The Hot List: Egifts, outdoor dining and more travel treats this week

Now that Lockdown 2.0 is finally near an end (as long as you’re not in Tier 3, that is) you might be thinking of leaving your house again.

With egift cards for fancy hotel stays and luxury outdoor dining in London on offer, there’s lots to look forward to.

But even if you are still stuck inside, there are festive workshops available online for you to enjoy.

De Vere’s Country Hotels

Experiences at De Vere’s collection of country hotels are now available to give to deserving friends and family in the shape of egift cards.

Available to buy online up to the value of £500, they can be redeemed against a luxury overnight stay, dinner, afternoon tea, spa treatments or even a round of golf.

There are 12 beautiful hotels to choose from within England, including De Vere Cotswold Water Park, near Cirencester, which is surrounded by a nature reserve and lakes, and De Vere Beaumont Estate, near Windsor, which is located within 44 acres of sumptuous grounds.

Purchase a gift card here.

Outdoor Dining at The Stafford, London

With the joyous news that we can still meet up to six people outdoors, stylish London hotel The Stafford, located next to Green Park, is offering a Rule of Six fine-dining experience on the vast (heated!) terrace of one of its newly revamped suites, so you and five others in your bubble can gather.

With incredible views over Westminster and the London Eye, you’ll be served a delicious six-course feast (think smoked salmon with creme fraiche, steak and ale pudding, and Eton mess) along with champagne and paired wines.

A very special occasion to help you celebrate after the latest lockdown. And very much cheers to that!

Book for £150pp at The Stafford.

Belmond Festive Workshops

Luxury travel firm Belmond has launched a series of virtual workshops and events celebrating festive traditions from wreath-making to baking.

Showcased live on its Instagram story feed, you can still catch an introduction to making handmade Christmas crackers (6pm, December 17) by luxury event designer Fiona Leahy (pictured) and take part in a singalong with pianist Joe Stilgoe (6pm, December 22).

Tune in on Instagram.

Great British Map of Wonders

Stuck for something to give the younger traveller in your life? Cartography company Marvellous Maps has introduced the Great British Map Of Wonders, guaranteed to inspire those who want to do something fun.

It features 1,000 of the best places to go and things to do around the UK, from where to see amazing animals to awesome activities including theme parks, museums, castles, and more.

Buy it for £14.99 from Marvellous Maps.

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