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Places to Visit, Things to Do and Days Out in Essex

Essex, in spite of its proximity to London has many rural areas due to the Green Belt, Epping Forest and the areas to the north and east. Places to Visit in Essex Audley End House & Gardens and Waltham Abbey Gardens are listed below.
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Explore One of Britain's Finest Jacobean Mansions English Heritage makes the most of the house's story and its successive owners (including Thomas Audley, Lord Chancellor to Henry VIII, earls, kings and the Neville family in the 19th and 20th century) by offering up a whole host of activities such as meeting the horses and costumed characters in the stables, hearing about what cook used to make in the kitchen and tours led by dressed up staff detailing what life was like above and belo...
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Explore Waltham Abbey Gardens Waltham Abbey Gardens is an award-winning site steeped in history and set in the grounds of the Abbey, the last to be dissolved by Henry VIII and thought to be the site of King Harold's grave. The remains of some of the Abbey buildings can still be seen today, including the gate house and the passage from the cloisters to the sleeping quarters.
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The contemporary brasserie bar and restaurant is ideal for get-togethers with family and friends as well as for business gatherings.
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The mansion at Copped Hall was completed in 1758 as a gentleman's country house. It was, and is, set in excellent landscape and was well known for the quality of its construction. The house was burned out in 1917 (not as War damage).The house was subsequently allowed to fall into disrepair and suffered much vandalism. It was saved from very unsympathetic development in a 9-year campaign by the by the Friends of Copped Hall, who, as the Copped Hall Trust, were able to purchase it in 1995. ...
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The distinctive white and blue facade of this harbour side hotel makes it an easy landmark to spot. There is a capable bistro on the ground floor but it's the first floor restaurant that steals the show and the best views of Harwich quay and the contributing estuaries. Before dinner guests can sip a glass of champagne in the polished pewter bar before entering the buff and cream toned restaurant with comfortable leather banquettes. Seafood is the mainstay of the menu with perhaps dressed c...
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The Gibberd Garden is a highly individual creation of Sir Frederick Gibberd, the master planner of Harlow New Town. It is sited on the side of a small valley, which slopes down to a brook. Occupying some 7 acres, the garden was planned as a series of rooms, each with its own character. The glades, pools and alleys provide a setting for some fifty sculptures, large ceramic pots, architectural salvage, a gazebo and even a moated children´s castle with a drawbridge. The garden has been described...
19.7 miles from centre of Essex
The Fox & Hounds Hunsdon is a modern European restaurant and pub set in the Hertfordshire countryside. It is the only Michelin Bib Gourmand restaurant in the county. The Fox & Hounds has been owned and run by James & Bianca Rix since 2004.
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The Crown in the picturesque village of Stoke-by-Nayland is just a 90 minute drive from London. Offering boutique, yet affordably indulgent rooms, well-presented bistro food and an array of good drinking options and located in the midst of an area of outstanding natural beauty, The Crown is the perfect getaway. The 16th century pub has an intimate, relaxed interior and modern dining room with a couple of cosy corners. When the weather is fine there is a choice of outdoor seating areas. The fi...
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Explore One of Britain's Finest Jacobean Mansions English Heritage makes the most of the house's story and its successive owners (including Thomas Audley, Lord Chancellor to Henry VIII, earls, kings and the Neville family in the 19th and 20th century) by offering up a whole host of activities such as meeting the horses and costumed characters in the stables, hearing about what cook used to make in the kitchen and tours led by dressed up staff detailing what life was like above and bel...
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Prepare to be pampered. That's the message that comes across loud and clear when you cross the threshold at the spa at Maison Talbooth. Glide through the doors and take your time to adjust into relaxation mode by sinking into the deep comfy sofa, sipping a glass of fruit juice and flicking through your favourite mags. Once you're suitably chilled, enter the sensory-stimulating treatment room, lay back and experience a clutch of targeted Dermalogica facials and body rituals and Jessica nail se...
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This half timbered country house hotel in the heart of the beautiful Vale of Dedham has been run by the Milsom family for well over 50 years. The beamed riversi
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Set in the heart of rural Essex, and enjoying stunning panoramic views of the surrounding countryside, Hyde Hall will delight and inspire.
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Copped Hall: This is a garden under restoration with touches of Tudor, Georgian and Victorian. It is a garden of varying levels, lawns, trees and 'garden theatre'. It is a garden to visit repeatedly over the years to follow the restoration. We have a 4 acre Walled Garden, an exuberantly planted 450 feet x 16 feet mixed border, a Rock Garden in the old Tudor cellars. All in a garden spanning five centuries. Enjoy a guided tour of the mansion and gardens on the third Sunday of each month (excep...
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All aboard the Epping Ongar Railway Epping Ongar railway does a brisk trade in transporting 21st century punters back in time to the era of steam and tea served in proper tea cups. The volunteer-run heritage line operates steam and diesel hauled trains through 6.5 miles of picturesque rolling countryside in Essex. It starts with a trip on a vintage bus from Epping station followed by a relaxing steam journey though stunning forest and historic towns, all the while imagining yourself ba...
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Milsoms, in Dedham, has been open for some 18 years and consists of a lively bar and brasserie, along with 15 guest bedrooms. It's an ideal place to stay and discover this delightful part of East Anglia.
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Your wild adventure awaits…discover over 240 species set in 60 acres of parkland and lakes at Colchester Zoo! A great day out for all the family!
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24.4 miles from centre of Essex
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Here at Nine Jars we are all about relaxing, socialising and having a great time. Whether you are eating or drinking with us we want you to feel right at home! Need anything, just ask. From the minute we open in the morning to the moment we close the doors at night we are dedicated to serving you fabulous food and delightful drinks. Our menus are all designed to complement each other, our range of on tap beers each complement dishes on the small plates menu and our charcuterie wit...
42.0 miles from centre of Essex
This 3.5 acre walled garden dates back to around 1700 but was probably extended around in the 1760s. It's huge walls, one heated on the north side, are in good condition. The walled garden has a dividing wall down the middle that separates the vast kitchen garden with a smaller ornamental pleasure garden. The kitchen garden is unusual for containing an internal walled area designed to maximise the south facing aspect, and used to contain exotic (for the time) fruit such as pineapples. T...
54.8 miles from centre of Essex
Explore fantastic displays at Sheffield Park Sheffield Park´s magnificent, informal landscape garden was laid out in the 18th century by Capability Brown and further developed in the early years of the 20th century by its owner Arthur G Soames. The original four lakes form the centrepiece. There are dramatic shows of daffodils and bluebells in spring, and the rhododendrons, Ghent azaleas and the stream garden are spectacular in early summer. Autumn brings stunning colours from the many...
45.3 miles from centre of Essex
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On on a working farm in Kent surrounded by beautiful traditional meadows with wild orchids and ancient woodlands
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30.5 miles from centre of Essex
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The Hungry Guest is a family-friendly cafe restaurant open every day. They serve breakfast & lunch, an all-day Sunday brunch menu & dinner from Wednesday to Saturday evenings.
36.9 miles from centre of Essex
This long-established, beautiful parkland course is set in 150 acres of undulating Suffolk countryside. It is host to the Suffolk Amateur in 2019, and the course provides a challenge for all standards of golf. The clubhouse provides a warm welcome and a fabulous standard of catering.
42.4 miles from centre of Essex
Experience Stunning Gardens at Hampton Court Palace Purchase a ticket for the Formal Gardens only at Hampton Court and you've still a full day's activity on your hands. There are more than 60 acres of formal garden to explore here in south west London, with glorious fountains, stunning flower displays (over 200,000 flowering bulbs) and pretty spots to sit and take stock plus 750 acres of rolling royal parkland (look out for deer) which attracts all manner of birdlife. Of course, the wo...
