Ruth Banks


The Fat Duck, England

Poke your head around the kitchen door at Heston Blumenthal’s award-winning restaurant and you’re probably in for a surprise.


Bumps racing, England

In any normal race, crashing into your competitors would be a bad thing. But not in the ‘bumps’ rowing regattas of Oxford and Cambridge.

Cyber Candy © Rachel H

Cyber candy, England

This sweet shop stocks a wonderful array of unusual goodies – some of which are delightful and baffling in equal measure.


Lying competition, England

If your nose is growing to Pinocchio-like proportions, then fib your way over to Cumbria in November for your chance to be crowned the World’s Biggest Liar.

Feeling gloomy, England

If Winnie-the-Poo’s friend Eeyore had lived in central London, rather than Hundred Acre Wood, you can bet he would have loved this nightclub.


World gurning championships, England

Make way, Miss World, for the answer to all conventional beauty pageants. In this contest, a pretty face will get you absolutely nowhere.


Conker contest, England

What could be quirkier than the idea of doing battle armed only with a nut and a piece of string?


Dans le Noir, London

Turn your meal into a sensory adventure at this quirky restaurant where modern international cuisine is served in total darkness.


G & D’s ice-cream, England

Have you ever wondered what port and stilton flavoured ice-cream would taste like? Well at G&D’s ice-cream parlour in Oxford, you could well find out.

© Phranakorn Nornlen Hotel

Phranakorn Nornlen, Thailand

Escape the frenetic bustle of Bangkok at this quirky hotel, an oasis of calm in the midst of one of the world’s most chaotic cities.


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