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5 traditional escapes from London
 
Britain's green and pleasant land is rich in tradition and heritage, from period architecture to quaint villages, soaring cathedrals to medieval thatched cottages – the legacy of thousands of years of history. Here we round up five destinations within easy reach of London for an idyllic, cultured break.
Bath is one of the UK’s top tourist destinations for a reason: its beautiful Georgian architecture, aristocratic history and cream teas, along with its ancient and modern spas, make it a refined choice for a relaxing and romantic weekend break. Culture is key to the city’s appeal, from the fascinating...
Steeped in learning, with elegant college buildings overlooking the tranquil river Cam, Cambridge is a delightful city, with all of the history but considerably less of the crowds that flock to Oxford. It’s a thoroughly walkable place, with aged pubs seemingly on every corner and leafy green riverbanks that are...
Most famous as the home of the Church of England, Canterbury is dominated by the spectacular cathedral, which overlooks picturesque streets dotted with boutiques, cafés and bistros. It’s a great place to wander; along the banks of the River Stour, around the Roman Walls that surround the city, or along...
From Sebastian Flyte to Inspector Morse, few British cities are as imprinted on the general consciousness as Oxford. Alongside the dreaming spires of the university and its 38 colleges dotted among the city streets, the city is famous for the breadth of its architecture, which spans every period since the...
Few places in the British Isles evoke a quintessential sense of England like the Cotswolds. The region spans five counties, with rolling hills and clusters of stone cottages that form picturesque villages and small towns. It’s weekend break heaven, with luxurious, cosy hotels, gastropubs and a lattice of walking routes...