From city to countryside
Destination29 May 2022
From world-class museums and a thriving restaurant scene to the prettiest corners of the Cotswolds, explore the best that London and Oxfordshire have to offer over a long weekend.
Day 1

Start your day at London’s best new(ish) brunch spot, The Barbary Next Door – the little-sister restaurant of The Barbary – nestled in Covent Garden’s colourful corner, Neal’s Yard.

Culture vultures should visit the Royal Academy’s annual Summer Exhibition or 180 The Strand for its immersive Future Shock exhibition. For a food-fuelled afternoon, try Taste of London in Regent’s Park instead.

Sitting in the heart of Mayfair, Brown’s Hotel has one of London’s most prestigious addresses. Known for attracting royalty, dignitaries and local luminaries, you’ll be in good company.

Colourful curiosities

RRP

£169

Village

£101

Claudie Pierlot

Straight fit shorts
Go green

Explore the city easily with Santander Cycles. Simply download the app or go to any docking station terminal to get started. These tailored shorts are bike-friendly.

Did you know? You can discover London by the Piccadilly Line with everything from The British Museum to Buckingham Palace all within walking distance of the tube.

RRP

£279

Village

£186

Sandro

Flat leather sandals with decorative Velcro tie, rivet detail and jeweled clasp
Style tip

Opt for a chic but effortless pairing – a classic tank, wide-legged trousers and your go-to summer sandals. These, from the Sandro boutique, are beautiful.

Day 2

Hop on the train to Bicester Village, where this summer you’ll find live music, soundtracked by exciting local musicians – not to mention new openings from the likes of Maison Margiela (opening soon) and authentic Italian gelato from Vero Latte.

Take to the Village terraces to enjoy al fresco dining at farmshop restaurant & cafe, from the minds behind Soho House, La Tua Pasta or Shan Shui, before catching the train to Oxford.

Fresh air, fresh fashion
Get the look

RRP

£315

Village

£211

Bamford

Regency vest

RRP

£995

Village

£667

Annoushka

Citrine large necklace

RRP

£280

Village

£189

7 For All Mankind

Trouser indigo

RRP

£790

Village

£395

Marni

Gusset shoulder bag

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Day 3

Drop your luggage (and any Village purchases) at the newly renovated Randolph Hotel. From here you're within walking distance of some of Oxford’s most renowned landmarks: the Ashmolean Museum , Botanic Garden and the Radcliffe Camera, home to the Bodleian Library.

Spend the afternoon behind-the-scenes at The Oxford Artisan Distillery, sampling award-winning, locally distilled spirits. Then, for dinner, try one of the city’s most-loved neighbourhood restaurants, Gees. Set in an iconic Grade-II listed Victorian conservatory, this newly renovated gem serves up a unique Oxford-meets-Mediterranean menu.

Finish your day in Jericho, Oxford’s coolest neighbourhood, to catch an indie film at Phoenix Picturehouse, go wine tasting at The Oxford Wine Café or settle in for the evening in a historic pub.

Stroll between dreaming spires

RRP

£150

Village

£100

Diesel

Men's sneakers
Don't miss

The popular filming spots throughout the city. From Harry Potter and X-Men: First Class to Inspector Morse – a must for film fans. These sneakers will make exploring a breeze.

Polo Ralph Lauren

Classic sports cap
Go green

Enjoy a day out with a difference – leave the car behind, put on your best activewear and explore the Cotswolds on foot or by bike.

Day 4

With its honey-hued buildings and rolling hillsides, you'll need a full day to explore the Cotswolds. Begin at Blenheim Palace: from historical exhibitions and sporting events to the Blenheim Palace Flower Show, there’s plenty to enjoy this summer.

Then, head to the picturesque village of Great Tew for a quick lunch – Quince and Clover serves exceptional seasonal salads and freshly made cakes. For that idyllic countryside experience (and picture for your Insta) take a walk around one of the county’s most beautiful lavender fields at Snowshill.

Just 15 minutes by car (nestled in charming Broadway), The Lygon Arms is the perfect pit stop. Expect a warm welcome, rural charm and a relaxing spa from this country retreat.

Dreamy fields

Your essential holiday packing list

RRP

£292

Village

£199

Sale

£159

Coach

Colourful city signature tote

RRP

£249

Village

£149

Claudie Pierlot

Long flared dress with straps

RRP

£150

Village

£100

Diesel

Men's sneakers
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