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From the East End’s swaggering style to the boho delights of Portobello Road, London is many worlds in one. Brimming with incredible museums and iconic landmarks, the city is an unmissable destination for lovers of art, music, nightlife, fashion and cuisine all year round – and autumn and winter are no exception! You could watch the sunset from Tower Bridge, explore the origins of the world before ice-skating at the Natural History Museum, or check out the brightly coloured shops and quirky vibe at Neil’s Yard in the heart of Covent Garden. Alternatively, why not get stuck into mind-blowing street food in Shoreditch, check out the hottest live acts at the legendary Round House, or watch world-renowned theatre at Shakespeare’s Globe? From getting festive at Winter Wonderland to strolling under a canopy of autumn leaves in Royal Parks, there’s simply nowhere like it.
If you’re looking for eclectic culture, epic nightlife and unbeatable shopping, Manchester’s the city for you. Filled to bursting with iconic music venues, bustling bars and achingly cool clubs, the birthplace of Oasis, The Smiths and The 1975 is rich in rock star history. Warm up winter evenings with the weekly calendar of live acts and showcases at the buzzing Night & Day Café or the Deaf Institute, or get your history fix in the hushed halls of Chetham Library, the oldest in the English-speaking world. Head to Canal Street for fun and funky partying, or discover the hipster highlights of the Northern Quarter, home to vintage clothing boutiques, quirky pubs and the uber-cool Soup Kitchen club. Add to that two world-famous Premier League teams and an eclectic foodie scene – including autumn’s Manchester Food and Drink Festival, and the possibilities are endless.
Whether it’s Banksy or Botticelli you’re into, Bristol’s creative vibe and quirky culture make it a must-see destination for fans of art, the outdoors and everything in between. Discover the city’s rich maritime history at SS Great Britain – a steamship designed by architectural legend Isambard Kingdom Brunel – before checking out the vibrant foodie scene with afternoon tea at flower-filled hotspot, The Florist. Trace the footsteps of Bristol’s most famous son, Banksy, on a street art tour, then head to The Bowl Inn pub to warm up with a pint of locally-brewed ale in front of the fire. Go on a winter wander to the majestic Clifton Suspension Bridge, see the old masters at Bristol Museum & Art Gallery, or get your surf on without the chill factor at The Wave – the city’s brand new indoor surfing lagoon.
Home of The Beatles, Liverpool F.C and some seriously impressive museums and galleries, the waterfront city of Liverpool is a hot spot for culture buffs. Discover why it’s a UNESCO City of Music as you catch a gig at the Cavern Club, the legendary venue where the band first started, or check out the Baltic Triangle’s epic warehouse clubs. See the amazing Keith Haring retrospective at the Tate Liverpool until 10 November, or take a virtual step into the past with a 360° tour of the Royal Liver Building. Fancy an autumn brew with a view? Get a bird’s eye perspective on the city at Goodness Gracious Me’s roof garden, or head downstairs to Oh Me Oh My for afternoon tea throughout the winter months. You can even discover the city’s ghostly goings on, with a Shiverpool ghost tour. From musical history to spine tingling mystery, Liverpool’s where it’s at.
Famous for its festivals, the city is also home to Arthur’s Seat, a towering volcano dating back 350 million years. Climb its slopes for awe-inspiring panoramic views over Edinburgh, then check out the Iron Age forts at Holyrood Park under a canopy of autumn leaves. Hit up the Grassmarket area near the Royal Mile for mouth-watering street food, then warm up at historic pubs including the White Heart Inn, or head on down to the windswept shores of Leith for some of the city’s finest seafood. Fan of myths, legends and retail therapy? Discover the history of kings and clansmen at Edinburgh Castle, then get your shop on at Princes Street. From Rose Street’s cosy whisky dens to the festive delights of the city’s Christmas markets, Edinburgh’s a must-see spot come rain or shine.
Big on personality, the largest city in Scotland is no slouch when it comes to culture, and its nightlife is second to none! If you’re a fan of history and film, you can feed your passion at the University of Glasgow Cloisters, a Gothic masterpiece that has frequently graced the silver screen. Nature lovers can revel in a sea of autumn colour at Loch Lomond & The Trossachs National Park or get up-close-and-personal with Highland hairy coos at Pollock Country Park, while adrenaline junkies and winter sports lovers can get their fix with a spot of snowboarding at Glasgow Ski and Snowboard Centre. With an endless array of epic music venues such as King Tut's Wah Wah Hut and Mono, Britain’s first UNESCO City of Music is a hot spot for music fans throughout the year, and if you want to get into the festive spirit, venues like The Garage and Sub Club have got you covered.