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NEW LONDON RESTAURANT REVIEW: Our London restaurant writer-at-large Anna Wallis takes a look at Charlotte Street's latest addition: The Wild Game Co. The founder, Andy Waugh, opened his first stall on Broadway Market, selling and championing wild game and venison sourced from his family's butchers in the Scottish Highlands. All in a kilt, with a smile! Read how he now came to have his own restaurant in London's super cool foodie district. http://www.coolplaces.co.uk/blog/2014/11/4/267-the-wild-game-co #londonrestaurants   #placestoeatlondon   #dinnerideas   #dinnertime   #london   #foodie   #wildgamerecipes  
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BONFIRE NIGHT BUT NOT AS WE KNOW IT: Edward Teach – better known to the world as Blackbeard, the pirate – famously used to fill his hair with lit firecrackers and bits of burning rope before going on the rampage, in order to make himself look demonic and scare the living daylights out of people. Blackbeard was from the South West of England and it seems his hair-raising penchant for pyromaniacal high jinx is in the blood down this way. For every bonfire night the little Devonian town of Ottery St Mary turns into a pyros' pantomime, setting fire to tar-lined barrels and running through the streets with them held aloft on their shoulders or heads. 20,000 people flock to this cider-fuelled event and you can read Pat Kinsella's full review here: http://www.coolplaces.co.uk/blog/2014/10/30/264-bonfire-night-but-not-as-we-know-it   #bonfirenight   #devon  +Visit Devon  #blackbeard   #pyrotechnics   #fireworksnight   #thingstodoindevon  +Devon Life 
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YHA HOSTEL OF THE WEEK: YHA Blacksail - which recently featured on George Clarke's Amazing Spaces. The hostel is set in some of the most breathtaking scenery in the Lake District. Hostels might not be for everyone, by YHA hostels are. Comfortable, affordable and with a great friendly atmosphere. Going on holiday to the Lakes shouldn't be bank breaking when accommodation like this is on offer. Read full review here http://www.coolplaces.co.uk/places/uk/england/cumbria/7624-yha-black-sail #cumbria   #lakedistrict  +National Trust Lakes Outdoors +Visit Cumbria  #hostel   #amazingplacestodiscover   #amazingplacestosee   #coolplacestostay   #lakedistrictselfcatering   #lakedistrictnationalpark  
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COOL HALF TERM IDEA: Independent pop-up shopping at Dalegate Market in Norfolk. Stay at Deepdale Farm in one of their glamping abodes, and check out the pop-up shops and market scene at Dalegate, selling everything from homemade organic skin and hair products, handcrafted fused glass art, metal and wooden art animals, upcycled furniture, plus local food and drink suppliers. It's a great opportunity to explore the North Norfolk Coast too! See more details on their website:http://www.deepdalefarm.co.uk/dalegatemarket/index.asp #norfolk   #deepdale  +Dalegate Market  +Visit Norfolk  #coolthingstodo   #market   #popupshop   #localbusiness   #organicfood   #organicbeauty   #handcrafted   #handcraftedjewelry  
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WE LOVE YHA! Often mistakenly overlooked as an accommodation option, there's a huge variety on offer at YHA, from a former gentleman's shooting lodge on the Yorkshire Dales to a converted grain house on the waterfront right in the heart of Bristol. You might end up staying in a Castle, a Mansion, or even a camping pod, or camping under the stars at one of the YHA hostel campsites. Our YHA HOSTEL OF THE WEEK IS YORK. With the York Illuminations at the end of the month, now is one of the best times to visit one of the UK's most beautiful and historic cities. Treat yourself to an affordable weekend away with YHA. http://www.coolplaces.co.uk/places/uk/england/north-yorkshire/york/9593-yha-york +Visit York Information Centre  #york   #hostel   #ukholidays2014   #weekendgetaway   #weekendfun   #hosteloftheweek   #coolplacestostay  
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WE HAVE A WINNER! Many congratulations to Jess who has just won a trip to Brighton for two courtesy of YHA. Commiserations if you didn't win this time. But keep your eyes peeled, as there's plenty more competitions like this to come! http://www.coolplaces.co.uk/blog/2014/9/17/257-win-a-trip-to-brighton-for-two #brighton   #brightonbeach   #ukcompetitions   #winnerwinnerchickendinner   #loveuk   #ukholidays2014  
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Congratulations Jess! Hope you have a fab stay at YHA Brighton!
