Welwyn Garden City
Welwyn Garden City is a town (not as the name implies, a city) in Hertfordshire, England. Welwyn Garden City is also known as WGC or, somewhat incorrectly, Welwyn, although this can cause confusion with the village called Welwyn which lies a few miles to the northwest of WGC.
Welwyn Garden City, as its name suggests, is a "garden city", founded by Sir Ebenezer Howard in the 1920s following his previous experiments in Hampstead Garden Suburb and Letchworth Garden City. Howard had called for the creation of new towns of limited size, planned in advance, and surrounded by a permanent belt of agricultural land, as a role model for lower-density suburban development. Howard believed that such Garden Cities were the perfect blend of city and nature.
The BBC TV series Superstars was famously filmed in Welwyn Garden City throughout the 1970s and 1980s.
Famous Welwyn Garden City former and current residents include S*M*A*S*H (Band), The Subways, David James (footballer), Artist Damien Hirst, Nick Faldo (golfer), Lisa Snowdon (model) and Rolling Stones' Mick Taylor.
Welwyn Garden City is well known by avid readers of the side of breakfast cereal boxes in Britain as the town where Shredded Wheat and Shreddies were made, at the former Nabisco factory (now part of Nestlé).
Trains run roughly every twenty minutes to WGC from London. Taking approximately 30 minutes from London Kings Cross, and 50 minutes from London Moorgate station. Trains also run to and from Hatfield, Stevenage, Cambridge and Peterborough.
WGC is small enough to walk around for any able-bodied person. Taxis are available from the rank at the front of the Howard Centre if required.
There are several good cafes on Howardsgate (the main avenue leading up to the howard's centre). There are a number of restaurants in the town centre. Italian: Ask, Prezzo, Pizza Express Indian: The Pavilion, Neem Tree Chinese: Others include Bill's and The Pig and Whistle. Lighter food can be found from outlets such as Costa, Caffe Nero, Starbucks, Simmons bakery café, Subway, Bebo's, Marks and Spencer's café or Sainsbury's café.
Fast food includes McDonald's, Dominoes, KFC and Poppins.
Alternatively picnic food from supermarket Waitrose, Sainsbury's, Marks and Spencer's or pizza from chain Dominoes (popular with families and young children).
If you want something a bit more relaxed, go to The Sun or The Long Arm And Short Arm which are right next to each other in Lemsford which is 5 minutes taxi ride or 30 minutes walk from town.