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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!

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!

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.

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.

Advertising opportunities on Fabulous Travel Guide

[ 0 ] August 4, 2011

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Bestival 2011 – buy last-minute tickets!

[ 0 ] July 27, 2011

Bestival 2011 is set to kick off in spectacular style this year when thousands of music lovers pull on their wellies and flock to the Isle of Wight.

Taking place of the 8th September, this 4-day festival has a fantastic lineup that includes Magnetic Man, The Drums, Crystal Castles, Katy B, and the almighty Pendulum.

Bestival 2011 - Tickets to Bestival 2011 - Fabulous Travel Guide

Bestival 2011 - Tickets to Bestival 2011 - Fabulous Travel Guide

Fancy dress

Raving isn’t all that’s on offer though, Bestival is also renowned for its outrageous fancy dress themes. This year it’s Rock stars, Pop stars & Diva’s so put together a killer outfit and strut your stuff on the infamous catwalk to impress the judges.

Need a little help? Head to the fancy dress tent for fake tattoos, face painting and fantasy hairstyling. Afterwards enjoy a meditation session in the magic forest, a game of crazy golf or even a massage!

Tickets & prices

Bestival takes place from 8th -11th September at Robin Hill Countryside Adventure Park , Isle of Wight. Weekend tickets are free for anyone aged 12 and under, £85 for 13 to 15 year olds ; £160 for students; and £170 for adults;.

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Last chance to visit London Zoo at night!

[ 1 ] July 26, 2011

Get down to London Zoo on Friday night for your last chance to party with the animals in a spectacular after-hours show.

Zoo Lates 2011 draws to a close this weekend - Face Painting at London Zoo -Fabulous Travel Guide

Face Painting at London Zoo

Sneak by the lions’ den beer in hand, watch impromptu comedy acts at the aquarium or get your face painted (£6 per person or two for £10).

There’s even a cabaret show, a silent disco and plenty of food tents to tickle those taste buds.

We loved the hog roast sandwiches, gourmet burgers and luxury veggie feasts at Eat.St – the perfect way to round off the evening.

Zoo Lates 2011 will host its last event this Friday 29th July 6pm-10pm so buy your ticket now! Prices cost from £14.35 for members; £18.45 for non members; and £35 for VIPs.

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Exclusive offer: 20% off at The Mole Clinic

[ 0 ] December 23, 2010

Has your mole changed shape, size or colour? You may need to get checked out for skin cancer. Melanoma is now the second most-common cancer in young adults – and it usually starts out as a mole or freckle, caused by excessive sunbathing and sun beds.

Kate Grant | The Mole Clinic | Skin cancer screenings

Kate Grant | The Mole Clinic | Skin cancer screenings

Fortunately, if it’s diagnosed early it’s easily treated. So, to give you that extra little push, we’re offering you a 20% discount at The Mole Clinic in central London.

This award-winning clinic deals exclusively with skin cancer screenings and diagnosis – and has been approved by BUPA, the NHS and MacMillan Quality Environment Mark.

So what you waiting for? To claim your exclusive 20% discount quote the following code: Fabulous Travel Guide 20 when booking over the phone.

How to find The Mole Clinic:

The Mole Clinic, 9 Argyll Street, London W1F 7TG

Call: 020 7734 1177

Prices (before discount)

  • Top-to-toe mole check: £115 (45 mins)

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How to save money in London – budget travel tips for tourists

[ 1 ] November 26, 2010

Planning to visit London when Kate Middleton and Prince William get married on 29 April 2011? With thousands of people booking last-minute flights to the capital, prices are expected to go through the roof.

So if you’re looking for cheap accommodation, half-price theatre tickets and mouth-watering discounts at top London restaurants, this is the one-stop place to be. Scroll down for budget-busting ways to save money on your trip to London.

Visit London for the royal wedding | Kate Middleton and Prince William to wed on 29 April 2010

Visit London for the royal wedding | Kate Middleton and Prince William to wed on 29 April 2010

* Book those cheap flights

There’s a knack to booking cheap flights – some wait 8 weeks before departure, others book as early as possible. Either way, check out these top tips for bagging those cheap deals and avoid all those hefty taxes!

•    Get an Oyster card

Transport in London is hugely expensive so invest in an Oyster card as soon as you arrive. They only cost £3 and are well worth it. A single journey would cost just £1.50 with an Oyster card, as opposed to a whopping £4 without!

If you’re staying for a week – consider getting a weekly ticket as this can save you up to £15. Lucky enough to be staying in central London? Most places are within walking distance, so do your research before you head out.

•    Save 50% at top London restaurants is the food-lovers’ bible in London. Not only does it offer unbeatable discounts on top restaurants (up to 50% off), you can book online, search by area and collect points towards a free meal.

•    Snap up last-minute theatre deals

Fancy going to the theatre in the West End? TKT booths in Leicester Square offer fantastic deals not to be missed. Buy them on the day for up to 50% off standard prices.

•    Stay in hostels

Accommodation in London is over priced – and if you’re here to see the city, how much time will you actually spend in your room? Hostels are inexpensive, great for meeting people and most have cooking facilities so you can make your own food – a great way to save money. Shared dorms start from as little as £6 per night! Visit to book now!

•    Visit the free attractions

London has hundreds of free attractions. See Buckingham Palace, relax in one of London’s gorgeous green parks or spend the day at the Science museum or Tate Modern.

Looking for more unusual things to do in London? Why not dine on the top deck of a bus or enjoy delicious afternoon tea at one of London’s best restaurants? Don’t forget to follow me on Twitter for all the latest travel news!

Christmas afternoon tea – best in London

[ 0 ] November 16, 2010

Looking for Christmas gift ideas? Treat your loved ones to afternoon tea at one of London‘s finest hotels.

Whether it’s champagne with the girls or Christmas carols with the kids, there are loads of festive events in the run up to Christmas. Scroll down for our pick of the best  Christmas afternoon teas in London.

Christmas events in London | Christmas afternoon tea | Fabulous travel guide

Christmas events in London | Christmas afternoon tea | Fabulous travel guide

* Christmas afternoon tea at The Dorchester

Celebrate Christmas in style at The Dorchester with a special afternoon tea menu. Sip champagne in the Promenade while nibbling on mince pies, festive pastries and delicious finger sandwiches. Got the kids with you? A special Nutcracker Afternoon Tea is also available for children up to the age of 12.

Where? Mayfair
Tube: Green Park
Price: From £46.50 for Festive Tea; £24 per child for Nutcracker Afternoon Tea
When? Weekdays from 22 November 2010

* Christmas film club at The Charlotte Street Hotel

Love snuggling down to watch Christmas films? Now you can enjoy a special afternoon tea package at the Charlotte Street Hotel throughout December.

Every Sunday at 5pm, the hotel will screen a festive film downstairs in its own private cinema. Love Actually kicks off the season on 5 December, followed by White Christmas on the 12th, and It’s a Wonderful Life on 19th.

Where? Central London
Tube: Tottenham Court Road
Price: £35 for afternoon tea and film club
From 5 December 2010

* Christmas carols at Claridges

Enjoy the award-winning afternoon tea at Claridges – not only can you choose from 30 different types of tea, you can now choose from a special Christmas menu.

Festive Tea offers guests a special selection of finger sandwiches, a glass of champagne, freshly baked apple and raisin scones, assorted French pastries, tea or coffee and traditional Christmas pastries. There will also be carol singers on weekends, making it all the more special.

Where? Central London
Tube: Bond Street
Price: From £45
When? From 27 November 2010 – 2 January 2011

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