11 Best Places To Be Romantic If You Were In A Hugh Grant Movie

11 Best Places To Be Romantic If You Were In A Hugh Grant Movie

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Boy meets girl. Boy meets boy. Girl breaks up with boy, decides to change it up, and watches Love Actually for the 20th time – in July. If you’re feeling romantic, escape to some of the most relaxing, picture perfect spots across the pond. Ocean views, log fires, enchanted gardens – here are the most British Famous places to rediscover love.

The Scarlet Hotel (Cornwall, England)
A luxury eco hotel just for grown-ups, The Scarlet Hotel overlooks Mawgan Porth's bay in Cornwall. The rooms are arranged over five levels, offering views over gardens, cliffs, beach, and sea.

Enjoy gorgeous views at The Scarlet Hotel

Enjoy gorgeous views at The Scarlet Hotel

Salcombe Harbour Hotel & Spa (Devon, England)
Situated on the south coast of Devon (in southwest England), the Salcombe Harbour Hotel & Spa features a coastal retreat spa, private cinema, and waterside restaurant with wide outdoor terraces.

Visit beautiful Salcombe, a seaside town in South Devon

Visit beautiful Salcombe, a seaside town in South Devon

Llangoed Hall (Llyswen, Brecon, Powys, Wales)
Llangoed Hall is a wonderfully elegant and historic country house hotel situated in the beautiful Wye Valley in the heart of the Welsh countryside. It offers the quintessential Edwardian country house experience.

Experience elegance at Llangoed Hall

Experience elegance at Llangoed Hall

Cameron House (West Dunbartonshire, Scotland)
A stunning, Scottish Baronial mansion on the banks of Loch Lomond, the five-star Cameron House features 128 bedrooms, four restaurants, 18-hole Championship golf course, and a luxury resort spa.

Dormy House (Cotswolds, England)
One of the most beloved hotels in the Cotswolds, Dormy House is a rural retreat with fabulous views. From cozy corners, to log fires and sumptuous interiors, Dormy House is renowned for its personal service and luxuriously laid-back atmosphere.

Get back to nature at Dormy House

Get back to nature at Dormy House

The Gainsborough Bath Spa (Bath, England)
The luxury Gainsborough Bath Spa hotel is set above Spa Village Bath and exclusive access to the naturally heated mineral-rich waters. Paying homage to its colorful Georgian and Victorian history, the hotel is designed to be welcoming, elegant, vibrant, and social.

Relax at the luxurious Gainsborough Bath Spa

Relax at the luxurious Gainsborough Bath Spa

Lucknam Park (Wiltshire, England)
Lucknam Park Hotel & Spa offers country house living at its very best. Explore the 500 acres of parkland on horseback, unwind with a range of spa treatments, or perfect your cooking skills at The Cookery School.

The Gleneagles Hotel (Perthshire, Scotland)
A magnificent, countryside estate in the heart of Scotland with three championship golf courses, an award-winning spa, and the only restaurant in Scotland to hold two Michelin stars.

Experience the majestic Scottish scenery and luxurious relaxation at Gleneagles

Experience the majestic Scottish scenery and luxurious relaxation at Gleneagles

Gilpin Hotel & Lake House (Lake District, England)
Originally built in 1901, the family-owned Gilpin Hotel blends the old and new to give a timeless balance near Lake Windermere. Every room is different, including its three dining rooms, which provoke interest and the sense of a journey, as you wander through the hotel.

Take in the beautiful Lake District at Gilpin Hotel

Take in the beautiful Lake District at Gilpin Hotel

Old Course Hotel (St. Andrews, Scotland)
Bordering the renowned 17th Road Hole at St. Andrews, the Old Course Hotel overlooks the famous links, the West Sands Beach and the beautiful Scottish coastline.

Coombeshead Farm (Cornwall, England)
Set amongst 66 acres of meadows, woodland, and oak-lined streams, Coombeshead Farm is a joint venture by chefs Tom Adams and April Bloomfield. The informal guesthouse and dining room offers farmhouse comforts and isolation in the heart of Cornwall’s rural countryside.

