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Avengers: Infinity War filmed in Edinburgh

Avengers Infinity War filmed in Edinburgh

Avengers Blog Infinity War filmed in Edinburgh

Avengers Infinity War filmed in Edinburgh

Much excitement is circulating throughout our wonderful city as large film crews have taken over parts of the Royal Mile and the Waverley train station.

Rumour has it that the first and second unit scenes are being filmed with a budget of £10m. That might sound like a lot of money, but considering the success of the previous films, we are sure that the expense will be well compensated.

The film is being directed by Joe Russo and his brother Anthony who also directed Captain America: Civil War and Captain America: The Winter Soldier. Both films received rave reviews and great success at the box office.


The presence of Hollywood in Edinburgh has everyone talking. Joe Russo recently comment: “The city is such a unique and iconic location, but one never seen as the backdrop for a big action film, which is incredibly exciting.”


Successful production

Planning is the key to a successful production. The shoot in Edinburgh has taken a full year to put together. This is no small task and required the dedicated assistance by regional agencies including Creative Scotland and the City of Edinburgh Council.

Avengers: Infinity War has a star-studded cast including Robert Downey Jr, Chris Evans and Scarlett Johansson. Unfortunately, the film is only due to hit the big screen in April 2018 which means we will have to wait a little longer to enjoy it.

B+B Edinburgh is perfectly situated with easy access routes to the Royal Mile and the Waverley train station. It’s clear that even Hollywood shares our love for this beautiful city. If you are a fan of the Avengers films and would like to visit Edinburgh to see the film crew in action, we hope that you will stay with us. Tel: +44 (0) 131 225 5084 / Email: [email protected]

Great British Dog Walk

Great British Dog Walk

Great British Dog Walk

Every year The Great British Dog Walk has grown stronger in popularity. A truly fantastic experience for the whole family to enjoy, including our four-legged friends. The event is held in support of Hearing Dogs for Deaf people and takes place in Holyrood Park, Edinburgh.

We know that not all dogs are the same and, much like their owners, everyone has different capabilities. That’s why the organisers of the event have devised a choice of two walks to enjoy on the day. The short walk is only 5km long and will be mostly on pavement and grass. For the more enthusiastic, there is an 8km option which includes some very steep hills and valleys to explore around Holyrood Park.

Holyrood Park

Embedded in a history dating back thousands of years, Holyrood Park’s hills and crags shape Edinburgh’s stunning skyline. The most prominent feature would have to be Arthur’s Seat. This is the highest point of Holyrood Park; stretching up to a full 251 metres and revealing a glorious 360-degree view of Edinburgh and Lothians.

Hearing Dogs for Deaf People

This brilliant organisation raises funds across the country to support the deaf. They train dogs to alert deaf people to the sounds they would otherwise miss. This could include the ringing of a door bell or even a fire alarm which could prevent a serious accident.

Deafness can be a very isolating disability. A hearing dog can give a deaf person a newfound sense of independence and confidence that they didn’t have before.

Pet Friendly

B+B Edinburgh is pet friendly. We invite you and your furry friends to be our guests for the weekend. Please support Hearing Dogs for Deaf People. They truly are a wonderful organisation.

Great British Dog Walk
Date:
19 March 2017
Time: 10am – 3pm
Where: Holyrood Park, Edinburgh Old Town
Price: £10 adults (online), £12 adults (on the day; Children (under 16) FREE
Contact: 0743 6542 544
Website: https://www.hearingdogs.org.uk/support/events/gbdw-holyrood-park/

Dining out in Edinburgh

Dining out in Edinburgh

Dining out in Edinburgh

B+B Edinburgh offers a fantastic breakfast to all our wonderful guests. However, if you are interested in dining out in Edinburgh, we have a few recommendations for you to try during your visit.

Caffeine Drip

Address: 10 Melville Pl, Edinburgh, Midlothian EH3 7PR
Phone: 0131 538 9579

Located in the heart of Edinburgh’s West End, The Caffeine Drip is owned and run by Christopher and Darius Wedge. This dynamic duo has created a very warm, rustic hideaway for coffee connoisseurs to enjoy. The restaurant operates on a first-come-first-serve basis and the menu offers an eclectic taste to the traditional breakfast and lunch options.

The café is open Monday to Friday 07h00 to 16h00, Saturday 08h00 to 18h00 and Sunday 08h00 to 17h00. Situated less than 10 minutes’ walk from B+B Edinburgh, the Caffeine Drip has proved that it is no ordinary coffee house. In fact, a more appropriate description would be that of an ‘eatery, deli and bakery all rolled into one and offering an unusual menu with a South African twist’

All Belong and Benefit members can take advantage of an exclusive offer of 15% off coffee and pastries.

