5 Hidden Gems For Urban Explorers

Why not do something a little different this weekend?

01/03/2017 11:52 GMT | Updated 01/03/2017 11:59 GMT

When you work hard during the week, it’s more important than ever to kick back on the weekends, seeking out activities that indulge your passions, fill your senses and give you the thrill that only trying something new and exciting can do. Break the mould this weekend and go exploring with our round-up of off-the-beaten track bars, restaurants and alternative cultural attractions to inspire you.

The Jaguar XE is something out of the ordinary too, a car that stands out from the crowd with its unique combination of sports car performance and exhilaration coupled with responsible practicality. Whatever you plan to do this weekend, the Jaguar XE is the perfect way to arrive.

  • 1 Solent Forts, Portsmouth
    Solent Forts
    Enjoy an altogether more languid hospitality experience at one of the Solent Forts, three remarkable man-made fortresses that lie off England’s south coast. Once used to guard against Napoleon and Hitler, two of the forts now offer luxurious overnight stays and high-end dining. After an exquisite  meal, sink into a comfortable leather sofa for dessert. With the stars above you and surrounded by sparkling seas, you’ll luxuriate in a feast for all the senses.
  • 2 The Pump Room, Bath
    The Pump Room
    Lovers of Jane Austen will sense her presence in Bath’s elegant Pump Room, as it’s where the Pride And Prejudice author spent many a happy afternoon indulging in tea, cake and chat. This Regency-era eatery retains all its genteel olde worlde charm, but today offers a chic modern menu alongside the more traditional afternoon tea, which includes delicious cakes, macarons and savouries. You can also savour a glass of Bath spa water, once thought to be a cure for all sorts of maladies.
  • 3 Two Rivers restaurant, Hull
    Two Rivers restaurant
    Two Rivers is a unique restaurant located in The Deep, one of the most spectacular aquariums in the world. Inspired by locally sourced and sustainable ingredients, the food is excellent, but the magical ambience and the stunning views are even better. Watch the aquarium’s celebrated sea life glide slowly by from the comfort of your table, as the restaurant lights gradually dim to mimic the setting of a tropical sun.
  • 4 Regents Park Open Air Theatre
    Regents Park Open Air Theatre
    It’s not for everyone, but for those who love the sense of openness and freedom you get from being outdoors in the summertime, why not pencil in an evening of al fresco entertainment at Regent’s Park’s Open Air Theatre? The natural outdoor setting is a feast for the senses with the star-studded sky and twinkling fairy lights creating a uniquely romantic atmosphere.
  • 5 Sharmanka Kinetic Gallery And Theatre, Glasgow
    Sharmanka Kinetic Gallery And Theatre
    Founded by sculptor-mechanic Eduard Bersudsky and theatre director Tatyana Jakovskaya in St Petersburg in 1989, the offbeat Sharmanka Kinetic Gallery And Theatre has a chilling touch of the Victorian fairground about it. Forged in old metal and pieces of scrap, hundreds of carved figures perform an incredible choreography to haunting music and synchronised light, telling the funny and tragic stories of the human spirit.
Jaguar XE

There’s no better way to experience a weekend of discovery than in the new Jaguar XE, a car made for people who go their own way. The XE lets you experience sports car performance every day, while offering all the finesse and functionality of a refined saloon.  The XE is as individual as those who drive it, combining outstanding efficiency with thrilling handling and performance.

Visit the Jaguar XE website to find out more and to book a test drive.