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 the right equipment at the ready
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
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
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?
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.
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
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
To teach or not to teach, that is a question? Here’s another question, what’s in it for you? We often hear stories about the alternative teaching experience, of teaching English, not from the perspective of a regular UK school syllabus, but as a foreign language. The important thing to think about is how a Teaching English as a Foreign Language (TEFL) qualification can benefit you? Perhaps you’ve seen one of the great TEFL course deal packages on Wowcher.co.uk or you’ve heard about it from a friend. Well here is Wowcher’s guide to the benefits of a TEFL qualification and how it can open doors for you across the world… Read more
At lunch, you choose a new ‘do. You visit Pinterest with a finger clamped in ‘scroll-mode’. Cue streams of pretty haircuts: pixie crops, updos, bob cuts and braids. Tugging at ratty tails, you think, “I could totally pull that off”. Next week you’re in the hairdresser’s chair bound in a black polyester gown, regretting the snap decision, and cursing the day you fell for the charms of the Pin boards. But rash judgements needn’t be bad ones. To help you on your path to ultimate hair vixen, we’ve compiled a list of the hottest hair trends this summer – and which ones are right for you…
Tangled, wet-look waves push the mermaid look to new heights. Spritz locks with leave-in conditioner to hold in moisture, delicately finger curling the front for natural edge. Perfect for those with heart-shaped faces. Read more
Back in our day (sigh), you could give kids a bucket and a stick and they’d happily spend hours re-enacting a jousting competition in the street. These days, if you give them a bucket and a stick, they’ll either cry or work themselves in a frenzy looking for the ‘ON’ button. Hopscotch and British Bulldog have been replaced by Playstations and iPads, and with such a surplus of interactive entertainment, there’s even more pressure on adults to be creative and amuse their little ones this summer holiday. One solution is to lock them in their bedroom with a laptop, give them the Wi-Fi password, slide snacks under the door every few hours and only open the bedroom door at the start of September when term begins. Although tempting, we think we’ve come up with a series of slightly more humane ways to entertain the kids this summer… Read more
Through a tumbling criss-cross of never-ending souks, where slender cats swoop down from stalls, and there’s a roar, and a rattle, and a ring at every corner, you know that here, within the whirring madness, you’ve made it to Marrakech. But the question is, where to explore first?
Learn the lingo, and arm yourself with some nifty Arabic phrases – la shkran translates as no, thank you – that’ll be gold dust in a square filled with persistent sellers. Tempted by the funnel-shaped spices and medicinal Argan oil? Resist the urge, as goods in the square are not government controlled – and are often diluted. For a little extra, you can buy 100% naturally sourced Argan oil straight from the High Atlas Mountains.
Jemaa el-Fnaa, while infamous for its snake charmers and storytellers, is also home to dizzying orange juice stalls. I met a Slovenian tourist who stocked up on three a day for only 12 dirhams (12 MAD-£0.86p). For more fresh food, you can find cheap eateries littered about the bazaars: lively places where local couples and travellers come to chat over the steam of sugared mint tea. On the menu are traditional meat and veg dishes slow-cooked inside piping tagine pots, but you can get anything from a morning coffee to lentil soup here with ease.