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Hindersson does Quirky London

Thank you for voting in our poll regarding what our friend Thomas Hindersson should do in London. As a result Thomas did London on a budget and Quirky London plus an extra feature on food.

Here’s the first film (in Swedish) and this time Thomas goes quirky. Watch him ride a Mini Cooper through London, fall in love with Camden, get a proper meal near Brick Lane and explore the narrowest house in town.

We’d love it if you ‘d share your quirky experiences in London with us. But now – watch the film and stay tuned for another one soon!

First episode here.

//Johannes

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Whisky Guide Competition Winner

We’re happy to announce the winner of our whisky guide competition. The jury with Bosse “Bildoktorn” Andersson agreed in appointing Hanna Tunberg from Malmö to be our whisky guide in Scotland this fall. Congratulations Hanna!

Hanna Tunberg

Hanna Tunberg, winner

Hanna is an educated sommelier with a Professional Certificate in Spirits, she has a vast knowledge in food and she’s also a whisky judge. The jury liked the combination of a deep knowledge in food and drink together with the fact that she’s a skilled blogger, writer and photographer. Among other projects she’s involved in the following: www.matkaravan.nu, www.smakverkstan.blogspot.com.

We had a large number of contestants in this competition and many of you wrote excellent applications, there’s really a vast knowledge of whisky amongst the Swedish population. Here are some examples:

Robert Van Hal, Malmö: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5

Anders Bizzozero, Ronneby: www.ronnebywhiskysallskap.se

Peter Sjögren, Västra Frölunda: www.whiskyflaskan.se

Andreas Wennblom, Huskvarna: www.studiomalt.se

Would you be interested in visit Scotland yourself, don’t hesitate to pay a visit to VisitScotland’s homepage, there’s even one in Swedish.

//Johannes

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What should Thomas do in London?

Thomas Hindersson is a popular radio host at the Swedish commercial radio channel “Lugna Favoriter”. He’s been video blogging for us several times before and this time he takes on London. Thomas is not the most experienced traveller you’ll ever now, but he adds up with enthusiasm and curiosity.

It’s up to you – place your vote and decide Thomas destiny
To make things a bit more interesting we’ve put together eight themes wherein you can vote what you think Thomas should focus on while in London. You’ll find the voting poll to the right. The themes are: Summer, Romantic, Music, Children’s, Olympics, Quirky, Entertainment and On a budget. Thomas will personally take on any of these assignments and it’s up to you what he’ll do in the next episode.

In this first video episode (in Swedish) you’ll see Thomas responding to the themes, as always he’s also a little nervous.

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And the winners are…

Blackpool Illuminations (©Britainonview)

I’ve just heard of the winners of  this year’s EnjoyEngland Awards for Excellence 2010 (The Oscars of the English Tourism). The award is given out to the best of the best in tourism within nine categories.

The finalists were chosen from an original list of 2,200 entries and the judging in most categories were anonymous visits. Here’s the list of the winners, it might be worth exploring before your next trip to the UK.  

Congratulations to you all!

Large Hotel of the Year
Thurlestone Hotel, Thurlestone, South Devon

Small Hotel of the Year
Gilpin Lodge Country House Hotel, Crook Road, Windermere, Cumbria

Bed & Breakfast/Guest Accommodation of the Year
The Old School, Newton on the Moor, Alnwick, Northumberland

Self-Catering Holiday of the Year
Blakelow Farm Holiday Cottages:, Bonsall Lane, Winster, Derbyshire

Best Tourism Experience of the Year
Livingstone Lodge Overnight Safari, Port Lympne Wild Animal Park, Lympne, Kent

Best Tourism Event & Festival Award
Blackpool Illuminations, Blackpool, Lancashire

Large Visitor Attraction of the Year
RHS Garden Wisley, Woking, Surrey

Small Visitor Attraction of the Year
Museum of the Jewellery Quarter, 75–79 Vyse Street, Birmingham

Taste of England Award
The Bildeston Crown, High Street, Bildeston, Suffolk

Read more and view the complete list of all the Gold and Silver winners here.

