from his travels.
We chatted to David about his inspiration, the dishes he loves to cook and the food he loves to eat.
For over 100 years, the enigmatic figure of Sherlock Holmes has captured imaginations all around the world. During this time, he’s featured in books, plays, films, animated series, and even video games. Tying into the Sherlock Holmes Exhibition that’s currently running in London, The Bloomsbury Hotel is offering a very special Sherlock Holmes Package, which includes an overnight stay, tickets to the event, as well as some fun, themed treats! To celebrate, we've taken a look at some of the famous detective’s most interesting guises...
Just as the River Lee defines the city of Cork, our Christmas menu at the River Lee Hotel is marked with dishes inspired by the area. The Cork English Market, the new wave of artisan producers, the generations of local farmers and the passion for craft beers, cider and coffee found in Cork allows us the opportunity to source almost all ingredients locally.
In the latest in our ‘Day in the Life’ series, we catch up with Brian Murphy, head concierge at The Bloomsbury Hotel in London.
Do you want to celebrate New Year’s Eve in style? With a break in one of the Doyle Collection hotels, you’ll be assured a great night of entertainment, fabulous food and chic surroundings. And the best news is you won’t have to struggle to get home in the early hours – your cosy bed will be right upstairs.
In our ‘Secrets of a Concierge’ series, we get the lowdown on all the best places to go in a city. Here, we talk to Michael High, Chief Concierge at The Dupont Circle Hotel, to find out where to go in Washington DC.
The birthplace of countless playwrights, poets and authors, Dublin is positively steeped in literary history. And what better way to pay homage to these greats than to follow in their footsteps and visit their favourite pubs! To start you on your adventure, we’ve compiled a handy map highlighting the famous haunts of some of Ireland’s most beloved writers.
If you’ve ever visited The Westbury Hotel, you’ll know how important flowers are to the look and feel of the hotel. The lobby, gallery and public spaces are adorned with beautiful floral arrangements, tying into the season and subtly bringing an air of the outdoors into the hotel.
To celebrate the 81st anniversary of Repeal Day, we’ve colorized a selection of stunning Prohibition era photography. The vivid colours bring these images to life, perfectly capturing both the fashion and atmosphere of this fascinating chapter in American history. Many of these historic photographs are set in Washington, the home of our own Dupont Circle Hotel.
Want to know the inside scoop on the hottest places around Kensington? We spoke to Vincent Peach, the head concierge at The Kensington Hotel, to see where he recommends.
Do you fancy skipping the washing up this year, and spending Christmas in a luxurious hotel where you won’t have to lift a finger?
Planning a trip to Washington? You’re in for a treat, as the country’s vibrant capital is steeped in both political and cultural history. While exploring all that the city has to offer, coffee lovers will be spoilt for choice, as Washington is also home to an array of tasty cafés and baristas. Use our handy map below to check out Firehook; specialising in rich coffee and tasty fresh breads. Slipstream meanwhile celebrates both coffee and cocktails; “two complex beverages, where the nuances of flavour matter”. Amen! Mingle with high-flying politicos in ME Swing, a White House-adjacent café that opened its doors during Woodrow Wilson’s administration back in 1916. And of course, don’t forget to visit Café Dupont at The Dupont Circle Hotel. Offering a multi-sensory experience in luxurious, stylish surrounds, it’s the perfect spot to while away an afternoon.
It’s hidden off one of the busiest streets in Dublin, where shoppers gather to duck into their favourite boutiques and high street shops. And now there’s a new kid on the block, in the form of the super chic Balfes.
There’s so much to do in the buzzing, cosmopolitan city of London that you’ll undoubtedly need a few pit stops during your day’s exploring! Luckily, the city is home to a wealth of cafés offering up rich, tasty coffee – the perfect pick-me-up. Our handy map highlights some of the finest baristas in the city. Partaking in a spot of retail therapy on Oxford Street? Be sure to check out the nearby Workshop Coffee Co., an intimate coffee bar whose focus is on quality and simplicity. If you’re peckish, head to Nordic Bakery on New Cavendish Street – just be sure to sample their amazing cinnamon buns. Or, if you fancy taking a load off and relaxing in luxurious surrounds, make your way to 108 Brasserie at The Marylebone Hotel. Here you can sample coffee, pastries, cakes and even a decadent Afternoon Tea if you’re feeling particularly lavish! There’s also a host of tasty gluten-free treats on offer if you fancy a healthier alternative.