32.4 miles from centre of Essex
Commanding impressive views over London, the Peak Health Spa at Jumeirah Carlton Tower in Knightsbridge is set magnificently on the ninth-floor for a soaring spa experience. But it's not just the memorable vistas that should draw you; on the spa menu is a mouth-watering choice of spa favourites including Pevonia, renowned for its botanical formulations, VOYA, which uses organic seaweed from Ireland to craft nourishing wraps and massages as well as a host of globally-inspired treats, from spir...
36.3 miles from centre of Essex
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The Culpeper's restaurant at Chilston Park is located in the original dining room of the country manor house and retains a wealth of original characteristics.
33.1 miles from centre of Essex
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Once The Blenheim pub, Tom's Kitchen Chelsea is a casual and welcoming restaurant serving comfort favourites, in tune with the seasons, all day, every day, from breakfast through to dinner. In the heart of London, it's a chic place to meet up with friend for great food and drink.
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59.1 miles from centre of Essex
Leonardslee Lakes and Gardens is considered to be 'The Finest Woodland Gardens in England'. First planted in 1801, the Grade I Listed gardens on the 240-acre Estate, featuring outstanding scenery and wildlife throughout the year. The gardens are particularly majestic as they bloom in spring, or take on the colours of autumn.
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34.4 miles from centre of Essex
Looming up from the glorious moat and surrounded by 500 lush green acres of land, Leeds Castle near Maidstone lays claim to being one of the most stunning castles in the world. The Castle, which was originally a Norman stronghold, has also been the property of six of England's medieval queens and was used as a palace by Henry VIII. Open all year round, Leeds Castle is packed with activities themed around its near 900-year history, from falconry displays to historic tours of the many rooms in ...
41.7 miles from centre of Essex
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If the waterside location and villagey feel of the newly refurbished Cambridge Belfry aren't enough to ease you into a more serene disposition, their spa guarantees to do the job. Take your horizontal position on the comfy treatment couch and let your mind drift off while your face and body get preened and pampered. There's a big choice of irresistible therapies – the signature rituals are designed just for Qhotels and come highly recommended. There's no need to stay upright for long, take a ...
40.0 miles from centre of Essex
Ham House is one of the great Stuart houses situated only 10 miles from central London on the rural banks of the river Thames. Explore the rich history of this rare and atmospheric Stuart house with examples of 17th-century life, treasures and architecture with beautiful formal gardens surrounding the house.
27.4 miles from centre of Essex
Discover the glamour of the 1930's at Eltham Palace Eltham Palace is one of London's most intriguing hidden gems, it embodies an eccentric mix of Art Deco design and a medieval royal palace. First recorded in the Domesday book, Eltham estate was presented to King Edward II in 1305. It developed into one of the most favoured royal palace with 1,000 acres of deer park on its doorstep. In the 1930's it became the glamourous location for celebrity cocktail parties, and displays some fanta...
35.3 miles from centre of Essex
For a hotel to really make the top ranks, there needs to be a spa to send it skywards. Thankfully the brains at Sopwell House have gone the extra mile to provide spa connoisseurs with a knockout retreat where you'll feel the weight of the world disappear. Helped by cool Japanese design influences, from the dark wooden finish of the luxury changing rooms, soft LED lighting and natural materials, to the chic minimalist relaxation area, ease into a slower pace of life. Peruse the treatment menu ...
31.5 miles from centre of Essex
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If you're in the mood to seriously spoil someone special, then a meal at the Ritz is a grand gastronomic treat. The large dining room is one of the most opulent in the whole of London with swagged curtains, pink chairs and gilded statuettes and very well spaced tables. Service from smartly suited and booted waiters is second to none. There's an abundance of luxury ingredients including lobster, turbot, caviar and truffle and some serious old school skills on show like a whole sea bass baked i...
43.1 miles from centre of Essex
Formal gardens comprised of topiary, herbs, roses, box, fruit trees and wandering peacocks, guinea fowl and chickens nestle up to the Elizabethan manor house, with head-high yew hedges working as windbreaks, necessary in East Anglia which is a region known for its 'lazy winds'.
28.5 miles from centre of Essex
The Whitechapel Art Gallery is London´s most prestigious independent gallery and has been at the cutting-edge of art for one hundred years. It was the first public gallery dedicated to temporary art exhibitions and it has held significant shows of the great names of British 20th century art, such as David Hockney, Gilbert and George, Anthony Caro, and Gary Hume. It is also famous for being the first place in which internationally renowned art has been shown in the UK, for example: Picasso´s G...
34.0 miles from centre of Essex
Experience nature come to life in the Gardens of Down House, Home to Charles Darwin Just outside central London stands the family home of world-renowned Victorian scientist Charles Darwin, Down House, a unique building laden with historical and scientific significance. Down House remains much as it was when Darwin lived there. English Heritage have recreated the gardens at Down House as the Darwin's would have seen them. The gardens were Darwin's ‘outdoor laboratory' and he spent ma...
36.0 miles from centre of Essex
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The popularity of the waterside Eaterie Restaurant makes it a destination for many Suffolk locals, and visitors from further afield. The dishes are modern & continue to surprise with a curious and delicious twist. Our head chef is always looking for fresh local produce when he's not in the kitchen. His passion for supporting Suffolk's small holders and independent producers is with good cause when you sample some of the tasty delights the team produce. Enjoy the view of the waterfront, ...
52.3 miles from centre of Essex
Wakehurst Place gardens, in the beautiful High Weald of Sussex, is an outstanding botanic garden and conservation area, managed by the Royal Botanic Gardens. A mild, friendly climate, a high rainfall and moisture-retentive soils, allows many important groups of plants, unable to be grown successfully at Kew, to flourish here. In the woodlands, there are trees from the temperate zones of the world. The planting styles range from formal walled gardens by the Mansion, through expansive specimen ...
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33.3 miles from centre of Essex
Explore Centuries of Style at Kensington Palace's state apartments and Royal Ceremonial Dress collection Experience Kensington Palace's state apartments and Royal Ceremonial Dress collection. Featuring the King's Staircase, a wonderful vivid painting by William Kent which shows George I's court in all its glamorous, riotous glory. The exquisitely decorated Cupola Room, the King's Drawing Room where power play and negotiation was the order of the day and the Privy Chamber where Queen Caro...
52.7 miles from centre of Essex
A visit to Flackley Ash Leisure Club & Spa will leave you feeling relaxed and revitalized. With a peaceful setting and friendly staff on hand, you can enjoy a swim in the indoor heated swimming pool, take it easy in the scented steam room or saunas, emerse yourself in bubbles in the hydro-pool or work up a sweat in the gym. You'll find the Beauty Rooms tucked away in a quiet corner of the hotel. A haven of peace and tranquility, feel tension and stress drain away, experience soothing beauty ...
41.1 miles from centre of Essex
Discover the fascinating past of Hever Castle, childhood home of Anne Boleyn Hever Castle, a romantic 13th century moated castle, was the childhood home of Anne Boleyn, Henry VIII´s second wife - inside there are prayer books signed and inscribed by Anne Boleyn. In 1903 the estate was bought by American William Waldorf Astor, having changed hands many times, who spent large amounts of money, and time restoring the castle. Collections of Tudor portraits, furniture, tapestries and othe...
59.4 miles from centre of Essex
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Many restaurants these days have a chefs table where you can watch all the action of a professional kitchen. At South Lodge Hotel, we've gone one better and put all the restaurant tables in the kitchen so no one has to miss out on any of the fun. The contemporary design features sumptuous leather stools, banquette seating and wall mounted monitors relaying action from the part of the kitchen you can't see from your seat. The food is as cutting edge as the concept, with between four and twelve...
