Berkeley, One Tower Bridge, The View, Urban Escapes

Although we all savour our lengthy summer holiday, stress and wellness experts are increasingly convinced having regular short breaks woven into our working life are just as beneficial to our wellbeing. The city break has become the de facto short break for many people. By choosing a luxury London apartment you put yourself in easy striking distance of dozens of cities to enjoy for a few days.

The usual culprits of Paris (by air or rail), Barcelona and Berlin will always be perennial favourites, and for good reasons. But sometimes it's nice to try an alternative, one that doesn't have the big name pull of the heavyweights but has unique qualities that are sure to enchant you.

  1. Baden-Baden, Germany. Berlin will always be the number one destination for city breaks in Germany. With its cosmopolitan atmosphere and rich history and culture Berlin is fantastic for a short trip. However, the spa town of Baden-Baden should be high on your list. Nestled at the foothills of the Black Forest, the location is nothing short of stunning with rolling greenery as far as the eye can see. As a spa town you'll find no end of relaxation opportunities, from the Friedrichsbad thermal baths to palatial Brenners Park Spa. When it comes to dining you're spoiled for choice with both Michelin-starred restaurants and fine local eateries on offer. The town also has a full and varied calendar of events from vintage car rallies, horse racing, music concerts and, of course, a German Christmas market.
  2. Gothenburg, Sweden. While Stockholm holds the glamour crown in Sweden, it's Gothenburg that attracts the cool cats. With its cultural roots tied to the sea, trade and industry, Gothenburg has a unique blend of the cultural and industrial that permeates every part of it. Gothenburg is a cultural hub for the country, with the Gothenburg International Film Festival and Gothenburg Book Fair the largest events of their type in Sweden. But if you're just in town to relax and indulge yourself be sure to dine at Restaurang 28+ for fine Swedish cuisine and an unparalleled wine selection. Then head to the Haga district and wander down its quaint cobbled streets and explore the range of designer boutiques.
  3. Baku, Azerbaijan. Here's one for the more adventurous. Still largely unexplored by tourists, Baku is set to be the next big destination for those looking for a city break with a difference. It's a city that sees luxurious and modern new buildings butting up against the historic architecture of the old city, which is classed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Book a room in the Four Seasons and enjoy sweeping views over the Caspian Sea before exploring the city and uncovering its plethora of hidden jewels. Be sure to pay a visit to a local tea house for a truly authentic Azeri experience.

So the next time you're thinking of a brief city escape from your luxury London apartment, try somewhere a little bit off the beaten path. You're sure to be delighted with what you'll find.

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