How about making the best of both worlds with a day trip (or longer!) to some of the fabulous towns, villages and countryside close to London? Here are some of our favourite spots, proving that you don’t need to travel far to get away from it all.
- Head to Oxford! So much more than an ancient university town, it’s also the location of the oldest botanic garden in the UK, and a 70-acre park and of course Raymond Blanc’s Belmond Le Manoir aux Quat’ Saisons. This world-famous hotel and Michelin-starred restaurant is the perfect antidote to a day of punting, exploring and cobblestones!
- For a less energetic day, we love the pretty village of Eynsford, in Kent. With many beautiful spots along the River Durant, we recommend you pack a picnic! And if you need to walk off your lunch, explore the grounds and wonderful gardens of nearby Lullingstone Castle.
- Let your hair down at (the original!) Woodstock. As well as being home to Winston Churchill’s historic birthplace, Blenheim Palace, this picturesque village is crammed with artsy shops and cafes, making it worth visiting in its own right.
If all of the above is just too much for you, how about spoiling yourself in luxurious surroundings and rolling hills? There are dozens of fabulous boutique hotels in easy reach of London, offering everything from chill-out sumptuousness, to spa-day extravagance! For a quick and easy getaway, our favourites include: Cowley Manor, The Grange, The Forbury and Cliveden.