In the latest of our Day in the Life series, we talk to Alan Smullen, General Manager of The Croke Park Hotel. Alan has been working in the hotel for nine years.
In the latest from our Day in the Life series, we meet Valentina Piana, the Food and Beverage Supervisor at The Kensington Hotel, to see how she spends an average day.
Are you looking for the perfect pressie for your bestie, or want to spoil your mum with a fancy getaway? Well look no further, as we’ve got the perfect solution!
With our Retail Therapy Package, you and a friend will enjoy all the luxuries our London hotels have to offer; waking up to a delicious full English breakfast and later, sitting down to a decadent Afternoon Tea - before availing of a late check-out at 3pm. Before that though, we suggest you hit the shops, and we’ll even include a £50 voucher for Selfridges with the Package. On nearby Oxford Street, you’ll find a host of both designer and high-street stores.
In this new section, we chat to the concierges at each of The Doyle Collection Hotels, to discover their hidden secrets of each city. First up is Kevin Nelligan, Front Office Team Leader at The River Lee Hotel in Cork.
Nothing beats a weekend morning spent lounging at a long, unhurried brunch. For most of us, it’s the first chance we get after a hectic week to slow down and catch up over a lazy meal (and maybe even a Bloody Mary).
A vibrant and cosmopolitan city, Dublin boasts a fantastic selection of restaurants, bars, and of course – cafés serving up the richest coffee. In the city-centre, you’re within walking distance of some amazing baristas; from the veritable Dublin institution that is Bewley’s, to newer additions like Fixx and Kaph on nearby Dawson and Drury Streets. Should you fancy a little luxury, be sure to stop by the five-star Westbury Hotel, located just off bustling Grafton Street. In the decadent surroundings of its Gallery, enjoy a delicious frothy coffee (or Afternoon Tea, if you’re feeling peckish) while you watch the world go by outside.
Now that winter has drawn in, and each morning is a little darker, we’re all looking for something hearty and wholesome to kick start the day. If that dream breakfast can be prepared the night before? Well, that’s even better.
Bristol may be a fantastic city in its own right, but it’s also very handily placed for day trips to local towns, villages and landmarks. Just hop on a train at Temple Meads station, just a few minutes walk from The Bristol Hotel, and you can be in any number of pretty spots in a matter of minutes.
Pop into the bar at The Kensington Hotel, and there’s every chance you’ll be served up a cocktail from in-house mixologist and bar assistant manager, Alessandro Pizzoli. Alessandro has been working in the field for many years, starting in his hometown of Bologna and building credentials at some of the world’s finest five star hotels, including The Palace Hotel and The Ritz. His work has won him many an award, as well as exclusive gigs such as the wedding of Luciano Pavarotti. We talked to him about his inspirations, recipes and what you can expect from a cocktail at The Kensington Hotel.
In this series, we’ll take a look behind the scenes with some of the staff in The Doyle Collection Hotels. We’ll find out how they spend their days, what their roles entail and how they help to shape The Doyle Collection experience.
It’s no secret that Dublin can be a little bit… drizzly. We can be blessed with long, summer days, when restaurant tables spill into the streets and the days stretch long into the night. Or with a crisp, autumnal afternoon with bright blue skies and chilly air. But we’re no strangers to a good bit of rainfall.
It’s safe to say the word ‘boutique’ is currently enjoying a cultural resurgence; shops, markets, festivals, and of course - hotels, all become slightly more attractive if this magic word is slotted in beside them! Though it certainly conjures up images of cosy, handmade produce and quirky, lovingly-selected decor, who among us is completely certain what boutique actually means? Well, when it comes to hotels, there are certain criteria that must be fulfilled before the b-word can be used. Read on, and let’s put an end to boutique myths once and for all...
Summer might be over but salads needn’t be ignored until next year. This fragrant concoction is bursting with colour and flavour, and has all the rich nutrients to leave you fighting fit in the winter months. Part of the gluten free Afternoon Tea at The Marylebone and The Kensington Hotel, this Superfood Salad is usually served in a gem lettuce leaf. It’s also one of the best sellers from the main menu.
Dublin is a city of perspectives, and there’s no better way to discover its cityscape than on a Croke Park Stadium Skyline Tour at one of the largest stadiums in Europe.
The award-winning Broadway musical Evita is on tour, and next up is Washington’s Kennedy Center on September 30th till October 19th – with its crystal chandeliers and red carpeting, there is no better place for Eva Peron’s mix of glamour and politics.
