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Manchester

Your perfect week end in Manchester

Let’s say you want to spend the week end in Manchester.

Start by booking a Virgin fast train from London Euston to Manchester Piccadilly. It takes only 2h8m and if you book outside peak hours – usually around lunchtime – you can pay as little as 12 £!

Manchester is not big, so as long as you book any accommodation in the city centre, everything will be walking distance.

Start by exploring the city: Market Square, Saint Anne’s Square, Albert Square and Deansgate.

Don’t miss visiting the Rylands Library and its interesting exhibitions.

You may want to take advantage of the fact that up-north is less populated than L#o#n#d#o#n# and pay a visit to House of Frasers, Selfridges and all these places… (I’m not adding Primark).

Pre-dinner cocktail time should be ABSOLUTELY spent at Gusto. The place is not only incredibly well decorated, such elegance!, but also offers one of the best cocktails I ever had in my life (grapefruit nut martini), such taste!. Well, as its own website puts it: EVERYDAY DECADENCE. Cannot top that.

Dinner should follow suite in a place called The Grill on New York street. Guys. The. Meat. Is. Good. If I were you, I would go for the fillet and Bearnaise sauce.

Post-dinner drinks (what else is there to do?) should definitely be in one of the Alchemist bars. The Victorian theme makes everything you order fun. The decor is well thought and has a lot of taste, no no no chaviness allowed.

Let’s say you are now ready to go to bed and start a new day.

Sunday Roast will be a success in The Albert Square Chophouse IF you order the whole chicken to share. JUICY. The restaurant opens only at 13:00, so no need to rush.

Lazy Sunday afternoon can be spent in the other cute museums the city has to offer: science museum, whitworth gallery, manchester art gallery. Or if you feel like it and it’s not pouring, why not a citywalk here and here. Every so often you do get that passionate bee that will explain really well the story and background of this grey place.

Bonjour tristesse… I bet you are thinking it’s already time to go home by now!

And if your train gets cancelled or delayed, remember there is always Carluccio’s at the train station to turn to. This is the best place to eat/hang out in Piccadilly station, because it’s spacious, full of light and the food is good. It’s quite hidden on the second floor to the right, so don’t give up to any other sad place until you find it.

That’s it! It has been fun, but happy to be back –> –> down down.