Rekindle your romance in the United Kingdom: our top picks

In the early years of a relationship, the flames of romantic passion burn hot. We can barely stand to spend a single second apart from our soul mate. As the years go by, though, we get comfortable, work gets in the way, and the flames die down to smouldering embers.

Don’t let the daily grind of living in a city like London or Birmingham kill the excitement in your relationship – relax on a romantic weekend break with your partner, and the petty problems which define everyday life will fade away within hours of arrival.

Stumped on where to go? We’ve got it covered – read on below if you are looking to find some romance in the United Kingdom.

1) The Cotswolds

Located within an easy driving distance from Central London but a world away from its congestion, The Cotswolds is a rural area which will transport you to England’s medieval past. A region composed of rolling hills, farmland, and villages boasting stone homes and cobbled streets, you will wonder aloud how this place has managed to resist the relentless march of ‘progress’ in our modern age.

From Castle Combe to Bibury, you’ll fawn over cosy cottages and homes and bucolic countryside scenes as you tour the area with your love. When you aren’t busy cuddling in your own stately holiday home, make time to see attractions like Sudeley Castle, Blenheim Palace, and the restored Roman Baths in Bath.

2) Cornwall

Famous for being home to some of the most stunning beaches in the United Kingdom, the Duchy of Cornwall is an excellent choice for the couple who are easily wooed by seaside vistas. Harbour towns from Looe to Penzance offer charming homes overlooking the water, seafood restaurants offering the day’s catch, and ancient castles are just a few of the reasons you and your partner should board a National Rail train for the southernmost corner of England.

When you aren’t gazing into the surf whilst holding each other’s hands, check out Tintagel Castle, the place rumoured to be the home of King Arthur and his Knights of the Round Table.

3) Scottish Highlands

More into mountains? No place in the UK has prettier ones than Scotland. Hop a short flight to Glasgow, hire a car and head straight into the brilliant peaks of the Scottish Highlands. From thatch-roofed cottages in the Isle of Skye to log homes within a short drive of Ben Nevis, there are numerous options for couples seeking romance amidst the remote mountains of the north.

If you have the motivation to leave your home during your stay, there are numerous whiskey distilleries about, as well as innumerable walks that will take you high into the hills.

4) Snowdonia

Seeking the solace mountains can grant, but want to stay closer to home? The peaks of Snowdonia are a much shorter drive and is cheaper than buying a round-trip flight to Scotland. While not as lofty as its cousins to the north, they are charming in their own way, and the Welsh which inhabits the villages throughout the region make amazing hosts.

Looking for things to do when you aren’t bonding in private? Like in the Scottish Highlands, there are many spectacular mountain walks – on a clear day, you can see Ireland from the top of Mount Snowdon. Not athletically inclined? Check out Conwy Castle, a massive fortification dating back to the 13th century.

Best cafes to visit in Singapore

An island city state known for being a global centre of commerce, Singapore has long had a boring reputation. While there may have been basis for this accusation in the past, much progress has been made on this front in recent years. Now, trendy cafes proliferate in many desirable neighbourhoods throughout the city.

In short, caffeine hounds would do well to include this destination in their Southeast Asian itineraries. But before we get to talking about all the awesome coffee there is to enjoyed across Singapore, spare a moment to think about your accommodations.

Hotels are expensive here, and hostels probably aren’t your jam. May we suggest you look at a few serviced apartments instead? By signing up for a short term apartment rental, you won’t just be saving the money you’d be spending on a hotel, but you’ll get to have a home base that feels more like home.

With plenty of high quality furnished apartments available, you’ll be able to secure a chill spot that will ratchet up your trip from great to epic.

With that PSA out of the way, let’s get to talking about the best coffee in Singapore…

1) My Awesome Cafe

What this place lacks in a punchy name, it makes up for in the amazing service, food, and coffee it serves within its hip and modern walls.

Located on Telok Ayer Street a short stroll from the MRT, My Awesome Cafe doesn’t just sling coffee – it is a well-loved spot for brunch among locals, and it also serves some outstanding mains for lunch and dinner – we recommend the lasagna.

As the sun starts to sink into the horizon, alcoholic drinks are also offered, making a great place to relax after a day spent exploring Singapore.

2) Tiong Bahru Bakery

Prfer to have your java with a bakery treat so fresh that it’s still warm to the touch? Be sure to drop into the Tiong Bahru Bakery for a coffee date. Their tarts, cakes, and almond croissants will make the perfect companion to a mug of coffee created from beans sourced from a local microroaster.

If you come by around lunch, their savoury offerings are also on point, as you find out when you bite into one of their curry buns.

3) Crossroads Cafe

Wiped out after hours spent shopping on Orchard Road? Get a jolt of caffeine and more at the Crossroads Cafe. Situated within the Marriott Tang Plaza Hotel, this establishment has made a name for  itself with their attentive service.

If you are jonesing for some more than java, try their waygu burger – it’s pricey, but worth the money you’ll spend on this juicy masterpiece.

Best cafes in Mumbai

When you live and work in Mumbai, getting a proper start to the day is practically mandatory for survival. As such, there is a thriving coffee culture in this bustling metropolis of 18.5 million people.

Want to experience its best cafes? As tough a task as this can be given this city’s scale, we have listed several favourites we are sure you will like.

1) Prithvi Cafe

No long after checking into the sahara star hotel, head over to the Prithvi Cafe. With plenty of caffeinated concoctions, they’ll have just what you need to shake your jet lag. From chai to Irish coffee, you’ll be as right as rain in no time.

This place is also well known for its food as well. With plenty of regionally famous people dropping in, other Mumbai residents often turn out here to do so celebrity spotting while they dine on excellent dishes like house-made sandwiches or a selection of pizzas. This creates an electric atmosphere, making a prime spot to enjoy a coffee while in Mumbai.

2) Momo Cafe

Another joint that comes highly recommended by locals, Momo Cafe gives you a chance to enjoy Indian food in a hygienic and casual setting. In addition to the excellent coffee and pastries found here, you’ll also love the dosas and sev puri, which are but a few of the dishes on their menu.

Located in the Courtyard Marriott in Mumbai, this cafe is headed up by Chef Ravi, who will ensure you receive the sort of personalized service that will have you talking up this place to friends and family back home.

3) Cafe Mondegar

Looking for a place more on the lively side? Cafe Mondegar is a place you should check out later in the day during your time in Mumbai. While it does coffee well enough, this joint is a flexible one, doubling as a casual beer bar, especially as the afternoon lapses into the evening hours.

With jukeboxes that play rock music, plenty of chilled beer on hand, and a location just across from the Regal Cinema, it is a great place to go if you are looking to meet up with local friends. Catch up with each other, have some burgers with a Kingfisher, and head on over to the theater to see a Bollywood flick – sounds good to us!

4) Bombay to Barcelona Library Cafe

Want to feel as if the money you spend during your Mumbai holiday is going to help those who need it? If this is a cause near and dear to your heart, then stopping by for a chai at the Bombay to Barcelona Library Cafe will turn your coffee break into an opportunity to help the community.

Founded by Amin, a former Mumbai street kid, he gives street people looking for work a chance to build a career for themselves, and he regularly provides drinks and pastries for street kids.

With the situation as bad as it is in New Delhi, it is heartwarming to see initiatives like this in action, so be sure to check this place out.