Norwich

Just two hours from London and situated in the middle of the Norfolk Broads – a national park – Norwich boasts a stunning 11th century cathedral, castle, clock tower and a marketplace that dates back to Saxon times, all accessed through quaint cobbled streets and medieval lanes. A blend of modern and rich history, it’s one of the UK’s top 10 shopping destinations, with two shopping centres and the Guildhall, the largest permanent undercover market in Europe, housing a treasure trove of market and food stalls.

This ‘city of stories’ also has a rich culinary offer, not least being the birthplace of culinary doyenne & fervent Norwich City FC supporter Delia Smith. Drawing on its artisan producers and local provenance – the best known of which is the irresistible Cromer Crab – the city is peppered with fine dining and casual restaurants, alongside smaller cafes, pubs and bars. There is also an array of modern and classic hotels with private dining spaces and rooms – ideal for overnight events.