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Time for Tea? The Wowcher Guide to National Afternoon Tea Week!

“Come, let us have some tea and continue to talk about happy things”

Hoorah! It’s that time of year again! No, it’s nothing to do with the football, it’s the big one, the week of the year bound to make us British folk a little bit giddy – it’s National Afternoon Tea Week! It’s thought the tradition was founded back in the Victorian era by the Duchess of Bedford as a way of filling the void between meals (no telly back then, you see). And of course, what better way to keep one entertained in the afternoons than indulging in delicious treats, tiny sandwiches and tea?

So in honour of perhaps our greatest tradition and export, we’ve brought you our guide to the best spots up and down the country to celebrate National Afternoon Tea Week…

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Wowcher’s Guide To: Cruises

We do a lot of cruise deals here at Wowcher, so to gain an insight into these so-called floating hotels, we asked our expert Hannah for her tips on what to really expect on-board…

If your idea of cruising equals a fear of being trapped on a boat with your Gran and all her mates, think again. While the older generations love to sail the seas, there are also plenty of young people who have cottoned on to this value-for-money, 24-hour food and drink culture too. And why wouldn’t you?

Today, everyone’s after a bargain. Primark’s always rammed, you can never find a table in Maccy D’s and don’t get me started on the bartering found at car boot sales (you want my Abercrombie hoody for 10p? I don’t think so). So when you come across a holiday deal that says it’s only a few hundred pounds for a week’s accommodation, all your meals, activities (if you choose to take part), nightlife and lots of picture-perfect places to see in one go, you’re thinking where’s the catch, right?

Forget the horror stories, it’s time to dispel a few myths about cruises… Read more

Wowcher Does Baku, Knightsbridge

Image by Evelyn Worman

Image by Evelyn Rose Worman

In the search for deliciousness we decided to pay a visit to the Trip Advisor Certificate of Excellence-winning Baku restaurant in Knightsbridge. We certainly weren’t disappointed by what we found…

Azeri cuisine. I’ll be honest, up until last week I’d never heard of it. Yet here was a dinner menu promising some pretty punchy flavours: starters of yoghurt-spiced quail breast and scallops with cauliflower and cumin puree, mains of West Country beef tikka and steamed Cornish sea bass, plus curious dishes like seasonal baked gutab nuzzled against sweet pickled sour cream. That was enough. Next stop I was on a bus heading straight to the source – alas, not via Heathrow Terminal 5, but to London’s trendy SW1. Read more

Lost in Translation? Five Ways to Learn a New Language with Wowcher…

The old fashioned way to learn a language was to actually pay attention during French lessons at school. Unfortunately, if you’re anything like us then you probably spent most of your time looking up various Gallic swear words and giggling at your teacher’s accent, but now you’re a grown up, it’s not that cool to plead ignorance when it comes to foreign tongues. That’s why we’ve brought you some nifty ways to learn a new language. As the Germans say, super fantastisch! Well, we think so anyway…

On The Go
Earworms’ selection of language courses come as MP3 downloads, so in between throwing a few shapes to Taylor Swift, you can sharpen your skills anywhere you go! There’s 16 languages to choose from, including Spanish, Mandarin, Italian, German, Dutch and even Polish, so you can have your pick of whichever tongue tickles your fancy. The MP3 audio files use a mixture of music, rhythm and memory hooks to help you learn, plus you’ve got 24/7 access for a whole 12 months. Long tube journeys have never been so educational…click here to take a look for yourself.

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Earworms MP3 downloads let you sharpen your language skills anywhere you go…

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Wowcher’s Guide To Brilliant BBQ-ing!

Ah, summer. The season of sun-kissed skin, briefly requited love and infinite barbecues. But much like falling in love, only downright fools rush into hosting barbecues. However simple the idea of ‘mixing meat with fire’ may seem, an impromptu barbecue could end in disaster. Picture a singed lawn, food-poisoned friends, children choking on charred hot dogs and flustered neighbours flapping wet towels over the ashen remains of their fence. To prevent such catastrophic scenes from spoiling your summer, we’ve compiled a guide to hosting a seamless barbecue that’s sizzling for all the right reasons.

