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Major Milestones in 2019
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From flights of fancy to visions of Victoria, 2019 will be a bumper year for significant anniversaries in Britain, with all manner of commemorative events and celebrations planned. Here’s a peek:   MORE

TRAVELLING AROUND BRITAIN

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When it comes to travelling around Britain, visitors are spoilt for choice. Whether they prefer to travel at their own pace by car, enjoy the convenience and value of train travel, or opt for coach or plane, there are plenty of options available. MORE

GOING SHOPPING

A simple, convenient way to save on what you need to buy in Britain
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A very valid piece of advice to anyone planning a trip to Britain is a stop - before you leave - at the VisitBritain Shop which has everything you think you need and stuff you never even thought you needed – but really do. The official shop of the British Tourist Authority, VisitBritain sells all the essentials for a fantastic trip to Britain: tourist attraction tickets, sightseeing tours, London Transport tickets, and airport transfers.   MORE

PAY THE TAX

But you may get it back
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As Canadians have a GST or HST on virtually everything they buy, the British have Value Added Tax or VAT, which is a 20% sales tax charged on most goods. Exceptions are food, books and children’s clothes. The good news - visitors from outside the EU who stay less than three months may claim this tax back.   MORE

MICROGAPPING

Give yourself a break
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In North America we call them short breaks or weekend getaways, in the UK they call it - microgapping. It’s a short break, with one important difference … a range of experiences and activities that would typically be enjoyed on a gap year, between study and work – right here for the taking. So whether it’s learning how to make your very own bottle of gin, under the expert eye of a master mixer, or taking a riding lesson through London’s Richmond Park, it’s a chance for visitors of all ages to see a new side to Britain.   MORE

AND BABY MAKES THREE

or four, or five
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29 JAN 2019: With the Duke and Duchess of Sussex, Prince Harry and Meghan about to add to the increasing patter of tiny feet around royal homes, we thought it would be interesting to visit some of the places (and palaces) in the UK where generations of royal children spent their childhood.   MORE

GOOD SPORTS

Games to watch in 2019
By MICHAEL BAGINSKI
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Anfield in Liverpool on a Saturday afternoon is my happy place, though other souls might opt for Old Trafford (Manchester United), the Emirates (Arsenal) or even John Smith’s/Kirklees stadium in Huddersfield (we’re looking at you, Sunwing COO Andrew Dawson!). To sure, taking in a soccer game in the U.K. is a cultural experience extraordinaire.     MORE

FLAVOURS OF INDIA

Brick Lane’s best curry houses
By CINDY-LOU DALE
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In England, ‘going for an Indian’ has become an essential Friday night dinner tradition, and in London, Brick Lane - the curry hub of the capital - is the only place for it. The curries on Brick Lane, which have more than 50 restaurants on just one street, are truly authentic. In fact, the area is often referred to as Banglatown because of its Bangladeshi eateries.   MORE
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