Although I am a London Blue Badge Guide, I do get to leave the capital and even guide in other cities and towns.
I should love to add Coventry to that list. Everyone knows how Coventry was devastated in the Second World War, how the day after the bombing that destroyed the cathedral the decision was taken to rebuild.
But until you visit the cathedral for yourself, there is no way to explain the wonder and glory of the rebuilding. Basil Spence created a space of jeweled light that slowly unfolds and reveals itself like an exquisite piece of origami. The finest artists of the day were commissioned to make the artefacts.
Coventry is just an hour from London by fast train from Euston station.