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The QUEEN OF RETREATS Caroline Sygler Jones gives us the lowdown on this year's most festive wellbeing retreats in the UK in our latest blog. The selection includes a luxury manor house with hydro pool in Surrey; a Buddhist retreat in Hertfordshire; and a yoga retreat in Yorkshire. Perfect for gift ideas for the ladies! http://www.coolplaces.co.uk/blog/2014/10/30/263-festive-wellbeing-escapes  #wellbeing   #wellbeingcentres   #yogaretreat   #holistic   #fitness   #retreatsforwomen   #coolplacestostay   #uk   #christmas   #christmas2014   #christmasgifts   #christmasgiftideasforwomen   #christmasgiftideas  
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Its HALLOWEEN TOMORROW and Britain's getting spooky. Fright your night up at one of these Halloween happenings across the UK, from spooky sleepovers at Alton Towers to creepy storytelling at the childhood home of the ill-fated Anne Boleyn: http://www.coolplaces.co.uk/blog/2014/10/28/265-bumps-in-the-night-halloween-happenings #halloween   #halloween2014   #halloweenify   #trickortreat   #spooktacular   #spooky   #coolthingstodo  
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COOL LONDON RESTAURANT: Bourne & Hollingsworth Buildings, Clerkenwell, the recently opened all-day brassiere and bar from the team that brought you Blitz Party, Prohibition Party, Reverend JW Simpson, and, the original Bourne & Hollingsworth bar in Fitzrovia. It's like the French Caribbean with slatted shutters masking the private dining area, palisade ceiling fans, and flora and fauna adorned furniture. The place is a visual feast – and the food is pretty special too. Read food author Anna Wallis' full review in our latest blog here: http://www.coolplaces.co.uk/blog/2014/10/22/262-bourne-hollingsworth #london   #londonrestaurants   #londonrestaurantguide   #fitzrovia   #clerkenwell  
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LAST MIN OFFER! Stay at The Old Quay House Hotel in Fowey, Cornwall this October and enjoy sensational views over the Fowey estuary from your room, in the heart of one of Cornwall's most charming and picturesque towns. THE OFFER: A double room, including breakfast and dinner for just £185 per night, or £145 per night if you just want B&B, without dinner. See full offer on their website: http://www.theoldquayhouse.com/ or read their full Cool Places review here: http://www.coolplaces.co.uk/places/uk/england/cornwall/fowey/684-the-old-quay-house #cornwall   #fowey  +Visit Cornwall  #specialoffer   #ukholidays2014  
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Foraging sounds like a great idea in theory, but if you don't know what you're doing, it can be more fruitless than fruitful. Luckily, the awesome folks at Fore/Adventure can take you foraging and fishing, kayaking and coasteering or wild camping, teach bushcraft and, tailor-make foraging feasts and adventures for groups of adults or children from their base at Middle Beach in Studland. You'll be a foraging pro in no time. http://www.coolplaces.co.uk/blog/2014/10/14/261-fishing-and-foraging-in-dorset #dorset   #dorsetphotographer  +Visit Dorset  #fishing   #fishingtrip   #foraging   #foragingforfood   #cookingtips   #cooking   #beachlife   #beaches   #beachphotography   #bushcraft   #adventuretravel   #adventuretime   #ukholidays   #ukholidays2014  
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Are you celebrating NATIONAL CURRY WEEK? What's your favourite curry dish or local curry house? At Cool Places HQ, we deliberated hard to narrow down our favourite curry houses in the UK, but we finally got there! Spot your favourite? http://www.coolplaces.co.uk/blog/2013/10/7/149-britains-best-curries #nationalcurryweek   #curryrecipes   #curryweek   #indianfood   #indiancuisine   #indiancurry   #loveindianfood   #cooking   #restaurants   #coolplacestoeat  
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Cool Places finds, reviews and celebrates all the best things about Britain as a travel destination. The reviews are written by professional travel writers, based locally and with expert knowledge. They provide a fresh and contemporary take on places they know well - with users and locals able to add further reviews and comments. The result is the most engaging and trustworthy website on attractions right across Britain: seaside resorts, small towns, major cities, and London neighbourhoods.  Using our site, you'll be able to find the UK's best hotels, B&B's, shops, restaurants, cafés and things to see and do.
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