/Camilla, trainee Stockholm office
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 

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Jump in Mr Darcy’s pool

The Jane Austen Centre, Bath

Do you remember Colin Firth’s wet shirt scene in the 1995 BBC TV production of Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice? Then this might be something for you. This summer from May to September you can go on a 4-day Pride & Prejudice Tour. The tour operator P and P Tours have put together a tour of all the UK filming locations used in the BBC Pride & Prejudice, Wives and Daughters, North and South and Sense & Sensibility. See the lake where Mr Darcy dived, Longbourn, home of the Bennets and Pemberley just to mention a few.

Wherever possible the tours offer accommodation in actual filming locations.

For full details, go to http://www.pandptours.co.uk/

More of Jane Austen to come as we will soon publish a story about a 24 hour trip to Jane Austen’s home in Alton, Hampshire.

/Camilla, trainee Stockholm office

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Englishmen painting with plants, part II

Here’s Ann Larås second post about English gardens.

The gardens of Sissinghurst

Sissinghurst, Cranbrook, Kent
Creator: Victoria (Vita) Sackville-West and Harold Nicholson from 1930-

Vita and Harold opened their beloved Sissinghurst to visitors already in the 1940s. The visitors could find Vita in the garden working, often dressed in a long lace shirt with a corduroy blazer and high boots, wearing long earrings; gladly answerering questions and usually with one of her dogs by the side. Vita and Harold were actually long ahead of their time to open their own private garden to visitors. Today ”garden tourism” is very popular and spread throughout the U.K. And Sissinghurst is still open for the public five days a week.

Rose portal

I’m here for a  garden tour on Midsummer evening. The visit includes a dinner and a tour in the evening light to the garden rooms at Sissinghurst. Though it’s the first time I’m here, it feels like I’ve already been here, through all books and articles. I’m excited and rush through a portal in the brick wall  into the the White Garden. It is one of the world’s most famous garden rooms and a unique opportunity to be here right now in the twilight at the beginning of summer.

The gardens of Sissinghurst consists of a series of private rooms, and they are a mirror of the creators of Vita Sackville-West and Harold Nicholson’s character and temperament. Here you can find garden rooms like: White garden, Lower garden, Rose garden, Lime alley, Cottage garden, Yew lane, Herb garden, Moat path and the Orchards. The property is created on the ruins of a large Elizabethan house and is located in the Weald historic landscape with its rolling hills and shady forests.

From 1930 the land was owned by the couple. When they came here, most of the buildings dilapidated. Harold was a classicist who designed the layout. Vita was a romantic who created the atmosphere, filled with roses and planting perennials and was enchanted place.

The garden is constructed with brick walls and dense hedges of yew and hornbeam as a formal framework. There are long walks and lines, openings in walls and surprises around every corner. Planting within the hedges and walls are generous and lush. And since the late 1950s, there were already 10 000 visitors each year.

Overview, Sissinghurst gardens

The inspiration for the famous white garden room appeared in one of Vitas dreams in the 1930’s. Twenty years later around 1950 the white garden room was created. I stand here now, in a rectangle of green, silver and white, surrounded by yew hedges with razor sharp edges. Low boxwood frame the white and silver plants. In the middle floats a delicate ceiling, a dome over a simple but beautifully glazed urn. The Gothic dome is covered with a giant rose Rosa mulliganii which reaches its finest flower in the middle of summer and then covering the iron structure with its white roses with yellow eye and a lovely fragrance.

The tower rises in the background. Here, Vita had her study, where she planned for the garden and for the poems she also wrote. She could look out over the garden and make plans.

Roses were the flowers that Vita was most fond of and which filled her imagination. She was an incurable romantic. Even today, the gardeners at Sissinghurst retain the style and color combination in the Rose Garden: Easy and unstructured with soft colors that were Vitas style.

/Ann Larås (my blog, my book)

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The OSCARS of the tea world

When it comes to afternoon tea I’m prepared to go the distance and now I know where to go. Palm Court at The Langham in London has been awarded The Tea Guild’s Top London Afternoon Tea 2010 Award. This award is considered the ‘OSCARS’ of the tea world.

With more than 30 varieties of tea, including the Langham’s signature blend and a wide range of finger sandwiches, cakes and miniature pastries, afternoon tea takers at Palm Court are spoilt for choice. The hotel’s tea sommelier helps you find the perfect blend, while a variety of menu options fit any occasion or taste.

Anyone that gets here before me, please report back!

/Johannes

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