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Soho Sanctum Hotel, London

Soho Sanctum Hotel, London

[ 1 ] March 26, 2013

If you’re looking for a hotel in Soho, London, chances are you have some money to burn. Good. The Soho Sanctum Hotel is the perfect place to squander some serious cash.

It’s a luxurious venue made up of two Georgian townhouses on Warwick Street in the West End. The location couldn’t be better – right in the heard of Soho and only a 5-minute walk to Oxford Street.

Soho Sanctum Hotel review, London - Fabulous Travel Guide

The hotel itself boasts luxurious rooms, a 24-hour rooftop bar and alfresco spa. There’s even a private cinema down in the basement!

So if want to brush shoulders with celebrity guests and rock stars, this is the place to be seen.

Rooms start from $240 per night. Book online now!

You know you’ve become a hippy when…

[ 27 ] November 19, 2011

Going travelling? There’s a high possibility that you’ll turn into a fun-loving hippy. Read on to see what happens:

1) You deliberately grow a dreadlock

Sometimes it’s just easier NOT to brush your hair.

2) Suddenly, hippy pants and Alpaca clothes are cool

Been to Bolivia? You’ll know exactly what we mean. Anything with a llama on it is as good as sold.

3) Shoes are no longer necessary

It just feels so good…

4) Fire dancing becomes an art form (NOT dangerous)

The first time you see it you’re worried, the second time you’re amazed; the third time you’re doing it.

5) There’s no such thing as TOO many bracelets

If you don’t have at least 8 bits of string and a few beads tied round your wrists then you may as well stop reading.

6) You say ‘aura’ at least once a day

Travelling is all about ‘finding yourself’, right? Well auras are just taking it to the next level.

7) You become vegetarian and drink herbal tea but STILL smoke

Any of this happening to you? Enjoy it while it lasts! As soon as you’re back home (or maybe 6 months after) you’ll cut out the braid, ditch the bracelets and be back in the office. And as for meditating, you won’t even have time to sleep let alone ‘find the real you’.

So guys, ENJOY EVERY MINUTE OF BEING A HIPPY. Sadly, it may not last.

Brad Pitt stars in new movie World War Z - Filmed in Glasgow - Fabulous Travel Guide

Brad Pitt boosts hotel bookings in Glasgow

[ 0 ] October 21, 2011

Brad Pitt has apparently boosted tourism in Glasgow – with hotel bookings at an all-time high.

The actor, 47, stayed in the city in August to film his latest movie World War Z – and it’s thought to have increased the number of visitors.

Brad Pitt stars in new movie World War Z - Filmed in Glasgow - Fabulous Travel Guide

Brad Pitt stars in new movie World War Z -

‘We welcomed Brad Pitt and more than 1,000 production staff working on Hollywood blockbuster World War Z, which generated significant business for the city’s hotels,’ Gordon Matheson, leader of Glasgow City Council, tells the Daily Mail.

‘Not only are our hotel bookings at an all-time high, Glasgow is now also the busiest city in Scotland.’

According to the latest statistics, Glasgow has filled more hotel rooms than Edinburgh, generating a whopping £180million in 2011.

Next: See why Louis Walsh has boosted tourism in Barcelona and get all the latest travel news by following us on Twitter!

Michael O'Leary - Chief Executive of budget airline Ryanair - Fabulous Travel Guide

Ryanair to remove toilets on flights

[ 0 ] October 13, 2011

Ryanair has announced plans to reduce the number of bathrooms on its planes to make way for more seats.

Chief Executive Michael O’Leary wants to ‘recertify’ the Boeing aircraft to enable 6 extra seats to be installed – leaving just one bathroom between 200 customers.

PICTURE - Michael O'Leary - Chief Executive of budget airline Ryanair - Fabulous Travel Guide

Michael O'Leary - Chief Executive of budget airline Ryanair - Fabulous Travel Guide

‘We very rarely use all three toilets on board our aircraft,’ he tells the Daily Mail. ‘[It] would fundamentally lower air fares by about 5 per cent for all passengers – cutting £2 from a typical £40 ticket.’