Retreat to gorgeous Cornish countryside at Coombeshead Farm

Retreat to gorgeous Cornish countryside at Coombeshead Farm

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Where To Eat In London Without Reservations

Where To Eat In London Without Reservations

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London’s street food scene is one of the most exciting ways to explore the city. Hundreds of vendors all over town serve up some of the best bites you’ll find here. There really is no better way to experience the diversity of London than munching your way through British Famous dosas, pork buns, and three-cuisine burritos while people watching from these food markets.

KERB Camden Market
Although newer to the scene, KERB Camden Market has wasted no time in earning a spot on this list. 34 vendors serve lunch and dinner from a range of cuisines – including North Indian, Italian, Venezuelan, Japanese, and Taiwanese – right next to Camden’s iconic canals. Feeling like a Swedish-Mexican-Korean burrito? They’ve got it. Think you can handle freshly rolled pasta made in a giant wheel of cheese? Look no further. Find out about KERB's other markets here.

KERB Camden at night

KERB Camden at night

Brick Lane Market
Brick Lane is a seasoned veteran in the London scene. Come on weekends when the market is in full swing for a mix of eating and shopping as you pop in and out of stores. Don’t miss the Rib Man (beware that he normally sells out before 2PM). We’re also keen on the Boiler House Food Hall and Ely’s Yard Street Food.

Stroll through Brick Lane and the surrounding streets and experience bustling markets

Stroll through Brick Lane and the surrounding streets and experience bustling markets

Whitecross Street Market
Rub shoulders with stylish whitecollar types who stroll Whitecross Street Market at lunchtime. Whitecross is a favorite of Barbican, Clerkenwell and Hoxton locals who come for the wide variety of heavenly bites like Luardos’ fat burritos.

Delicious burritos at Luardos

Delicious burritos at Luardos

Street Feast
Street Feast is an inventive concept that transforms disused spaces into vibrant food markets. In years past, Street Feast has taken over car parks, warehouses, and old grocers with a hearty sampling of global cuisine. We love Street Feast because every location is open late and they all bring the party. If you hit KERB markets at lunchtime, do Street Feast for dinner and drinks. Here’s a rundown of their current locations:

Hawker House: Located near Canada Water station, Hawker House is Street Feast’s “mega-market” – a warehouse with nine bars, 14 street food traders and capacity for 2,500. Don’t miss Chin Chin Labs. Free entry before 7PM, £3 (about $4) after.

Hawker House

Hawker House

Giant Robot: Street Feast’s newest addition, Giant Robot is an eating and drinking “rooftopia” with incredible Canary Wharf views. Don’t miss Yum Bun’s classic pork bun. Free entry.

Giant Robot

Giant Robot

Dinerama: Located in the ever-popular Shoreditch neighborhood, Dinerama is the perfect place to enjoy a summer evening. Don’t miss You Doughnut. Free entry before 7PM, £3 (about $4) after.

Dinerama

Dinerama

Model Market: Located in the Lewisham shopping district, Model Market is an 800-person venue with seated micro-diners, street food vendors, and five bars (including a Tiki bar and rooftop beer terrace). Don’t miss SE Cakery and Mother Clucker. Free entry before 7PM, and £3 (about $4) after.

Model Market

Model Market

Southbank Center Food Market
Located in one of the most exciting places in London, the SCFood Market offers the chance to snack along the Thames River. Take in views of Parliament and the London Eye that would make Clark Griswold proud and be spoilt for choice with options like Greek, French, Ethiopian and Thai. Open Friday through Sunday.

SCFood Market. Photo: India Roper Evans

SCFood Market. Photo: India Roper Evans

Pop Brixton
A celebration of independent and community-based businesses, Pop Brixton has gone from a bare lot to a bustling scene filled with artists, startups, and thriving community garden. Wander through transformed shipping containers as you explore this eclectic hangout and sample Ghanian, French, Italian, and Caribbean Jerk cuisines among the many.