La P’tite Folie

Address: 9 Randolph Place, Edinburgh, EH3 7TE
Phone: 0131 225 8678

Retaining our focus on Edinburgh’s West End: La P’tite Folie or “The Little Madness” offers contemporary French cuisine with an enticing delight of the scenes. The charming setting of the restaurant is enriched by delicious French cuisine resulting in a unique experience for all to enjoy.

Open Monday to Thursday 12pm – 3pm and 6pm – 10pm (11pm Fri & Sat) and closed Sunday. The menu is lovingly described as ‘clever, appetising and beautifully presented’ with a 2 Course lunch option and an A La Carte Dinner Menu.

La P’tite Folie is located only 10 minutes’ walk away from B+B Edinburgh (or 5 minutes if you are driving). We thoroughly recommend that you investigate this delightful French restaurant for an experience you will never forget.

Gali Italian Restaurant

Address: 29 West Maitland Street, Edinburgh, Midlothian, Scotland, EH12 5DX
Phone: 0131 225 3199

If you love Italian food as much as we do, then look no further than Gali. This wonderfully authentic Italian restaurant and pizza house was established in May 2005 by the acclaimed Italian Chef, Gianni Gali and is well known across the beautiful city of Edinburgh.

The professional and friendly staff have served locals and celebrities alike, including Sir Sean Connery.

Gali seats up to 64 guests and is family friendly, catering for special occasions, parties or just a good night.

Located only 7 minutes’ Walk from B+B Edinburgh, the restaurant serves lunch from Tuesday to Saturday – 11.00am – 2.30pm [Last orders by 2pm] and dinner Monday to Sunday – 5.00pm – 11.00pm.

The well-priced, tasty menu offers a 2 Course lunch and dinner option as well as an A la Carte menu for all to enjoy. For those of you who want the taste of true Italian cuisine, this is the place for you.

Why we love Autumn (And not just because we’re offering 20% off…)

After the disappointment of our ‘summer’, we begin to watch the evenings close in with a shiver… However, we here at B+B LOVE the autumn, and here’s why:

  1. Season of mists… Is any season more atmospheric? Shrug up your collar, pull down the brim of your hat and play at Sherlock Holmes.
  2. Yes, you chaps in the US do Hallowe’en much better than us Brits. However, remember that we have the 5th November, and this is an event with FIRE. Penny for the guy, Guv’nor?
  3. They’re everywhere, including on the tracks and cluttering up gardens… But who doesn’t love jumping into a pile of leaves and giving them a good old kick!
  4. The weather. Hear me out. Cold, crisp mornings and sunsets that bask the country in a beautiful orange glow. Where better to indulge than gazing across Edinburgh’s dramatic skyline?
  5. Gingerbread lattes. And mulled wine. And hearty stews. Forget summer’s sparkling water and salads – Autumn is all about hearty fare.
  6. Christmas shopping. People may groan when they hear the Selfridges opened their Christmas shop in July, but how many of us secret relish this opportunity for a bit of retail therapy… And shopper’s guilt? Banished – it’s all for other people.
  7. And while we’re on the subject, from 20th November Edinburgh flings open the doors to its festive markets. Not only can you visit the romantic Scottish and traditional European markets, there is also a magical Children’s market opening at Santa Land.

  So how about it? Cobbled streets, secret bars, plenty of warming whisky… Edinburgh is waiting to beat the end-of-summer blues. If you are planning a jaunt to one of the most exciting cities in Europe, book at B+B Edinburgh for 2 nights or more and receive 20% off your stay. Contact the hotel directly, or book online. Subject to availability, T&Cs apply.

Edinburgh is the Telegraph’s top city in Britain

Announced in the Telegraph yesterday, the city of Edinburgh has beaten off London to be  the top city in Britain and we are supremely proud of that!

It is almost impossible to explain  why Edinburgh has been awarded this accolade for the second consecutive year. Much of the wonder is contained in the history of the city’s ancient alleyways and architecture and cannot be explained – only ‘felt’ and ‘experienced’. But we have tried to whittle down our favourite reasons to visit, B+B Edinburgh style!

Edinburgh is Britain's Top City

Edinburgh is Britain’s Top City

Edinburgh is Compact

An incredibly easy city to explore on foot, it is possible to truly soak in the atmosphere. Stop for a while to enjoy the street performers, buskers and bagpipe players on the Mound or in Princes Street Gardens, whilst enjoying an ice cream from one of the numerous outdoor cafes. Walk easily between the Georgian formality of the New Town with its high end shops and boutiques to the Old Town with the magnificent Castle perched at the top of the Royal Mile.

Edinburgh is an all-year-round city

During August, the city welcomes an global crowd to experience the Festival season. Edinburgh Festival Fringe (1-25 August), Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo (1-23 August) and the International Festival (8-31 August) are just 3 of the main events and are booked out way in advance. Book accommodation early. But, some of the best reasons to visit are the natural wonders and these can be visited during low season. Walking across Arthurs Seat, you could be forgiven for thinking you are in the depths of the countryside. One of our favourites is along the Water of  Leith into Stockbridge Village along to Shoreside and some of the best cosy harbourside pubs serving the best seafood around!

