Affordable Luxurious Elegance at Hotel du Vin

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Affordable Luxurious Elegance at Hotel du Vin

Affordable Luxurious Elegance at Hotel du Vin


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About Hotel du Vin

Offering a unique, individual experience that is ‘far from ordinary’ across their nineteen locations, Hotel du Vin group of 4-star hotels bring affordable luxurious elegance, comfort and style to every aspect of your stay.

The accommodation is designed to offer upscale affordable luxurious elegance in substance and style. Each of their nineteen properties has its own unique architecture, history and location.

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Stay | Affordable Luxurious Elegance at Hotel du Vin

The rooms are remarkable. Each is uniquely beautiful, curated to showcase a ‘live in feel’ to bring the comfort of home away from home so you are comfortable, relaxed and very much ‘at home’ when you are on vacation here.

No two rooms are the same at Hotel du Vin. Each room is unique, special. A stay with Hotel du Vin is exclusive and individual for timeless memories.

Handsprung mattresses, Egyptian cotton linen, roll-top baths, monsoon power showers and upscale quality toiletries. These are just some of the little luxuries, you as a guest will experience on an affordable luxurious stay at Hotel du Vin.

Dining |Affordable Luxurious Elegance at Hotel du Vin

At the heart of each of their nineteen properties is Hotel du Vin’s trademark bistros, serving simple French classics with a British twist. It has an extensive wine list.

Locations | Affordable Luxurious Elegance at Hotel du Vin

With properties located in Edinburgh, Glasgow, York, Cambridge, Tunbridge Wells, Henley-on-Thames and Winchester, you will find that a visit to Hotel du Vin is more than a destination. The luxurious elegance along with comfort and style offer unforgettable timeless experiences.


This post is curated to add value to your visit to Hotel du Vin should you plan to do so. As always, I am available to answer any questions you may have – let me know in comments below or via Contact Form, I would love to hear from you.


Have a splendid uniquely beautiful time with a stay at Hotel du Vin.

Georgina xx

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Best Black Friday Sale on Winter Sun and Summers at the beach 2021

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Best Black Friday Sale on Winter Sun and Summers at the beach 2021

Save ££££ on your vacation – available for UK and non UK travellers who want to explore Europe.

*Non UK travellers – fly into UK and fly out from UK airports – enjoy the perks of travelling Europe and SAVE ££££

Pay Less for top hotels and places to stay when you book a package

*Subject to immigration requirements of the country you are visiting – please ensure you have a valid visa and meet immigration entry requirements of the country you are visiting before booking your vacation

The Best Black Friday Sale on Winter Sun and Summers at the beach 2021 published by our partners at My Timeless Footsteps are here!

Although it is not 100% safe to travel as freely as before, the world seems to be opening up again. With lockdown measures being eased and possible availability of vaccines next year, it appears that travel may, cautiously be back on our schedule. With safety measures in line with WHO INTERNATIONAL such as the use of face coverings, hand sanitising facilities etc, in place at **most tourist destinations, tour companies have come up with fantastic money saving deals for you to take advantage of on this Black Friday 2020.

You save by booking early for next summer on this Black Friday 2020 or take advantage of last minute deals and getaway for the winter. Some upscale holiday resorts such as Sandals is offering money off bookings and dates available up to 2023. As well, with a low deposit to secure your spot, and favourable refund options, you really want to look at the best available before it is snapped off.

Here are the selected Top 4 of the best holidays offers for you.


Georgina says:

I am not encouraging you to travel internationally if you are not ready yet. I bring you these offers because it is out there. If you are like me who is not quite ready for international travel across oceans but need to getaway to somewhere closer to home but out of the norm, you can still take advantage of these offers and travel domestically. Contact me if you need any help at all.