Enjoy the sunshine at Pop Brixton

Enjoy the sunshine at Pop Brixton

Broadway Market
Stroll down this busy street between Regent’s Canal and London Fields on Saturday and you’ll find 135 stalls selling a wide range of locally made street food and craft goods. Don’t miss Spice Box and Le Bao.

Broadway Market

Broadway Market

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The #BritishFamous Guide to Summer Music

The #BritishFamous Guide to Summer Music

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Some of the best musicians in the world hail from Great Britain. While you may have missed the boat on Sam Smith or Thom Yorke, you can still find next year’s Adele while they’re still only British Famous. Here’s the shortlist of acts to catch before they’re all over the radio in your Uber.

Dave at Latitude Festival 2017 (July 13-16) - Henham Park, Southwold
Catch the newest and youngest rep of British grime at the Latitude Festival on July 15. Dave is headlining a very exciting lineup that also includes Mumford and Sons, Glass Animals, Margaret Glaspy, and Milky Chance so make sure you get your tickets soon.

JP Cooper at Liverpool International Music Festival 2017 (July 20-23) - Liverpool
What’s better than an outdoor summer music festival? A free outdoor summer music festival. Catch JP Cooper, a neo-soul singer who stormed the British charts with “September Song,” at the Liverpool International Music Festival. You’ll also be able to see other British Famous artists, including Corinne Bailey Rae and Gorgon City.

Tom Zanetti at Creamfields 2017 (August 24-27) - Daresbury Estate in Cheshire
Last year, Creamfields was voted Best Major Festival. This year, Tom Zanetti is playing tunes that’ll make you think you really ought to move here. Catch Tom Zanetti on the Pepsi Max stage on August 26, and stick around for other British Famous artists, including Chase & Status, and Stormzy.

Creamfields

Creamfields

Gulp at Festival Number 6 (September 7-10) - Portmeirion, Wales
Garage space-pop. Don’t knock it until you’ve danced to it. Fronted by Cardiff natives Guto Pryc and Lindsey Leven, Gulp will be playing garage space-pop – which they liken to a road trip – at the equally dreamy and eclectic Festival Number 6. 

The dreamy Festival No. 6 in Portmeirion, Wales

The dreamy Festival No. 6 in Portmeirion, Wales

Bugzy Malone at O2 Academy (July 21) - Sheffield, England
We think it’s time to call Arena Grime a thing because Bugzy Malone is putting on a show inside the legendary O2 Academy Sheffield, a venue that has also hosted a few other British notables over the years like The Police and David Bowie. It’s all part of the Tramlines Festival After Party, on July 21.

Birdy at Belladrum Tartan Heart Festival (3-5 August) – Beauly, Scotland
Although she’s Grammy-nominated, Birdy keeps a low-profile, making her still a #BritishFamous treasure. If you want to see her live alongside British legends like Franz Ferdinand and KT Tunstall, you’ll have to hitch a ride up to this wonderfully Scottish festival.

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The 10 Best Summer 2017 Exhibits To Get Your Culture Fix

The 10 Best Summer 2017 Exhibits To Get Your Culture Fix

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You never know who the next big name in art will be. Or which of their pieces will sell for $110 mil. But since many great artists come from Great Britain, it’s worth starting your search here. Our British Famous exhibitions, including works by the likes of Pink Floyd, Balenciaga, and Gillian Ayres, have just what you’re looking for this summer: air conditioning and plenty of chances to ask, “is this art?” The answer is yes, by the way. And no, you couldn’t have done it yourself.

Royal Academy Summer Exhibition (June 13-August 20) - London, England
The Royal Academy’s annual Summer Exhibition is the world’s largest open-submission contemporary art show. Now in its 249th year, the Summer Exhibition provides a unique platform for emerging and established artists to showcase works across painting and printmaking, photography, sculpture, architecture, and film.

