Like the vast majority of spectators, punters and even self-appointed experts, we haven’t a clue who’s going to win but, even so, it feels slightly rude not to have a bet on the National. So wander down the local bookies, allow yourself to be humoured by the long-suffering staff (for whom this day must be the stuff of nightmares) and stick a pin in the list of runners and riders. Good luck.
When it comes to eating and drinking, the boutique South Place Hotel has numerous stylish spots – six to be precise – in which to relax. One of those is 3 Bar, where customers can settle into plump sofas and armchairs, enjoy up to 40 varieties of gin, as well as other beverages, tuck into a burger or sandwich, and get down to DJs sets on Thursdays and Fridays.
Venue says: “Spend £200 in 3Bar or The Secret Garden and the next £50 is on us!”