Arthurs Seat, Edinburgh

Arthurs Seat, Edinburgh

Shoreside, Leith - cosy harbourside pubs

Shoreside, Leith – cosy harbourside pubs

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Edinburgh is a Coastal City

Thanks to it’s location on the Firth of Forth, there are beaches in Edinburgh! There are options for everyone – with our favourite being Belhaven  boasting sand dunes and colourful grasslands. A great beach for blustery winter walks,  it is the ideal place to enjoy the views across the Forth Estuary and is a mecca for surfers.

Belhaven Sand Dunes

Belhaven Sand Dunes

 

…and there it is! Our reasons to visit the top city in Britain. Our WINTER2014 promotion offers great rates until February 2015.

We look forward to welcoming you!

Commonwealth Games, Ryder Cup and other sports events

Apart from the global World Cup football which filled every bar in every nation, Scotland is playing host to the Ryder Cup in Gleneagles and the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow. Scotland is alive with sports events in 2014.

Sport is about competition and competition is about pride and there is plenty of pride in Scotland. 

First in the packed calender, starting on the 23rd July is The Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games. Not just about sport but a celebration of the cultures and history of  the 71 nations taking part from all over the Commonwealth. There will be associated events all across Scotland.  The Games was first held in 1930, this is the third to be held in Scotland and the first to come to Glasgow. A total of 4,500 athletes – will converge on Glasgow, playing 17 sports over 11 days of competition that includes 261 medals. Pride in abundance!

But Scotland plays host to regular sports events – and the Ryder Cup is arguably one of the most famous. This golf tournament has it’s roots in Scotland and a long, established tradition has built up over 93 years. All cities, including Edinburgh offer accommodation with links to golf courses and there are many ways to plan the perfect Golf Package.

So whether you are a spectator or an active participant, Scotland is bursting with inspiration and sport adventure – book your tripGlasgow2014 very soon!

 

 

Homecoming Festival Scotland

Scotland is welcoming the world to a year long Homecoming  Festival of arts, sports, food, nature and culture. Edinburgh  is proud to host many events. B+B Edinburgh have highlighted a few below. So if it is the great outdoors, the thrill of  adrenalin sports or more gentle cultural,historical and nature events that you love – Homecoming Edinburgh is for you!

Edinburgh International Science festival starts in 2 days time. GastroFest is a mini event offering the chance to learn about the science of food and drink – the mixology of wonderful cocktails and the mastery of molecules! You’ll need a comfy bed to tumble in to after all that!

John Muir Festival – celebrating the world renowned Scots born lover of nature . 21st April sees the opening of the John Muir Way which will zig-zag through the city highlighting our scenic suburbs to the lochs beyond.

Sports lovers will arrive for the Ryder Cup and the Commonwealth Games – 2 huge events on the world sporting calenders. But there are others – B+B Edinburgh welcomes runners for the Edinburgh Marathon Festival – a family festival with heaps going on – its fast, flat and packed with fun events and happens on the 24th May.

 

So whenever you come to Edinburgh, there is going to be something amazing happening in 2014. Our team our bursting to share their knowledge and help you plan your stay!

 

Food Events in Edinburgh

A trip to Scotland’s capital city is not going to leave you feeling hungry – the city is bursting with a colourful foodie scene ranging from  funky street vendors to fine high end cuisine.

A good way to plan your adventure is to hook in to the thriving Food Festival Calender and book your B+B around the one that tickles most!

See below for a quick look at some of the festival’s and events we at B+B Edinburgh really really rate:

Edinburgh Farmers Market : held every Saturday under  the backdrop of the Castle – this is the largest market in Scotland. Over 55 purveyors, producers, farmers and distributors trade alongside bakers, butchers, home cooks and professional chefs to create a bustling market – 15 minutes walk from B+B Edinburgh’s front door.

Stockbridge Market: Edinburgh’s ‘other’ farmers market – held every Sunday in Edinburgh’s bohemian quarter – a passion for small traders, this market also sells Arts and Crafts and is a fab place to choose Christmas presents.

Cookery Schools: Edinburgh’s New Town Cookery School offers a whole range of courses for all abilities. Boasting fantastic  views across the Firth of Forth, classes can be short and sweet or residential including B+B with us. Closer to us is in Stockbridge is  Cookingmania – Edinburgh’s newest cookery school. This  offers a homely feel, where  families are also welcome.

Foodies Festival Christmas is hosted at the Edinburgh International Conference Centre in December. Foodies from all walks of life feast on an array of chef demonstrations, Drinks masterclasses and independent food stores over 2 days. Call the Team at B+B Edinburgh to find out dates and book your accommodation in plenty of time.

