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Why not let someone else take the strain this year and enjoy turkey and all the trimmings in the comfort of a spoiling hotel? Christmas in London is a magical affair, with uplifting carol singing in its beautiful cathedrals and churches, streets decorated with Christmas trees and fairy lights and shop windows full of goodies,
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Thanks to the relatively recent construction of a tunnel bypass, Madonna di Campiglio’s village is virtually car‑free and has considerable traditional charm, with elegant buildings dating back to the 19th century.  There are none of the hyper-chalets that draw wealthy visitors to the likes of Val d’Isère and Courchevel in France; instead there is a
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Few resorts in the Alps match Alpe d’Huez for its suitability for skiers and snowboarders at both ends of the skills graph, as well as in the middle. The terrain here is as well suited to experts as it is to beginners, while confident intermediates will have a ball. Alpe d’Huez has grown spectacularly in stature since Polish engineer Jean
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Expert guide to Alpe d’Huez Overview Hotels Restaurants Après ski Snow reports Most people visiting Alpe d’Huez stay in self-catering apartments, though there are some chalets and luxurious hotels available, as well as a Club Med resort. The resort village is split into eight small districts, or quartiers, with the Cognet quartier close to both
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Oxford Street – two words that bring instant joy or instant dismay depending, most likely, on your tolerance levels for shopping. However, this Mecca to retail that takes you from Marble Arch (and with it access to Hyde Park) right down to Tottenham Court Road (via Bond Street and Oxford Circus), is like a central vein
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There are plenty of lively and good-value bars at and around the bottom of Passo Tonale’s slopes. But don’t expect anything too sophisticated or indeed as wild as in some other resorts. For further Passo Tonale inspiration, see our guides to the resort’s best accommodation and restaurants. La Baracca At the foot of the Vittoria chairlift,
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There aren’t many mountain restaurants on the slopes of Passo Tonale and its linked resort of Ponte di Legno. This means people who spend most of their time on the local Passo Tonale slopes in particular go back to the village for lunch, where there are plenty of bars that serve food and a few
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Three-star hotels that vary greatly in degree of comfort make up the bulk of the accommodation in Passo Tonale, and there are a few four-stars. Most hotels are located on the main road through the resort, and quite convenient for the lifts, however some are quite a way from most of the shops and bars.
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Ischgl has a wide choice of smart hotels – more than is usual in an Austrian resort. However, prices tend to be higher than in the Tirolean heartland of the Kitzbüheler Alps with which Britons are more familiar. The most convenient places to stay are near, but not on, the main street, away from late-night
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Green space is a precious commodity on the London housing market and the same is true in hotel land. So, if you can find somewhere to stay that also has a garden then prepare to feel very smug indeed. What could be more civilised than sitting with a G&T in your own little urban oasis
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For decades Ischgl has been the premier Austrian destination for German visitors, but in recent years it has also acquired a strong following among Britons. This has largely come about not just because of the quality of its pistes, but also because of the music. Ischgl’s famous start- and end-of-season Top of the Mountain concerts have attracted
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Who’d have thought that Essex would have so many desirable foodie hotspots that also serve up great accommodation? In fact, the county has been something of a pioneer in this respect – home to everything from a couple of trail-blazing gastropubs to a terrific local hotel group whose food offering is as classy as its
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Wengen is a charming village set on a shelf overlooking the Lauterbrunnen valley. For a resort that is so famous for the annual Lauberhorn World Cup downhill race, which takes place every January, it is remarkably small. The focus is a short main street lined by shops and several large Victorian-style hotels.  There are surprisingly
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Expert guide to Obergurgl Overview Hotels Restaurants Après ski Snow reports Austria is well-known for the high standards of its friendly, clean and usually family-run hotels and Obergurgl is no exception to the rule. Rather than traditional British-run chalet options, UK tour operators tend to offer good-value, half-board packages to a selection of these hotels
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A visit to London with the kids can be an exhausting affair but get the hotel right for quality downtime between sightseeing and you’re winning. First up, think where you plan to visit and try to choose a child-friendly hotel in the vicinity – your feet will thank you for it. Other essentials to consider include
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The area of Euston is most well known for the mainline rail station (it first opened in 1837 and now connects the capital to other major UK cities including Birmingham, Manchester, Liverpool, Glasgow, Edinburgh and Aberdeen) and its associated mad dashes to catch a train at the end of a well-lived trip to the capital
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What could be better than a room with a river view? The River Thames is one of the most famous rivers in the world and still very much the life-blood of the city. It winds through London, providing the backdrop for iconic landmarks like The London Eye, Big Ben and Tower Bridge. Meanwhile The South
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