Stuck in the UK? Inspiration for your summer break

14th May 2018

Not jumping on a plane? It’s cool. There’s still plenty of places to head to, right here in the UK.

The best location in the UK for a night out

London

Obviously London had to make the list. It’s the powerhouse of partying. Here’s the plan for two nights of fun on your summer break in 2018:

Friday night

Rock up on the train after work and head to your hotel/Airbnb. Choose somewhere central – you could stick close to Kings Cross or head to London Bridge or Covent Garden.

Get down to Shoreditch and walk around the corner from the tube to Dinerama – an installation made up of shipping containers featuring bars, street food and shops that gets busy every weekend. Dig into massive burgers and freshly cooked pizzas or vegan and veggie options – before sampling the slushy vodka cocktails or Tiki themed drinks upstairs.

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Photo: @hayleighjm

Saturday day

We recommend starting off at Bunga Bunga Covent Garden. Unlimited prosecco and bellinis within two hours? Sign us up.

Once you’ve had your fill, head to Hyde Park and grab some lunch on the way. If it’s a nice day, hire a bike and take a ride round before chilling out on the grass and soaking up the sunshine.

Saturday night

As the evening rolls around get back to the hotel to change. Hop on the tube down to Bounce in Shoreditch for a few games of ping pong, food and some drinks. You’ll need to book ahead. Once you’re done get out on a bar crawl around the area – Trapeze bar, XOYO and Trafik are worth a mention.

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The best destination for beaches in the UK

Cornwall

Don’t fancy missing the sun, sea and sand? Opt for the South Coast instead of hopping on a plane. You might even – so pack your swimwear. We recommend booking a week out of your diary to check this place out.

It’s no secret Cornwall is the best place in the UK when it comes to its beach scenes. Here are the ones to add to the to-do list:

 

  • Mawgan Porth

 

Hit up this beach for all things surf – there’s plenty of swells to get out on.

 

  • Kynance Cove

 

Yep, you’re still in Britain. But you won’t believe it when you get to Kynance. This beach is a stunner with white sand, turquoise water and the best place to explore with your mates.

 

  • Praa Sands

 

The best beach to set up for the day – with plenty of cafes and restaurants nearby to head back to once you’re done.

The best city for foodies in the UK

Edinburgh

If you love food then Edinburgh is the perfect destination. It’s main streets are lined with top restaurants and bars to try out during a summer break. It’s also a hotspot for food festivals serving up dishes from around the world. Check out these awesome eateries.

Try haggis spring rolls at Whiski Rooms

Be brave and give a spring roll filled with this Scottish treat a go. Plus, this location offers 300 types of whisky to sample.

Eat homemade ice cream at Mary’s Milk Bar

If the weather warms up this place will be heaving. All the ice cream is freshly made every morning with flavours like baked pear and dark chocolate or Guiness and chocolate. No basics here.

Dig in to authentic Thai street food at Ting Thai Caravan

This restaurant started out as a pop-up restaurant and you’ll be glad it set up permanently. Order noodles, curries, soups and tonnes of sides. It’s all so good you’ll think you’re on your gap year again.

Try something new at Henderson’s Vegan

Wanna try going plant based? This is the best place for grub in Edinburgh. You can have everything from vegan pancakes to lasagne to brownies. There’s even vegan haggis.

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Photo: @sergey.stone

The best place for a sport holiday in the UK

Lake District

Not only is it incredible to explore but the Lake District is also home to the Keswick Mountain Festival. This three day event has something for everyone – including live music and activities such as scrambling and windsurfing. If you’re feeling strong enter into one of the triathlons or open water swims taking place. It’s the perfect destination if you love a sporty holiday.

Not into walking boots? If you were tempted by Cornwall, hit up the Mount Hawke skate park while you’re there. It’s the perfect location for this alternative sport. They also offer surf lessons in their indoor wave pool – plus you can camp on site.

What to pack for a UK summer break

Basically – be prepared for anything.

  • Waterproof jacket – Something showerproof and lightweight is fine.
  • Sun cream – If you’re out all day put some on anyway – even if it’s a cloudy forecast.
  • Day clothes – You need outfits that you don’t mind wearing and walking in. Basic t-shirts, jeans and trainers.
  • Evening clothes – If you’re heading out to eat or to bar hop for the evening you wanna look good. Guys, chino shorts are a good call to pair with a polo shirt. Girls, can’t go wrong with a summer dress and sandals.
  • Baseball cap – Great for hiding the wild night before if you’ve checked out the nearest bar.
  • Rucksack – Keep everything close by. Plus, you don’t need to lug bags around if you’re souvenir shopping.

This year, book a summer getaway in the UK – who needs to go abroad?

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