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Here are the BEST BLACK FRIDAY SALE ON WINTER SUN AND SUMMERS AT THE BEACH 2021 for you to choose from:

1 | On the Beach | Best Black Friday Sale on Winter Sun and Summers at the beach 2021

Now up to 40% off selected 2021 holidays

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2 | Sandals | Best Black Friday Sale on Winter Sun and Summers at the beach 2021

£100 off per booking

Promo Code: BF100

Holiday duration: Minimum 7 Nights

Valid for ALL Sandals and Beaches Resorts

Travel Dates: 1 Jan 2021 – 26 Mar 2023

Promotion is Live now: From 25 Nov 2020 to 7 Dec 2020


3 | EasyJet Holidays | Best Black Friday Sale on Winter Sun and Summers at the beach 2021

£100 off Holidays Over £1,000

Promo Code: BF100

Live: 09.00 Wednesday 25th November 2020 to 08.00 hours on Wednesday 2nd December

T & C’s:  * £100 off per booking with code BF100, subject to a minimum spend of £1000 per booking. Discount off the total price of the booking and will be applied on the ‘extras’ page. Discount applies only to bookings made any time from 09.00 Wednesday 25th November 2020 to 08.00 hours on Wednesday 2nd December 2020 (inclusive) for holidays taking place between 3rd December 2020 and 31st October 2021. Holidays must be completed no later than 31 October 2021.

Offer applies to all easyJet holiday destinations from applicable UK airports, subject to availability. Only one discount per booking. Discount may be changed or withdrawn without notice. Discount may not be used in connection with any other offer/discount.  If a booking including this discount is changed/cancelled, the discount will no longer be valid on the new/amended booking.  This is an online offer only and is not available by phone. These terms are supplementary to our main booking terms. Prices are subject to change. easyJet holidays Ltd (ABTA Y6633) is ATOL protected (11694)


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Have an awesome time whichever holiday you choose to book. Save ££££ and have peace of mind with low deposit and options for refund if you choose to cancel. Always check cancellation policy at time of booking. Lastly but the most important is to ensure adequate travel insurance to cover unexpected events for peace of mind. Check World Nomads.

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Murasaki Imo is 1 of the best Japanese Soft Cream

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Murasaki Imo – the best I have tried!


Murasaki Imo is the best I have tried! What is Murasaki Imo?

What is Murasaki Imo?

The Murasaki Imo is purple sweet potato soft cream. It is mellow with a gentle sweet taste and creamy, but not overly creamy.  It is not overbearingly sweet like most Japanese desserts.

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Soft Cream is popular in Japan

Soft cream is described as silky and smooth. No matter where you go in Japan, you will find it. In English, we call it simply as “soft serve ice cream,” the soft ice-cream served on a wafer-cone which we hurriedly enjoy before it trickles down our fingers 😊 Yes, that’s the one I am talking about! I am sure it is available and popular in many countries but what makes the ones in Japan so special? Well, it is the flavours and its association with a particular region of Japan.

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A shop front advertises the soft cream as “silky ice cream” – a variety of unique flavours

Different flavours of soft cream

There are so many different flavours of soft cream in Japan. A lot of people would probably be familiar with the standard vanilla, chocolate or the green tea matcha flavours, but you would also find the unusual purple coloured ones, the fruity melon or the soy sauce flavoured ones! Yes, indeed – the soy sauce! These varieties, I am told, is related to a region which has their own speciality.

For example:

Kyoto –         Match green tea because of its association with Uji, producer of superior   quality matcha tea;

Furano –        Melon, a region famous for its fruits;

Kamakura –  Purple sweet potato

Tokyo –          Tofu & Amazake

Kyushu –       Yoghurt Ice

My mini-adventure with soft cream

The varieties of these soft cream caught my attention when I visited Kyoto, Japan. My mini adventure with the “soft cream” took place on a very hot afternoon after visiting Fushimi Inari in Kyoto and climbing (and down) of those 4000 or so bright orange Torii gates. I was drawn to this one shop front that had yuba ice cream and various different coloured ones. It had a long line of visitors waiting to be served…so figured the “soft cream” must be good? Correct? Well, I decided to join the queue and try it anyways.