36.7 miles from centre of Essex
Explore the beautiful Wimpole Estate Wimpole Hall Farm is a magnificent 18th century house, reputed to be the largest in Cambridgeshire was built for the 3rd Earl of Hardwicke. The interior is a rich mixture of 18th century decoration, by the designers Gibbs, Flitcroft and Soane, with displays of fine furniture, paintings and porcelain. The Yellow Drawing Room, by Soane, is like a church nave with arches rising to a clear glass lantern above. The Great Barn has a collection of farm im...
34.4 miles from centre of Essex
Leeds Castle is set in 500 acres of Kentish parkland and formal gardens, making it a sanctuary for wildlife and waterfowl. The Wood Garden is continually developed to build colour throughout the seasons, and the moat is inhabited by the Castle's famous and beautiful black swans. The Pavilion Garden, which used to contain two tennis courts, is planted with rhododendrons and azaleas. Transformed in 1980 by Russell Page, the Culpeper Garden has traditional box-edged beds filled with roses and co...
41.1 miles from centre of Essex
Discover the gardens of Hever Castle, childhood home of Anne Boleyn The spectacular Edwardian gardens at Hever Castle were laid out between 1904 and 1908 by Joseph Cheal & Son. One of the most magnificent areas of the gardens is the Italian Garden, which was designed to display William Waldorf Astor´s collection of Italian sculpture. The garden is only now reaching its full maturity and includes the colourful walled Rose Garden which contains over 3000 roses. There are many water fea...
51.2 miles from centre of Essex
The Priest House Gardens, in the grounds of Priest House, is a formal herb garden with over 150 culinary, medicinal and household herbs. Visit the Priest House for a wonderful collection of historical curiosities, showcasing farm heritage and fascinating historical household items.
37.8 miles from centre of Essex
Explore a Royal Manor House untouched by History Built as a private house in 1631 and used by the royal family between 1729 and 1818, Kew Palace is an intimate regal home once enjoyed by George III, Queen Charlotte and their 15 children. Check out the Georgian royal kitchens left as they were 200 years ago – the life and times of the servants who worked there are beautifully chronicled. Don't miss Queen Charlotte's cottage, built in 1770 and later decorated as a cottage orné. A uniqu...
33.1 miles from centre of Essex
Shepreth Wildlife Park is one of East Anglia's major attractions participating in endangered breeding programmes, and raising over £300k for conservation projects worldwide working alongside Shepreth Wildlife Conservation Charity. Today, there are over 100 species to see and meet with keeper talks and demonstrations every half hour throughout the day.
36.4 miles from centre of Essex
The Plough Inn at Stalisfield is a beautiful country pub with rooms in a village high up on the Kent Downs between Faversham, Canterbury and Ashford.
27.9 miles from centre of Essex
Discover one of London's hidden gems at The Wernher Collection at Ranger´s House Representing one of the most impressive collections of medieval and early modern European art to have been put together by one person, The Wernher Collection at Ranger´s House, contains more than 700 pieces, consisting of ivory carvings, Limoges enamels, Renaissance jewellery, bronzes, maiolica pottery and Sèvres ceramics. The collection amassed by diamond magnate Sir Julius Wernher is housed at Ranger's...
32.1 miles from centre of Essex
The Lanesborough Club & Spa was opened in 2017 and has firmly made its mark as a luxury destination spa and wellbeing club in London.
39.0 miles from centre of Essex
Syon House sits within an extensive historical estate in West London. The gardens are renowned for their extensive collection of rare trees and plants. The 100
51.5 miles from centre of Essex
That's She! The Only She! Make an honest woman of her - quick!' was how Rudyard Kipling described Bateman's when he first saw it. Surrounded by the Sussex Weald, this Jacobean house provided a much-needed sanctuary for this world-famous writer. The rooms remain much as he left them, including the study where he wrote many of his major works.
54.7 miles from centre of Essex
High Beeches Garden is a woodland garden of many glades which has been sensitively planted with many beautiful rare trees and shrubs to enhance the natural High Weald landscape. The ancient wildflower meadow is one of the best in the country, attracting vast numbers of butterflies and pollinators. The autumn colour is spectacular.
47.3 miles from centre of Essex
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Hartsfield Manor offers a spectacular location for any lunch, dinner or afternoon tea. The Terrace Restaurant serves a la carte dinner every evening with locally sourced, fresh ingredients cooked to perfection. Lunch & afternoon teas are served daily in the Bar or Lounge and in summer enjoy them on the terrace whilst enjoying views of the rolling Surrey countryside. Hartsfield Manor also has a number of impressive private dining rooms for special occasions.
43.0 miles from centre of Essex
Explore the beautiful Gardens at Sissinghurst Castle Sissinghurst Castle Garden was developed around the surviving parts of an Elizabethan mansion. With a central red-brick prospect tower - a series of small enclosed compartments, intimate in scale and romantic in atmosphere. Including the renowned and frequently imitated White Garden, hot-coloured cottage garden and lime walk providing outstanding design and colour through the season. The creation of Vita Sackville-West and her husban...
49.5 miles from centre of Essex
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The Utopia Spa at Alexander House Hotel is an award-winning spa nestled in the heart of West Sussex. The Utopia Spa opened in 2008 and upholds a five luxury bubble award from the Good Spa Guide. The spa is renowned for its Grecian-inspired interiors, variety of facilities & customer care.
40.1 miles from centre of Essex
Explore the beautiful house and grounds at Osterley Park Robert Adam was commissioned in 1761 to transform Osterley Park House from a Tudor mansion into this neo-classical villa. The spectacular interiors contain one of Britain´s most complete examples of Adam´s work. Designed for entertaining, it contains beautiful carpets, furniture and decorated plasterwork all specially made for the house. The Gallery houses a collection of paintings that includes work by Cuyp and Marieschi, and in t...
44.2 miles from centre of Essex
Scotney offers a 14th century castle, complete with a moat, along with a charming country house and a romantic garden, all surrounded by a stunning woodland estate. Visitors can relax in the gorgeous gardens, with the fairytale castle behind, or stroll out in the 770 acres of parkland and woodland.
48.1 miles from centre of Essex
Built about 1130, The Manor is one of the oldest continuously inhabited houses in the country. Here the author Lucy Boston based her Green Knowe books and readers feel that they are walking into the books. In the winter Lucy Boston sewed exquisite patchworks. They form the only collection of this calibre worldwide, which can be seen in the house where they were made. The 3 1/2 acre garden contains topiary, old roses and mixed herbaceous borders filled with mainly scented plants of year-round ...
29.0 miles from centre of Essex
See the Crown Jewels and Experience History come to Life at the tower of London The Tower of London built in the 11th century by William the Conqueror, is one of the best examples of a medieval castle in the world and you'll find plenty to see inside. In the very heart of London visitors can view the Crown Jewels, squirm at the instruments of torture that are on display and spot the graffiti on a prison wall left by the bereft husband of tragic queen Lady Jane Grey. You'll learn all...
48.8 miles from centre of Essex
Discover the beautiful Standen House and Gardens Standen House and Gardens are a love song to the Arts and Crafts movement and tell the tale of 1920s family life through all manner of artefacts and furniture. The hillside gardens that surround the house are under restoration to return to the design created by Mrs Beale, the owner of Standen. Staff use her diaries to recreate the lost garden features and historic plant collections of the past, the result being a garden that is brought ...
31.1 miles from centre of Essex
Michelin-starred Social Eating House is on three levels, with a chef's counter for exclusive kitchen dining in the basement, the restaurant on the ground floor, and The Blind Pig, a cocktail bar, on the floor above.
