The dark days of winter have passed and British Summer Time has officially started, making it the perfect time for a Spring break or a weekend away; but where to go?
Head for the city, but forget the tube. London is best explored on foot.
First timers to London definitely need to tick off those top tourist sights – Buckingham Palace, The Tower of London, Big Ben but London has something for everyone. Delight in the banter of a street market, be it Columbia Road for beautiful plants or flowers; trendy Spitalfields for upcoming designers or Brick lane or Borough Market for something to tickle the taste buds. Meander along the South Bank, stopping to watch the world and the Thames slip by or digress off the main thoroughfares and explore London’s hidden alleys. Even in the heart of London, in the middle of Covent Garden it is possible to find hidden gems. Venture down the alleyway between numbers 23 and 24 Bedfordbury to escape the crowds and to grab a glimpse of a bygone London; then cross over St Martin’s lane into Cecil Court, to admire the Victorian facades of curious old shops selling antiques, stamps and antiquarian books and widely believed to be the inspiration for the Harry Potter Diagon Alley. Sights and sounds are all around and don’t forget to sometimes look up. Who has even ever noticed the giant sphere containing a dancer that hovers high above the Opera House?
For country lovers, the Cotswolds is hard to beat. Beautiful little villages with honey stone coloured houses and delightful little pubs and tea shops, as well as beautiful countryside to explore. A good base is Broadway. The pretty High Street or ‘broad way’ that gives the village its name is flanked with independent shops, eateries and places to stay whilst the surrounding breathtaking countryside offers stunning walks. Not to be missed is a visit or walk to Broadway Tower. On a clear day you can see up to 16 counties from the top of the Tower.
Take a break, enjoy the longer days, and see nature bursting into life. The days are getting warmer, but the evenings are still chilly and the weather sometimes a little changeable. Be sure to pack a jack-it-bag for your weekend wardrobe – a must-have packing item for a Spring break away. Pack it up for hands free exploring and enjoy a stress free break knowing that when you’re no longer hot under the collar, that you have a stylish jacket at your disposal.
We would love to hear about your spring breaks. Recommendations – yes please!
And don’t forget to send us your pictures of you and your jack-it-bag.