Never discount an overseas getaway, especially in winter – there are always many cultural or foodie activities to keep you occupied, just over the Tasman and as far as London.
New Zealand is super close and easy to fly to for the weekend. Wellington my home town is a favourite – sitting on the harbour front is the world renowned Te Papa Museum who have joined forces with Peter Jackson’s Weta Workshop to bring you Gallipoli: The Scale of our War. Stay across the road at the Museum Hotel and eat at Ortiga Fish shack or the Wellingtonians favourite, the Boulcott St Bistro.
Auckland at the other end of the island offers an equally fun winter weekend – stay at De Bretts – an inner city Hotel in art deco style but cleverly modernised providing great rooms that won’t break the bank. A quick stroll downtown takes you to the stylish Britomart with excellent shopping from Karen Walker to Trelise Cooper, grab a great coffee at the many fab cafes or eat at Josh Emmets Ostro.
For those that are heading to the Northern Hemisphere where better to start than in London. A city now thriving and in the full throes of spring may surprise those who envision a sea of umbrellas. It is a city made for beautiful soft sun summers days with endless green parks and miles of pavements, museums and galleries to explore.
If you are escaping the winter though I recommend you stay outdoors… the Chelsea Physic Garden is a treasure in the centre of Chelsea – a quick walk from Sloane Square – explore the early apothecaries botanical garden on the edge of the Thames while enjoying lunch at Tangerine Dream under the wisteria vines.
If you prefer indoors with a green theme, Skye Gyngell’s Spring is a fantastic restaurant in the heart of Somerset House.
Skye Gyngell’s Spring
My two other favourites are a trip out to Richmond to Petersham Nurseries for plant and antique shopping and delicious food or more inner city to what has become an institution on the Thames – the River Café – after 25 years it is still going strong and it is obvious why!
Wherever you head to this winter – enjoy the crisp clear days, the chance to indulge in art galleries and museums or just enjoy the winter harvest around a roaring fire.
Story by Susan Harte, A Magazine.