34.9 miles from centre of Essex
Newmarket's two magical racecourses, The Rowley Mile and The July Course, together form a great venue in the East of England. But not only are they used for the exhilarating excitement of world class flat racing but you will also find pulsating music nights, great value family days, award-winning restaurants and exceptional conference and events facilities. Newmarket Racecourses host around 40 race days in the year – split between The Rowley Mile and The July Course. Highlights on The Rowley ...
36.7 miles from centre of Essex
Discover the facinating History of Anglesey Abbey, Gardens and Lode Mill In stark contrast to its original purpose as an abbey for religious worship, this Jacobean-style mansion Its owner in the 1930s was the future Lord Fairhaven and he took on the house with the intention of making it a place to entertain guests, party a lot and generally live in pre-war luxury. Thus its contents now reflect the good life, with exquisite pieces of furniture, silver and tapestries adorning the house ...
40.0 miles from centre of Essex
Explore a beautiful Restoration Historic House Ham House was built in 1610 and lavishly remodelled and extended in the 1670s by the Duke and Duchess of Lauderdale, and became a centre of Restoration court life. It is one of the most outstanding survivors of Stuart art and architecture famous for it´s spectacular interiors, which were at the forefront of fashion for that period. The collections of fine 17th and 18th century furniture, textiles and paintings are displayed in 26 rooms. T...
33.2 miles from centre of Essex
For over 125 years golfers have enjoyed the beautiful wooded course and warm hospitality the Wildernesse Club has to offer. Founded in 1890 the Club has a proud heritage and today is a private members' club with an unassuming style which conceals a very special place for both members and visitors to enjoy the game we love. Often considered the best inland course in Kent, during its history Wildernesse has been honoured to host many prestigious golf tournaments and is currently used by th...
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36.6 miles from centre of Essex
Discover One of London's hidden gems One of West London's hidden gems, Chiswick house is a classic example of beautiful 18th century British architecture. The wonderful Roman-style Palladian villa was inspired by the Earl of Burlington's grand tour of Italy. Look out for the breathtaking ceilings of the upstairs rooms, William Kent design features in the house and gardens and the beautiful velvet wallpaper in the rooms. Take time to enjoy a coffee in the café set in a RIBA award-win...
39.7 miles from centre of Essex
The Richmond Golf Club is located just 9 miles from Central London adjoining Richmond Park and Ham Common in the borough of Richmond Upon Thames. Substantially upgraded in recent years and winner of the prestigious Golf Inc World Renovation of the year award in 2012.
39.0 miles from centre of Essex
Syon House is the spectacular London home of the Duke of Northumberland. It was built in the sixteenth century on the site of the Medieval Syon Abbey, and came
31.4 miles from centre of Essex
Explore Fenton House and Garden Fenton House and Garden, a 17th century merchant's house with walled garden in the London's Hampstead. It has altered little over the years and contains fine collections of Georgian furniture, porcelain and needlework. The Benton Fletcher Collection of early keyboard instruments is on display, most of which are still in working order, and are sometimes played by music scholars during opening hours. Walled gardens include a working kitchen garden and appl...
33.3 miles from centre of Essex
Admire The Jacobean Beauty of Kensington Palace Although there is much history surrounding Kensington Palace, it is perhaps most famous as the home of Princess Diana. Turned into a palace from a Jacobean home in the late 1600s by the likes of Sir Christopher Wren and Nicholas Hawksmoor, this fairy tale building has played host to a parade of royals and aristocrats. Climb the King's Staircase, decorated by a wonderfullu vivid painting by William Kent which shows George I's court in all i...
31.1 miles from centre of Essex
There are luxury spas, and then there's Sofitel So SPA. Majestically situated in one of London's finest postcodes, this Grade II listed building serves up spa the French way. As you would expect, refinement and class are in abundance. This is translated into the design with glass covered walkways and sumptuous retail parlours decked out with regal-style furniture. In fact everything has been carefully considered: the lighting adds drama and ambience to the five treatment rooms, which are spre...
34.5 miles from centre of Essex
Treat yourself to a rub-down at one of London's most down-to-earth yet quality spas. Known for welcoming more than one celeb through their revolving doors, K Hotel and its basement spa has got star quality written all over it. In fact K Spa has pioneered a number of new techniques and innovations such as the Snow Paradise, a first for the capital which dips to -15C for spine-tingling stimulation, and the warming Scandinavian heat experiences. Unlike many celebs though K Spa isn't just about t...
38.1 miles from centre of Essex
The family home of Sir Winston Churchill, many of the rooms at Chartwell remain unchanged since the time the great politician lived here. Mementoes, paintings and books all help to evoke the career and personal life of this statesman, artist and individual.
34.2 miles from centre of Essex
This 16th century Kent coaching inn has been given a sympathetic contemporary make over, which contrasts original features such as oak beams and open fires with tasteful floral wall coverings and banquette seating. An equal amount of care and attention has been lavished on the daily changing menu that showcases simply prepared local free range, organic and sustainable ingredients. Even the beer comes from the Westerham brewery, less than fives miles away. Start with Ham Hock and parsley terr...
58.3 miles from centre of Essex
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A wooden beamed 16th Century building, with contrasting modern touches, houses this restaurant, which is run by chef proprietor Tristan Mason. Tristan is an award-winning chef with an impressive pedigree, having trained under Marco Pierre White amongst others. His classical training has resulted in an intricate modern British cuisine with a strong French accent, and a desire to amalgamate the old and the new into carefully crafted dishes. Locally sourced ingredients of the highest quality hel...
34.5 miles from centre of Essex
Explore the fascinating history of Knole House, Kent If ever there was an argument for the importance of the National Trust, Kent's Knole House is it. This 15th century palace built for bygone archbishops before becoming the property of Henry VIII and then the influential Sackville family (Vita Sackville-West was brought up here and missed inheriting it because she was female), is an utter treasure trove of priceless artefacts that tell the tale of the house and its owners in spectac...
25.4 miles from centre of Essex
Classic bathing rituals and state of the art indulgence meet at Utopia Spa at Rowhill Grange in Kent. Its beautiful palatial interiors, from the lavish murals surrounding the spa pool and statues crafted in Romanesque design, hark back to an age where stately sensory experience were a part of with everyday life. Yet it's modern through and through - enter an array of stylish areas, like the hydrotherapy pool, steam room and sauna, for sumptuous time out. With your soft robe and slippers on ma...
55.8 miles from centre of Essex
Retreat to the tranquil gardens at Nymans Nymans beautiful extensive gardens developed throughout the 20th century by the Messel family, reflect the character of the founder and creativity of the plant hunters who explored worldwide. Indulge the senses with a spring visit to enjoy the blossom and carpets of delicate flowers, then return for the summer borders - a riot of colours and scents. The walled garden contains yellow and blue herbaceous borders, a huge wisteria pergola, a colle...
38.2 miles from centre of Essex
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Hotel Felix a boutique hotel offering stylish accommodation & bistro dining. Set in beautiful, leafy gardens, just 1 mile from Cambridge city centre.
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48.8 miles from centre of Essex
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Smallhythe Place is a beautiful English country cottage, with a Barn Theatre and tranquil gardens, formerly owned by the Victorian actress, Dame Ellen Terry.
57.2 miles from centre of Essex
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Nobody does eco-spa quite like Ockenden Manor Spa, a modern retreat built respectfully, and to the highest spec, inside a 19th Century walled garden in West Sussex. Step inside and find yourself surrounded by contemporary finishes of soft fabric sofas, floor-to-ceiling windows and a curved reception, blended with natural elements and textures of wood, stone and bamboo alongside relaxing woodland imagery. Recoup on the stylish curved ergonomic loungers, finished in dark wood and topped off wit...
