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The best Instagramable stops on your UK city break

If you’re like me and love to explore or always have your camera in hand then you’ve come to the right place for inspiration! Make your UK city break even more amazing by visiting these must-see stops, maybe you’ll even get a few extra likes on your Instagram post too.

 

The Sky Garden (London)

Located at the top of the ‘Walkie-Talkie’ building, better known as 20 Fenchurch Street, you can get a 360 degree view of the beautiful city below.

The public gardens are landscaped across three floors with viewing decks and open rooftop terraces, making this the perfect stop on your UK city break holiday! Book a free visit to wander through this stunning must-see spot in the heart of London.

 

The Kitty Café (Nottingham, Leeds & Birmingham)

Are you cat-crazy or looking to take a furry friend home? These amazing cafés are the place for it! Get up close and personal by cuddling them and playing with toys or enjoy a coffee while the cats do their own thing… after all, you’re in their home.

Each cat is rescued and fully cared for by these cafés, so all you need to worry about is getting that puur-fect selfie with your new buddy!

 

The City Walls (York)

If the cobbled streets and quirky buildings of York haven’t found you the shot you’re looking for, then a stroll along the City Walls certainly will! With views of the city, gothic cathedral, River Ouse and surrounding parks, it’s not to be missed when in York.

 

God’s Own Junkyard (London)

Looking to explore something completely bonkers? Get lost in the neon light of God’s Own Junkyard from 6pm every Friday to Sunday!

Located in Walthamstow and just a short walk from Wood Street overground, you’ll be dazzled by the bright lights of this junkyard maze! This really is one for the Instagram.

 

The Botanist (Newcastle)

This fantastic restaurant/bar in the heart of the city is the perfect setting for your next social media post!

With  ambient, industrial vibes you’ll feel totally relaxed here! In the summer, admire the rays of sunshine as they twinkle through the glass-dome roof. And in the winter, watch as the snow settles slowly in the same spot, creating a magical photo opportunity not to be missed.

 

The Wonky Pub (Birmingham)

Why go to Italy to lean on the Tower of Pisa when you can create your very own version at The Crooked House, better known as The Wonky Pub?

Located in Dudley, this optical illusion pub not only serves appetising food and top quality ales from the region, but also makes for a hilarious Instagram post with the door, walls, windows and roof leaning to one side.

 

Beach Huts (Brighton)

If you fancy a dip or just want to model your new swimsuit, the Brighton Beach Huts are the place for you! The seafront is lined with tiny huts all painted in bright and bold designs which really brings the beach to life. Taking a snap here will fill your Instagram with colourful beachy vibes.

 

The Banksy Tunnel on Leake Street (London)

Here you’ll find a hidden social hub for street artists and graffitists. You can take a short walk from Westminster Bridge or Waterloo underground station to stumble upon this vibrant tunnel.

People from all over the world have come here to make their mark on these underground walls. Actually, not just the walls… floor, celling, bins, hand rails… you name it, it’s been painted (and makes for a great Instagram post)!

 

 

Use the comments below to let me know if you found this inspiring! Or, maybe there’s something Instagrammable in the UK I don’t know about, that you do?

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Top winter sun destinations

Ready to escape the cold nights and enjoy some winter sunshine? Want to go solo and immerse yourself in extraordinary history and culture? Maybe you’re looking for an affordable get away with friends or family? Look no further, here’s everything you need to know about these top destinations to make the best choice for your next winter sun holiday.

 

Cape Verde

This cluster of islands off the north-west coast of Africa is home to Caribbean-esque beaches, soft white sands and crystal clear waters that glisten in the sun. Cape Verde is the perfect location to escape to for some winter sun with temperatures that rarely drop below the mid-20s.

If you’re a water sports enthusiast, spend your time at Santa Maria beach riding the waves, or if you’re a sun-seeker, relax on the beach with a cocktail or two.

 

The Gambia

Not just famous for its stunning beaches and West African sunshine, The Gambia is an exciting place to explore! Look out for exotic birds and wildlife in the forests, swaps and savannahs; monkeys, hippos and eagles all live here. You might want to pack some binoculars if you’ve got some!

You’ll be amazed by the talent of the local street artists and graffitists. Why not visit The Gambia’s street art villages of Kubuneh and Galoya, with murals everywhere? Some are even designed by big names in the street art world.

 

Canary Islands

All four islands in the Canaries (Gran Canaria, Lanzarote, Tenerife and Fuerteventura) are ideal for your family winter sun holiday. Each one offers plenty of fun days out with the kids, stunning beaches and brilliant seafront hotels.

The Canary Islands are lined with mountain ranges, sandy beaches, lush vineyards and lively harbours, so you really can experience it all on one island.

 

Mexico

Rarely dropping below 20°C in the winter, Mexico is a fantastic choice for a sunny escape and is even home to one of the ‘Seven Wonders of the new world’; Chichen Itaz.

Cancun is a lively resort with fantastic beach bars, nightclubs and popular hotels lined along the ‘strip’, making it a top location for couples and groups.

Further down, the Riviera Maya is filled with ancient ruins, exciting activities and stunning nature. Here you’ll find white-sand beaches and countless things to see and do. The spectacular Mayan ruins at Tulum have stood for centuries, so definitely worth a visit!

 

Tunisia

With its excellent value and year-round sunshine, Tunisia makes for a great winter get away. Maybe you’ll want to get lost in the culture and indulge your taste buds with the amazing food or relax in a thalassotherapy spa, using salt water to cleanse and benefit the skin?

Tunisia has it all, and if you really want to immerse yourself in this beautiful country , staying in Hammamet is the best way to see authentic Tunisia.

 

Goa

With the perfect blend of Indian and Portuguese culture, Goa is more than just sun, sea and sand. There are 63 miles of stunning coastline with Calangute Beach being the most popular spot. If you enjoy water sports then Baga Beach is the place for you. If you’re lucky, you may even get a visit from the dolphins who are often spotted from the beaches in the winter.

To really dive into the culture of Goa, Mapusa town has a daily market where you’ll find a variety of colourful fresh fruits, vegetables, flowers, tasty treats and clothes. To see these streets come to life, visit the market on a Friday.

 

Cuba

Take a Step back in time, roughly 60 years, to get lost in the rich cultures and history of Cuba. This destination draws in Spanish, American and Caribbean flavours and we’re not just talking about the food. Cuba is famous for its love of old American cars which fill the streets with bright, classic colours.

This extraordinary country has so much to offer, so why not combine your stay and spend some time in the wonderful capital of Havana where you can enjoy cobbled streets, Spanish colonial architecture and picturesque plazas? Then, head over to Varadero to relax, enjoy the sunshine and experience Cuba’s unique charm.

 

Have you ever been on a winter sun holiday before? Tell me where your favourite destination is and what makes it the perfect place to escape to in the winter months.

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