Apr
26
2018

London calling with 5 hot restaurants for foodies

By London /

London’s food scene is alive and kicking with flavours from every corner of the globe. Tuck into a nicely done steak and chips, or lap up a delicious Asian soup dish with dumplings. London and it’s seemingly endless number of top restaurants are calling. When you touch down at Heathrow Airport, pick up a hire car from DriveNow. Then you’ll be set as you race from one place to another, enjoying all the goodies that London’s food scene has to offer. Stop by some of these great London restaurants. Royal China This is a great place to take yourself when you’re craving dumplings and special dim sums. Royal China (check out this tempting dish above) is sure to tempt your taste buds with aromatic rice, honey roast pork and other meat creations. Even when you’re about to burst you won’t be able to resist some black sesame dumplings covered in peanut crumbs to top it off. The Harwood Arms The…

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Feb
08
2018

Top London spring attractions and things to do

By London / UK /

If you’re planning a London spring holiday then a self-drive itinerary is the way to go. Between March and May, the dreary winter comes to an end, leaving the city’s parks and sidewalks blooming in a sensational London spring. Browse DriveNow’s cheap car hire deals from Heathrow Airport to begin your self-drive holiday. With a hire car you’ll have the freedom to embark on day trips outside the city and admire the beautiful countryside. Here are some of London’s best attractions and things to do in the springtime. Get inspired by London’s exquisite parks Spring is the best time of year to visit London’s famous parks, where you can admire a variety of colourful flowers in full bloom. Make sure you take a walk through the tranquil Royal Botanical Gardens in Kew. Incredibly, you’ll discover more than 30,000 types of plants in the one place, with a 250-year history to go with it! Rent a rowing boat at Hyde Park From Easter until late October, members of…

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Sep
28
2017

Top five things to see or do in England this autumn

By UK /

As England leaves behind a lovely summer, many people are more inclined to spend the days indoors. The days may be shorter and the evenings cooler, but that doesn’t mean you can’t travel around England to explore some of its best attractions. There are still plenty of great festivals and sights to see around England in autumn. You just need to book one of DriveNow’s great car hire deals from Heathrow Airport and be prepared to get up a little earlier in the morning. Here are our top picks for things to see or do in England this autumn. See the changing of the guard at Buckingham Palace It doesn’t matter what month you visit, there’s the iconic Changing of the Guard outside the Queen’s palace every morning at 11.30. This colourful display of marching and music is always popular with tourists. You can also join a tour of Buckingham Palace, which includes a walk through the Queen’s Gallery, State Rooms and afternoon tea….

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Jul
24
2017

The best of Birmingham in the English summer

By UK /

English summer in Birmingham is absolutely glorious. The city in West Midlands is one of the greenest in all of England, with more than 3,000 hectares of green park spaces. It also has more kilometres of canals than Venice! There’s also plenty of activities to keep you busy in Birmingham during the summer months. Snap up one of DriveNow’s great car hire deals at Birmingham Airport and add these ideas to your bucket list. Aston Hall Aston Hall is one of the last great architectural masterpieces from the Jacobean era. This seventeenth century red-brick mansion overlooks a gorgeous public park. Step back in time by joining a guided tour, who explains Aston Hall’s history as you walk through the detailed interiors. Learn about those who lived here and the 1637 government attack on these walls. If you want to relax and admire the site’s beauty in peace, take a stroll in Lady Holte’s Garden. Kingsbury Water Park Drive half an…

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Jul
20
2017

Monkey mayhem at Stoke on Trent: 5 things to do

By UK /

Stoke on Trent is one of Staffordshire’s most charming cities. It’s home to England’s pottery industry. People even famously refer to the area as ‘The Potteries’. But there’s more to Stoke on Trent than meets the eye. It’s a place full of many. Hire a car from Stoke on Trent and tick off these five things to do. Visit the Trentham Monkey Forest The Monkey Forest at the Trentham Estate is one of the most charming places you’ll ever visit. Walk along a path to see them swinging in the trees and interacting with each other. You’ll be able to get up close and personal with more than 140 Barbary macaques from Algeria and Morocco. Admire Trentham Gardens While your at Trentham make sure you also put aside the time to visit the glorious Trentham Gardens. It doesn’t matter what time of year you visit the gardens, you’ll find an intriguing landscape. Admire the Trentham Lake as you take a quiet stroll along…

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Apr
12
2017

The sun is back! 5 London day trip ideas

By UK /

Summer is the best time to go on one of many famous London day trips. The best thing about London day trips is that you get to explore the region at your own place while also taking in the impeccable scenery. Whether you prefer the rolling green hills as you journey inland, or the peaceful beach towns as you travel along the coast, take your pick from on of these great London day trips. Just hire a car from Heathrow Airport and begin your adventure.  Harry Potter Warner Bros Studio Tour Any passionate Harry Potter fan will tell you this is by far one of the best London day trips. Visit Studios Leavesden where all eight Harry Potter films were produced. It’ll help you see how JK Rowling’s incredible world of magic came to life. You’ll get to step onto original sets, walk through Hogwarts and come face to face with the animatronic creatures. Best of all it’s just a 45 minute drive from London….