Installation view of Gallery VI, curated by Yinka Shonibare RA, at the Summer Exhibition 2017. Photo: © David Parry. Royal Academy of Arts

Installation view of Gallery VI, curated by Yinka Shonibare RA, at the Summer Exhibition 2017. Photo: © David Parry. Royal Academy of Arts

Cambridge Open Studios (July 1-2, 8-9, 15-16, 22-23) - Cambridge, England
Each year around 350 artists, designers, and makers open their studios to the public over four weekends in July. Learn more about the artists here.

Serpentine Gallery hosts Grayson Perry: The Most Popular Art Exhibition Ever (June 8 - September 10) - London, England
One of the most famous British commentators on contemporary society and culture, Turner Prize-winner Grayson Perry will present a major exhibition of new work. The exhibition will explore popularity, masculinity, and #Brexit. On your way out, you can also check out the annual Serpentine Pavilion (June 23-October 8).

Grayson Perry, Installation view, Serpentine Gallery, London (08 June 2017 – 10 September 2017). Image © 2017 Robert Glowacki

Grayson Perry, Installation view, Serpentine Gallery, London (08 June 2017 – 10 September 2017). Image © 2017 Robert Glowacki

Babylon Gallery Summer Open (July 22 - August 28) - Waterside, Ely, England
During the summer, this riverside gallery showcases British art from artists of all ages, both amateur and professional. You can explore different styles and mediums, and even buy some art. You might even stumble onto a Banksy piece. Or at least the next generation Banksy.

Gillian Ayres at the National Museum Cardiff (Ongoing until September) - Cardiff, Wales
This exhibition celebrates the work of one of Britain’s most important and internationally renowned abstract artists, Gillian Ayres, as well as her artistic connections to Wales. Featuring major paintings from across the artist’s career, this is the largest exhibition of Ayres’s work ever seen in the UK. 

Tate Liverpool: Tracey Emin and William Blake In Focus (Ongoing until September 3) - Liverpool, England
Mashups are still a thing. So come see what happens when a contemporary British artist and a renowned British poet are shown side by side. This is the first time Emin’s work My Bed, has been displayed in the north of England. My Bed, which still shocks after 20 years, as well as Emin’s drawings from the Tate collection, are being shown with selected work from Blake.

Tracey Emin and William Blake in Focus on display at Tate Liverpool until 3 September 2017 © Pete Carr.

Tracey Emin and William Blake in Focus on display at Tate Liverpool until 3 September 2017 © Pete Carr.

Scottish National Portrait Gallery: A Perfect Chemistry by Hill and Adamson (July 27 - October 1) - Edinburgh, Scotland
Celebrating early-Scottish photography, A Perfect Chemistry: Photographs by Hill & Adamson explores the partnership of David Octavius Hill (1802-1870) and Robert Adamson (1821-1848). These two photographers mastered the art of photography only four years after its invention and their stunning images document various aspects of 19th century Scotland in stunning detail.

Pink Floyd: Their Mortal Remains at the V&A (Ongoing until October 1) - London, England
Visit the first international retrospective of Pink Floyd, a band renowned for both groundbreaking rock music and iconic design. This dramatic audio-visual exhibition explores Pink Floyd’s music, art, and staging since their debut. Book in advance to get your preferred timeslot.

Animals. © Pink Floyd Music Ltd. Credit: Victoria and Albert Museum, London.

Animals. © Pink Floyd Music Ltd. Credit: Victoria and Albert Museum, London.

Edinburgh Alphabet at the City Arts Center (May 19 - October 8) - Edinburgh, Scotland
For the first time, Edinburgh’s museums and galleries are bringing together a huge range of objects from their combined collections into one massive exhibition. This A to Z of Edinburgh art includes over 300 items spanning 10,600 years. Expect to find objects and artifacts from archaeology, fine and applied art, childhood art, literary works, and social history collections.

Balenciaga: Shaping Fashion at the V&A (Ongoing until February 2018) - London, England
Is fashion art? Or not? Decide for yourself as you wander past glorious dresses and explore Cristóbal Balenciaga’s exquisite craftsmanship. His innovative designs are now on display at the Victoria & Albert Museum – one of the best museums for fashion and design. Advance booking is recommended.

