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Why Booking Christmas in January Pays Off

Christmas in the United Kingdom is a big deal. With six solid weeks of Christmas markets, festive festivals, mammoth shopping expeditions and an endless supply of food, drink and general merriment, it’s lucky this holly-day comes but once a year. But once all the decorations have been packed away and this year’s haul of presents are safely stowed away, the end-of-holiday hole is quickly filled with some post-Christmas January sales. As we head to the high street to make good on retailers’ January sales promises, it’s important to remember that booking Christmas in January pays off too.

Toasting the Bells in Edinburgh

As the cold winds rise and the winter chill sets in, Edinburgh’s beautiful Princes Street is transformed into a labyrinth of markets, festivals, merry making and family festivities. And while Christmas in Edinburgh is big, nothing compares to Hogmanay. From a torchlight procession down ancient cobbled streets, to one of the largest street parties in the world, there’s a reason this three-day New Year’s festival is on every travellers bucket list.

View of Edinburgh from Calton Hill

Tickets sell out fast as thousands of people from around the world flock to Scotland’s vibrant capital to toast the bells and welcome in the New Year. And while you can always count on a few Christmas, Twixmas and Hogmanay deals leading up to December, accommodation in the heart of Edinburgh at a reasonable price is hard to come by. Year-round internet rates and January Sales are the safest way to ensure you don’t miss out on the magic of Edinburgh.

Getting Jolly in London

Not to be outdone by their Northern counterparts, Christmas in London is every bit as magical. Every year, one of the busiest cities in the world ditches the hustle and bustle of business as usual for a Christmas season like no other. From outdoor ice rinks and London’s iconic Winter Wonderland in Hyde Park, to dazzling lights, endless Christmas fairs and century-old traditions, Christmas in London always leaves locals and visitors alike hungry for more. So if you’re planning on forgoing the desire to seek warmer climates in the winter months (particularly now), booking Christmas in January is the best way to ensure you don’t miss out on all the London festive festivities.

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Post-Christmas January Sales You Need To Know About

When Christmas is over, we all feel the blues. But a sombre January is so 2015. In the New Year of 2016, we wait and hope for the January sales, the style and the bargains. When the January sales have us all rushing around, it’s sometimes best to know when and where to go. What is the ultimate sale? Because at the ultimate sale, we find the ultimate bargain. With the ultimate bargain, we have the ultimate start to 2016.

The London Eye for Bargains

Whether it be venturing to another city of finding the best deals in your doorstep, we have it covered. For clothes and accessories, the be all and end all of the January sales to grace is Selfridges. Whether you’re hitting the Trafford Centre, or luckily strolling down the streets of London, Selfridges is the place to be. With its vibrant mix of both designer and high street fashions, you’re on track to find yourself a barrage of steals or the perfect designer splurge that you convince yourself is really a saving.

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The Scottish Saver Spree

Another convincing sale to pull you from the PJs and throw you into January, hit the Edinburgh sales and turn that crisp cold nose into a freezing but infectious grin. When strolling through Edinburgh, Princes Street is the definite place to be. For your January Sales, what better place is there to go than that still decorated with the Christmas feel, although it seems like Christmas has been reduced. With all its accompanying bars and restaurants, there is plenty of excuses to stop off, have a gossip and toast a glass of bubbly to that stylish new trend you’ve picked up for less.

And finally, Highland Heaven

Of course, with every sale there is always those extra special bargains. Why not forget the accessories and look for the even more indulgent bargains. Why not turn your bargain find into a bargain stay. Take a luxurious break into the Scottish Highlands, let the January blues melt away and get yourself back to the natural, beautiful wonder you are, with the help of the idyllic highlands. At Kingsmills Hotel in Inverness, kick-start 2016 with a bang and an offer that won’t stretch any post-Christmas budget. Have a calm and serene two night stay and enjoy all the luxuries and tastes the hotel has to offer. With their beautiful wines, foods and leisure, an early bird stay at Kingsmills is the best January sale to set you up for the most wonderful of years in 2016.

