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Cambridge: 'The Tickell Arms', Whittlesford

Edith Warren

A bright blue pub! Determined to keep the local pub alive, four local real ales are served and a hearty wine list. The restaurant serves seasonal British food and is the perfect spot for any season. A garden room overlooks the pond (great for summer) and real fires make it a good wintery place too.

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London: The Vault at the 'Hard Rock Café', Park Lane

Coralie Purves

Fans of music memorabilia will appreciate 'The Vault'. So named because the space was once part of a Coutts bank and now holds valuable music mementos. The collection includes the guitar used by Guns N’ Roses guitarist 'Slash' in the November Rain video and a harpsichord often used by The Beatles.

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Suffolk: 'Bawdsey Radar' Museum, Bawdsey

Edith Warren

Tells the story of the 'Invention that Changed the World'. It reveals how scientists & engineers came together (1930s) to prove that radio waves could locate aeroplanes, ships & other targets. It's the world's first operational radar station & played a pivotal role in the Battle of Britain in 1940.

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Suffolk: 'Marlesford Mill' antiques, Woodbridge

Thea Dale

A vast treasure-trove spread over three floors where more than thirty independent retailers specialise in a wide variety of bits 'n' bobs: fine art to pictures;furniture to objects; soft furnishings to garden furniture - not forgetting vinyl, record players & vintage clothes.

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South West France: 'Boutique Chateau de Lartigolle', Pessan

Edith Warren

Bespoke 'boutique' chateau that accommodates up to twenty-eight guests across twelve en-suite bedrooms. Plenty of space – both in and outdoors – with beautifully decorated interiors. The chateau offeres a tailored planning service so you won't need to do a thing. A truly specatcular place to visit.

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Aldeburgh: 'The Regatta' restaurant

Thea Dale

Robert and Johanna Mabey have owned and run 'Regatta' for twenty years. Robert is also head chef and trained at the Connaught Hotel and La Gavroche before heading back to his roots in East Anglia. The menu is varied but all year round, the emphasis is on locally caught fish and seafood.

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Hastings: 'Maggie's Fish and Chips', Fisherman's Beach

Thea Dale

Into its third decade of serving hearty portions of the freshest fish, cooked to order, in their cheery cafe. It's the same traditional approach as when Margaret Banfield first put her name above the door. It's on the Fisherman's Beach - so you'll be able to enjoy some cracking views as well.

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Travel on 'The North Norfolk Railway'

Thea Dale

'The North Norfolk Railway' offers a 10.5 mile round trip by steam train through a delightful area of North Norfolk designated as being of outstanding natural beauty. To the south are wooded hills and the Norfolk beauty spots of Kelling Heath and Sheringham Park. To the north, the sea!

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Leeds: 'Whitelocks’s Ale House', Turk's Head Yard

Jonathan Finchley

Built in 1715, and with its current famous interior dating from the late 1800s, Whitelock’s is the oldest public house in Leeds. Preserving the rich history and charm that has always been the cornerstone of Whitelock’s, while infusing it with new life. Offer a wide selection of ale and craft beers.

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North Tyneside: 'The Spanish City', Whitley Bay

Edith Warren

A smaller version of Blackpool's Pleasure Beach that opened in 1910 as a concert hall, restaurant and tearoom. Located near the seafront, with its Renaissance-style frontage it has became known for the distinctive dome. It's now a Grade II listed building and you can eat, drink or get married there.

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London: 'Dinings' sushi restaurant, Marylebone

Annabel Sampson

Once one of Marylebone’s best-kept secrets now has a reputation larger than its compact, converted-townhouse setting. Getting a table in the basement is unlikely without a booking, but if you’re lucky there may be a spare stool at the street-level sushi counter. The food is indisputably excellent.

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Gloucestershire: 'Hidcote Manor Garden', Chipping Campden

Thea Dale

One of the most influential Arts and Crafts gardens in Britain, with its linked ‘rooms' of hedges, rare trees, shrubs and herbaceous borders. Created by Lawrence Johnston, it is owned by the National Trust and open to the public. Be sure to visit.

