Indie shops sit comfortably side-by-side with designer boutiques and high-end high-street brands in the historic town of Sevenoaks.

At first glance, Sevenoaks High Street looks straightforward, with shops and cafes clamouring for your attention on either side of the wide road. But look a little closer and you’ll find a tangle of quaint, shop-filled alleyways in the triangle between the High Street, London Road and Bligh’s Meadow pedestrianised shopping centre.

Veer off onto The Shambles, Dorset Street, Bank Street or Brewery Lane to discover a jumble of art shops, antiques dealers, carefully curated clothes boutiques, jewellers, cafes and hidden restaurants with outdoor seating. You’ll feel like you’ve stumbled into a secret world!

Back along the High Street and London Road, you’ll find more specialist shops, as well as big-name brands, restaurants and thriving indie bookshops.

There are three markets to choose from, too. On Saturdays, Bligh’s Meadow and the High Street in front of Lloyds Bank fill with market stalls selling flowers, pastries and locally made wine, fudge, pies and arts and crafts. On Wednesdays, Buckhurst Lane is home to a busy general market.

A short distance from Sevenoaks town centre, you’ll find Holly Bush Lane, an area with a village feel, lined with thoughtful independent gift shops, specialist boutiques and quirky cafes.

And if you need a break from shopping, cut through Sevenoaks Town Car Park for a breather in the wide-open space of Knole Park, a short walk but a whole world away from the High Street.