10 Urban Boltholes for a Cultural City Break

11 December 2018

Ring in the changes in the New Year and instead of booking an escape to the country for fresh air and invigorating walks, why not consider taking a cultural urban break and explore some of Britain’s historic towns and cities. We think nothing of jumping on a plane to visit Barcelona or Prague for the weekend, so leave the car at home and hop on a train to enjoy a stay at one of these stylish and comfortable town-centre pubs with rooms, all perfectly located for visiting fascinating museums and grand buildings, or simply to enjoy some well-earned retail therapy, in the January sales!

The Wykeham Arms, Winchester, Hampshire

Rambling bars (four fires), great pub food and fabulous, revamped rooms await those who find this famous city centre gem tucked away in Winchester’s back streets close to the Cathedral and College.
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The Bull & Swan, Stamford, Lincolnshire

Handsome stone inn in beautiful Stamford (England’s consummate Georgian coaching town), with log fires, interesting, stylish bedrooms and a menu to please all.
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Judges Lodging, York, Yorkshire

Fabulous city location for this stunning Grade 1 listed townhouse with a quirky interior, crowd-pleasing menu and stylish bedrooms – an ideal base for exploring magnificent York.
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The Chequers, Marlow, Buckinghamshire

Contemporary-smart rooms and a steak-focused menu are the draw for this vibrant pub with rooms, in this pretty town known for its independent shops – close to the Thames too.
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The Northgate, Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk

Stunning rooms ooze style and comfort at this impressive yet informal townhouse conversion in the historic market town of Bury St Edmunds. A cool cocktail list, an all day menu and an amazing terrace complete the pleasing picture.
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The White Star Tavern, Southampton, Hampshire

Vibrant foodie tavern with smart rooms, the hub the city’s trendy Oxford Street and close to good shopping, Ocean Village and the cruise ship terminals.
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The Townhouse, Stratford-upon-Avon, Warwickshire

Revamped in 2017 with an informal, elegant feel, this striking, historic building in the heart of Stratford (just two minutes walk from the Royal Shakespeare Theatre) offers contemporary-smart rooms and good classic pub food.
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The Queens Head, Kingston-upon-Thames, Surrey

Former apothecary’s shop close to the centre of busy Kingston, with great beers, an extensive gin collection, cosy corners, luxurious bedrooms to flop into, and a fresh, seasonal menu – easy access to London too.
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The Pilot, Greenwich, London

A reminder of Greenwich’s amazing seafaring history, standing in the shadows of the O2 Arena, offering great beers, delicious pub food and fabulous nautical themed rooms promising dreams of the high seas!
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The Globe, Warwick, Warwickshire

Former coaching inn and theatre in a fabulous central location within strolling distance of Warwick Castle – expect a boutique feel throughout, modern European food and stylish bedrooms
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