Evening dress, silk taffeta, Cristóbal Balenciaga, Paris, 1955 © Victoria and Albert Museum, London

Evening dress, silk taffeta, Cristóbal Balenciaga, Paris, 1955 © Victoria and Albert Museum, London

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Do London Differently: You’re In Peckham, Now What?

Do London Differently: You’re In Peckham, Now What?

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Wandering through southeast London’s Peckham neighborhood is a sensory journey. The fresh fruits and vibrant colors in the open markets, the music spilling out onto the street, and cuisine brought from all over the world make it a ‘yes’ on the must-see list. If you’re searching for an offbeat British Famous scene, here are our top picks for Peckham.

CLF Art Café
This 120-year-old, four-level warehouse space is perfect for a night out, especially in the summer. There's always something different happening on every floor in the CLF Art Café -  you can dance your way from disco to hip hop to reggae in under 5 minutes. They also host epic soul nights that take place three times a month.  During the day, the café hosts theatre acts, comedy sets, art shows, and more, and be sure to visit Rye Wax in the basement which sells records, comics, books, tacos and cocktails.

Dance the night away in this amazing four story warehouse. Photo: CLF Art Cafe

Dance the night away in this amazing four story warehouse. Photo: CLF Art Cafe

South London Gallery
The South London Gallery is an internationally known contemporary art space. More importantly, it’s been free to the public since 1891. It was opened to ‘bring art to the people of south London’ – and they’re still keeping that promise.

Canavan’s Pool Hall and Bar
This retro club has affordable drinks, pool and ping-pong tables, and a dance floor where you can impress everyone with the latest American moves until 4 am (remember, most pubs here close at 11 pm). If you’re really feeling into the throwback vibe, dressing like you’re still living in the ‘90s is encouraged.

Franks Café

Come for one thing and one thing only: jaw-dropping views of London. Of course art, food, and drink options are available, too.

A Frozen Gin Sorbet. Slurp one of these outside at Peckham Springs.

A Frozen Gin Sorbet. Slurp one of these outside at Peckham Springs.

Peckham Springs
This outdoor bar and gallery space, next to Peckham Rye Station, has what’s quite possibly the best value cocktails in the whole of London. Their frozen cocktails are the perfect answer to a hot summer evening. Every week, they also invite the best independent food traders to set up shop. Good food, good drinks, even better art, music and atmosphere – it literally has all of the things.  

Persepolis
Persepolis brings the best flavors of Middle Eastern and Levantine (East Mediterranean) cooking to South-East London. It also clearly is addicted to all things East. It serves up a pretty perfect breakfast and lunch, but you could always skip right over that and order a decadent Turkish delight sundae complete with slivers of halva and saffron ice cream and drizzled with rose cordial.

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The Best Places To Get Your Hands On British Tea This Summer (Outside of Boston)

The Best Places To Get Your Hands On British Tea This Summer (Outside of Boston)

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Sipping tea and eating scones is extra British. But there’s no such thing as too British. So if you find yourself feeling as peckish as the 7th Duchess of Bedford (who invented afternoon tea), then this is the thing for you.

“Afternoon tea” vs “High tea”
We should probably clear up that afternoon tea refers to the mid-day luxury of drinking tea and eating scones, mini sandwiches, and cakes. High tea was for the working classes who ate a heartier meal after finishing work at high dinner tables. So no, high tea does not mean it’s a “special tea” (you could probably get that in Colorado). Sometimes the tea terms are used interchangeably but could lead you to very different experiences. In any case, be sure to keep your pinkies down as you sip your tea.

Over the centuries, the practice of taking afternoon tea has relaxed. Many Brits drink cups of tea throughout the day but consider the tradition of afternoon tea to be more of a treat. While the storied tearooms of The Ritz and Fortnum & Mason are magnificent and worth a visit, in summer we love to do our steeping out in the sun (it’s not always foggy). Here are some of the best places to enjoy afternoon tea outside:

We recommend pre-booking afternoon tea.

