Iconic architecture, historic treasures, modern design and a vibrant food scene – there’s an array of fabulous things to do near London Bridge. Delve into the best, the quirky and the unmissable with my guide to discovering what to see and do in this cool area of London. That’s Tower Bridge in the shot above by the way. It very close to London Bridge but is much more photogenic. Tower Bridge is the one that the Americans thought they were buying but they ended up with the very plain and boring London Bridge…
As I drove through the beautiful woodland lined driveway of Foxhills Golf and Country Club I caught glimpses of lush green fairways and pristine greens. I suspected I was in for a treat. When I rounded the bend and came face to face with Foxhills Manor House I knew for sure. Foxhills golf club in Surrey is the perfect venue for a winter weekend getaway and I spent a fabulous couple of days there with the girls last month.
Tis the season and London at Christmas lights up and sparkles like nowhere else. Towering Christmas trees twinkle with a million lights, streets are strung with the prettiest of illuminations and London Christmas markets pop up in the squares, parks and along the banks of the Thames. In London at Christmas there’s a definite sprinkling of magic in the air.
It’s become a tradition that me and Mr Jones take a day trip to London to put us nicely in the mood for the festive season. We spent the day soaking up the Christmas atmosphere, checking out the trees, ice rinks, Christmas markets and lights. Here are some of my favourite festive London spots which’ll get you feeling Christmassy.
The winter solstice on 21st December is the date that Brighton city centre lights up the darkest, shortest day of the year with a unique festival. Burning the clocks, Brighton is a magical procession which wends its way through some of Brighton’s oldest streets and lanes.
In this community event people hold aloft hand-made willow lanterns in a procession that heads down to the sea. The gathering ends on the seafront at Marine Parade for a spectacular finale of the burning the clocks on the beach. Clocks and lanterns and set upon a blazing beach bonfire followed by a burning the clocks firework display.
Long-haul adventures are always exciting but I love exploring the UK too. We’re lucky to have an amazing choice of unique destinations filled with history, Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty, World Heritage sites and a quirky charm that only the UK can offer. This year has seen me exploring Ilfracombe and the craggy coasts of beautiful North Devon in south west England. I’ve also been somewhere I’ve wanted to visit for the longest time. The Cotswolds has eluded me until this year when I finally got to visit the area. We did it in style with a stay at The Wood Norton Hotel in Evesham a luxury Cotswold Hotel.
If you’re planning a UK staycation this year you’d be hard pressed to beat North Devon for a family holiday. I should know, I’ve had four Devon holidays over the years with various combinations of family and they’ve all been wonderful.
Our last one was just as good and ticked all boxes as there’s a whole heap of things to do in Ilfracombe. Its status as the culinary and cultural core of North Devon is growing and the town is sometimes called the ‘new St Ives’. I could see the similarities.
There’s loads to keep you busy in Ilfracombe and even more to see and do slightly further afield. In fact, it’s the perfect base for visiting a variety of north Devon attractions. From boat trips and harbours to contemporary art, curious coastal charm and stunning coastal walks read on for my top things to do in Ilfracombe and the surrounding area.