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The best pasta restaurants in London

These London pasta bars are feeding our ongoing obsession with the Italian staple. They’re inexpensive, informal and perfect for a quick meal, with no compromise on taste
A very good house

Ham House, London: Stuart royalist grandeur near Richmond

In our series ‘A very good house’, we take a tour of the very best houses to visit around Britain. This week: Ham House in Ham, near Richmond in southwest London

Why Sussex is the most creatively inspiring of English counties - and things to do when you visit

Fiona McKenzie Johnston dives deep into the county that has been home to the Bloomsbury Group, Surrealists, a guild of Catholic craftsmen – and continues to inspire so many creatives today

The best stargazing spots in the UK and where to stay while you're there

Taking a trip to contemplate the skies? These are the five best destinations, each with a stylish place to stay when you're done with the stars

10 things to do with kids in London and around the UK this summer

The summer holidays are upon us, with weeks of unoccupied time stretching ahead. Here’s our handy guide to entertaining children this summer, with a host of outdoor and educational activities bound to thrill.

Croquet, anyone? The outdoor games you need to have in your shed

Slap on the sunblock, pour yourself a Pimms and enjoy our pick of outdoor games you should have in your shed

Things to do in Edinburgh: How to spend 48 hours in the Scottish capital

Edinburgh is a city that has it all, from castles and museums to Michelin-starred restaurants and state of the art theatre. Here's how to spend 48 hours in the Scottish capital

Things to do in Oxford: How to spend 48 hours in the university city

Honey-coloured colleges, unusual museums, sprawling meadows with the river running through them, and some of the best pubs in England. Here's our itinerary for 48 hours among the dreaming spires of Oxford

The best luxury festival accommodation this summer

For this summer's festivals, forget the rickety tents, port-a-loo queues and hoards of clamouring fans and instead opt for more luxurious digs, from glamorous yurts to refurbished Airstreams. We've rounded up the best and most deluxe festival accommodations for the UK's summer festivals, so all you have to do is press ‘book’ and get grooving

Where to go for a weekend break if you love interiors

Plotting a design-led break away from the capital? This is where to stay, where to shop and what to eat within reach of London

Why a country house opera is the perfect English summer day out

Exquisite gardens, black tie picnics and the sound of Mozart on the summer air: these are the country house operas to make a beeline for