I could have a combination of two flavours or a single flavour. Two scoops. All for 400 Yen. I definitely did not want to try the green tea flavour (had already tried before on many occasions in Kyoto), so I opted to try something different and exotic, a combination of  yuba soft cream and the Murasaki Imo, the purple sweet potato.

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The shop that sold interesting flavours of soft cream at the Omotesando St, Fushimi Inari

Yuba soft cream

Yuba soft cream is derived from soya. Yuba is a soy milk skin that is created on the surface when the soy milk is boiled. The yuba soft cream is flavourful and tastes like thick soy milk. It was tasty.

Murasaki Imo soft cream

The Murasaki Imo or the purple sweet potato soft cream was mellow with a gentle sweet taste and creamy, but not overly creamy.  It was not overbearingly sweet like most Japanese desserts. It did not have the strong flavour of the orange yams or the yellow sweet potato and it certainly was not bland. It does take a little time to settle on your palate, especially when you are working through the silky smooth yuba and a tad stronger but mild silky smooth root vegetable.

This is the one I tried! Murasaki Imo topped with Yuba soft cream!
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This is the one I tried! Murasaki Imo topped with Yuba soft cream! Absolutely delicious!

My thoughts on the Murasaki Imo

The combination was interesting and was indeed refreshing. An exotic flavour and tasty soya combined with some sweet mild flavour with a hint of potato. Murasaki Imo is definitely one of the best soft cream I have tasted. I would highly recommend that you try this exquisite flavour when you visit Japan. You will not be disappointed.

Happy travels!

Georgina xx

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London’s Christmas Lights | An Unmissable Festive Cheer


The Christmas season is one of the best times of the year to be in London. The streets of London dazzles, with brightness and warmth. London’s Christmas Lights are one of the greatest joys of Christmas as they fill people’s heart with festive cheer no matter the weather, come rain or shine. The most prominent displays and the unmissable London’s Christmas Lights are in Oxford Street, Regent Street, Carnaby Street, Covent Garden and in some prominent parks such as Kew Gardens.

Despite the pandemic, this year has made no difference. In fact, to kick-off the festive season, London Oxford Street and Carnaby Street have put up beautiful illuminations with heartwarming messages of Love, and Unity a little earlier than usual.

London’s Christmas Lights 2020 | Oxford Street

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Oxford Street | Christmas Lights 2020

Though low keyed with no celebrities present (understandably), the unmissable London’s Christmas Lights in Oxford Street were switched-on just before lockdown 2.0 on Monday 2 November. The twenty-seven LED light curtains made up of twinkling lights drape the length of the premier shopping street in London. The lights burst into sparkling life with an uplifting message “To London with Love” .

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Oxford Street | London’s Christmas Light | 2 November 2020 | © mytimelessfootsteps | georgina_daniel

Along with messages of goodwill, the Oxford Street Christmas Lights is pandemic related and is dedicated to the Heroes of 2020. Every week, the display will feature the name of a “hero” – a person who has gone that extra mile to help others during Covid-19 pandemic 2020.

The first of London’s Heroes whose name was featured is Anis Ali, a NHS Volunteer Responder who completed an astounding 733 tasks since March while also holding down a full-time job.

Location: Oxford Strret, London

Getting here: Oxford Circus Station on the Central and Jubilee lines of the Underground

To support the Royal Voluntary Service, Oxford Street is selling To London with Love T-shirts with all proceeds going to RVS.

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Carnaby Street Christmas Lights

Carnaby is one of the most fashionable areas in the heart of London. The area covers fourteen streets, over one hundred shops, sixty restaurants, bars and cafes. Each year Carnaby chooses a theme and puts up a spectacular display of lights. This year’s dazzling display is one with a strong message of Love and Unity, in partnership with the charity Choose Love.

