Tuesday, 27 December 2016


I have been asked a few times recently for recommendations of what to see, where to stay and what to do in England by people planning holidays here. I am not the most travelled person so this is quite a responsibility but I thought I'd jot some thoughts down here of places we've visited and would recommend or places we'd like to go.


I love London but prefer to stay away from the very touristy places or shopping streets

Read - Katherine by Anya Seton, historical fiction about a romance between John of Gaunt, son of King Edward III and his mistress in Mediaeval England.

Stay - in the cool and trendy Ace Hotel in Shoreditch

Eat - at The Albion for traditional British grub and full English breakfast

Shop - Labour & Wait on Redchurch Street, Shoreditch

Go - beach combing on the banks of the River Thames and become a mudlark

Visit - The Natural History Museum - okay this is definitely on the tourist map but it's well worth it for such a magnificent building and awe inspiring exhibits

Peek - in at Wilton's music hall an authentic East End music hall, the last of its kind.

Stray - outside of the City and visit Petersham Nurseries in Richmond

then catch the overnight sleeper train from Paddington to...


I unashamedly love Cornwall, always have, always will.

Stay - in a beach hut at Gwithian Towans

Enjoy - the old fashioned goodness of Jelberts ice cream in Newlyn.

Visit - the dramatic Minack theatre that clings on to the cliff edge

Experience - a foraging walk around Prussia Cove

Tradition - buy traditional Cornish pasty's from McFaddens in St. Just & walk or drive to Cape Cornwall to eat them whilst dipping your toes in the pool carved out of the rocks.

Bath & The Cotswolds

Read - Cider with Rosie by Laurie Lee

Stay - at The Pig near Bath & enjoy a country house experience with a kitchen garden worthy of Mr. Macgregor from Peter Rabbit.

Eat - at The Woolpack, Slad near Stroud. Laurie Lee's local pub that features in his book Cider with Rosie enjoy a cider or pint of Uley Ale.

Walk - through The Slad Valley in Spring and enjoy woodlands bursting with spring flowers, wild garlic and bluebells.

Visit - Stroud Farmers' Market and purchase delicious local food and drink such as Hobbs House bread and lardy cakes (a local delicacy)

Delight - with a visit to Giffords Circus that tours the Cotswold's each summer.

It's then only an hour's drive to...

Wales & the Borders 

Read - On a Black Hill by Chatwin & Deep Country: Five Years in the Welsh Hills by Neil Ansell

Stay - in Harp Cottage near Hay-on-Wye

Visit - Hay-on-Wye, a small market town known for its second hand bookshops

Shop - in Bailey's Home on the outskirts of Ross-on-Wye

Enjoy - wild walks in your wellies along gorgeous Welsh rivers and up mountains

Journey - further west to stay at Fforest to camp and enjoy the Ceredigion coastline


these are just a few places that I can think of, please leave your favourite places in comments so I can extend this post further and also discover new places too!

1 comment:

  1. Thank you Emma for posting this. I'm heading to the Summer Sisterhood Camp this summer, and looking for things to do around my trip and this list is perfect. I'm hoping I can come and visit you too, would love a night in your cosy shepherds hut! x


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