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Holiday Inn Express London-Epsom Downs
1.66 Miles from the centre of Epsom
Epsom, a traditional market town lying just outside of London, has plenty to offer in the way of entertainment, charm and British history. In the 17th century it became famous as a spa resort, due to its medicinal Epsom Salts. However, it was in 1913 that the town became nationally known after the suffragette, Emily Davison, stepped out in front of King George V’s horse during the Epsom Derby, dying from her injuries four days later. The racecourse continues to be nationally renowned today but, thankfully, for less morbid reasons.
Epsom Downs Race Course
Epsom is home to one of the most popular race courses in Britain and each year, in early June, it hosts arguably the most prestigious racing event in the world. The Derby, as it’s known, is Britain’s most famous flat race and a favourite on the racing calendar. The track is shaped like an elongated horseshoe and the five-furlong course is one of the world’s fastest, making for an exciting event. As the racecourse sits in the Epsom Downs, which is a public area, viewers can watch The Derby for free. There are also a host of other races from April to September, with plenty of Epsom hotels to meet visitors’ needs.
Epsom is a great place for exploring the outdoors. In addition to the racing, the wonderfully named Nonsuch Park in nearby Cheam is a legacy of Henry VIII’s deer hunting grounds. Perfect for a bike ride, jog or an amble, there is plenty of space to explore. For the adventurous there’s also “Devil’s Dyke” – a series of jumps and trails for BMX riders. Horton Country Park Local Nature Reserve is also an idyllic destination, with bluebell woods, woodpeckers, golfing and popular trails. For art lovers, there are several walks between the lake at Bourne Hall and the Hogsmill River – which is thought to have inspired John Everett Millais’s Pre-Raphaelite painting Ophelia.
Art and Culture
Located in the historic Ewell Village is Bourne Hall – a museum housing over 5,000 local artefacts, including a fire engine and a hansom cab. Another popular cultural destination is the Epsom Playhouse, which hosts a range of theatrical productions and an annual summer film series.
The Ashley Centre is the town’s largest shopping spot, with a mix of over 50 independent retailers, high street chains and restaurants. Outside of the Centre, the town also boasts a number of independent stores, including the High Street’s Lester Bowden – an upmarket men’s tailor that’s held pride of place in Epsom for over one hundred years.
Restaurants, Cafes and Bars
Epsom has a lot to offer in terms of dining out. At the Ashley Centre, La Mocha Café and the Bamboo Basket are popular choices. For drinking and dining, the Famous Green Man pub in Ewell Village and the Derby Arms pub in Epsom are well-loved choices with a full Sunday roast. One of the most sought-after restaurants is the award-winning Le Raj. Serving organic produce, it was the only Indian restaurant in the UK to provide food for the 2012 Olympics. Meanwhile, for thirsty race-goers, the Rubbing House is actually located on the racecourse.
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