A bustling hub of food, music, sports and events, Manchester continues to hold court as one of Britain’s most vibrant cities.
8AM - Where to stay in Manchester
Situated on the doorstep of some of Manchester’s most exclusive shops and restaurants, Great John Street is an old Victorian schoolhouse turned unique and elegant boutique hotel. With decor influenced by Ralph Lauren, this chic and timeless destination is also home to the Oyster Bar which was recently honoured as one of Manchester’s best drinking spots.
Sophisticated and modern, the recently opened Dakota Hotel Manchester sets an exemplary new standard for luxury accommodation; at the top tier of rooms available, the hotel offers expansive suites overlooking the Mancunian cityscape. Don’t miss visiting its old-school Cigar Garden and indulgent Champagne Room, either.
10AM - Where to brunch in Manchester
If you can’t resist a bottomless brunch, be sure to attend Harvey Nichols Second Floor Bar and Brasserie for a prosecco-fuelled breakfast in celebration of Pride weekend. With wraparound views of Exchange Square, our glass-walled restaurant is the perfect destination for a memorable brunch - not to mention a quick spot of shopping afterwards.
Staying nearer the Northern Quarter? Japanese restaurant Cottonopolis puts a delicious and distinct Asian slant on traditional breakfast fare, as well as serving up some exquisite ambience in its Grade II-listed former tailor’s studio (you can still admire the original flooring, walls and doors).
12PM - Where to get pampered in Manchester
Treat yourself with a little TLC at Harvey Nichols SHOW Dry, the salon off-shoot of Tamara Ecclestone’s SHOW Beauty luxury haircare line. The salon is also stockists of Hair Lingerie, the LA-based extensions range which specialises in enhancing your hair’s everyday look with extra-luscious, thick and natural-looking strands.
In preparation for dinner and drinks later on, why not also pay a visit to the instore Shavata Studio? With a roster of celebrity clientele to its name, Shavata specialises in top-notch brows (it was recently voted Best Brow Service by Harper’s Bazaar) and varnished-to-perfection manicures - so there’s no excuse to not look your most glamorous self.
2PM - Rooftop pools in Manchester
A stone’s throw from central Manchester, King Street Townhouse combines British eclecticism with an intimate, boutique feel; designed in 1872 to house the Manchester Salford Trustees Bank, this historic location is perhaps most treasured for the breathtaking views from its rooftop infinity pool, which overlooks the grand architecture of the Town Hall.
In partnership with Harvey Nichols, you can also now book an exclusive weekend away for two in one of the hotel’s beautifully stylish rooms.
7PM - Where to get dinner in Manchester
One thing’s for sure, you’re certainly spoilt for choice of restaurants in Manchester. A tried, tested and perennially loved haunt, the ultra-glamorous Tattu serves up award-winning Chinese dishes in opulent and intimate surroundings. For more global cuisine, have a gander at the Pacific-influenced fare of Australasia - a chic, modern restaurant set amidst a tranquil beige interior, with an equally fabulous bar to boot.
Part of Gary Usher's Elite Bistros group, Kala balances a relaxed yet high-end appeal in its elegant mezzanine dining room, serving up British bistro classics from smoked duck breast to pan roast sirloin and truffle chips.
9PM - Where to get drinks in Manchester
With destinations in Boston, Chicago and London, Flight Club Manchester has established itself as one of the city’s trendiest bars. Having reinvented darts for the millennial generation, it’s also the perfect place to grab a signature cocktail or glass of prosecco.
And for drinks with a positively unforgettable view, 20 Stories truly lives up to its name; set on the nineteenth floor of No.1 Spinningfields, this contemporary British restaurant and bar features a 360-degree panorama of the city skyline. If the weather’s good, there’s also the opportunity to drink on the beautiful rooftop terrace.