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Jan
23
2017

London calling: 5 restaurants to warm you up

By UK /

Good food is the right way to anyone’s soul. In London you can savour almost every flavour known to mankind. It’s one of the most cosmopolitan cities in the world, with cafes and restaurants that show off the best tastes from every culture. All you need to do is find the time to pick up a cheap car hire deal from London and travel to some of these fantastic restaurants. Barrafina (pictured) One of the most popular Spanish diner-style tapas bars in London is Barrafina. You’ll find three Barrafinas in London – on Adelaide Street, Drury Lane and the original is on Soho’s Frith Street. These cosy spaces offer authentic tapas from many different regions across Spain. Barrafina is also a great spot for after work drinks with the dishes served with sine Spanish sherries, wines and Cavas. The Ledbury Few restaurants have the friendly and welcoming vibe that you’ll get at the Ledbury. This restaurant in Notting Hill takes it to…

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Aug
20
2016

5 great things to do within an hour from Heathrow

By UK /

Stuck at Heathrow Airport for a few hours with nothing to do? Instead of waiting in the airport for hours until your next flight, why don’t you explore some of the highlights nearby? Simply pick up your hire car from Heathrow Airport and do one of these five great things to do within an hour from Heathrow. Windsor Castle Drive just 15 minutes from Heathrow Airport to visit one of England’s most iconic castles. Windsor Castle still operates as a royal palace, where official ceremonies often take place. The majestic castle is surrounded by colourful gardens and a variety of old buildings, including the Chapel of Saint George with its colourful stained glass. Take a guided tour so you can learn about the history of the castle and the royals who have lived here. London Tower Bridge Journey 40 minutes east into central London to tour some of the city’s famous sights. Among the top of your list should be London…

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Aug
19
2016

5 reasons to visit Stoke-on-Trent

By UK /

Hire a car to best explore Stoke-on-Trent. The Staffordshire city, which is widely known as ‘Stoke’, is the much-loved home of England’s pottery industry. Tick these five things off your list when you visit Stoke-on-Trent. Gladstone Pottery Museum (pictured) As mentioned, the city is famous for its pottery. Therefore, how could you possibly visit the city without exploring the industry’s unique history in the area? At this museum you’ll learn how ceramics have been created over the years, and what conditions were like for the workers. There are daily demonstrations before you’re offered the opportunity to have a go yourself. Even more special, this is the last complete Victorian pottery factory left in England. Churnet Valley Railway This rural line traverses stunning countryside, which has become known as Staffordshire’s “Little Switzerland”. The Churnet Valley Railway allows you to step back in time with this 11 mile return journey through valleys and forests. You’ll also stop at towns such as Cheddleton,…

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Jul
23
2016

7 ways to discover Belfast

By UK /

Northern Ireland’s capital, Belfast, is a destination with plenty of discoveries to be made. Hire a car from Belfast Airport and enjoy these seven great activities. Hike through Cave Hill Cave Hill Country Park offers magnificent panoramas of Belfast. There are walking trails suitable for all people of all fitness levels. It also has five caves on the side of its cliffs, which are full of archaeological and historical attractions, such as Belfast Castle. The most famous feature is Napoleon’s Nose, which locals say inspired Jonathan Swift’s story, Gulliver’s Travels. Pub hopping Spend a night hopping from pub to pub. After all, the Irish are known for their ability to drink whiskey! There’s plenty to choose from but if you’re stuck for ideas, start your pub crawl at the Crown Liquor Saloon. Then make your way to The Duke of York, which is set on one of the city’s oldest streets and decked out with original mirrors and memorabilia. Tour Parliament…

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Jul
11
2016

Great day trips from London

By Europe / UK /

London is one of the world’s greatest cities. With attractions like Big Ben, London Bridge and Buckingham Palace, there’s plenty to keep you pulled into the city centre. However, time never seems to stop in London, and that brings with it a whole lot of noise, tourists and journey to England isn’t complete unless you venture out into the countryside, full of rolling green hills and quaint villages. Book a hire car from Heathrow Airport and head out on one of these five great day trips. Stonehenge Drive two hours south west of London and you’ll find one of the world’s most famous prehistoric monuments. Many mysterious still remain about Stonehenge, which is more than 5000 years old. A visit to the site allows you to walk in the footsteps of our Neolithic ancestors and you can even step inside a Neolithic House to discover what everyday life was life. For the best pictures, try to book a Stone Circle Access…

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