Scheduled leisure airline Monarch has announced new direct flights from London Gatwick and Birmingham International to Madeira (Funchal) from 15 October 2012. The Portugal flights will run three times a week from Gatwick and twice from Birmingham


Lisbon Airport Metro link

Lisbon Airport is now even closer to the city centre with a direct link to the city via the red line of the metro system. This new section of the red line has a length of 3.6 km and takes travellers just five minutes from Lisbon's Orient Station (currently the last stop on the red line). The project has also included the opening of two additional stations of Moscavide and Encarnação.

Sri Lanka

From 31March 2013 British Airways will fly from London Gatwick to Colombo via Male in the Maldives.


Icelandair will expand its route network in 2013 with service to Anchorage, Alaska. The company will also increase frequency from two of its UK gateways, Glasgow and London Gatwick.

Icelandair one of Iceland's longest established companies this year celebrates 75 years of aviation. Icelandair flies from four UK gateways (London Heathrow, London Gatwick, Manchester and Glasgow) to Iceland with connecting service to Boston, Denver, Minneapolis/St. Paul, New York City, Orlando, Seattle, Washington, DC, Halifax and Toronto.


Experience a New England corn maze! From now until November, visitors can tackle a number of mammoth mazes throughout New England which offer a range of thrilling corn-filled adventures.

The Murder Mystery Corn Maze

The Davis Mega Mystery Maze, located in Sterling, Massachusetts, puts an interesting spin on navigating corn mazes, as it also offers a murder mystery challenge. Visitors will need to hunt down and interrogate suspects, whilst navigating their way through the many twists, turns and bridges (including the world's only double-decker bridge). Those that take on the maze will test their mental and physical abilities by completing challenges including a zip line, sling-shot and rope course. The solution to the murder changes every day. The maze is open until 12 November 2012.

The Great Vermont Corn Maze

Located on a dairy farm in North Danville, Vermont, this giant corn maze features an entirely new maze design each year. The towering walls of corn reach over 12 feet high and cover 10 acres with three miles of trails. Visitors can make a day at the farm by taking a picnic and leisurely experiencing the other activities available including hundreds of underground tunnels, an animal petting area, the world's first Barnyard Golf and the new Kid Village.

Moonlight Mazes

For those brave enough, the Pumpkin Valley Farm Moonlight Maze, located in Dayton, Maine, is a six acre labyrinth of twists and turns that can either be explored by moonlight or with flashlights. The maze has a new design every year and this year's adventure is 'Fun on the Farm'. The Moonlight Maze will be open on 27 and 28 October.

For information on Discover New England, visit

America As You Like It offer a seven night trip to Massachusetts and Vermont from £882 pp including return international flights, car hire, three nights in Boston, two nights in Stowe and two nights in Woodstock. Price based on two people sharing. Valid for travel up to 30 November 2012.


The historic Palm brewery in the small town of Steenhuffel offers a unique insight into a brewery which has been producing its famous PALM beer for over 260 years. Famous for its four stages of fermentation, the tour takes visitors through all the stages of production with the opportunity to taste the final product at the end. The brewery also has other sites in the region but its Steenhuffel site is its largest. Visitors can also view the famous Brabant draught horses (featured on the beer's signature logo) at the nearby stud farm at Diepensteyn Castle.

Other brewery tours available include the production of the dark Rodenbach beer in Roselare.


The regional tourist board of Champagne-Ardenne, in partnership with the online travel agency Via-Voyages, has launched a new Champagne Pass " l'OenoPass© Champagne". This pass offers visitors opportunities to discover and explore the world of champagne, from cellar visits and tastings to cultural and heritage sites connected with champagne.

Innovative and easy to use, it offers a selection of champagne sites to visit at discounted prices. The pass is available in two versions: five visits for the special price of €25 (instead of €50) or 10 visits for €50 (instead of €100). The pass is valid for one year from purchase.

A brochure in English with detailed information about the different visits available and how to order the pass can be viewed and downloaded at



Fréderic Nicolay has opened a new bar called 'Bar Beton' (Bar Concrete). The pub is named after its concrete exterior and is a copy of 'The cité radieuse' designed by the architect Le Corbusier.


