12 of the best hidden gems

What tickles your fancy in a new city? You don’t have to spend too much time looking for new experiences. We’ve found a few hidden places with that extra wow factor.

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    Looking for something a little different on your next shopping trip? Head to the Lanes in Brighton, which offers a paradise of independent shops and boutiques. If you need to find that perfect gift, or a new outfit, you’re bound to find it at the Lanes. Not a shopaholic? Don’t worry, there’s live music, coffee shops and loads of places to soak up the city’s atmosphere.
    Top tip: head to the Blackbird Tea Rooms for a great afternoon tea with a vintage twist.

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    Butcher’s Social in Harborne is a true hidden gem. Great for even the fussiest of eaters, the pop up restaurant offers traditional favourites in bacon sarnies and chicken wings, but also serves up a taste of the exotic such as lobster and crab.

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    Our capital city is a great place for fab things to see and do, but the true hidden gem must be Little Venice. It’s just north of Paddington and is home to plenty of canalside cafes, pubs and eateries. You will definitely feel as if you’re away from the hustle and bustle of the city.

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    If you’re looking for independent shops, cafes and restaurants in Oxford, the North Parade Market is where you need to be heading. It’s very small, which adds to the charm of this quaint shopping street. Not only is it home to great shops, there is a regular food market showcasing some of the best local produce Oxford has to offer.

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    Only open on Saturdays and Sundays, the Rose Street Flea Market is truly both a hidden gem and the place to go if you’re looking for something a little different. The flea market is a treasure trove of trinkets and pretty much everything else you can think of.

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    Voted as one of the hardest bars to find in the world, Corridor Bar is definitely worth seeking out. There’s some weird and wonderful drinks and concoctions to sample, as well as plenty of cocktails on offer.

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    Want something unique in the middle of Leicester? The Cookie has been awarded a ‘Best venue award’ by TV channel Dave and we can see why. The Cookie is a cracking restaurant by day while at night it switches things up into a bar featuring some of the best local comedy and music acts Leicester has to offer. Even better, there is a rooftop terrace to get a breath of fresh air and see a different side of the city.

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    There’s nothing better than lunch with a great coastal view, and the West Beach Restaurant in Bournemouth will give you this and more. Serving up brunch, lunch and dinners for around £8 directly on the beach – this is a great spot, even on a tight budget.

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    Seen the ‘love lock’ bridge in Paris? You don’t have to go that far, just head to Leeds where you can see this romantic tradition and even add your own lock whilst you’re there.

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    On a trip to Liverpool, you simply cannot miss the Radio City Tower. Did you know that you can take a lift straight to the top? Spot all of Liverpool’s most famous landmarks 400 feet above the city. Rumour has it, on a clear day you can see as far as Blackpool.

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    If you want a spot to eat with a difference, head to Aubrey’s Traditional Creperie in Nottingham. Whether you’re after something sweet or savoury there’s a little something for everyone. It’s quite tricky to find as it’s tucked away in Nottingham’s West End Arcade – so keep your eyes peeled.

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    Bristol is home to a Lido with a difference. Not only offering year-round swimming, there’s also an outdoor hot-tub, sauna and steam room. The Lido is also home to a poolside restaurant and bar. Making it the perfect place to relax and unwind.

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