Our Neighbourhood Guide: High Wycombe

Fancy a day trip outside London this summer? We asked the lovely Tracey from our John Lewis concession in High Wycombe to give us her insider tips on how to make the most of your trip to this beautiful town. From manor houses, to a river walk or an alfresco lunch after a hard morning of shopping, we have the best activities to keep you entertained. Tracey also shares with us her favourite pieces from the current Spring/Summer collection. 

What is the one must-see sight/place to visit in High Wycombe?

Hughenden Manor is a great place to visit with its beautiful, formal gardens. It also has a vast amount of memorabilia and a Victorian play room for younger visitors – making it the perfect day out.

Where is your favourite place to go for afternoon tea?

The Ivy Marlow Gardens is the perfect place for a relaxing yet sophisticated afternoon tea with its beautiful interior and stunning gardens. It is in the heart of Marlow, which is surrounded by wonderful Countryside.

Any insider tips on restaurants to try?

I would highly recommend The Hand & Flowers Pub. Located In Marlow this is the only pub in the UK to receive two Michelin stars. For an extra treat you could also stay the night in one of their luxurious cottages located 5 minutes away from the pub.

Your favourite spot for relaxing after a hard day of shopping?

Just a stones throw away from High Wycombe is the beautiful River Thames in Cookham Henley. Whether you want to relax on the banks and watch the world go by or enjoy one of the many gourmet restaurants in the Marina, it’s a great place to unwind at the end of the day.

Any activities you’d recommend doing in the area?

For a relaxing pamper day I would recommend a visit to Danesfield House Spa. With a wide range of treatments spas and pools it’s the perfect day out, ending with dinner overlooking the stunning grounds.

What are your three favourite pieces from the new collection?

My favourite pieces from the new collection are the Sorrento Dress, its beautiful floral print and cut makes it ideal for Ascot. Also the Cannes dress could be worn day or night and is super flattening at the waist. Lastly the Cologne dress is a beautiful light silk dress ideal for any event this summer and perfect to pack for any of your holidays.

What are your favourite beauty/accessories shops in the area that always help complete a look?

Shu Shu located in Marlow is a gorgeous Accessories boutique with one off designs.

Shop our new collection at your nearest John Lewis store.