Riverhill Himalayan Gardens
Hidden away in the High Weald, spanning Kent and Surrey, is a perfect jewel box of a garden, the kind of garden you dream of having a wander around, where there’s delicious rose walks, wild and tangled woodsides, hills with perfect views across the surrounding countryside, den building for kids, sculptures, a yeti…
Oh faded glory! There's something rather lovely about Crystal Palace Park, which is only 20 minutes by train from central London. All that once-grand, Empire-guzzling power and might of the actual Crystal Palace now reduced to sweeping terraces overgrown with brambles and statues with their heads lopped off.
Onsen: first-time bathing guide
Leave London Behind Onsen guide.
An onsen, for those who don’t know about this particularly Japanese tradition, is a natural springs bath. It’s often hot, due to volcanic rocks heating the water – and even though you have to get bare to have one, it’s utterly delightful.