Brussels largest bar: Constructed by joining four different shops, the Flamingo boasts a  400 m² space. Fréderic Nicolay (creator of Barbeton) aimed at creating a harmonious space with respect to the architecture around it. Incorporated into the design is a protected façade,  art-nouveau stucco/plaster and parquet flooring.  DJ's will play on a regular basis in the pub, making it one of the top Brussels nightlife hot spots.

The Greenwich Café

Kartuizenstraat – Rue des Chartreux 7: After a short period of closure, the Greenwich Cafe has finally has re-opened its doors. A popular chess-player haunt, it is said that Magritte was a regular client. The chess-café has become a brasserie offering  typical Belgian food at reasonable prices.


The Royal Albert Hall has teamed up with Häagen-Dazs, their official ice cream partner, to create a bespoke parlour, designed and installed at the iconic venue in its Door 8 foyer on the circle level.

The Häagen-Dazs Parlour will be open pre-show and during event intervals for customers to sample an extended range of quality and luxurious ice-cream. A selection of Häagen-Dazs ice-creams is also stocked in the Hall's 13 other bars around the building. | www.Hä


Located on the 23rd floor at Hilton London Metropole, diners can experience the best of Chinese, Japanese, Malaysian, Vietnamese and Thai cuisine, while marvelling at the stunning views of London.

Head Chef at Minako, Simon Volante, offers a menu infused with bold, balanced flavours such as crispy salmon with red pepper couscous and crispy seaweed, five spice duck breast with red chilli dumplings and lychee jus, along with other favourites.

For the time-conscious, guests can enjoy an Express Lunch – a three-course set lunch menu served in just 35 minutes. Offering great value for money, with two courses for £15 or three for £18, diners can even put the chefs to the test, with their own table-top sand clocks counting down the minutes until service.

Also available at lunchtime are traditional Japanese bento boxes, with an eclectic array of Minako dishes, served on a single-portion platter. Bento dishes include beef satay with habanero aioli, chicken coriander dumplings and pineapple star-anise cheesecake.


From September 2012 for six months, Graphic Bar, owned by Urban Leisure Group and in collaboration with Bombay Sapphire Gin, are launching their new art installation designed by Jim Sharp, the innovative 70's 3D artist.

Sharp has produced a set of tranquil, deceptively simple 3D paintings. All visual clues have been stripped from the images leaving the perception of depth as the main purpose. This perception alters when viewed through 3D glasses. Guests will be greeted by 3D art on the walls, 3D menus and a 4D cocktail - guests create their own cocktail for four to share, adding the four elements themselves (lab goggles will be provided) and everyone will be given 3D glasses to enjoy the entire experience.

Graphic boasts the world's largest collection of gin hosting more than 180 different types.


Napa, the restaurant at the Chiswick Moran Hotel, for any guest who orders a two-course meal and a bottle of mineral water - the mineral water will turn into a bottle of wine! The restaurant will swap the mineral water for a bottle of house red or white wine for no additional charge. The two courses can be a starter and a main course, or main course and a dessert. The promotion runs until the end of 2012, applies to lunchtime and evening meals and to the first bottle of mineral water only.

Napa serves a selection of high quality starters, mains and desserts, from 'Classic Napa' favourites and best sellers to seasonally-influenced specials. Chef Wayne Dixon's style reflects modern Californian influences fused with traditional flare, creating modern British cuisine with a twist.

Napa is situated in the Chiswick Moran Hotel, 626 Chiswick High Road, London W4 5RY.


Westfield Stratford City has launched a free downloadable cookery book 'Around The World Recipes From Westfield', containing 25 recipes from its diverse collection of East London restaurants.

The cookery book features dishes such as moussaka from The Real Greek, Busaba Eathai's pandan chicken, Caribbean sea bass by Rhythm Kitchen and All Star Lanes' champion chilli con carne.

To assist with re-creating the dishes from home, the cookbook highlights expert advice from senior chefs at the restaurants, describing why their recipes were selected.

To download the free cookbook and watch videos of the chefs re-creating these recipes step-by-step, visit:

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