Carnaby Street | London's Christmas Lights 2020
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Carnaby Street | London’s Christmas Lights 2020 | © mytimelessfootsteps | georgina_daniel

As from 2 November, the length of the Streets is immersed in a series of lightboxes of pink neon lights. The message on each of the lightboxes is positively powerful, paying tribute to the strength and courage of Londoners as well as the whole of UK. The messages of love and unity is an encouragement to continue with hope and kindness to each other.

Location: Carnaby Street

Getting here: Nearest station is Oxford Circus

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Covent Garden Christmas Lights

The annual magical haven at Covent Garden is going ahead this year without the usual switching-on ceremony. The unique market offers visitors a very special shopping experience. From high-end names, market traders. and bespoke designers, you will find Christmas gifts for everyone.

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20 metre Norwegian spruce that took some 300 hours to put together – tree, lights and baubles at Covent Garden, 2020 | © mytimelessfootsteps | georgina_daniel
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Apple Market, Covent Garden, 2020 |© mytimelessfootsteps | georgina_daniel

The splendidness of the Christmas atmosphere is in the cobbled piazza and the market buildings that create a wonder-perfect backdrop for the twenty metre (sixty foot) Christmas tree. Decorated with some thirty thousand sparkling lights, the piazza glows! An unmissable Christmas lights experience in London for sure.

Location: Covent Garden

Getting here: Covent Garden Station on the Central, Northern and Piccadilly Underground lines.

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Regent Street Angels at Christmas

Regent Street Christmas Lights is the largest festive display in the UK. The stunning Spirit of Christmas returns to celebrate the festive heritage of the upscale shopping district.

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Spirit of Christmas, Regent Street Christmas Lights | London 2019 | © mytimelessfootsteps | georgina_daniel

The illumination of more than three hundred thousand twinkling Christmas lights light up the skies of Regent Street and St James’ running from Oxford Circus all the way to Waterloo Place. It is a breathtaking sight and one that will have you in awe.

As with other Christmas Lights switching on ceremony, the annual grand event at Regent Street is cancelled. The lights will dazzle daily from 3:30 p.m. to midnight.

Location: Regent Street

Getting here: Oxford Circus Underground Station: Victoria, Bakerloo & Central Line.

Piccadilly Circus Underground Station: Piccadilly & Bakerloo Line

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Kew Gardens | An amazing magical trail of lights after dark

Kew Gardens at Christmas is one of the best times to visit. The grounds turn into an enchanted magical trail of lights taking you through dazzling sparkly tunnels, trees wrapped in glowing lights and a beautiful dynamic laser projections of Christmas colours on the iconic glasshouse. The grand finale at the Palm House Pond is a stunning light show playing to a festive soundtrack.

Christmas at Kew is a perfect destination for families, and couples, both young and old. Enjoy a festive evening with marshmallows, mulled wine and hot chocolate. Open from 4 p.m. to 10 p.m. Book a time-slot and purchase tickets in advance

Location: Kew Gardens, Entrances at Victoria Gate, Lion Gate and Brentford Gate

Getting here: Kew Gardens Station on the District Line (Richmond branch)

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Ways to experience the magical Christmas lights in London

Admire the famous and magical Christmas Lights in Oxford Street and Regent Street by booking one of the following tours:


Due to current lockdown measures (November 5 2020 – December 2 2020) mean we can’t go and see the lights in person. The lights will continue to glow and dazzle London streets for the rest of 2020 post lockdown and into early January. Visit when it is safe to do so.


I sincerely hope that this article is valuable to you in planning your trip to London at Christmas so you can experience the unmissable London’s Christmas Lights. If so please let me know in comments below or via Contact Form, I would love to hear from you.

Have a wonderful time experiencing the unmissable festive cheer at London’s Christmas lights and A Very Merry Christmas!

Georgina xx

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