Long before The River Lee Hotel, the 1800s Muskerry tramline took locals from Cork city to the popular site of Blarney Castle. Rollin’ over the bridge with the blow of its whistle, the tram would arrive at the Cork terminus – now, the exact spot of The River Lee Hotel.
The All-Ireland final is one of the most un-missable events on the Irish social and sporting calendar. Think of the frenzy around the Summer Olympic Games or the Super Bowl, and you have ticket demand on a similar scale here on this Island. At The Croke Park Hotel, we’re more familiar with this than most, given our proximity to the home of GAA.
When planning a trip from abroad, experiencing the Gaelic games in Croke Park should be top of your list. Tickets for most matches aren’t as hard to come by as the All Ireland final however. Here, our General Manager Alan Smullen shares a familiar story experienced by many who search for an elusive Golden Ticket in the lead up to All Ireland Sunday.
Going to a GAA match in Croke Park is a great opportunity to explore Dublin. Around the world-famous stadium – where traditional GAA games are held throughout the year – there’s no better time to explore the city of Dublin.
The juice bar at 108 Marylebone Lane want to introduce you to a new wave of healthy eating - drinking! From the freshest and purest ingredients, they have created an array of signature juice drinks designed to boost your metabolism, energise your soul and give you that all-round healthy glow.
There’s no doubt you’ll be positively spoilt for choice when trying to figure out what to do during your visit to London. A diverse melting-pot of cultures with a fascinating history to boot, there’s an opportunity for sightseeing around every corner. What’s more, the city boasts a vibrant nightlife scene, meaning you can party into the wee hours in some fantastic bars and clubs too.
However, we’re going to throw a spanner in the works with yet another exciting option! A series of fun street events also regularly take place during the day around London. Here, you can sample the city’s array of music, food and culture, while chatting to locals and visitors alike. Here are just some of our favourites…
Planning a special trip to London, and fancy experiencing a new level of lavish accommodation? Look no further than The Kensington Hotel, and The Kensington Suite – the city’s largest townhouse suite.
A versatile option for anyone seeking spacious residential-style accommodation, this stunning, French-inspired suite boasts convenient interconnecting living spaces, meaning it can be reserved as either a one, two or three-bedroom configuration. And though it offers uninterrupted views over leafy South Kensington, we doubt you’ll want to leave for very long!
Catherine Flynn has lived in Dublin for 13 years and is an avid fan of the Dublin foodie scene. Her love of discovering new dining spots in Dublin has manifested itself in the popular blog, Girl Eats Dublin. Catherine is also a longtime fan of The Westbury Hotel, so we thought she was the perfect candidate to give us the lowdown on places to eat and explore around town. Follow Catherine’s recommendations if you do wish to go further afield than our own Wilde and Café Novo!
“When I lived in London a few years back, one of my favourite treats was to stay a night or two at The Westbury on a trip home to Dublin. Now that I’m back home, alas, I’ve no such excuse, so instead I’m going to live vicariously by offering you my pick of the many great dining options you’ll have on your doorstep during your stay. You couldn’t be better located for a weekend of shopping, sightseeing and of course, eating."
Be sure to mark August 7 - 10 in the diaries folks, as what might be the most fun event ever is set to take place in beautiful Bristol! The annual Bristol International Balloon Fiesta - amazingly in its 36th year - will see a host of hot-air ballooning enthusiasts descend (quite literally!) on the city's beautiful Ashton Court Estate. And while these experts - who'll be visiting from all over the world - light up the sky with their colourful balloons, there'll be plenty happening on the ground too to keep punters entertained.
London is a must-visit destination for any style-conscious traveler, and summer is the best time to get out and about to check out the latest fashions! There’s no better location for fashion-spotting than at the world famous Wimbledon Tennis Championships; and so last week, we asked street-style photographer Dvora to find out what the tennis-going public are wearing this season…
Don't know your knots from your fathoms? Ahead of Volvo Cork Week, we've created this visual guide to ensure you impress your crew - whether at sea or on dry land...
Explore and enjoy the world of art and culture in The Westbury Hotel by viewing world renown artist's Dale Chihuly's spectacular and stunning Macchia with Glass Lip Wrap. With an incomparable skill and beauty, this piece will be on view until July 31st in the salubrious Westbury Hotel, keeping company with works by both Louis le Brocquy and Sir John Lavery.
With the annual Foodies Festival around the corner, there’s no better time to experience the local food produce around Bristol.
This month the Foodies Festival, the UK’s largest celebration of food and drink, will return to Bristol’s Harbourside. Thousands of visitors from the city and beyond are expected to take part in a range of culinary activities.