Despite Ryanair’s cut-throat tactics, it’s thought over 75million people will travel with the budget airline this year. Get ready to cross your legs!

Find out how to avoid those sneaky charges when booking flights and don’t forget to follow us on Twitter.

Phobophobia at London Bridge is back for Halloween 2011!

Unusual Halloween events in London – best of 2011

[ 0 ] October 5, 2011

Looking for unusual Halloween events in London? From spooky pop-up shops to terrifying ghost festivals, we’ve hunted down the best Halloween attractions in town!

London Bridge Phobophobia 2011

Phobophobia - London Bridge - Halloween events in London 2011

Phobophobia at London Bridge is back for 2011

Winner of the UK’s scariest attraction, The London Bridge Experience is getting prepared for its biggest thrill yet. Take the kids along to find out about the spooky history of London Bridge during the day, and when the sun goes down get ready for confined spaces, cackling witches and creepy crawlies! Phobophobia starts from 17 October – 1 November 2011, tickets are on sale now from £14.50.

The Wicked Witch of The London Sky

Take the kids down to The London Eye this October to help South Bank’s Wickedest Witch Wilhelmina regain her magical spells during a 30-minute Halloween ride. Tickets cost from £10.35 for kids and £18.90 for adults.

London Ghost Festival 2011

Back for its fourth year, the London Ghost Festival promises to be a toe-curling experience with creepy walks, talks and performances all based around London’s most haunted locations. Starting on 23 October and ending with a Halloween costume ball on 31 October 2011, this is one not to be missed!

Selfridges’ Dead Cool Halloween pop-up shop 2011

Need some spooky clothes for your Halloween party? Head down to Selfridges and embrace gothic glamour, sexy underwear and macabre fashion. Free to attend, this fashion event continues until 31 October 2011.

Looking for more things to do in London? Find out which are London’s most unusual restaurants and start planning your trip now!

The X Factor judges influence holiday destinations for 2011

Louis Walsh boosts tourism in Barcelona

[ 1 ] September 30, 2011

Louis Walsh has unwittingly boosted tourism in Spain by taking his X Factor group to Barcelona for ‘bootcamp’.

The X Factor judge, 59, revealed the exotic destination during last week’s show and it’s thought bookings to the city have  soared by 30% as a result.

The X Factor judges influence holiday destinations for 2011

The X Factor judges give tourism a welcome boost

Flight comparison site Skyscanner believes that viewers are being influenced by the ITV show, selecting destinations that the judges are picking.

And it’s not only Louis Walsh who has pulling power. Kelly Roland, who is taking the girls’ category to Miami, is said to have boosted sales by 20%, while flights to LA received a 10% spike thanks to Gary Barlow’s decision to whisk the boys off to the USA.

Watch The X Factor contestants battle it out during ‘bootcamp’ on Saturdays at 7.30pm on ITV1. Fancy planning your own trip abroad? See how to bag cheap flights and cut holiday costs!

Ibiza closing parties 2011 – the official line-up

Ibiza closing parties 2011 – the official line-up

[ 0 ] September 6, 2011

Heading to Ibiza for the closing parties? Don’t miss the spectacular line-up at Amnesia, DC10 and Space over the next few weeks.

Read on to see what’s in store during those final few days and don’t forget to book those cheap flights to Ibiza before they all sell out! Enjoy…

Space closing party 2010 | Ibiza closing parties | Fabulous travel guide

Space closing party 2010 | Ibiza closing parties | Fabulous travel guide

  • Amnesia (Saturday 1 October 2011)

Every Saturday Amnesia offers a mind-blowing set of European house. On Saturday 1st October the Matinee closing party puts this on the menu once more and it’s sure to be a hit with the regulars! Doors open from 11pm to 6am, with tickets starting from 40 euros.