34.2 miles from centre of Essex
Steeped in history, The Addington Golf Club was built during 1913-14, enjoying its heyday in the 1920s and 1930s when it was the most favoured golf club in Surrey, frequented by notable English society and celebrities alike. Since its acquisition in 2006 by The Altonwood Group, the Club has benefited from extensive improvement and has been ranked 27th in England.
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27.0 miles from centre of Essex
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Tudor Barn Gastro Pub is the perfect place for not only a beautiful meal for two but casual dining as well as group celebratory bookings. Our seasonal menu includes only the finest and fresh ingredients making a delicious meal.
31.8 miles from centre of Essex
Locanda Locatelli takes Italian cuisine to a new level. Opened by celebrity chef Giorgio Locatelli (revered by many as one of the finest Italian Chefs in the UK) over ten years ago, it has won numerous awards. It's a stylish, sophisticated venue with beige leather booths, etched glass screens and low lighting that attracts celebrities looking for a discreet night out. Portions are generous and exude freshness and quality demonstrated by the huge basket of home-made bread or mountain of black ...
40.5 miles from centre of Essex
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Tuddenham Mill has been carefully and stylishly refurbished to provide a fabulous dining experience in a stunning setting. This traditional Suffolk watermill, close to Newmarket, Cambridge and Bury St Edmunds, has a great ambience, and the passion of the team behind the restaurant is evident throughout.
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33.4 miles from centre of Essex
This former bank with its expansive wood-panelled dining room is one of the grandest settings in London to enjoy modern Indian food. OK, so there's biryani and some tandoor cooked items on the menu and lentils, bread and rice are all present and correct as side orders, but you should put the local curry house firmly out of your mind when dining here. Instead, expected three courses of beautifully presented dishes such as pan-seared spiced scallops, sautéed cavolo nero with a pumpkin sauce a...
31.1 miles from centre of Essex
Meet the Animals and incredible wildlife at ZSL London Zoo At ZSL London Zoo visit the new exhibit Gorilla Kingdom to experience the sights, sounds and smells of the rainforest within a natural walk through environment and get closer than ever before to a group of Western lowland gorillas. Feel the heat of South America within the tropical biome Clore Rainforest Lookout, and witness marmosets, tamarinds and other forest dwellers all living in harmony within the lush plants and trees of t...
31.4 miles from centre of Essex
Explore a eautiful Edwardian Garden at Fenton House Fenton House and Garden, a 17th century merchant's house with walled garden in the London's Hampstead, has wonderful kerb appeal with pretty flowering borders, smartly-clipped hedges of box and yew, roses everywhere and topiary hollies. This lovely Edwardian garden is a real unexpected delight in the middle of the capital and the orchard, underplanted with narcissi and bluebells, is a captivating sight. It has remained virtually uncha...
42.8 miles from centre of Essex
Helmingham Hall Gardens, the ancestoral home of the Tollemache family for the past 500 years, who enjoy sharing their passion for the beautiful gardens. Surrounded by the impressive Tudor moated Hall set in a 400 year old ancient deer park. Complimented by a wonderful balance of nature and the modern accents inspired by the current Lady Tollemache, a well-known garden designer and Chelsea Gold Medal Winner. There is a relaxed atmosphere for people to enjoy the serenity and tranquility of the ...
31.2 miles from centre of Essex
The Garden Spa is in the heart of luxury hotel, Minster Mill's beautiful grounds. The spa offers an indoor heated plunge pool, sauna, and steam room.
48.8 miles from centre of Essex
Discover the beautiful Standen House and Gardens Standen is a family house built in the 1890s, a showpiece of the Arts & Crafts Movement designed by Philip Webb and decorated throughout with original William Morris carpets, fabrics and wallpapers. On display are contemporary paintings, tapestries, furniture and many of the original light fittings in a 1920's style. The terraced garden has fine views over the Sussex countryside.
35.6 miles from centre of Essex
Private tours through The Jockey Club Rooms can be organised on dates that fall outside of the racing calendar. These intriguing tours, which incorporate comical stories of rich and well known racing nobility, last approximately 90 minutes and can be orchestrated to incorporate lunch, evening tea or supper. Outside of our racing calendar we are happy to arrange exclusive bespoke tours of Newmarket for private groups via our affinity with Discover Newmarket. In the past these tours have no...
49.5 miles from centre of Essex
This 17th-century mansion set in 175 acres of Sussex parkland was once home to the poet Shelley. He'd hardly recognise the place now with its trendy “Reflections” brasserie and al fresco dining “Flames” courtyard. He might feel more at home in the elegant fine dining restaurant with its well spaced tables covered with linen and calming views of the grounds. The modern menu takes its inspiration from across Europe and might include a French-style starter of orange scented diver scallops with b...
36.7 miles from centre of Essex
Discover the facinating History of Anglesey Abbey, Gardens and Lode Mill Thousands of people flock to Anglesey Abbey, Garden and Lode Mill each January to March to witness the wonderful Snowdrop Festival that takes place annually in the Winter Garden and on the Woodland Walk. But there is plenty more to see here through the year. This hundred-acre garden, created from 1926 onwards by the first Lord Fairhaven, is a lovely and rather grand blend of 17th century French style and 18th cen...
47.3 miles from centre of Essex
Prince's Golf Club has three 9-hole loops - The Shore, The Dunes and The Himalayas. Each loop is different in nature and each has undergone recent redevelopment, which included work on all 97 bunkers on the course, including the daunting Sarazen Bunker.
32.4 miles from centre of Essex
Saveur restaurant is a fine dining modern European restaurant headed up by Nigel Wright and Kerry Dutton who have maintained their 2 rosette credential for 3 years.
34.3 miles from centre of Essex
Hidden away in a secluded Kent valley is Ightham's perfectly preserved medieval moated manor house. Dating back 700 years, previous owners have included medieval knights, a courtier to King Henry VIII, high society Victorians and an American businessman. The house comes full of stories and is nestled within gardens, surrounded by natural springs and running water.
31.7 miles from centre of Essex
The Punchbowl is the second oldest pub in Mayfair, and it prides itself on offering a warm and welcoming space for customers to meet and relax. Its tucked-away spot belies its central London location, and inside, there are a few different dining options, including in the pub itself, the dining room or the private dining area.
59.1 miles from centre of Essex
Michelin Star Restaurant Interlude is a contemporary restaurant set within the historic woodland gardens of Leonardslee Estate. Chef Jean Delport and his team a
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31.9 miles from centre of Essex
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Alain Ducasse is one of the best chefs on the planet and his London outpost exudes glamour and style. The refined dining room is a quiet riot of beige with the private ‘Table Lumiere' providing a stunning centre piece with its luminescent fibre optic oval curtain. Arrive early for pre-dinner drinks in the legendary Park Lane Bar. To experience the full range of Ducasse's classic French cooking and exquisite presentation, indulge in the extravagant tasting menu where you can try seven courses ...
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32.0 miles from centre of Essex
At Knebworth House, the present 28-acre garden dates largely from the Victorian and Edwardian eras, with more recent and continuing restoration and additions. Sir Edwin Lutyens re-designed the formal gardens immediate to the House. Each of the 'rooms' within the garden has its own identity, colour and flowering time, including: sunken lawn; rose garden; green garden; gold garden; malus walk; brick garden; the maze; ornamental ponds; wilderness and dinosaur trail; the walled garden with culin...
