A round of golf during your trip to London? Capital idea! Around the city are some of the UK’s most exclusive clubs. World-class courses, stunning natural beauty, exclusive settings and prestigious traditions all come together in an inimitable mix. Every champ has their favourite. According to Sir Michael Bonallack, for example, “Everything you could hope to find in a golf club is at Sunningdale in abundance.” We’re talking about the oldest golf club in the area - Sunningdale dates back to 1901 and maintains its stellar reputation also, in part, for its similarity to the legendary Augusta National. It is in the pine groves of Berkshire, West of London, challenging all comers with two courses lined with heather and Scotch broom trees. The American legend Jack Nicklaus preferred Walton Heath in Surrey, which he defined as “marvellously pure” in its difficulty. The course has seen the greatest figures of British history - from Edward VII, its first captain, to Winston Churchill, Arthur Balfour and David Lloyd George. Home to prestigious tournaments - the US Open Qualifier, the Walton Heath Trophy - the Walton offers the possibility to play next to present and future champions. Ivy and rhododendrons welcome players to the three courses at the Wentworth Club, South-West of the city, part of the ancient residence of the Duke of Wellington. Challenging and fun to play, its links charmed Rory Mcllory during the European Tour of the BMW Championships of 2018. Tennis courts, swimming pools, activities for children and an elegant clubhouse from the ‘20s make the Wentworth Club ideal for the whole family.
A Journey in a Painting - William Hodges in Tahiti
It was 1772 when the British artist departed with Captain Cook to explore the Pacific. His paintings showed Europeans far-off lands for the first time, rife with exotic dreamscapes and an unquenchable thirst for knowledge.