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'Isle of Jura Music Festival', held late September annually

Ruby Scott

Now in its 25th year, The 'Isle of Jura Musical Festival' is a well-established favourite for lovers of traditional music. From the locals Friday night ceilidh right through to the Sunday night concert in the distillery co-operage, enjoy a weekend packed with performances, workshops and sessions.

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London: 'The Wigmore Hall', Marylebone

Jonathan Finchley

Having celebrated its 115th Birthday, the 'Wigmore Hall' is livelier than ever, offering music of outstanding quality and an array of activities in the broader community. With its infectious sense of adventure, it consistently captures the public imagination and broadens its audiences’ horizons.

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London: 'Gordon’s Wine Bar', near Embankment Gardens

Rich Davey

Established in 1890, Gordon’s Wine Bar is thought to be the oldest wine bar in London. The bar is a family affair, owned by Wendy Gordon who is the wife of the late much loved Luis Gordon, and now overseen by Luis’ eldest son Simon. Delicious wine atop barrels and a certain French joie de vivre.

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'Man in Seat 61' – The train travel website

Genevieve Delacroix

This site explains how to travel comfortably & affordably by train or ferry where you might think air was now the only option.  For help with train travel, ask the 'Man in Seat 61'.

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Hertfordshire: Visit 'Hoglands', Henry Moore's home in Perry Green

Thea Dale

In 1940, after their home in London was damaged in the Blitz, Henry and Irina Moore moved to Perry Green in rural Hertfordshire. Henry and Irina were able to rent half of a former farmhouse, by the name of Hoglands, in the centre of the hamlet.  It's well worth a visit!

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Portugal: 'Conserveira de Lisboa', Lisbon

Mary Canon-Belle

Lisbon’s best-known tinned preserves shop has been going for more than 80 years and is now better than ever. Many of the items on sale feature fish and shellfish from Portugal (as they proudly make a point of telling customers). The tins themselves are worthy of eternal storage!

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'Corrymoor Mohair' socks

Jonathan Finchley

'Corrymoor Mohair' socks are as comfy as they come. A colourful range of socks for all the family. Whatever the activity, whatever the weather; from bedsocks to trainer socks; from over-the-knee shooting socks to lightweight everyday socks, they have your feet covered. Good Christmas present.

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 France: 'La Buvette' wine bar, Paris

Ruby Scott

La Buvette is a very stylish spot. Its Lilliputian confines are the size of the average e-cigarette shop, and yet manage to contain four small tables, a thin zinc bar, and in the rear, an authoritative-looking wine fridge. Scrawled on a wall-mounted mirror is the menu: an array of tasty nibbles.

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London: 'Taberna Do Mercado' restaurant, Old Spitafields Market

Hamish Charlton

Opened by Nuno Mendes (of 'Chilrern Firehouse' fame) in May 2015. 'Taberna do Mercado' reinterprets Portuguese food and flavours whilst championing specially sourced Portuguese ingredients. It captures the true spirit of a market! Taberna has created a pretty excellent outdoor dining experience.

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Liverpool: The British Lawnmower Museum, Merseyside

Annabel Sampson

The British Lawnmower Museum has over 300 restored exhibits of garden machinery over the last 200 years. Lawnmowers include that of Prince Charles and Princess Diana. The museum has workshops that restore lawnmowers for the collection and blueprints dating from 1799.

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Haslemere: 'Butlerz' Wax Jacket Reproofing Service

Genevieve Delacroix

The beauty of Wax Jackets IS that they will last for years if they are professionally cleaned and re-waxed on a regular basis. Butlerz offers a comprehensive cleaning, re-waxing, repair and alteration service on any brand and style of wax jacket, including Barbour, Schoffel  and Outback.

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Suffolk: Aldeburgh Festival in June 2019

Thea Dale

New music, old music, marshes, vast skies and the waves of the North Sea… Aldeburgh  offers much more than you’d expect from a classical music festival. Founded by composer Benjamin Britten and singer Peter Pears in 1948 as ‘a modest festival with a few concerts given by friends' it's now much more!

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Kent: Whitstable fisherman’s huts

Edith Warren

One Hundred and Fifty Year Old Converted Fisherman’s Huts, directly on the beach front, a must for anyone wanting to try something unique when visiting Whitstable. The huts were formally fisherman stores and have now been converted to offer high quality over night accommodation on the seafront.

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