Paris? So over. Well, not quite, but as the weather gets warmer southern France does hold a certain allure. Lucky then, that Eurostar has started offering direct weekly services to Avignon, pictured above, the beautiful town in the heart of Provence. From July 9th to September 10th this year, passengers will be able to zoom down south in less than six hours, enjoying magnificent views of the French countryside along the way. Needless to say, this will be a popular service, so Eurostar is recommending booking early to avoid disappointment Direct tickets start: £109, for a standard return, £249 Standard Premier. See:

Wimbledon tennis is soon to kick off and local hotel Cannizaro House has the perfect solution to that creaking District Line journey afterwards into town. The stately home/boutique hotel, set in the heart of Wimbledon Village (very near the All England Club) is offering a clutch of packages throughout the tournament, including stays with complimentary courtesy cars to the tennis, privileged ticket booking to Centre Court and Court 1 for guests, and pre-match lunches with fizz and courtesy transport to the game afterwards. Game, set, match. Rooms from £475 per room.