  • Space (Sunday 2 October 2011)

For the last major party of the season Space is hosting an amazing line up of DJ’s including Fedde Le Grand, Armin Van Buuren and Steve Lawler. Tickets are a little pricey at 60 euros but remember: ‘Ibiza closes when Space says it closing!’

  • DC-10 (Monday 3 October 2011)
Offering a more underground vibe, DC10 is set to round off the season with one of its daytime extravaganzas. Circo Loco will be spinning underground techno with over 30 DJs, including Kerri Chandler, Jamie Jones and Dan Ghenacia. Doors open at 12pm and tickets cost 35 euros.

Book cheap flights to Ibiza, check out our favourite club, and let us know how the party was on our Facebook page!
August Bank Holiday events 2011 - Notting Hill Carnival - Fabulous Travel Guide

Parade through London at Notting Hill Carnival 2011

[ 2 ] August 12, 2011

Brighten up your August Bank Holiday with the spectacular Notting Hill Carnival in West London.

Watch as the streets come alive with the sounds and smells of typical Afro-Caribbean cultures. Beautiful dancers dressed head to toe in sequins parade through the streets, traditional steel drum bands play electrifying melodies and partygoers dance ’til dawn.

August Bank Holiday events 2011 - Notting Hill Carnival - Fabulous Travel Guide

August Bank Holiday events 2011 - Notting Hill Carnival - Fabulous Travel Guide

A healthy appetite is required as the carnival offers tantilising traditional Caribbean delicacies including jerk chicken, curried goat and rice and peas. Sound like thirsty work? The rum punch will sort you out…


Sunday 28th August: Kids’ Day with prizes for best costume

Monday 29th August: Main parade usually begins on Great Western Road, then winds its way along Chepstow Road, on to Westbourne Grove, and then Ladbroke Grove.

How to get there

Please see the official Notting Hill Carnival website for details. Many tube stops close due to overcrowding so make sure you do your research before you head out!

Looking for more things to do over the August Bank Holiday? Why not try bagging a last-minute flight abroad? Follow our top tips and avoid all those sneaky airline charges.

August Bank Holiday deals - Parent go free at Manchester's Chill Factore until 31 August 2011

Bank Holiday deals for the kids – best of 2011

[ 0 ] August 11, 2011

Want to treat the kids over the August Bank Holiday? We’ve hunted down the best deals to keep everyone happy.

From free theme park tickets to special discounts at Manchester’s indoor snow centre, you’ll be spoilt for choice.

* 2 FREE tickets to Thorpe Park

This deal is almost too good to be true – so you need to act fast. Simply collect 7 tokens from The Sun newspaper between 6-19 August 2011. Then send off the application form and a SAE by 25th August (Application form will be in The Sun on Wed 10th August! Click here for terms and conditions.)

* Kids go free to 31 West London shows

Children from the age of 5-16 can watch a West End show for free per paying adult. You can also buy 2 more kids’ tickets at half price. Simply phone 08442485151 or book via the Kids’ Week website.

* 50% off at Chill Factore

Manchester’s indoor snow centre Chill Factore has some great discount codes to use before 31 August 2011. Get 50% off a three-hour lift pass (code: M3LP); adults go free with paying junior (code: MPGF); and get 30% off kids’ parties (code: MPARTY). Simply present code at door on the day.

* 2for1 tickets to Alton Towers

Fox’s biscuits are running a brilliant 2for1 promotion until 6th November 2011. Look out for special promo packs (including Rocky, Fox’s Mini Party Rings, Fox Crunch Creams and Fox’s Favourites assortments) – on average they’re under £2!

*Kids under 12 go free at Jolly Day Out festival

This family festival is packed full of live music, children’s shows and fireworks so make sure you take the kids down to Hampton Court Green for a day of fun. Adult tickets cost £25.

Fancy getting away from it all? Why not book a last-minute flight – we show you how to snap up the best deals. Plus don’t forget to follow us on Twitter for more travel updates.

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