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Enjoying an enviable location in one of England’s most beautiful counties, Hemel Hampstead is a provincial town located on the banks of a tranquil canal. With its charming old town and scattering of interesting monuments, the town is a lovely place from which to escape the madness of metropolitan cities. Its close proximity to England’s captivating capital and surrounding historic houses make it an ideal springboard from which to explore the culturally climatic county.
Hemel Hampstead dates back to the 11th century, and its rich historical heritage is evident in the charming Old Town. Here, antique shops are nestled beside quaint cafes which echo the prosperous past. The town’s Parish Church is an arresting vision of ecclesiastical elegance, and boasts one of Europe’s tallest spires. A consecrated churchyard backs this iconic landmark and provides a perfect place to enjoy a contemplative hour.
St. Albans is a stunning cathedral city located only a few minutes’ drive from Hemel Hempstead; the aesthetic beauty and quintessential charm of this place means it’s an integral activity when in the area. The captivating St. Albans Cathedral reigns resplendently over the verdant river valley, and is built upon the buried ruins of a Roman city. Inside, a candle lit shrine burns perpetually in honour of the martyr the cathedral was built for.
Hailed as one of the town’s finest eating establishments, Infinity Indian Restaurant celebrates the cosmopolitan culture of the area by serving refined and innovative dishes. A more formal atmosphere is created by impeccable service and modern melanges of Indian food; between courses, delicate palate cleansers ensure taste-buds will be fully tantalised by the delicate and delicious dishes. (75 Waterhouse Street, Hemel Hempstead, UK)