Hotel Review: The View Eastbourne

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Hotel Overview

The View hotel is a modern purpose built building that sits in a prime position on the seafront at Eastbourne within minutes walk of the beach. Most of the View’s 126 rooms and suites offer private balconies giving stunning views out across the English Channel and up and down the coastline. Continue reading Hotel Review: The View Eastbourne

Mr Bell Explains 5th Of November: A Uniquely British Tradition

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A Brief History

After Queen Elizabeth died in 1603, English Catholics hoped that her successor, James I would be more tolerant of their religion as he had a Catholic mother. He wasn’t, and so a group of 13 young men decided that violence was the answer. Continue reading Mr Bell Explains 5th Of November: A Uniquely British Tradition

Mr Bell At Beachy Head

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For October the weather is being incredibly kind here in the UK, the sun is shining and the temperature although a little chilly is still very pleasant for the time of year. Friday was a beautiful day and I decided to take the car and drive down to Eastbourne and the famous beauty spot of Beachy Head. Continue reading Mr Bell At Beachy Head

Hotel Review: Courtyard Marriott Gatwick Airport

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Hotel Overview

The Courtyard at London Gatwick Airport is a hotel suitable for both business and leisure travellers, on this occasion the reason for my stay was leisure. The hotel is very convenient and is actually within walking distance of the South Terminal. All rooms here have been recently renovated and are what you’d expect to find in this style of Marriott property. The beds, as usual with Marriott are very comfortable. Each room offers individual climate control, laptop sized safes, tea and coffee making facilities and a work desk. Continue reading Hotel Review: Courtyard Marriott Gatwick Airport

Hotel Review: Victoria and Albert Marriott Hotel Manchester

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Hotel Overview

The Manchester Marriott Victoria & Albert Hotel was originally built as a warehouse in 1844, located on the banks of the River Irwell the hotel has a historical charm that will appeal to both business and leisure travellers. The building displays a lot of the old architectural detail including original oak beams and exposed brick work. The contemporary decor works well mixing the old with the new. Continue reading Hotel Review: Victoria and Albert Marriott Hotel Manchester

Mr Bell In Manchester: The Coronation Street Tour

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As those of you who read my Twitter feed will know I’ve just spent a fun weekend up in Manchester visiting the set of the world’s longest running soap opera, Coronation Street. Read on to find out how my day went and to get an insight into the production of one of the most popular shows on British TV. Continue reading Mr Bell In Manchester: The Coronation Street Tour

Mr Bell In Newcastle upon Tyne: The Castle And The Quay

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In 1080 Robert Curhose, son of William the Conqueror, was ordered to build a “new castle” on the high ground overlooking a crossing point on the River Tyne. This new castle was a royal castle and was often home to the early Norman kings. It was used as somewhere they could hold court, sit in judgement and entertain. The Keep was the principal stronghold of what would have been a much larger castle complex than survives today. Continue reading Mr Bell In Newcastle upon Tyne: The Castle And The Quay