Bhanu, a new Asiatic lion at the London Zoo
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Sleeping lions at London Zoo

The city’s latest overnight stay comes with unusual neighbours — big cats

Destination inspiration

Rose Cottage at Dormy House
Hotels and holiday homes that are perfect for a short break from the city
The open road in southwest Iceland ©Luz Photo
Sail into deepest Myanmar or drive the route of Italy’s Mille Miglia road race: the world’s best road trips and river journeys
Joe Kidd takes his fatbike over some rocky outcrops on the Oregon coast ©Tim Neville
From a ‘fatbike’ tour of Oregon’s coast to heli-biking in New Zealand and a cycle trip through the Bhutanese Himalayas
The Glen Etive on her maiden voyage
©Horatio Clare

Highland hopping

With the world’s largest cruise ship in the news, here the Glen Etive, perhaps the world’s smallest, sets sail on its maiden voyage through the Hebrides

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On location: ‘The Huntsman: Winter’s War’

The ethereal British locations stand out in this prequel

The winning design for a bridge from the Cornish mainland to Tintagel Castle
©Emily Whitfield-Wicks

Tintagel’s return of the king

Will an imposing statue bring a new generation of Arthurians to Cornwall or has the commercialism gone too far?

Illustration by Matthew Cook of orange marmalades being made in Cumbria
©Matthew Cook

Postcard from . . . Cumbria

One weekend every spring, a Lake District town becomes a mecca for marmalade lovers

Brewhouse stained glass windows, Shepherd Neame, Faversham, Kent

Real ale at Britain’s oldest brewery

As ‘craft’ beers attract a new generation of drinkers, Natalie Whittle goes in search of history in a glass

©Matthew Cook

Postcard from . . . London

The homes of neighbours George Frideric Handel and Jimi Hendrix make up what could be the world’s most contrasting musical museum

England celebrates its greatest gardener

The tercentenary of Capability Brown’s birth is being marked by a year-long, nationwide festival, starting at Blenheim Palace

A Fair Isle jumper made by Mati Ventrillon, photographed on Maavi’s Tongue, Fair Isle
©Mati Ventrillon

Good wool hunting

The Source: In the first of a new series in which writers make a pilgrimage to the home of a celebrated product, Lucy Kellaway heads to the Shetland Islands to explore the origins of the Fair Isle jumper

Illustration by Matthew Cook of a man harvesting rhubarb
©Matthew Cook

Postcard from . . . Yorkshire

An exhibition and festival — now on its 10th year — aim to celebrate the rhubarb industry and help ensure its survival

Postcard from . . . Heathrow

Learning the ropes at British Airway’s new ‘Global Learning Academy’

The bike that pedals itself

The use of tiny hidden motors — so-called ‘mechanical doping’ — could transform amateur cycle events and holidays

Postcard from . . . London

Go Ape’s high-wire treetop trails open in Battersea Park, its first excursion into a city

Augustus Pugin’s seaside home

A Victorian visionary’s house in Kent has been given a new lease of life by the Landmark Trust

On location: Macbeth

A new adaptation of Shakespeare’s classic tragedy is immersed in Scottish locations

British weekend retreats

Hotels and holiday homes perfect for a short break

By bus to the ‘ghost village’ of Imber

For one day a year, buses run to an English village with no residents. By Matthew Engel

Scotland’s new £294m railway

A new rail line will offer a fast track to the region that inspired Sir Walter Scott

Surf Snowdonia brings the wave to Wales

A revolutionary surf centre has opened on an artificial lake eight miles from the sea. India Ross takes the plunge

Postcard from . . . Cliftonville

The return of the sea-bathing machine is a sign that the tide is turning for this down-at-heel town on the Kent coast


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