From Sir Cliff Richard singing in the rain to John McEnroe's tantrum, Wimbledon has entertained us over the years. Will 2014 add another gem to our list? Maybe so.
Here’s a look at a few of the most memorable moments.
With the run up to the Ascot Races reaching its final hurdle, we speak to Irish hat milliner Edel Ramberg about the trends for this season, working under hat guru Philip Treacy, and tips to create a winning look.
A witty take on L. Frank Baum’s classic story The Wonderful Wizard Of Oz– which was of course made into a dazzling 1939 film starring Judy Garland –Wicked is in fact based on a 1995 novel by Gregory Maguire, titled Wicked: The Life & Times of the Wicked Witch of the West. In this clever and subversive tale, we travel back in time to meet teenagers Elphaba (the awkward and self-conscious Wicked Witch of the West) and Glinda (a hilariously high-maintenance Good Witch of the North!) who, despite very different views on the world, become friends. We won’t give any more away – let’s just say the film won’t ever feel the same after you understand the factors that led to the Wicked Witch’s fall from grace!
In advance of the Cork City Marathon, we asked our staff about their favourite places to run in Cork. Over 22 of the staff at The River Lee Hotel are currently training for the Cork City Marathon so there is a wealth of running-knowledge available. Our general manager Ruairi O’Connor is particularly keen, and has shared his favourite routes… we've even prepared this handy map for you to take with you on your visit!
So you’ve booked that well-deserved break, and are officially Kensington-bound. We look forward to having you! First though, it’s time to plan what you’d like to get up to during your stay – and believe us, there’s plenty on offer in this charming west-London district!
It is amazing how many Cork people including myself have such fond memories of the marathon. Our family home was on the marathon route, and the day of the marathon was always akin to a street festival. Neighbours were out from early morning making sure the street – actually avenue as we were posh - looked its very best and poor unfortunate runners were provide with copious amounts of water and sponges as they passed by.
Looking for a perfect romantic getaway destination? Well look no further! County Cork - in the south of Ireland – has it all; a vibrant capital city that’s renowned for its food, culture and nightlife, as well as some of the country’s most breathtaking landscapes, mountains and forests.
Though it’s a whopping 92 years since Dublin author James Joyce’s iconic tome Ulysses was first published, fans of the writer make sure that this modernist work is suitably celebrated every year! And since Ulysses charts the journey of one man – Leopold Bloom – through Dublin on June 16, what better date to pay annual homage! This year, as always, there are plenty of fun activities taking place around the city. Here are our top five recommendations...
On April 10th, The Gloss Magazine welcomed over 70 eager fashion fans to an exciting and colourful showcase of Brown Thomas’ Spring / Summer 2014 collection. Dublin writer Maeve Heslin attended the event, which was held in the decadent surroundings of The Westbury Hotel’s Wilde Restaurant.
The Bloomsbury Hotel has a very special heritage. We asked journalist Karl McDonald to investigate the rich history and architecture of this iconic building...
Visitors to London with even a passing interest in architecture should be sure to head along to The Bloomsbury Hotel, located just around the corner from the city’s bustling Oxford Street. In the front lounge, the noble, bespectacled face of Sir Edwin Lutyens gazes silently out from behind the bar, offering a glimpse into this iconic building’s rich history.
Not many countries can lay claim to a national sport that captures the attention of an entire country, weekend-in weekend-out. Would you believe then, that Ireland has two! The enduring success of the country’s beloved Gaelic games (hurling and Gaelic football) is symbolised in Croke Park, the 82,000-seater stadium it calls home. And it has quite a story to tell! From meek beginnings in the late 19th century, this iconic symbol on the northside of Dublin city has grown to become Europe’s fourth-largest stadium, and an enduring and powerful symbol in Irish cultural memory.
What's the best way to describe The Marylebone Hotel's love affair with art? We asked journalist Karl McDonald to put it in his own words...
While for some hotels, the paintings that adorn the walls are design elements rather than focal points for guests, at the Marylebone Hotel – they’re trying something different! It’s hardly surprising, given both their long-standing association with literature and the arts, and the fact that they’re a go-do destination for critics and buyers alike when the Frieze Art Fair rolls into nearby Regents Park every October. As such, the hotel’s proprietors wanted to make each guest’s journey through the building as visually engaging as possible. Rather than passive imagery flanking your walk from bedroom to breakfast or meeting, some serious thought has gone into the Marylebone’s art. To help with this exciting project, they’ve engaged the folks at Rebecca Hossack Gallery – with two spaces nearby in central London and one in New York – to lend some expertise.
