4 Magical Day Trips from London
Being in London can sometimes feel like you’re in a completely separate universe. With over 300 languages spoken in this city of almost 9 million, it almost seems unnecessary to go anywhere else, since the entire planet is on your doorstep. However, sometimes the manic pace of life in the Big Smoke can be a little bit much, which means it’s time to stray beyond the M25. London is well-connected to some of the best destinations in the UK, and you’re never more than a couple of hours away from some of the best sights in the country. If you need to step outside the bubble, here are four magical day trips you can take from London.
This charming chocolate box village is definitely one for those who want to be back in Zone 1 in time for dinner, given that it is actually on the Tube network. You can reach this picturesque slice of paradise in just under an hour from central London, but it’ll feel like you’ve stepped into another place and time entirely. Have a stroll around the compact village centre and explore the majestic 13th-century church and crypt, before retiring to the cosy Red Lion pub for a few pints of ale.
Located on the outer edge of the Cotswolds, Cheltenham is a historic Victorian spa town which has long been the favoured retreat of the ultra-wealthy. Famous these days for the girls’ boarding school, the GCHQ offices, and of course, the world-famous Cheltenham racecourse, there’s something going on here every day of the year. Should you be in town for one of the famous races, which tend to draw celebrities, aristocracy, and royalty, make sure it’s the Champion Hurdle, which has taken place every March since 1927. Get into the sporting spirit of it all by placing a bet and make sure you get the latest odds from Oddschecker beforehand, as you’ll want to come prepared.
Rain or shine, Brighton always makes a day at the beach worthwhile. This famously hipster city has long been acknowledged as the unofficial gay capital of the UK, which means that there’s always a lively party atmosphere in the air. You can enjoy an old-world Victorian seaside trip in the day with a walk on the pier and the pavilion before heading into the grungy nightlife and clubbing scene in the evening. Be warned that prices in Brighton are on par with if not more expensive than those in the capital, though.
If it’s not a quiet getaway you’re after, then simply trade one world capital for another! You can easily do a day-trip to Paris, since it’s reachable from St Pancras train station in just under three hours on the Eurostar – just make sure you have an itinerary prepared. If you’re short on ideas, start your trip with a typical Parisian breakfast at Cafe de Flore, before gawking at some art in the Musee d’Orsay. Have a picnic lunch in the Jardin du Luxembourg, and finish with drinks and small plates in the bars of the buzzing Bastille district. Et voila!
Whether you’re in London for a week or live there, you have no excuse not to get out and see all of the amazing sights just a stone’s throw away from this amazing city.