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Thursday, March 30, 2017

EMMA BARTHOLOMEW stays a night at M By Montcalm hotel, off Old Street’s Silicon Roundabout and finds it as high tech as expected

EMMA BARTHOLOMEW tries out Fish and Pips’ hassle-free ready meals whilst skiing with her family, at a luxury chalet in Meribel Village

Emma Bartholomew finds plenty to keep all ages entertained in Alpe d’Huez, with horse riding, mountain biking, bob sleigh and ice skating.

EMMA BARTHOLOMEW and her family find the picture-perfect Arc 1950 has a wealth of activity going on during the summer, meaning you’ll never be stuck for things to do

Zoe Paskett tries out a new exercise class that combines swing dance and aerobics, finding that the exhaustion is outweighed by enjoyment and great music

Set up by Forbes 30 under 30 entrepreneur Venetia Archer, the service usually exists as an app to make the process of booking an appointment with salons, spas or beauty therapists easier and quicker

Whether you’re feeling romantic or distinctly the opposite, we’ve rounded up a few options for how to spend this Valentine’s Day

Marrakech is at its best off season with mild temperatures and fewer crowds but the same great tagine, finds Zoe Paskett, who stayed at the newly refurbished Movenpick Hotel

The core of the Parkhotel regime is the seven day programme, with three medical assessments, daily treatments, a diet plan, use of swimming pool, sauna and panoramic gym

With signings, workshops and live drawing sessions, the festival on December 17 sees appearances from publishers, authors and illustrators.

Expert Parkour traceur speaks about the benefits of an all year round activity that trains the mind as much as the body

Where will you spend Halloween weekend? Here are a few options in case you’re stuck

Whether it’s to give your dinner parties the edge or just to add pleasure to a simple supper, new tableware is a relatively cheap update for your home. Here are five of our favourite places to buy plates, bowls and serveware.

Le Mas Candille on the French Riviera offers a five star experience with ultra-relaxing massages and refreshing pilates.

If it’s good enough for Justin Bieber, it’s good enough for Zoe Paskett, who finds a Parenie treatement and honey and salt body scrub invigorating

Get back to school (or your desk) in style with the best in covetable office ware from these north London outlets. Whether a brand new notebook, resplendent with possibility, or a set of freshly sharpened pencils arranged just so, there’s something super satisfying about new stationery.

The delights of Mottram Hall’s luxury hotel and spa are just a two hour train ride away from London.

Disney’s theme park in Paris is in a league of its own, taking less than three hours to reach from London.

With Faro just over two hours away by plane, the Algarve’s Vila Vita Parc is the perfect ‘heat retreat’ away from London where you can discover contemporary Portuguese hospitality.

Imogen Blake travelled to a blissful five-star Staffordshire spa retreat, where she discovered that chocolate can actually be good for you...

London’s contemporary garden fair returns to Hampstead Heath this week with exhibitors from near and far and a busy programme of talks, demos and classes; from how to sow seeds to making your own herbal remedies.

Bridget Galton and family were enthralled by an overnight experience at London Zoo’s latest attraction the Gir Lion Lodges

A new food market for Barnsbury begins next weekend, encouraging residents to buy from local traders.

Graduating psychotherapists who use art as therapy are to put on a show of their own work at a Hackney gallery.

Event of the week: Cally Festival 2016

Wednesday, June 15, 2016

The popular - and free - Cally Festival returns to Caledonian Road on Sunday.

Jenny Woolf and her son get slightly too close to nature in Orlando.

Valerie Browne speaks to Jessica Hepburn, a writer who has founded the UK’s first fertility arts festival after her own gruelling struggle to conceive.

Jenny Woolf braved winter storms and sub-zero temperatures to take in dramatic views and swim in the world famous Blue Lagoon.

As we headed up to Avoriaz on windy mountain roads it suddenly came into view - perched high atop a cliff edge in the distance – and its stunning abstract architecture took my breath away.

Too posh to cycle? Think again, because the annual Tweed Run is back for an eighth year on May 14.

Post-apocalyptic zombie thriller 28 Days Later is the latest movie to be staged by Secret Cinema, in its first foray into the horror genre.

“Albestre,” says Roberta Giaccherini, naming one of the wines produced on her Tuscan estate of vineyards and villas. She breaks into a wide smile. “It means ‘crazy women’.”

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