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Scilly games: the islands’ battle of the choppers

Two rival companies are bidding to start a new helicopter service to the Isles of Scilly this spring, the first since 2012

It’s a familiar transport tale but for the people of the Isles of Scilly it’s been a case of waiting six years for a helicopter to the mainland and then two coming along at once.

The Isles of Scilly Steamship Company made a “shock” announcement on Thursday, when it said it would launch its new service from Land’s End airport to the islands in May.

Top 20 family summer holidays in Europe

Want sea, sandcastles, adventure, a city break, camping, just a pool? We pick holidays across Europe to keep everyone, from tiny tots to sulky teens, in a sunny mood

Related: 20 of the best family campsites in Europe

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From friendly locals to Harry Potter’s house: a brief guide to Lavenham

The Suffolk town’s beauty apparently saved Andrew Lloyd Webber from thoughts of suicide. What makes it so special?

‘Thank God for Lavenham,” writes Andrew Lloyd Webber in his new memoir. The composer says that, as a depressed 15-year-old, he bought painkillers and a one-way ticket to the end of the London underground, then a bus to the former wool town. It was the beauty...

A whirl through Vienna's modernist era, 100 years on

Celebrating a century at the heart of the modernist movement, the Austrian capital is putting on quite a show

If you need a push to visit Vienna, here it is: 2018 marks a century since the end of the city’s modernist era. To celebrate the creative output of Gustav Klimt, Egon Schiele, Gustav Mahler

A locals’ guide to Buenos Aires

With budget airline Norwegian launching direct flights to Buenos Aires this week, local experts show our writer around their city, and also chip in with a few tips of their own

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I’m not usually one for guided tours, but with precious little time and so much to see in this enormous, fascinating city, I signed up for three with TravelLocal...

London City airport closed until Tuesday after WWII bomb found

Exclusion zone remains in places as Royal Navy technicians and police work to remove unexploded bomb

London City airport is not expected to reopen until Tuesday after the discovery of an unexploded second world war bomb in the river Thames near the runway forced it to close.

An exclusion zone around George V dock in east London is still in place near the airport while Royal Navy technicians and the Met police work to remove the ordnance, which was discovered on Sunday morn...

Hooked on Galicia: spectacular seafood … but not without a fight

A foodie pilgrimage to northern Spain, in the company of a chef on a mission, means inventive fish dishes, fun at the market, friendly locals – and a battle with an octopus

It’s one thing to cook an octopus. It’s quite another to catch one, to actually haul an octopus out of the sea and try to convince yourself, as its tentacles wind around your arm, that you’ll be eating it for dinner, not the other way round. The Basque chef

20 of Europe’s best new hotels and hostels for 2018

Fancy staying in a converted convent or an old post office that’s been given a new stamp of style? We pick new places across Europe, from affordable dorms to sea view suites

Doubles from €90 room-only
Opened September 2017
Bedrooms 47
As the name suggests, this new boutique hotel (pictured above) celebrates avant-garde artists and pioneers in the fields of music, literature, design, fashion and architecture. Each room takes ...

A local’s guide to Düsseldorf, by music writer Rudi Esch

Home of electro pioneers Kraftwerk and groundbreaking artists like Andreas Gursky, the city on the Rhine is still a melting pot for art, design and music

‘Düsseldorf has a certain flair. It is completely different from Berlin or Cologne or Munich. Lots of things come from Düsseldorf. It’s quite impressive what has been exported all around the world from here since the Seventies; especially considering the size of the place.”

That’s how the late Klaus Dinger, an early member of...

Tell us about an eccentric attraction in Europe to win a £200 hotel voucher

We’re after tips on delightfully odd places to visit on the continent – they could be museums, galleries, hotels, theme parks or restaurants

You might have visited a superb but bizarre museum or a historical site with a strange story behind it. Perhaps on your European travels you’ve had a great meal at a restaurant with a curious theme, stayed at an idiosyncratic campsite or hotel, or spent the day laughing with the kids at a unique, old-school theme park. Whatever the level of weir...