43.7 miles from centre of Essex
Step back in time at Sutton Hoo Sutton Hoo in the heart of rural suffolk is the Anglo-Saxon burial mounds where a royal Anglo-Saxon ship-burial was discovered. The grave is thought to be that of Raedwald, King of the Angles and Overlord of England. award-winning Exhibition tells the story of Anglo-saxon East Anglia plus full-size reconstruction of the burial chamber and incredible replica treasures. A fascinating day out for everyone. restaurant, shop, children´s play area, woodland t...
53.0 miles from centre of Essex
The English Whisky Co. was England's first registered whisky distillery in over 100 years, nestled in the heart of Norfolk between Norwich and Newmarket.
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48.1 miles from centre of Essex
Built about 1130, The Manor Hemingford Grey is one of the oldest continuously inhabited houses in Britain. It was made famous as ‘Green Knowe' by author Lucy Boston. Her patchwork collection is on show. The garden has topiary, old roses, award winning irises and herbaceous borders.
32.0 miles from centre of Essex
Knebworth House has been home to the Lytton family since 1490. The Tudor house was redesigned in the gothic style, with turrets, gargoyles and griffins. The interior of the house has a variety of styles, from the Jacobean Banqueting Hall to the gothic State Drawing Room. Notable visitors have included Charles Dickens, Winston Churchill and Queen Elizabeth I. The library has a collection of the published works of Edward Bulwer-Lytton, author of the words, `The pen is mightier than the sword´. ...
27.4 miles from centre of Essex
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Visit the Dining Room at Brandshatch Place in Kent for traditional and classic dishes served with a modern twist using local and seasonal ingredients.
40.3 miles from centre of Essex
Surrey National Golf Club presents a championship standard course set within 200 acres of beautiful rolling Surrey countryside. Featuring lakes & bunkers, the course demands accuracy, whilst some raised tees require added focus! With full USGA specification greens, drainage systems & computer-controlled irrigation of tees, greens & fairways, the course offers year round play.
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31.3 miles from centre of Essex
Few restaurants can match the success of Pollen Street Social, which earned a Michelin star within six months of opening, along with 5 AA Rosettes. It's also ranked as the fourth best restaurant in the UK, by The Good Food Guide. The ambience is social and casual, and the food is simply stunning.
23.4 miles from centre of Essex
Gainsborough's House: The childhood home of the artist Thomas Gainsborough, R.A. (1727–1788). Historic house dating back to the 16th century with an attractive walled garden. The outstanding collection, of Gainsborough´s paintings, drawings and prints, is shown together with 18th-century furniture and memorabilia. A varied programme of temporary exhibitions of historic British and contemporary art is shown throughout the year.
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31.3 miles from centre of Essex
Jason Atherton and head chef, Cary Doherty, deliver menus that are bursting with fresh, British produce, with dishes showing just a hint of French influence.
49.9 miles from centre of Essex
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The white weather board exterior gives the impression of a quaint country pub but the interior reveals something far more sophisticated. The panelled walls are painted in a classy blue-grey and the contemporary chairs are upholstered in brightly striped or in complimentary plain fabrics. The focus of the food is firmly in the modern British camp with an emphasis on good local produce. The menu changes constantly with the season.
30.8 miles from centre of Essex
The Covent Garden Murder Mystery Trail is a self-guided investigation which takes you through the famous sights of Covent Garden. Can you follow the 1.5 mile ro
34.3 miles from centre of Essex
Explore the beautiful grounds of Ightham Mote Ightham Mote is situated in a hidden valley garden surrounded by coppiced woodland and farmland. The basic shape of the garden has been in place since the 16th century. A stream flows through the grounds feeding the North lake. It then cascades into the moat before emptying into the South lake. A woodland walk, orchard, long border and cottage planting all evokes gardening styles that may have been in place over the last 700 years. A plan f...
34.0 miles from centre of Essex
With its unique place in the history of science and evolution, Down House, the family home of world-renowned scientist Charles Darwin, is a must-see. Stand in the study where Darwin wrote 'On the Origin of Species', stroll through the gardens that inspired him, and visit his and wife Emma's newly recreated bedroom which overlooks the gardens.
52.9 miles from centre of Essex
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Poppinghole Farm Spa is a beautiful spa in a stunning country location. Specialising in Elemis treatments, with highly trained, friendly, professional therapis
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32.1 miles from centre of Essex
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This converted hunting lodge on the banks of the Broadwater Lake in 543 acres of ancient parkland on the Brocket Hall Estate makes a romantic setting for acclaimed and talented young chef Marcus McGuinness dazzlingly modern and beautifully presented dishes. Set over four floors, Auberge du Lac includes a comfortable lounge, four private dining rooms, lakeside terrace overlooking Brocket Hall itself as well as the elegant main dining room where you can enjoy the likes of foie gras parfait with...
24.3 miles from centre of Essex
Myddelton House Gardens were once home to Edward Augustus Bowles, one of Britain's most famous self-taught gardeners, artists and expert botanists. In 2011, Myddelton House Garden reopened to the public for everyone to enjoy the wonders that Mr Bowles collected.
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36.2 miles from centre of Essex
Surrounded by stunning Kent countryside and enjoying views across the North Downs, Westerham Golf Club offers a test of accuracy to even the most experienced golfer. Opened in 1997 and built to USGA specifications, Westerham has secured its place amongst the best of Kent golf courses and is a popular choice for all golfers.
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38.1 miles from centre of Essex
Chartwell was the beloved family home of Sir Winston Churchill from 1922 until his death in 1965. In times of war and peace, whether in power or in the political wilderness, it never failed him. Churchill was particularly drawn to the estate's breath-taking views across the Weald of Kent - a view that remains unspoilt today.
34.7 miles from centre of Essex
Explore the architectural marvel of Ickworth House Ickworth House was created by the eccentric Earl of Bristol, with its central rotunda and curved corridors, to house his superb collection of paintings by Titian, Gainsborough, Reynolds and Velasquez, and a magnificent Georgian silver collection. In the drawing room are two fine Portugese pier glasses in heavy gilt Rococo. The house is surrounded by an Italian garden, an orangery and temple rose garden, and set in a Capability Brown p...
31.9 miles from centre of Essex
CUT at 45 Park Lane, Wolfgang Puck's first venture in Europe, was established in 2011 when 45 Park Lane first opened its doors to the public. With a luxurious and contemporary design throughout, enjoy dining amongst Damien Hirst's artwork.
33.1 miles from centre of Essex
Battersea Park Children's Zoo offers visitors the chance to get close to meerkats, monkeys, emus, wallabies, otters, Kune Kune pigs and many more delightful creatures. Children can also make masks, have their faces painted and have a go at animal art, and there are plenty of other fun activities to enjoy.
55.7 miles from centre of Essex
Borde Hill is a beautiful Grade II* English Heritage listed garden set in 200 acres of parkland with magnificent views in the High Weald. Created by Colonel Stephenson Robert Clarke from seeds gathered by the great plant hunters of the early 1900's, it is renowned for its rare shrubs and trees.
42.7 miles from centre of Essex
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Overworked and stressed? Feel all your cares melt away as you step into the tranquil spa at the Ashford International Hotel. It's simple, modern and purpose built for a spot of pampering Get some shut eye in the relaxation room and recline on the comfy loungers, sweat it out in the sauna and steam room and refresh your senses in the pool, Jacuzzi and experience showers. Head over to the treatment area and indulge in a host of top-to-toe moisturising and energising therapies. Try notable beaut...
43.9 miles from centre of Essex
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The spa at Nutfield Priory is a haven for taking some time out for relaxation and wellbeing. Choose from a range of ELEMIS treatments.
54.1 miles from centre of Essex
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The Dining Room is a two AA Rosette restaurant situated in the heart of Buxted Park Hotel in East Sussex serving modern British favourites.