With six handy pockets for storing utensils, salt, pepper and more, the 7-piece BBQ tool and apron set ensures you’re fully prepared with all right equipment at the ready

With six handy pockets for storing utensils, salt, pepper and more, the 7-piece BBQ tool and apron set ensures you’re fully prepared with all the right equipment at the ready

Equipment
There’s nothing worse than turning up at a barbecue and waiting hours for the host to get their, er, kit together, so ensure you’re fully prepared with all the right equipment at the ready. This seven-piece BBQ tool and apron set features six handy pockets for storing utensils, salt, pepper and more. Fasten the apron around your waist, so when that first burger reaches sizzling point, you can whip out the spatula from your groin and flamboyantly flip it to your first carnivorous guest. Better yet, the lockable wheels on this charcoal barbecue will ensure no burger or sausage can escape the spindly clutches of your utensils or the doughy arms of your buns.  Read more

Off The Beaten Track In Barcelona

Here at Wowcher, we’re all about thinking outside the box and nothing changes when it comes to our summer holidays. We like to maximise our beach breaks and city vacations by getting a real flavour of the area and exploring hidden gems as well as the major tourist attractions. Bustling Barcelona is one of Spain’s most culturally-rich hot spots for beach bathing, nightlife and history – but again, we strive to bring you the freshest and most exciting excursions…  Read more

Wowcher’s Guide To Stockholm

Built over the course of 14 islands, the archipelago city of Stockholm is a mirage of unrivalled shops, world-class restaurants and design hotels aplenty. A multi-ethnic mecca, Sweden’s cutting-edge capital exemplifies Scandinavia’s penchant for the contemporary. Innovative bars intermingle with traditional Swedish bakeries, clothing boutiques lie beside antiques stores. With a plethora of places to experience and things to discover, the question is, where to begin?

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A vibrant meeting of the modern and the majestic, Northern Europe’s best-preserved medieval city features a multitude of enchanting sights. A nature enthusiast’s paradise, the island of Djurgården is no exception. Once the king’s private hunting ground, today it features Skansen, an open-air museum celebrating Swedish history, and the awe-inspiring Rosendal Palace. Take a picnic and enjoy the numerous Instagram opportunities that await.

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Wowcher Takes a Bite of the Big Apple

Image by Suzie Boswell

Image by Suzie Boswell

New York, New York… It barely needs an introduction, but now that Frank Sinatra is stuck in your head grinning and clicking in an inviting manner, he and those ‘little town blues’ can be hard to ignore. That’s why we’ve rounded up the best bites, sips and sights of The Big Apple ready for your next trip across the pond.

Food, Glorious Food
Some call it the city that never sleeps. But from personal experience, the city that eats and eats and eats is far more fitting. New York is a culinary playground for the hungry and is forever fusing cuisines, perhaps owing to its diverse demographics. Many gastro mishmashes have made their way to menus – bacon and maple syrup, fried chicken and waffles – you name the questionable combo, they’ve done it (and probably served it on a bed of pancakes with a blob of ice cream).

But New Yorkers aren’t limited to breakfast, lunch and dinner. No, the most important meal of the day is undeniably brunch. The best part about this jolly compromise between breakfast and lunch is that it’s completely acceptable to quaff cocktails like there’s no afternoon, evening or tomorrow, and many brunch joints (such as East Village café Sidewalk) will even serve unlimited refills. From Bellinis to Martinis, the cocktails scene starts flowing at 9am and ends at… well, never. So when you’re feasting on eggs benedict, remember it’d be rude not to invite Bloody Mary along. Read more

School’s Out For Summer

School is almost out for summer, and you know what that means…six weeks of the kids milling about the house. It’ll be fine, right? Who are we kidding, it’s going to be six weeks of MUM I’M BORED, I’M BORED MUM, MUM I’M BORED. But there’s no reason to panic – not yet anyway – as Wowcher’s here to ensure you’ve got everything you need to see your summer holiday’s go smoother than a Barry White CD coated with Sunpat peanut butter…

We’re fully aware how difficult it can be finding ways to keep the kids entertained, after all there’s only so many times you can disguise mundane housekeeping tasks as super fun amazing games before they’ll inevitably catch on. Fortunately, you’re in luck as the chocolate picture maker is a fun way for the kids to make their very own chocolate creations. And, it can be eaten afterwards! If you fancy doing your own version of the Great British Bake Off in the comfort of your own home, why not try this 100-piece decorating kit? It sure makes for a great excuse to have a load of cake and cookies in the house…

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Wowcher Does Waldorf Hilton Hotel’s Afternoon Tea

Mention the term ‘afternoon tea’ and sweet fancies come to mind; floral doilies, clinking cups and moreish nibbles wheeled on squeaking dessert trolleys. Think again, dahling. Nowadays humble tearooms have evolved into stylish hotspots. Asian fusion, gluten-free, decadent dining and cosy abodes litter London, offering both a unique and customised afternoon tea experience. And as you may expect, choosing between them is difficult. So to help whisk you through the ever-popular pick-me-up, I went to visit the Waldorf Hilton Hotel in Covent Garden to see how the British tradition is done best.  Read more