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Spoiling Mum For Mother’s Day

With Mum being your left, your right and your centre 364 days of the year, it seems only right that we give a little back to her on that beautiful March occasion of Mother’s Day. With flowers and a card saying ‘Mum you’re so special’, we at Best UK Hotels are giving you the ideas, tips and tricks to tell your Mum just how important she really is.

Say Thankyou Mum

No longer the prim, proper and somewhat stuffy affair of yesteryear, the traditional afternoon tea has enjoyed a revival in recent years and is without question one of the most refined ways to celebrate this Mother’s Day. From crystal glasses of bubbly, to fine china tea cups, Afternoon tea is the best way to have a little pampered heart-to-heart with your loveable mother. With Afternoon Tea a prominent pastime in Edinburgh, there is a selection of locations almost as wide as the sandwich flavours. All waiting for you, your mother, and the gossip.

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Mother’s Day in Spring

For little ones who want to make something special for their Mum head along to the Royal Botanic Gardens Edinburgh. Take in the new Spring views and stroll hand in hand with the little ones, gazing at all the beauty and wonder this natural exhibit has to offer. On Mother’s Day, they offer the most quirky and fun alternatives to a Mother’s Day bouquet, all freshly picked and created, there in the gardens. With a restaurant too, it is easy to see how this stroll can quickly turn into a full day out.

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Pampering Mother’s Day

Of course, nothing says I love you mum like a hotel getaway. Parliament House Hotel in Edinburgh is offering the perfect Mother’s Day retreat that is sure to have you in the good books for the rest of the year. Let your Mum indulge with a two-night stay in our Edinburgh City Centre Hotel. Make the most of beautiful Edinburgh this Mother’s Day. Spoil her with dinner on the first night, as well as with a gift voucher for afternoon tea and bubbles at Frederick Street based tea room, Eteaket. With a double gift here, the excitement is sure to have you and your mother giggling into the wee hours this Mother’s Day.

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Fall in Love with Romantic Places in the UK

With so much to look forward to in 2016, spread the love this Valentine’s Day with our favourite romantic places in the UK.

 

L: Look to London

When it comes to love, forget Paris. Rome is history. With an abundance of Michelin-starred restaurants, history streets and romantic hotels, London is one of our favourite romantic places in the UK this Valentine’s day. Enjoy a candlelit dinner at Clos Maggiore, take in a show in London’s West End, take in the view from the Shard before booking into one of London’s beautiful boutique hotels. With an endless supply of romantic things to do, fall in love all over again with Valentine’s Day in London.

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O: Opt for Oxford

If London is too busy for you, or you’re looking for a more intimate romantic escape, opt for Oxford instead. Only an hour outside of London by train, Oxford is the perfect romantic alternative for couples of all ages. Dubbed “The City of Dreaming Spires”, its ancient cobble-street labyrinth, chiming cathedrals and romantic charms will leave you feeling all warm and fuzzy inside this winter.

Spiers of an Oxford building

V: Visit Wales

While the rest of the UK gears up for Valentine’s Day, Wales gets ready for St Dwynwen’s Day – the most romantic date in the Welsh calendar. With it’s Celtic charm and ancient traditions, making your way to Wales for St Dwynwen’s Day is a must for pointless-holiday-sceptics looking to boycott Valentine’s Day. With enchanting castles, charming villages, captivating coastlines and a wealth of gorgeous scenery, Wales is rich in some of the most romantic places in the UK.

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E: Explore Edinburgh

When it comes to romantic places in the UK, all roads lead to Edinburgh. Voted as one of the most romantic cities in the world, Edinburgh’s ancient architecture, haunted history and mysterious underground city is the perfect place to say “I love you”. Whether you explore Edinburgh’s iconic castle, take a romantic stroll along the royal mile or enjoy a romantic picnic in Princes Street Gardens, nothing says I love you quite like a romantic escape to Edinburgh this Valentine’s Day.

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Beautiful view of the city of Edinburgh

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