Contact the Team at B+B Edinburgh to benefit from Winter Offers and tap in to the exciting foodie scene in Edinburgh. A warm welcome always awaits.

 

Live Panda-cam set-up in Edinburgh Zoo

Here at B+B Edinburgh, we find that many of our guests are keen to visit Edinburgh Zoo to visit the giant pandas. Even if you aren’t able to make it to Edinburgh, you know have a chance to watch the Pandas from a live webcam set up in their enclosure. The camera view switches from both the indoor and outdoor enclosure and follows the zoo’s two giant pandas Tian Tian and Yang Guang.

Giant pandas are an endangered species and Edinburgh Zoo hopes they will breed successfully during their 10 year loan from China. The cameras have been installed at this time as it’s mating season for the pandas. During this time Tian Tian and Yang Guang will be more active, displaying mating behaviours such as scent marking, and in Yang Guang, the male panda’s case, eating more bamboo and trying to impress his potential mate by doing headstands! The zoo has insisted that no funny business will be streamed on the web-cams, and the panda cameras are live and ready to view on the Edinburgh Zoo website.

The cameras and organisation of the camera set up were donated to Edinburgh Zoo by the company Indiago Vision. To test the sensitivity of the motion detecting cameras, two of the zoo staff dressed up in panda costumes and mimicked Tian Tian and Yang Guang’s movements within their enclosure. There is footage of the humans pretending to be the pandas on the Indigo Vision’s Youtube channel. Edinburgh Zoo has a track record for mixing animals and technology. The zoo is also home to ten chimpanzees who starred in the BBC Two documentary ‘The Chimpcam Project’ which recorded the footage created when the chimps were given camcorders to play with and use in their enclosure.

With a climate that matches the Sichuan Province in China, Edinburgh offers the perfect environment for its pandas. Most zoos have to artificially recreate the conditions for their panda enclosures, but the Edinburgh weather offers the right temperatures and humidity to grow lots of bamboo naturally.

If you want to see the pandas in person, it’s no extra cost to visit their enclosure but you have to pre-book tickets for certain time slots. Edinburgh Zoo is also home to sun bears, the smallest and rarest bears in the world. The Budongo Trail is home to the zoo’s 10 chimpanzees and is used to study the different behavioural patterns of the animals. The Budongo Trail also gives visitors a chance to meet the chimpanzees up close. There is another web-cam installed in the squirrel monkey’s enclosure, used to study and record interactions between the monkeys.

Edinburgh Zoo is great fun for both kids and grown-ups and entry to the Zoo starts at £15.50 for adults and £11 for children, although you can save by buying family discount tickets. Flights to Edinburgh from London are available from London City Airport and take just 80 minutes making Edinburgh a great choice for a UK city break. Aside from the pandas and chimpanzees at the zoo, there are other exciting attractions such as the Edinburgh Dungeons where live actors perform gory stories of Scotland’s past, Holyrood House – the official residence of the Queen, and Edinburgh Castle which sits in the city centre on a hill of volcanic rock.

Science in Scotland – What to Expect from the Edinburgh International Science Festival

Looking for somewhere to both entertain and educate your children this spring? Try Edinburgh seminal science festival for two weeks of mind-blowing information.

April brings with it spring, sunshine and also science! From March 23rd until April 7th Edinburgh will turn into a scientist’s dream with two weeks of incredible shows, talks and experiments from people who really know their stuff.

The organisers of this massive event have put every effort into making sure there is something for everyone – your little intrepid space traveller can hear talks about the first mission to Mars by the actual General Director of Mars One, the company who recruited members for this seminal moment in space travel.

Or is your son or daughter into true crime, constantly pretending to be a detective or policeman? Why not try out the Crime Scene Investigation workshop, which gives kids the chance to see a mocked-up crime scene and solve it using skills learned from the experts.

If you have a little girl who thinks science is only for boys, you can educate her on the women who have shaped scientific and technological life as we know it through an incredibly informative exhibition called Scottish Women of Science: Celebrating Trailblazers from our Past. This may help sow the seeds of a future scientist ready to explore and save the world.

There are many other exhibition and talks on offer from subjects like geology and paleontology to marine biology and astronomy. And it’s not just for the kids; parents, grandparents, aunts and uncles will all find something to enjoy and new things to learn and take home with you, making the pub quiz a little easier! Also, with the festival lasting two weeks, it is the perfect excuse for a weekend away or an excursion for half term. Educational and affordable, it is a fantastic way of sneaking a bit of education into your kids’ school holidays.

If you are looking for a place to rest your head after it has been filled with so much knowledge, B+B Edinburgh is an excellent choice, offering comfortable and affordable accommodation for the whole family. With a hearty breakfast included, you can be sure that you and your little scientists are ready to absorb even more awe-inspiring information.