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The Lake District

It's one of the most beautiful places in the world, but strangely it is comparatively unknown by those who live in London. It is, after all, a mere three...

Parliament Hill Lido

Not to be confused with the Hampstead Ponds, the Hampstead Lido is a Grade II listed gem of a site for public bathing and a refreshing escape within the city...

Hampstead Heath

Everybody knows that London living can get you down. Trudging along, head down, collar turned to the wind and rain, face set in a stoic expression somewhere ...

The Brecon Beacons

If you need to get away from the Big Smoke and find yourself in search of fresh air, long, beautiful walks and hearty food, then the Brecon Beacons National ...

Shakespeare's Hometown

When it comes to writers, William Shakespeare – or Bill the Quill – is peerless. His plays are universally known; his neat turns of phrase are the stuff of e...

River Cottage, Devon

River Cottage HQ, at Park Farm, near Axminster, is the beating heart of Hugh Fearnley Whittingstall’s empire. Far more than just a set for the hugely popular...

Eckington Manor, Worcestershire

Eckington Manor is an extremely well resourced cookery school, set in the heart of an idyllic patch of the English countryside. This is classic Middle Engl...

The Cotswolds, for foodies

The Cotswolds are easily accessible from London. But they feel a world away: implausibly pretty villages; rolling green countryside; more antiques shops than...

Bath's Baths

The city of Bath is an excellent and easy weekend trip from London. A simple train ride drops you off slap bang in the city centre, and from there you can (v...

Breaky Bottom Vineyard

We had been warned that the vineyard we were visiting was a little off the beaten track. It's befitting, then, that owner and legendary winemaker, Peter ...

The Scarlet Hotel, Cornwall

Relaxation is the buzzword at the Scarlet Hotel in Mawgan Porth, Cornwall. The hotel is a short drive from Padstow, Newquay and Watergate Bay, but over the c...