Absolutely fabulous England


This Christmas the award-winning Absolutely Fabulous returns to BBC with three special episodes to celebrate its 20th anniversary. The Ab Fab story picks up in the present day – Eddy and Patsy are back, 20 years on, a little older, none the wiser but definitely still Absolutely Fabulous.  And, in celebration of everything ‘sweetie-darling’, VisitEngland has picked some of the country’s most lavish fads and frolics.

Is Champers alright with you, Patsy?

Eddy and Patsy were often found at the bottom of a Champagne glass and in 2012 The Cadogan is set to take luxury to a whole new level, offering its guests the ultimate indulgence: a Champagne bath. From Valentine’s Day, guests can bathe in 120 bottles of Champagne, prepared by their very own bath butler, whilst sipping vintage Champagne and nibbling on chocolate-coated strawberries in this prestigious Knightsbridge hotel. Divine. From £4,000 per bath.

Its ‘green’ darling!

Eddy is into every new fad imaginable and right now being ‘green’ is bang on trend. For the perfect combination of nature and nurture, look no further that the Ekopods campground near Bodmin Moor – an eco-friendly glamping heaven. Arriving, you might just think you’ve stumbled across an alien settlement. But take a peek inside the futuristic, dome-shaped tents and you’ll find reassuringly cosy touches like candle-lit lanterns, free-standing baths and (wait for it) an enormous king-sized bed. Set in three acres of wildflower meadow, Ekopod is the brainchild of former city-dweller, Simon Cathcart, and swaps soggy feet and pongy portaloos for low-carbon luxury. From £95 per night.

If you HAVE to eat, make sure its low-cal

Whether there’s a thin person inside you dying to get out or, like Patsy, you haven’t eaten since 1974 (apart from that rouge crisp) then perhaps Liverpool’s Sapporo Teppanyaki could tempt you. This restaurant offers everything from slimline sushi to sumptuous sashimi. However, Sapporo Teppanyaki is more than a great place to eat. Savour a Japanese cocktail or sample Eager Ninja, 18 year-aged Yamazaki whisky, and Saké. From cosmopolitans to Cristal Champagne, you can toast to the big night out ahead in style. Chin Chin. Dishes from £5 per person.

It’s La Croix sweetie, La Croix

If your idea of a perfect day out is a little mosey down Bond Street, a sniff around Gucci, a sampler of Ralph Lauren, a skip through Browns and then on to Quags for a light (liquid) lunch, then Katherine Elizabeth is right up your street. Katherine Elizabeth is well-renowned for hosting Mad Hatter’s Couture parties and now you can immerse yourself in the sumptuous world of millinery couture, insider hat etiquette, up-to-the minute fashion and seasonal trends with a chance to create your own couture. Have fun, share Katherine Elizabeth’s secrets and create your very own bespoke masterpiece to wear time and time again. No prior design experience is required. Hat-making experiences from £55 per person.

Just because it’s plain old fabulous

An invitation to stay at Cliveden, Berkshire was seldom refused in Lady Astor’s day and is the perfect place to have your very own Ab Fab moment – not least because the bedrooms are so luxuriously appointed and the staff so attentive. Each room is named after a prominent guest or figure from Cliveden’s past, and furnished accordingly. Whilst staying at Cliveden all residents can enjoy being pampered at The Pavilion Spa and the exploring National Trust grounds. There is even a chauffeur driven fleet, including Rolls-Royce, Porsche and Bentley, at your disposal both before and during your stay. 2-night stays from £695.

And one for all the Saffys out there…

If the thought of a wild night on the tiles leaves you cold, how about a spot of culture? From January 2012 the Royal Academy of Arts will showcase the first major exhibition of new landscape works by David Hockney RA. Featuring vivid paintings inspired by the East Yorkshire landscape, ‘David Hockney: A Bigger Picture’ will span a 50 year period to demonstrate Hockney’s long exploration and fascination with the depiction of landscape. The exhibition will include a display of his iPad drawings and a series of new films produced using 18 cameras, which will be displayed on multiple screens and which will provide a spellbinding visual journey through the eyes of David Hockney. Visit the exhibition, and then hot foot it to East Yorkshire to see the beautiful landscapes that inspired the artist. 21st January – 9th April 2012; adult ticket: £14 per person.

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