London

The Orangery at Kensington Palace
Want to take tea at the royal residence where Princess Diana once lived and where Kate and Will now call home? Then pull up a throne on the Portland Stone Terrace and look over the royal gardens while you sip your earl grey.  

Sip tea like a royal at Kensington Palace.

Sip tea like a royal at Kensington Palace.

The Ivy Chelsea Garden
Take a break from shopping and the bustle of Kings Road in this beautiful courtyard garden at The Ivy Chelsea Garden. Choose from a cream tea (scones, clotted cream, and jam) or full afternoon tea. There’s also champagne if you need a little more kick than caffeine.

Sit amongst the flowers as you take your tea. Photo: The Ivy Chelsea Garden

Sit amongst the flowers as you take your tea. Photo: The Ivy Chelsea Garden

The Sanderson Hotel
Indulge your imagination with the Mad Hatters Afternoon Tea in the courtyard garden at The Sanderson Hotel. The menu here is inspired by Alice in Wonderland – fancy a Tweedle Dee’s lemon curd financier, or a “Drink Me” potion? Traditional scones, cream, and jam are also served, just don’t be late.

Mad Hatters Afternoon Tea. 

Mad Hatters Afternoon Tea. 

England

Lime Wood
Soak up the sunshine while sampling éclairs and enjoying the view of gorgeous gardens at The Limewood Hotel. They even have a G&Tea, which comes with gin specially selected for you. From here you can head out to explore the New Forest National Park, once the royal hunting grounds of William the Conqueror, where horses, cows, donkeys, pigs, and other wildlife roam free.

Afternoon tea at Lime Wood.

Afternoon tea at Lime Wood.

The Royal Hotel
Treat yourself to a Royal Tea on the Isle of Wight where Queen Victoria once also took her tea. The Geranium Terrace is a beautiful place to enjoy homemade strawberry jam, from berries grown in the Royal Hotel’s gardens.

Take your tea on the Geranium Terrace at The Royal Hotel.

Take your tea on the Geranium Terrace at The Royal Hotel.

Cherwell Boathouse
Cross off two British traditions in one afternoon: go punting in true Oxford style (punts are types of row boats, see the sport guide if you’re looking for some NFL action), then treat yourself to tea by the River Cherwell at the Cherwell Boathouse Terrace.

Go punting and have tea at Cherwell Boathouse Terrace

Go punting and have tea at Cherwell Boathouse Terrace

The Royal Crescent Hotel
After visiting the Roman baths, be spoiled for choice with four different afternoon tea menus and sample classic Bath treats in the stunning gardens at The Royal Crescent Hotel

Delectable teatime treats at The Royal Crescent Hotel

Delectable teatime treats at The Royal Crescent Hotel

Harewood House
Enjoy tea on the outdoor terraces against a backdrop of sophisticated Georgian architecture (named for the kings, not the state). The award-winning parterre, expansive grounds and surrounding Yorkshire scenery are as stunning as Harewood’s state rooms – all of which you should explore. On weekends, you can take a boat tour of the Lake after.

Sophisticated Georgian design and rolling parkland at Harewood House

Sophisticated Georgian design and rolling parkland at Harewood House

Wales

Lake Vyrnwy Hotel
Come to the Lake Vyrnwy Hotel for tea and finger sandwiches above a fairytale-tower fitted lake. Afterwards, you can spend some time wandering the surrounding nature reserve thinking about princess charming (which may or may not be you).

Look out over this breathtaking view at Lake Vyrnwy Hotel

Look out over this breathtaking view at Lake Vyrnwy Hotel

Gliffaes Country House Hotel
There’s a place where you can get buffet tables of scones, cakes, and sandwiches. It’s the stuff of dreams, but you can experience this afternoon tea on a sunny Brecon Beacons terrace in real life.

