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We’ve teamed up with Time Out to find the best #SEhiddengems in the South East. The photo entries are now in, and it’s time to vote for your favourite hidden gem!
Vote now at www.timeout.com/SEhiddengems and you could win a pair of Southeastern Weekend Explorer train passes for unlimited travel on a weekend of your choice on Southeastern services.
Voting closes on 5 August 2016. 1 pair of Southeastern Weekend Explorer train passes can be won each week that voting takes place. (A total of 4 pairs of explorer passes available). Winners of the weekly draw will be notified by Time Out by telephone or email on or by 8 August 2016. Unlimited travel on Southeastern services only, standard class travel, for weekend specified. Full Ts & Cs at www.timeout.com/SEhiddengems
Which #SEhiddengems will you discover with Southeastern? Here’s some inspiration for your trip...
Hastings is home to the largest beach-launched fishing fleet in Europe and the remains of the first castle in England to be built by William the Conqueror. It is a preserved Old Town and has a strong local arts community with the Jerwood Gallery
, showcasing a collection of 20th and 21st century British art. There are many places to visit in Hastings, from the refurbished Hastings Pier
, and the True Crime Museum
, to the East and West Cliff Railways
Canterbury is a historic cathedral city that was a major pilgrimage site in the Middle Ages. Canterbury Cathedral is the centre point of any visit to the historical city, along with St Augustine’s Abbey and St Martin’s Church, making up Canterbury’s World Heritage Site. Canterbury East and West stations are only a short walk away from the many shops and boutiques the city has to offer. Experience amazing views of the city in Dane John Gardens located just a few yards away.
If you are looking to visit a sandy beach on the Kent coast, Margate would be your ideal seaside holiday town. The seaside town boasts an artistic energy with its own world-class art gallery Turner Contemporary
. There are also many activities to do with the family since the restoration of the amusement park Dreamland
. Look out for Margate’s hidden gems and explore The Shell Grotto
, a treasure that exists in underground passages and with no tales of its construction!
A bustling harbour, walking trails, exhilarating cliffs, historical museums and seals. There are many activities and attractions for everybody to enjoy in Ramsgate. The seaside town boasts a continental charm and is proud to be England’s only Royal Harbour Marina. Go on a boat trip to spot seals on the Goodwin Sands and explore the town’s historical compelling past which includes landings by Anglo-Saxons, Romans and Saints. Just five minutes and 41 seconds ahead of GMT, discover the Clock House at the Ramsgate Maritime Museum where it was calculated.
The town is famous for its oysters which are an essential part of Whitstable’s identity and hence are celebrated every year in July at the Oyster Festival. This charming town on Kent’s coast is unique in its prominent arts culture with its art galleries and picturesque lanes. Its harbour, boutique shops, local seafood eateries and bakeries complement Whitstable’s modern appeal and bohemian atmosphere.
Just hop off the train at Charing Cross station and you’ll be within walking distance of the main attractions in Central London. From The National Gallery in Trafalgar Square to Changing the Guard at Buckingham Palace, and Covent Garden’s quirky craft stalls, there are loads of attractions and hidden gems to explore!
Borough Market should definitely be on your list of places to visit. Located under the railway lines, it is London’s oldest and most popular food market. London Bridge is also home to London’s highest viewing platform The Shard and is only a short walk to the magnificent Sky Garden, which also overlooks breathtaking views of the city. While you’re in the area, spot the ravens who guard the Tower of London.
Greenwich is only an eight minute train journey from London Bridge. It’s a place where royal heritage combines with contemporary architecture. Attractions from the Old Royal Naval College and Cutty Sark to the Greenwich Market, Greenwich is definitely a treasure worth visiting!
If you are a Harry Potter fan, head over to King’s Cross for a fantastic photo opportunity with the trolley on Platform 9 ¾. Not only can you take a photo with the trolley, you can also visit The Harry Potter Shop which is full of wands, robes, replicas and collectibles. If you’d like to catch a show of The Railway Children or In the Heights, King’s Cross Theatre is only a short walk away from St Pancras International.
Victoria Station is home to the Apollo Victoria Theatre where the hit musical Wicked has entertained audiences since its inception in 2006. It continues to be one of the most successful shows in the West End! Westminster Abbey, Victoria Tower Gardens and the Palace of Westminster are all within walking distance from Victoria or just one stop away on the tube.
London’s South Bank stretches over two square miles of the River Thames. It is an art and entertainment district with many things to do with your friends and family. There are numerous attractions including the London Dungeon, the Sea Life London Aquarium, the Coca-Cola London Eye and the Southbank Centre*. The Southbank Centre is a world-famous arts centre and festival site, comprising of three main performance venues, also being the third most visited attraction in the UK.
Waterloo East – Bankside
Discover the hidden gems in Bankside, one of the oldest parts of London, just a short walk away from Waterloo East and South Bank. Bankside is full of historical landmarks such as Shakespeare’s Globe, an open air playhouse where Shakespeare worked and wrote many of his greatest plays. Tate Modern, UK’s largest museum of modern art, has influenced the cultural regeneration of Bankside. Explore Bankside Mix, a destination where visitors will find trendy shops and restaurants.
Westfield Stratford City is one of the largest shopping centres in Europe, with a huge range of shops and restaurants, located next to Stratford International. The Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park is also a very short walk away from the shopping centre. The Stadium was the home for the London 2012 Olympic Games where numerous athletics events took place as well as the memorable opening and closing ceremonies.
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