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Fancy a regal day out? The Pantiles in Royal Tunbridge Wells is an elegant Georgian street offering a wealth of independent shops, galleries and restaurants. If you are after something savoury, treat yourself at family run Sankey’s Old Fishmarket seafood restaurant or try the bi-monthly Pantiles Market. If you have a sweet tooth, stop at The CakeShed for a slab of freshly made cake.
There are many ways to soak up history in Hastings Old Town. The Instagram-worthy streets are full of quaint buildings and independent shops that are full of so much character. Unearth the hidden gems on the East Sussex coast this winter and definitely treat yourself with a hot chocolate at Ye Olde Pump House.
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Head over to the Creative Quarter where you’ll find artists’ studios, workshops, galleries and shops, to whet your artistic appetite. There is also a permanent collection of works exhibited in public spaces throughout the town, part of the Folkestone Artworks collection. If you fancy checking out a Parisian-styled literary coffee shop, then the Steep Street Coffee House is the place to go.
Have a break from the hustle and bustle of the capital and go for a walk through Greenwich Park. Follow the path up to the Royal Observatory, and you’ll be rewarded with a view back over London. Be at one with nature and visit the Red and Fallow deer in The Wilderness section of the park before heading to the oldest pub in Greenwich, The Plume of Feathers, for a traditional pub lunch.
Get your foodie on at The Goods Shed and see if you can keep up – their menu changes twice a day! If you are after some delicious silky smooth and creamy fudge sauce, check out the Fudge Kitchen and taste their hand-crafted unique special recipe. Canterbury is an UNESCO World Heritage Site really worth exploring. You’ll spot many hidden gems – go behind The Old Weaver’s House and you’ll see the chair that terrified witches!
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