Might we just take a moment to wish you a very happy Valentines Day, or indeed, just a very splendid Friday with a great excuse to relax, and reflect upon the lovely people in our lives. So even those who don’t celebrate this pink balloon and red rose filled occasion, maybe its just a great excuse to organize with a partner, family member, or friend-
a spontaneous holiday in our own glorious British Isles for the weekend.
With a nod to ye olde’ times, why not keep the car at home and don your vintage suit for a journey on the rail-ways. There is something quite romantic about travelling by train, packing a picnic, and choosing a good few books to roam across the country/countries with. So here is Whim Biscuit’s top couple of choices for a weekend of off the cuff frivolity, audacious adventuring, and together-ness.
Where to Stay-
The Varsity Hotel and Spa is tripadvisor’s #1 choice for a Cambridge vacation. With it’s penthouse suites, spectacular roof top terrace, and Elemis Spa, it’s certainly a wonder to behold. With its boutique style, it is famed for it’s steakhouse and drink pairing, as well as a fabulous location a stone’s throw from the Magdalene Bridge.
Where to eat-
Ill Piccolo Mondo is a well-reputed, well-recommended gem of an Italian restaurant. It exudes tradition with its homemade pastas, variety of antipasti, and range of fine wines. Based just slightly outside central Cambridge in Bottisham, you’ll get to explore the area, and relish the authentic environment.
Where to go-
Cambridge is a city of architectural, and historic wonder. It’s famed for its skyline filled with impressive collages, chapels, museums, and of course the River Cam.
Whether you are there for the chance to punt your way along the river in a straw-boater, or enhance your art-history, there is always something spectacular to do. Of particular interest is of course the famous University buildings, Kings Collage and its chapel are of note and widely described as ‘totally worth the entrance fee’, as is Queen’ Collage, and Christ’s Collage, where it is said that poet John Milton once wrote among the trees in its picturesque grounds. The Fitzwilliam Museum also houses vast realms of antiquities from ancient Greece, Rome, and Egypt. There is no entrance fee, and it is a gem of a place to while away a few hours marveling over masterpieces.
Where to stay-
The Witchery is known for is opulent grandeur and exceptional culinary experiences in the restaurants it runs, but hidden in the buildings by Edinburgh Castle, are just nine suites all equal in gothic glamour, and over the top eccentricity that they would put a West-End theatrical production to shame. We love the decadence, and having the pleasure of dining there before on a previous visit- we know its on our to-do list to go back and stay in this mysterious abode.
Where to eat-
Nothing is more quintessential than afternoon tea, so why not enjoy it to it’s fullest capacity by indulging in a fine example from The Balmoral. Be serenaded in it’s Palm Court by a harpist playing from the balcony. Enjoy its exceptional service, and savor the lovely sandwiches, melt-in-the-mouth scones, and wonderfully fragrant tea- or champagne if you prefer, there is of course a choice to enjoy some Bollinger while you relax.
Where to go-
Edinburgh is a place you could visit for a weekend full of wows, or a full week of wonder. Plan ahead though and you can get some great deals with city cards, and booking in advance. We still have a variety of amazing things that Mr Biscuit and I have to do, but we highly recommend the following. Take a half a day out and explore, climb Calton Hill and scramble up Nelson’s monument. Take a thermos and absorb the amazing views of the city. Or literature fans can venture up neighboring Arthur’s Seat as featured in David Nichols’ book ‘One Day’, followed by the famous Elephant House café where J.K. Rowling scripted Harry Potter. For thrill seekers and adventurers however, book onto a twilight tour with the Mercat team for an underground ghost tour and many a haunting tale.
Edinburgh is a favorite place of ours, and we hope you enjoy it as much as we did.
Travelling by train is an easy way to organize a trip, and to travel cross country, you can literally book with CrossCountrytrains.co.uk who offer cheap tickets and an easy booking experience.