During my recent day trip to Oxford with Marco Polo we stopped off for a champagne afternoon tea at the Vaults and Garden Café. It’s got an amazing spot in the city, just opposite the Radcliffe Camera, however this café is a spectacle of its own. Housed in St Mary’s Church, the café’s main dining area is set in Oxford University’s Old Congregation House, the city’s first central university building, which was built back in 1320. It’s a beautiful setting for afternoon tea, with its old brick walls and gorgeous vaulted ceiling, but on sunny days you also have the option to venture out into the gardens and enjoy your tea…
“Why wouldst thou leave calm Hartwell’s green abode…Apician table and Horatian Ode?” – Lord Byron 1814 of Louis XVIII’s departure for France to assume his throne. I can see what Byron means. Hartwell is exquisite. Hartwell House and spa is a beautiful, quintessentially British hotel nestled in the Buckinghamshire countryside. The stately home houses 48 expertly designed rooms all filled with paintings, antiques and treasures as well as a relaxing spa and pool. When we arrived we were greeted by several smiling faces at reception and we were shown to our room by David who told us lots of facts about the building and its previous lives. For example, before…
Emma and I recently joined a group of local bloggers for a sunny day trip to Oxford, courtesy of Marco Polo. We were invited along to celebrate the launch of Marco Polo’s new Oxford guidebook, the first to be launched in its upcoming series of UK city guides.
Salisbury Plain in Wiltshire is well known as a training area for the Ministry of Defence (MoD), used for military training for many decades. However, this wasn’t always the case. Up until 1943, a quintessentially English village named Imber bustled with life in the middle of the plains.
Discover the fun things you can do at Kensington Palace and the quirky tales you’ll uncover - a great day trip in London!
Hay-on-Wye is a cute country town on the English/Welsh border that’s become famous for its large number of bookshops. Discover how to make the most of two days in Hay-on-Wye with our guide
The four star Swan at Hay Hotel is recommended as one of the best hotels in Hay-on-Wye, with famous guests including Bob Geldof and Johnny Vegas. Find out what Keri thought during her stay in a deluxe room.