Bray is a go-to for Londoners who like to travel through their stomachs - quite literally; a meal at the headline-grabbing The Fat Duck unfolds as a journey, not a menu. Not snagged a reservation at Heston's three-Michelin starred restaurant? No worries. This chocolate-box hamlet is also home to Blumenthal's more affordable The Hind's Head gastropub and the three-starred Roux brothers' Waterside Inn. Dining aside, there's not a fantastic amount to do apart from strolling between the timbered cottages, perfect for working up an appetite.
Get there: It's a 50-minute drive from London to Bray. If you're travelling by train, catch a 35-minute service from Paddington to Maidenhead - from here it's a half-hour walk or five-minute taxi ride to Bray.
Stay: Cliveden House