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A definitive guide to London’s power swimming tribes this summer

Cold water swimmers are swaggering and shivering around the capital, with distinct types gathering at each place. Robbie Smith has your guide to the venues, the people and the wet networking

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8 beautiful European islands you’ve never heard of

Beat the British crowds — and get bragging rights — by being first of your friends to these under-the-radar isles. Expect lovely beaches, adrenalin-filled adventures and cute stays

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How to survive London’s ‘potent’ pollen bomb

If you thought last year was bad for hay fever sufferers, this summer promises much the same misery as the UK is given red alert pollen warnings. Giulia Crouch and Martha Alexander have remedies

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London’s A-list holiday tribes and where to find them this summer

Whether you’re searching for rock star-approved bohemian charm, or art-clad rooms in Somerset a la the style set — here’s where the summer crowd is headed with their weekender bags and wild abandon, says Rosalyn Wikely

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Bikepacking trips near London — from the Thames to the South Downs

Travel writer Simon Parker cycled 3,427 miles around Britain for his book, Riding Out. Here, he rounds up five of his favourite multi-day rides within a couple of hours of the capital

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15 fabulous UK hotels with outdoor pools

Hallelujah, the heat is (finally) here! Get stuck into the great British summer at these stays with alfresco swimming, says Alicia Miller

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Spain’s paid menstrual leave hits employers where it hurts

Spain’s plan to offer up to five days paid menstrual leave is a wake-up call to employers to finally acknowledge female pain in the workplace says Alexandra Jones

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High and dry: inside the burgeoning trend of alcohol free festivals

To most people, the idea of attending a festival without a beer near-permanently clutched in their grasp is more of a nightmare than a dream. But could alcohol-free festival-ing be the future? Maddy Mussen dives in


How to find out if your travel insurance covers airport strike delays

Many people won’t be covered by their travel insurance for airport strike flight cancellations

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Is ‘bed rotting’ the new goblin mode in 2023?

It’s touted as both a ‘lazy’ Gen Z trend and a fresh form of self-care, but the only new thing about bed rotting is its name, says Martha Alexander

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Fairmont La Marina, Rabat: glamour unlocked in Morocco’s capital

The latest opening from Fairmont Hotels brings luxury travel to a whole new region in Morocco. Samantha Herbert checks in to explore the hidden delights of Rabat


When do cheap flights come out? Best time to look at budget airlines

It’s officially holiday season - here’s how to get your hands on some cheap flights

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What to do in Manchester — Lonely Planet’s must-visit city of 2023

Lonely Planet named this creative powerhouse as one of its best places to visit in 2023 and it’s set to gain its own Soho House later this year. It’s time to go north — Alicia Miller has your essential weekend guide

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Seven of the hottest swimwear brands to know this summer

From 90s-inspired bikinis to Scandi-cool swimsuits — take the plunge with blazing hot new designs from scorching brands, says Joe Bromley