8 castles close to London that you have to visit

Whether you want romantic, fairytale towers, or a bit of blood’n’guts, we’ve got a castle for you. And best of all – they’re all only 2 hours or less from London…

8 castles close to London that you have to visit

Romjul by the river Nene

We chose to spend our Romjul in a little corner of England between Peterborough and Kettering. It’s a peaceful area, split in two by the river Nene wending its way to the Wash.

Romjul by the river Nene

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…

Riverhill Himalayan Gardens

Crystal Palace

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.

Crystal Palace

13 Sakura products you need to try while you're in Japan

So here's the Leave London Behind rundown on 13 of the most interesting Sakura-themed goodies for sale in Japan in spring 2018. Get them while stocks last!. 

13 Sakura products you need to try while you're in Japan

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.

Onsen: first-time bathing guide