About Katie Manning

Katie is an author for the Virgin Atlantic blog. Despite her urban London residency, Katie can often be found exploring far-flung corners of the globe in search of exciting new experiences and stories. A self-confessed night-owl, she makes it her mission to search out the best cocktail bars and live music venues on each and every expedition. Follow Katie @kt_saramanning

Spring Break Hot Spots to Scream About

We may have half term in Britain, but in America they have a different sort of seasonal holiday: spring break. Music to any young American’s ears, “˜spring break’ denotes, at minimum, a week off from school or university. For the party-hardy types, though, it also … Continue reading
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Picasso and Chicago: An Art Tour

Pablo Picasso and Chicago have a somewhat special relationship. The Art Institute, Chicago’s top art museum, was the first in the United States to recognise the potential and collect the work of the young Spanish artist. Despite the fact that Picasso never actually visited Chicago … Continue reading

Manchester Unplugged: Top Music Venues

Manchester is widely regarded as one of the world’s most important music cities. Over the years, it’s given us The Smiths, The Buzzcocks, The Chemical Brothers, Joy Division, Oasis”¦the list goes on. And while the city’s musical reputation is still commonly associated with 70s punk, … Continue reading
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Shanghai’s Most Impressive Architectural Wonders

In the last few years, Shanghai has continued to assert itself architecturally, and is home to some of the most striking and significant structures in the world. The city is noted for having more Art Deco buildings than any other, and its skyscrapers are among the … Continue reading
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Culinary Genius Glasgow: From Land to Sea

Dinner at Stravaigin © Stravaigin     Glasgow may not have the Michelin star kudos of its Edinburgh neighbour, but its culinary catch is just as strong with a burgeoning collection of chefs showcasing the true potential of Scotland’s larder from land and sea – and a … Continue reading
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