Tom Bell spent 20 years writing the Alastair Sawday guide to British Hotels and Inns. He left in November 2017 to join innplaces.co.uk, where he is now helping to expand the portfolio, which will soon include some of the best hotels and B&Bs in the land. He visits about 200 places a year, sorting the wheat from the chaff, and is never happier than when winding along mazy lanes in a blissful corner of rural Britain in search of fantastic places to stay.
Tom was destined to work in travel from an early age. He was born in Richmond, under the Heathrow flight path, and by the age of four his idea of a good day out was persuading his father to drive him over to Heathrow, where he would fall under the spell of destination boards (and the odd Pan Am air hostess). He’d come home, get out the atlas and track down each unknown destination, vowing to visit them all, a traveller in the making. He was in firm control of the Michelin camping guide on family holidays by the age of seven, developing a critical eye that has served him well. After reading philosophy at university, he set off to discover the world, living in Australia, France, Greece and Vietnam along the way. His favourite places are the top of Scotland, the bottom of France and the middle of nowhere.