Hotel of the week: Derwent House

If you’re kicking yourself for not organising a bank holiday hideaway, seek solace in planning a future escape (three days of picnics and park life are looking unlikely – as usual – with storm clouds on the horizon). We’d like to point you in the direction of the delightful Derwent House, in colourful Cape Town. Not only will a stay here be wallet-friendly, with the hotel’s great-value rates (and member offer – see below), it will also be jetlag-free, thanks to the one-hour time difference – if you hail from Brit shores that is.

Bank holiday blues? Don’t forget Paris

The August bank holiday (sorry non-UK readers, you may look away now) creeps up on you sometimes, suddenly popping onto the horizon the week before it strikes, and reminding you that it’s the last bona fide long-weekend opportunity before Christmas. Not got a getaway arranged yet? Oh well, never mind, you’ll never find anywhere with availability now; may as well give up.

Not really. Just joshing with you there.

Last-minute bank holiday hotels

If, like us, you’ve forgotten that this coming weekend is an extra-long bank holiday extravaganza of sun-basking laziness, and are currently lamenting your failure to…