Eat and travel like a queen
Can a four-hour, 17-course meal be deemed a bargain? You decide: About 30 miles west of London, the Fat Duck in Bray — one of only four restaurants in the British Isles with three Michelin stars — offers "The Itinerary," a £265-per-person dining experience from chef Heston Blumenthal. Sometimes compared to Willy Wonka for his quirky dishes, the chef presents courses such as "The Sound of the Sea," a plate of seafood next to a large shell, from which an iPod pipes ocean sounds.
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If you prefer to dine on wheels, the Belmond British Pullman offers multiday train journeys, as well as shorter trips that include lunch, dinner or afternoon tea, starting at £225. The Royal Scotsman — a bucket list train ride for railfans worldwide — streaks across breathtaking Scottish landscapes for all-inclusive excursions starting at about £970.
Stay in a lighthouse — or a 'dragon's eye'
The bargains extend well beyond London and its environs, of course. To channel your inner lighthouse keeper, head way north of Scotland to the Shetland Islands, where you can hole up at one of three lightkeeper cottages; the one on the island of Bressay, for example, goes for about £550 per week.
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Or check out Epic Retreat's unique pop-up "glamping" (glamorous camping) structures across Wales this summer; a different Welsh legend inspired each one. The Dragon's Eye, for example, is a stainless-steel pod with a rotating bed and stunning views — through the "eye" — of the surrounding wilds. A three-night weekend stay (replete with campfire, dinner and entertainment) is £795.