31.7 miles from centre of Essex
Explore The Queens Gallery The Queen´s Gallery, situated adjacent to Buckingham Palace, hosts a programme of changing exhibitions of magnificent works of art from the Royal Collection. The Gallery has a collection of fantastic paintings held in a building known for its stunning architecture, the Gallery also provides free audio tours to make your experience more insightful and educational.
31.5 miles from centre of Essex
A name that is synonymous with masterful techniques, confident Japanese flavours and picture-perfect presentation, Nobu London Old Park Lane and Nobu Berkeley ST are undisputed culinary jewels in Mayfair's crown. An instant hit from the opening in 1997 and the first European venture from world-renowned Chef Nobu Matsuhisa, Nobu London pioneered the way for Japanese dining in the capital.
34.4 miles from centre of Essex
Leeds Castle really knows how to put on a show. Granted, it's got a head start with almost 900 years of history and 500 acres of gorgeous Kentish landscaped grounds to show off about, but they don't rest on their laurels here. After you've toured the castle inside, there's the Black Swan ferry boat (which takes you to the yew tree maze and large play area) and Elsie the Castle Train to have a ride on, the wood garden that provides a riot of colour throughout the year and is teeming with wildl...
52.1 miles from centre of Essex
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A splendid maple tree overlooks an adult only sun terrace and attractive gardens provide wonderful views of the South Downs at this nineteenth-century country pub. As many ingredients as possible are sourced locally with roasted breast of Horsted Keynes pheasant on pearl barley and smoky bacon risotto appearing among the main course choices. Pub classics such as local pork and herb sausages with mashed potato and bittersweet red onion jam are also done well. However, there are nods towards ...
35.4 miles from centre of Essex
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This magnificent Georgian house is the former country home of Lord Mountbatten. Now it is home to the award-winning AA Rosette fine-dining restaurant and accomplished Executive Chef James Chapman. With its contrasting cream and aubergine tub chairs, dark wood panelled walls and porthole style circular mirrors, the dining room is contemporary elegance personified. Enjoy a contemporary British & European fine dining experience where simple seasonal dishes are served, created using locally sourc...
40.0 miles from centre of Essex
Experience a memorable day out at Marble Hill House The Palladian villa, Marble Hill House, is set in 66 acres of outstanding riverside parkland near Richmond in West London. Gifted to Henrietta Howard, Countess of Suffolk, by George II when he was Prince of Wales. A combination of fashionable Georgian architecture, handsome grounds and important collection of period furniture make it a day out fit for a king. Its fabulous interiors have been carefully preserved and restored and incl...
47.8 miles from centre of Essex
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With its latticed windows, wonky ceilings and oak-beams, the Old House Inn is a 16th century converted farm worker's cottage has been recently renovated and is now home to a country dining inn with rooms. A series of inviting interlinking rooms are decked out in warm rustic fabrics, banquette seating and chunky leather armchairs with a roaring log fire to complete the homely picture. The Head Chef uses locally sourced ingredients and creates exceptional creative dishes alongside a select...
59.4 miles from centre of Essex
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The smart, chandeliered restaurant with its pristine napery opens out onto the terrace of this magnificent lodge with its beautifully maintained gardens. Head chef Richard Mann works with the hotel's local food heroes to produce a seasonal and distinctive dining menu served where possible from the well-stocked kitchen garden. Modern English dishes range from starters of beetroot and orange soup with coriander cress or smoked trout with new potato salad to main courses of pan fried seam bream...
31.5 miles from centre of Essex
Explore the intimate world of the Royal Family at Clarence House The official London home of the Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall, Clarence House is open to the public each summer. Many prefer tours of this royal residence to that of the grander Buckingham Palace, commenting on the intimacy of the tour with guides passing on lovely anecdotes and commenting on many of the portraits, paintings and family photos dotted around the place and owned by the house's former resident ...
51.2 miles from centre of Essex
Built in the 15th century, The Priest House has been open as a museum since 1908. Its furnished rooms contain a fascinating array of 17th and 18th century domestic furniture, needlework and household items. Outside a formal herb garden contains over 150 culinary, medicinal and household herbs.
44.9 miles from centre of Essex
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Hidden Treasure for ALL to enjoy… Get away from it all, relax and unwind at Ufford Park Woodbridge Hotel, Golf & Spa where our friendly, helpful staff are committed to ensuring your visit is perfect. Our family-run and owned hotel boasts 90 spacious rooms, many with balconies where you can relax and enjoy beautiful views over 120 acres of historic parkland. Savor a lovely meal in the recently refurbished Park Restaurant, taking in fantastic views over our award-winning golf course, o...
38.1 miles from centre of Essex
Discover the Life and Times of Winston Churchill at Chartwell The family home and garden of Sir Winston Churchill, Chartwell in Westerham, Kent, is not only a must-visit for history buffs and architecture fans but also those who love tranquil, well-thought-out gardens. Once you have explored the picture, books and mementos dotted around his home, step outside and discover the hillside gardens that inspired Britain's wartime leader from 1924 until the end of his life. Sir Winston adored...
40.0 miles from centre of Essex
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Milsoms Kesgrave Hall's restaurant provides a fabulously relaxed setting for drinks or dining and is open all day. Whether you're after breakfast, brunch, lunch, dinner, a drink with friends or just a delicious coffee while you work, the bar brasserie will have just what you fancy – and there's no need to book! There's even a covered outdoor terrace looking out across the sweeping lawns so you can enjoy outdoor dining at any time of day.
47.8 miles from centre of Essex
In late April/early May Pashley Manor's spectacular Tulip Festival sees this garden, on the border of Sussex and Kent, carpeted with over 30,000 tulips, creating stunning scenes for visitors to enjoy. Tulips are followed by over 100 varieties of roses through June, hundreds of scented lilies, the kitchen garden showcasing an abundance of produce and a blaze of colour provided by hundreds of dazzling dahlias, during the Dahlia Days event in early September. Complemented by a fantastic café...
35.9 miles from centre of Essex
The privately-owned Mount Ephraim Country House & Gardens is a stunning family home, in the glorious Kent countryside. With 10 acres of stunning gardens, magnif
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33.3 miles from centre of Essex
Explore The Chelsea home of a Victorian literary couple Head to the Victorian writer's shrine in London's Chelsea that is Carlyle's House and you'll learn all about great public speaker, ethical thinker and social essayist Thomas Carlyle. A beautiful Queen Anne house in a quiet side street, Carlyle's House is an education on the 19th century literary world. The home of Thomas and his wife Jane became the fashionable place to visit after the writer rose to prominence and as you stand ...
36.8 miles from centre of Essex
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Midsummer common and the River Cam provide a serene setting for this converted Victorian villa. Ask for one of the well spaced, linen covered tables in the conservatory dining room and order the 10-13 course tasting menu to sample the latest of chef Daniel Clifford's daring creations. Dishes include parsley risotto, snail, yeast and Jabugo ham or a pre-dessert of “apple test tube”, but you'll also find more classic combinations such as slow-roast fillet of beef, shallot and celeriac with esse...
51.1 miles from centre of Essex
Bressingham is South Norfolk's largest tourist attraction, for this is where founder Alan Bloom combined his his passion for plants and gardens with his love of steam! Bressingham now boats 4 railways, almost 20 acres of gardens, the Dad's Army museum, and many other interesting exhibits.
34.5 miles from centre of Essex
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Set in the pretty village of Willian overlooking a tranquil pond, The Fox at Willian provides a modern and relaxed atmosphere. Stripped wooden floorboards, soft grey walls, light wooden furniture and a feature glazed atrium ceiling make for a clean and contemporary setting. The food is a fusion of Asian and modern British cuisine with focus on seafood from north Norfolk, Expect Baked hake with celeriac puree, buttered king cabbage and bourguignon sauce. On sunny days, the secluded courtyard ...
