When you think of UK luxury travel, you immediately think of London. The country’s capital is awash with deluxe restaurants and 5-star hotels that you might think the city has taken all of Britain’s luxury for itself. It’s true that a trip to London is very easily turned into a decadent holiday as long as you have the cash to backup your big spending. But there are plenty more luxury destinations around the UK – you just need to know where to look. And, if you pick the right location, you will find that you don’t have to spend everything in your bank account to enjoy some luxe comforts.
So, ready to head out on a luxury trip in the UK? Here are some of the best cities to check out.
Once upon a time, Bristol was a hive of industry and factories. However, this city in the south-west has spent some time reinventing itself and now it is known for its cultural side and creativeness. When you arrive in Bristol, you might instantly notice that it has quite a trendy vibe to it – there will certainly be a few hipsters around! But there is also some sophisticated style to get stuck into as well. As the city is so creative, you will find a lot of boutique hotels that offer a personal service. Most of these hotels have ultra-fashionable decor and plenty of luxury amenities and comforts. While you are in Bristol you should try and check out the Arnolfini. It’s an art gallery that features inspiring artworks from around the world.
You weren’t expecting to see Leicester pop up on a list of luxury travel were you? But Britain is full of surprises and one of the main ones is that many of the smaller cities and towns are actually superb destinations for luxury travel. There are some reputable restaurants in the city, and you will also find a Michelin star restaurant near Leicester as well. Not only that, though, but there is also a good choice of independent 5-star hotels for you to choose from. This is a great destination for history lovers as you can spend your time exploring the Ashby de la Zouch Castle and Leicester Cathedral. You’ll also find the National Space Centre in Leicester as well, so there is plenty of modernity and technology to combine with your historical wanderings!
Some people may say that it is grim up north, but the city of Newcastle goes to show that that really isn’t the case. This is another city with some cute independent hotels, and its culinary scene has also been making big waves in the country’s food culture as well. Just take the Michelin-starred chef Kenny Atkinson, for instance. This locally born chef, who is best-known to many from his appearances on Saturday Morning Kitchen, has recently opened up a very swanky dining establishment in the city. While you are in the city, you can wander across its famous Millenium Bridge to visit Gateshead’s Baltic Centre. This contemporary art gallery is known for its minimalist interiors and inspiring exhibitions.
Why not head over the border to Scotland? You might be tempted to spend some time in Edinburgh, but it’s also worth visiting Glasgow as well. This Scottish city has been on the rise for the past few years, and is now seen as the trendy and hip nextdoor neighbour to the country’s capital city. Ever since the city was named the European Capital of Culture in 1990, the city’s culture has been on the up. And it still seems to be improving. There are a number of galleries for you to check out, including the Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum and the Hunterian Museum and Art Gallery. You will also be spoiled for choice when it comes to fancy hotels. There are the usual big-name chains, like Hilton and Hotel Indigo. But there are also some great independent hotels as well if you want something a bit more personal. There’s also a good choice of fine-dining establishments and cocktail bars as well.
So, there you have it. London isn’t the last word when it comes to UK luxury travel. And you also aren’t just restricted to the cities mentioned in this list. It’s also worth checking out the likes of Leeds, Liverpool, Birmingham, and Manchester. Every British city has its own personality and atmosphere, so it’s worth taking a few trips to a couple of different ones to try and figure out which is your favourite luxury destination in the UK!