Outdoor tea at Gliffaes Country House Hotel

Outdoor tea at Gliffaes Country House Hotel

Scotland

Prestonfield House
A 20-acre parkland and 18-hole golf course will give you a chance to work up a thirst for this tea service. You can take yours with cream, sugar, or overlooking Prestonfield House’s rose-filled garden.

Afternoon tea at Prestonfield House

Afternoon tea at Prestonfield House

The Carlton George Hotel, Glasgow
Dine up amongst Glasgow’s rooftops over homemade cakes and scones at the Carlton George Hotel.

Dine up high at the Carlton George Hotel, Glasgow

Dine up high at the Carlton George Hotel, Glasgow

Glenapp Castle
Reminisce about castle life as you stir your tea and take in Glenapp Castle’s beautiful grounds and gardens.

The grounds at Glenapp Castle

The grounds at Glenapp Castle

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Sports To See In Summer 2017 That Don't Take As Long As Cricket

Sports To See In Summer 2017 That Don't Take As Long As Cricket

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Cut the telly off. Go outside and see the pros play. Summertime in Great Britain is chock full of sporting events. From the classic golf and tennis to the lesser-known bog snorkeling, here are the most British Famous sporting events to go and raise a Pimm’s Cup.

The Aegon Championships (June 19-25) - London, England
Known as the “warm up” for Wimbledon, the Aegon Championships (or Queen’s Club Championships) is one of the leading men’s tennis tournaments played on grass – and the first chance of the season for most players to switch over from clay courts. Last year, Andy Murray set a new record at Aegon by becoming the first player to win it five times.

Royal Ascot (June 20-24) - Ascot, Berkshire, England (an hour from London)
No need to spend your days waiting outside Buckingham Palace to catch a glimpse of the Queen; as a thoroughbred owner and breeder herself, Queen Elizabeth has attended every Royal Ascot during her reign. It’s the highlight of the British racing summer. The five-day event draws around 300,000 visitors a year for world-class racing, fashion, tradition, and fine dining. If you can't make it to Royal Ascot, consider visiting Ascot Racecourse for some of the other racing events held across the summer, such as the Summer Mile Weekend or King George VI weekend.

Galileo Gold (Frankie Dettori) beats Awtaad (center) and The Gurkha (right) in The St James’s Palace Stakes. Photo: Ascot Racecourse

Galileo Gold (Frankie Dettori) beats Awtaad (center) and The Gurkha (right) in The St James’s Palace Stakes. Photo: Ascot Racecourse

Wimbledon (July 3-16) - Wimbledon, London, England
Wimbledon is the oldest of the four Grand Slam tennis tournaments and the only major still played on grass. A limited number of cash-only tickets are available on the day of play, as are several thousand Grounds Passes (for as little as $10-$32). Find out more about The Queue here. And fancy touring the grounds? Learn how here.

Tennis fans fill the grounds of Wimbledon on Day 1 of The Championships 2016. Photo: AELTC

Tennis fans fill the grounds of Wimbledon on Day 1 of The Championships 2016. Photo: AELTC

British Open (July 16-23) - Royal Birkdale, Southport, England (about 35 minutes from Liverpool)
For over 150 years, The Open has challenged the world’s best players. This year, the return of The Open to Royal Birkdale will give spectators a unique view of the Lancashire coastline with players facing tight fairways, unrelenting wind, and a demanding opening hole.

Ricoh Women’s British Open (August 3-6) - Kingsbarns Golf Links, Scotland
Continue your golf trip into early August with one of only two women’s Majors played outside the U.S. The 41st Championship of the Ricoh Women’s British Open is making its debut appearance this year at the iconic Kingsbarns Golf Links in Scotland. Players include reigning champion Ariya Jutanugarn, the youngest to hold the #1 ranking ever.

The Ricoh Women’s British Open. Photo: Getty Images

The Ricoh Women’s British Open. Photo: Getty Images

IAAF World Athletics Championships (August 4-13) – Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, London
Cheer on British Famous track and field heroes, like Laura Muir, Greg Rutherford, and Mo Farah, as they go up against Usain Bolt and Allyson Felix at the iconic Olympic stadium. No city has ever hosted both IAAF World Championships and World ParaAthletics Championships (14-23 July) in the same summer, which makes London the first with 245 events spread over 20 days.

