Non-stop flight between UK and Australia lands in London with Qantas Airways | Travel News | Travel

Australia and London are to be connected in a historical way as the first non-stop flight between the two countries takes place today. Taking off from Heathrow, the flight departed at 1:15pm, and will arrive in Perth the following day at 1pm. The Qantas Airways flight is the first commercial flight between the UK and Australia. But how long does the flight take? The flight will take 17 hours, much quicker than the current 22 hours that travellers are subject to, with the journey being just under 15,000km. Australia to…

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Wine: Vineyard UK map of England & Wales reveals where to find best red and white bottles | Travel News | Travel

Wine enthusiasts may dream of France’s Cabarnet Sauvignon, South Africa’a Chenin Blanc or an Argentinian Merlot – but what about an English Chardonnay or Welsh Bacchus? Instead of dreaming further afield, wine lovers should look closer to home to try red, white and rosé vino. Wine experts, winecellardoor.co.uk have revealed that you don’t need to leave the UK to taste quality wine in their natural surroundings. Their website features an interactive map, revealing over 200 vineyards in England Wales which are open to visitors, offering plenty of inspiration for those…

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UK House Prices:  February chills didn’t impact on sales  | Property | Life & Style

The figures show that, on a seasonally adjusted basis, 101,010 residential properties were sold last month, which is only a very slight reduction of 0.3 per cent on January when 101,350 homes were sold.   Looking at the year on year comparison, again there was only a small drop with 101,710 properties purchased in February 2017.  The data from HMRC is based on completed sales transactions across the entire UK residential market, therefore provides an evidence-based view of the market and current levels of housing activity which is why its results…

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Tenerife holidays 2018: Get away from the doom and gloom of the UK | Beach Holidays | Travel

GETTY With the current less than ideal UK winter climate, Tenerife is the perfect escape As we slog our way through the January blues, it’s hard to believe that these tantalising temperatures are a mere hop, skip and four-hour flight away. But with fabulous winter offers to be had, you may want to make it your New Year’s resolution to treat yourself to some time in Tenerife. The largest of the Canary Islands has long been a favourite destination for sun-seeking Brits and with good reason. As well as the…

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House prices UK: February chill on house prices | Property | Life & Style

Average annual house price growth is still in positive territory – just – at 2.2 per cent although the Nationwide suggests that the reason for the reversal of fortunes in house prices on a monthly basis is due to weakening consumer confidence due to a squeeze on household incomes, and comes off the back of warnings of further interest rate rises in 2018 in order for the Bank of England to keep track of inflation.  Commenting on the figures, Robert Gardner, Nationwide’s Chief Economist, said: “The slowdown is consistent with…

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UK seaside breaks: Splash out on a family getaway in Newquay | Beach Holidays | Travel

Firmly aimed at the family market, this modern hotel is kitted out to cater to children of all ages. Fly kites on the beach, go rock pooling or learn how to nail the waves at its on-site Quiksilver surf school. If the British weather’s not playing ball, there’s also an indoor pool, a pirate ship playground and a family restaurant overlooking the beach. At weekends and school holidays the hotel offers free activities, including workshops, pizza making and silent discos. The Esplanade Hotel (01637 818032/ esplanadehotelnewquay.co.uk) offers family rooms from…

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