What are the must-see sights for any literary fan in Dublin? We've created a handy map for you to explore while Daniel Gray takes us through the Dublin of James Joyce...
Argentina's most prominent writer of the 20th century Jorge Luis Borges visited Dublin for the 100th birthday of his Irish counterpart, James Joyce, during 1982's Bloomsday. Borges had turned blind, just like Joyce before him, but in a beautiful interview with the poet Seamus Heaney made during his visit the South American he said he reveled in "walking the imaginary landscape", able to build his own vision of Dublin from the sprawling epic Ulysses, the short story collection Dubliners and the novel Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man which had been such an influence on him for so much of his life.
Escape the hustle and bustle of the West End but still enjoy the convenience of a hotel near Covent Garden in London. Savor our traditional Afternoon Tea in the relaxed surroundings of The Lutyens Lounge. Executive Head Chef Paul O'Brien has designed a delightful range of finger sandwiches, delicious scones with jam and cream and freshly baked cakes.
The River Lee Hotel, overlooking the beautiful River Lee in the heart of Cork city, is the perfect setting for Afternoon Tea served from 2.30pm to 5.30pm daily.
It’s not everyday you get to relax in the afternoon, take time for yourself and indulge in a sumptuous afternoon tea. It’s time to spoil yourself!
Popular theory says the tradition of Afternoon Tea was created by Anna, the 7th Duchess of Bedford in the early 19th Century. Customary for dinner to be served late in the day, Anna created a new meal to satisfy the gap between lunch and dinner and Afternoon Tea was born. After a time, friends were invited to join her for this new meal. Popularity increased and the idea of Afternoon Tea quickly spread, the meal becoming a fashionable event in social circles.
Enjoy your afternoon tea in the gracious surroundings of The Kensington Hotel, one of the finest hotels in London. Sit and watch the world go by from one of our Regency-style drawing rooms with period features, magnificent bay windows, real fireplaces and original art complemented by designer furnishings .
Add a glass of Moet Chandon Champagne to make your tea extra special and enjoy between delightful English scones with homemade jams and clotted cream in addition to a host of savoury delicacies. Truly relax at The Kensington Hotel.
Watch the world go by from The Gallery - An infamous spot for a teatime tête & tête among the city’s business and social aristocracy, The Gallery offers what other Luxury Dublin hotels cannot, an ideal perspective on Dublin life, with an elevated view of the Grafton Street throng and over €1m of Irish art acquisitions on display.
Washington - one of the great melting pots of the world. We invited one local writer to explain what this means from the insider perspective...
Dupont Circle doesn't seem like a place to consider the more existential questions in life. It’s a park enclosed in a traffic circle enclosed in a neighborhood that all share the same name. On a Saturday morning in November, it’s simply a leaf-strewn retreat from the marble testaments to power that seem to rise from the ground in Washington, D.C., as naturally as amber waves of grain or purple mountain majesties in other parts of the country. A toddler in the truest sense of the word falls to the ground in the park. “Back up,” his father says. A young woman in tight yoga pants carries a cup of coffee. She won’t be the last. A group of middle school students from New Jersey shuffles one by one in their green and blue and pink and red sweatshirts. A handsome older man with close-cropped silver hair and a tan-fitted jacket strains to read his smartphone against the glare of an unseasonably warm sun. He closes his eyes. Serenity now.
Whether it’s festive shopping, an outdoor adventure for the kids, or a spot of panto you’re after, you’ll be spoilt for choice in Cork City at Christmas. To celebrate the festive season, the city centre is transformed each year into a veritable wonderland, and what’s more - in the surrounding streets, you’ll find a host of hidden gems selling vintage clothes, local artisan foods and antique jewellery. To help you plan your perfect Christmas in Cork City, we’ve even prepared a handy illustrated map for you to download.
London is undoubtedly one of the world’s great shopping cities. From the hustle and bustle of Oxford Circus, to the exquisite boutiques and restaurants of Kensington and Knightsbridge’s ritzy department stores, there’s a reason why British shopping is a global export, with quintessential London style never dipping out of fashion.
Planning a trip to Bristol? We’ve got you covered! This beautiful harbour city in the South-West of England is the perfect meeting-point of old and new; you’ll learn about its colourful maritime history while also experiencing an exciting slice of contemporary urban life. In other words, no matter where your interests lie - there’s plenty to see and do! With that in mind, we’ve put together an itinerary to help you get the most from your day out in Bristol. Read on…