Mo Farah will once again take to the track at the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park in Summer 2017. Photo: Tom Dulat - British Athletics via Getty Images

Mo Farah will once again take to the track at the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park in Summer 2017. Photo: Tom Dulat - British Athletics via Getty Images

Premier League 2017-2018 Season Start (August 12) – Various Stadiums
Boasting some of the best footballers in the world, Premier League play officially kicks off on August 12. The fixtures (schedules) are available here. Just maybe leave the Vinnie Jones impersonations at home.

Matchweek 1: Arsenal 3-4 Liverpool. Petr Cech is unable to keep out a stunning Philippe Coutinho free-kick. Photo: Getty Images

Matchweek 1: Arsenal 3-4 Liverpool. Petr Cech is unable to keep out a stunning Philippe Coutinho free-kick. Photo: Getty Images

World Bog Snorkeling Championships (August 27) - Llanwrtyd Wells, Wales
For the adventurous travelers who want to dive right in, you can participate in the annual World Bog Snorkeling Championships. What is it you ask? Competitors race quickly along two lengths of a thick, 55-meter trench (that’s 60 yards to you Americans) in the middle of a bog without using normal swim strokes. You can enter here (online entries close seven days before the event), but the snorkelers’ outfits alone are worth making the trip.

Bog snorkeling - the quirkiest British sport?

Bog snorkeling - the quirkiest British sport?

OVO Energy Tour of Britain (September 3-10) – Edinburgh to Cardiff
For the first time, Edinburgh will host the opening stage of the OVO Energy Tour of Britain, the UK's premier professional cycling event. This is not a tour put on by Drake, but instead features riders racing past eight stages of British Famous scenery towards the finish line in Cardiff city centre. Find out here if you’ll be nearby to cheer on the riders.

2016 Tour of Britain. Photo: @TheoSouthee photography

2016 Tour of Britain. Photo: @TheoSouthee photography

NFL Game #1 in London (September 24) - Wembley Stadium, London, England
If you feel like you might miss your usual kind of football, head to Wembley Stadium in September as they host NFL exhibitions in London. On weeks three and four of the regular season, the Baltimore Ravens will squawk at the Jacksonville Jaguars followed by the New Orleans Saints praying for a victory over the Miami Dolphins.

Visit the iconic Wembley Stadium where a different kind of football will be played in September.

Visit the iconic Wembley Stadium where a different kind of football will be played in September.

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5 Moments When Your Soul Will Gently Fist-Bump Wales

5 Moments When Your Soul Will Gently Fist-Bump Wales

Wales is deep. There’s just something about it. We’d go so far as to say that if wellness had an ancestral homeland, it would be Wales. For soul-soothing, brain-arousing diversions, it can’t be beat. You’ll find yourself time and again saying, “Wales, I feel you.”

You’re Going to Need a Bigger Kilt

You’re Going to Need a Bigger Kilt

You can’t drink single malt on an empty stomach. And we’re not just talking bangers or tatties. Artisanal meat, wood–smoked fish and fresh produce are as Scottish as blood pudding, and the north is practically crawling with Michelin–starred restaurants and seasonal tasting menus these days.

48 Hours in North Wales

48 Hours in North Wales

Even to some Brits, North Wales is the land of the unknown. It’s a little wild and rugged.  Adventure travel fits right in with medieval castles in these parts. Kayaking and mountain biking for natural highs; a surfing wave park and ultrafast zip lines take the adrenaline up a few ticks. 2017 is designated Wales's “Year of Legends”. Here’s an itinerary to help you write a few legends of your own.

48 Hours in Leeds

48 Hours in Leeds

Exhibit A in the case of “There’s More to Great Britain than London” is Leeds. Spend two days eating, drinking and ambling about this riverside gem of a city and you’ll see what we’re talking about. Try this 48-hour itinerary on for size.