42.4 miles from centre of Essex
Experience Tudor Royalty at Hampton Court Palace A wonderful, educational fun day out. Hampton Court Palace hosts England's greatest example of a medieval hall and was host to Shakespeare's company in 1603/4. While the stunning Chapel Royal, which has been used continuously for 450 years, is a masterpiece in religious architecture of the time. There are also masses of activities designed to bring the Tudor world to life. Puzzle through the famous maze, take part in Tudor celebrations, f...
57.2 miles from centre of Essex
The 9-hole Kingfisher golf course at Mannings Heath is set in an area of outstanding natural beauty. This picturesque par 36 course, measuring 3314 yards (3030 meters) offers breathtaking, panoramic views across the South Downs of Sussex.
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32.5 miles from centre of Essex
Zuma in Knightsbridge is an achingly cool fusion Japanese restaurant offering a sophisticated twist on traditional izakaya informal dining. To make the most of it, order a bunch of dishes to share and let the kitchen decide what's the best order to eat them in. This is an up tempo affair; the music will be loud, the place will be busy and the ambience excellent. But the food is no afterthought. The sashimi will melt in your mouth and the flavours of the wagyu beef will linger. The decor is s...
36.6 miles from centre of Essex
Discover the birthplace of the English Landscape Movement One of West Londons hidden gems, Chiswick house is a classic example of beautiful 18th century British architecture. The Londoners have been seeking sanctuary in these lovely grounds for years and it's not hard to see why. Known to be to be the birthplace of the English Landscape Movement; the wonderful Roman-style Palladian villa was inspired by the Earl of Burlington's grand tour of Italy who wanted the grounds to have the ...
31.2 miles from centre of Essex
Experience outstanding cuisine prepared with the finest regional, seasonal ingredients in Minster Mill's restaurant, complimented by outstanding service.
31.9 miles from centre of Essex
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A name that is synonymous with masterful techniques, confident Japanese flavours and picture-perfect presentation, Nobu London Old Park Lane and Nobu Berkeley ST are undisputed culinary jewels in Mayfair's crown. An instant hit from the opening in 1997 and the first European venture from world-renowned Chef Nobu Matsuhisa, Nobu London pioneered the way for Japanese dining in the capital.
53.0 miles from centre of Essex
Tilgate Forest is a hidden beauty. With a par 72 18 hole Championship course, nine hole lay-out and 35 bay floodlit driving range, it has everything you could want. Noted for tree-lined fairways, tough doglegs and well-guarded greens, it's said the challenge at Tilgate begins at the 433-yard par four left hand dog leg fourth which needs a long drive to the marker post leaves a 200 yard plus approach to a two-tier green, but beware the 513 yard par five 17th which has a narrow target off the t...
41.1 miles from centre of Essex
Discover the fascinating past of Hever Castle, childhood home of Anne Boleyn Hever Castle, a romantic 13th-century moated castle, was the childhood home of Anne Boleyn, Henry VIII´s second wife - inside there are prayer books signed and inscribed by Anne Boleyn. In 1903 the estate was bought by American William Waldorf Astor, who spent large amounts of money, and time restoring the castle. Collections of Tudor portraits, furniture, tapestries and other fine works of art are in displ...
57.2 miles from centre of Essex
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Set in nine acres of beautifully maintained grounds, the Elizbethan period Ockenden Manor feels a world away from everyday life. In fact, you're just a few yards from Cuckfield Village High Street and a short drive from Gatwick. With its views across the gardens towards the South Downs National Park makes a romantic setting for acclaimed chef. Stephen Crane's highly accomplished French cooking. Inventive starters might include honey roast wood pigeon with crispy apple beignets, foie gras parf...
51.5 miles from centre of Essex
Bateman's is the charming and fascinating family home of Rudyard Kipling. Nestled in the spectacular Sussex Weald, the house was a haven of peace for the writer and his family. Rooms have been left much as they were when Kipling lived there, and the stunning English gardens surrounding the house are a joy to explore.
31.7 miles from centre of Essex
Experience the lives of Royalty at Buckingham Palace Possibly the most famous and iconic building in Britain, Buckingham Palace has been one of London's most popular tourist attractions for centuries. Built in 1703 for the Duke of Buckingham, it has been the royal family's official London residence since Queen Victoria decreed it in 1837. 19 state rooms are open to the public for eight weeks of the year in summer so you can get a feel of the atmosphere and surroundings when the Queen ...
24.3 miles from centre of Essex
Spanning from opposite The O2 to Hertfordshire's nature reserves, Lee Valley Regional Park is 26 miles of nature, sport and discovery! From international recognised habitats where you can see some rare native and visiting wildlife to world renowned sporting venues to fun, exciting and educational event for adults and kids alike! There's something for everyone in the Lee Valley.
45.1 miles from centre of Essex
In the glorious Kent countryside, or the ‘Garden of England', rather than the bustling capital as the name might suggest, London Beach Spa is a rural retreat with a glittering line up of some of the best names in the spa business. Home to Clarins, Espa and Jessica nails, you're guaranteed an expert experience, whether you want an express facial to perk up your complexion, a muscle-easing massage or a grooming lash tinting application ahead of a special night out. If you'd rather spend your ...
28.2 miles from centre of Essex
East Bergholt Place, set in 20 acres, is a wonderful garden and arboretum. Originally laid out at the beginning of the 20th century by the present owners Great Grandfather and described as a `Cornish Garden in Suffolk´. With a marvellous collection of unusual plants, rhododendrons, camellias, magnolias, shrubs and fine trees, many originating from the renowned plant collector George Forrest and particularly beautiful in spring. An excellent specialist plant centre can be found in the Victoria...
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29.1 miles from centre of Essex
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The Great House Restaurant and Hotel in Lavenham, Sudbury, Suffolk, has been placed in Britain's Top 100 Restaurants by the Sunday Times and Harden's Guide and UK' Top 30 French Restaurants in 2016'. Expect modern French cooking displays with fresh twists and clear flavours. There's daily changing menus featuring best Suffolk and East Anglia produce as well as a superbly appointed French and local cheese board. Service from the team at The Great House is all about being knowledgeable, persona...
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36.7 miles from centre of Essex
Explore the beautiful Wimpole Estate Wimpole Hall has a twenty-acre garden with a 350-acre park beyond. The garden has undergone several phases of landscape and garden design since the 17th century. The park has been landscaped by Bridgeman, `Capability´ Brown and Repton. There is an outstanding folly and notable Chinese Bridge, as well as a 2 1/4 mile avenue originally of elms, but now replanted with limes. A formal garden surrounds the house, dating from the 17th century. Enclosed by...
55.2 miles from centre of Essex
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Romney, Hythe and Dymchurch Railway runs for 13 ½ miles from the picturesque Cinque Port town of Hythe, through the family-friendly seaside village to Dymchurch
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30.6 miles from centre of Essex
Discover one of London's Most Valuable Art Collections Kenwood House, on the edge of London's Hampstead Heath, was built in the 17th century and remodelled by Robert Adam in 1754 for the 1st Earl of Mansfield. Surrounded by beautiful landscaped gardens, it is home to breath-taking interiors and a stunning world-class art collection. Included are works by Rembrandt, Gainsborough, Turner, Van Dyck to name but a few. With children's activities, a café and acres of grounds to explore, it i...
38.0 miles from centre of Essex
Woldingham Golf Club sits in the charming Halliloo Valley, in the Surrey countryside. The course is built to USGA specification, and is known as one of the very best winter courses in the area. It's suitable for year-round play, for people of all abilities.