4 sensible British resorts for a Christmas buying staycation

The city’s four hotels are an ideal place for a great variety of wines after Christmas shopping

Mandarin Oriental Hyde Park, Knightsbridge, London

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Asoon a high-end renovation to the feet, the well-known Knightsbridge hotel has a new look. Think boldly painted, punchy fabrics and cool lighting that is controlled by large pillars and under rocks. Our bedroom had a GHD staircase, a lounge with high ceilings and a heated chair, with self-priming cushions. The view of Hyde Park is also not dangerous. And when you go out (and swap for fun with the doorkeepers), you’ll find that you’ve arrived at the market.

Stella loves: Martinis advertising after this cool, sexy Mandarin Bar hotel.

Outside is nearby: The best shopping malls in London and the best shopping streets are just around the corner. Instead, you can shop for a window at Harvey Nichols from a guest hotel. A few minutes walk along Brompton Street takes you to Harrods (where there are many street vendors along the way). The Sloane Street shopping center is also located within just two minutes. Walk the length of the production road and above King’s Road you will find a stall for Peter Jones (formerly Princess Margaret’s lover – and somewhere the Duchess of Cambridge has seen it several times). Do we want to say more?

Rooms from $ 740 a night, b & b; call 020 7235 2000 or visit mandarinoriental.com/london

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Mandarin Oriental faces Harvey Nichols at Knightsbridge on one side and Hyde Park acres on the other

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Royal Crescent Hotel, Bath

Very good of … the greatness of Georgia

Proudly located at the Royal Crescent of Bath, a favorite street designed by architect John Wood, the Royal Crescent Hotel & Spa is the best and most quiet place in the town, with no street and no viewer of the old city. We chose a deluxe suite, which had a four-dimensional bed, a beautiful living room and a lawn for the front grass. After a morning swim in the 12m deep water bath, it arrives at the shops but returns in time to soothe the pain and refresh the whole body at the spa – Elemental Herbology Fire Zest Bath & Body Oil, applied to us, pleasant aroma. Eating at Dower House restaurants is a must – don’t miss the list of good food; raspberry and dark chocolate cakes were delicious. (Note: The spa and swimming pool are currently open but check the latest hotels on the hotel page before you travel.)

Stella loves: Beautiful ornaments – high heels, chandeliers and stairs suitable for every Lord and Lady. And a large Christmas tree, with a velvet ribbon, is a beautiful sight.

Outside and other: Shopping aside, no weekend trip to Bath without a trip to its well-known Roman tours – a 15 minute walk from the hotel (now reopened but be sure to check out the website before booking tickets; romanbaths .co.uk). The Bath Christmas market has been banned this year but there are many retail outlets – from Jo Malone, Anthropologie, Whistles and White Stuff to independent boutiques and retail outlets. Head to French chocolate Maison Georges Larnicol for beautiful, dining decor. Refuel with a cup at the Boston Tea Party, a small coffee shop – the Kingsmead Square branch has outdoor tables and is ideal for viewers (bostonteaparty.co.uk).

Rooms from $ 330 a night, b & b; call 01225 823333 or visit royalcrescent.co.uk

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The Royal Crescent Hotel combines an 18th-century heritage with the 2000s exemptions

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Fingal, Edinburgh

Best of all …

Getting on board on a retirement boat (now permanently suspended) is like stepping back in an era of water beauty. The £ 5m renovation turned the high-end `boatique ”, complete with a high-end art, fine bathrooms with green tiles and a gold finish. The 23 cabinets, each of which is referred to as a lighthouse used by Fingal in its past life, feel like a transatlantic lodge and come with tartan lambswool casts, as well as boardboards with marine charts on the lighthouse (named after the cottage) of it) has been in the sea.

Stella loves: Noble Isle Decoration Rooms (all large); It is non-violent, vegetarian and is made in Britain, and is the cherry on top of the proper bathrooms.

Outside and elsewhere: There are independent restaurants around Leith that should be dropped off – especially Kitchin, Tom Kitchin’s restaurant (thekitchin.com), a 10 minute walk. (Smoking North Sea halibut should not be missed.) For brunch, try Toast ( toastleith.co.uk) and those with a sweet tooth can satisfy their cravings at Mimi’s Bakehouse (mimisbakehouse.com). You are spoiled for choice in pubs and bars: Barologist (thebarologist.co.uk) is one of the most popular. And there is also the capital of Edinburgh, where there is a shopping mall and a tourist attraction, 20 minutes by car. (Note: The restrictions of Covid-19 and dietary principles are completely changing so go ahead and see if they are open and save the table.)

Cabinets from $ 200 per night, b & b, depending on double sharing; banking.co.uk

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The cruise ship from Northern Lighthouse has been transformed into a smart, 23-seat hotel in Leith’s restaurant.

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University Equipment, Cambridge

Very good… internal stimulants

If you’re looking for a free escape during the winter, but want to take action beyond the world, then this is your place. Edwardian’s main house was redesigned in 2018 by interior designer Martin Brudnizki and it sounds like I’m getting into an expensive design magazine, even though it’s a good one. The bedrooms are nice and cozy while the bathrooms have black and white tiles – ours came with a large bathroom, overlooking the Parker’s Piece. Parker’s Tavern brasserie offers delicious British dishes (such as rustic casseroles and hot soup) and lunch is a must.

Stella loves: The most beautiful house – the most beautiful.

Outside and near: The sculptures, the Kettle Yard, are a must-see – and the home of Miro, Henry Moore and Barbara Hepworth. (Tickets are free but must be booked in advance; kettlesyard.co.uk.) Try Old Bicycle Lunch or brunch (oldbicycleshop.com) and Midsummer House, a fine restaurant located in a beautiful Victoria home, for a romantic dinner (midsummerhouse. co.uk). When it comes to buying Christmas, the city is your oyster. Along with all the street food cuisine – including The White Company, Mango, Topshop, Russell & Bromley and Rigby & Peller – there are many independent shopping malls, plus Lilac Rose enjoying the fashion. And of course, you can’t go to Cambridge for less than an hour or two.

Rooms from $ 159 a night; img.com

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University Arms is the oldest hotel in Cambridge

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Edited by: Laura Powell. Comments by: Naomi Greenaway, Sarah Royce Greensill, Anna Clarke and Bethan Holt

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