Get a change of scenery at one of these eight days out, all two hours or less from London!
This beachy resort town with a bohemian vibe is just one hour from London! Grosvenor Casino offers more than just gambling, with live entertainment, food and drink. The art nouveau designs of St. Bartholomew's church are also a hit. Brighton food tours give foodies from near and far a different perspective on the city and its cuisine: visit some of Brighton's quirky eateries and get the inside scoop on how local restaurateurs continue stirring up fascinating, delicious food. The beach itself is the perfect place for some vitamin D in the summer.
Old-school Oxford is more than iron-wrought gates and towers, but its old-world charm only adds to its present-day appeal. Despite its reputation as posh and pricey, there are five free museums to choose from in Oxford. It's also the perfect place to get some culture, with live theater and classical music performances, just an hour and a half from London. It's covered market is ideal for foodies, and it has a mix of big-name brands and local boutiques for the shopaholic.
The New Forest
One of the last pieces of open pasture land in the UK, the New Forest is a great place to explore the great outdoors for the day. Cycling, and hiking are plentiful as are food festivals where visitors can sample local food and drink. At about two hours from London, there's no reason to wait!
The busy harbor, winding streets and windswept beach make Whitstable a day-trippers dream. Just 45 minutes from London, the waters lapping at the sandy beach are calm and peaceful, making it perfect for families. Swale National Nature Reserve on the Isle of Sheppey is ideal for birdwatchers. Don't forget a camera to capture the magnificent sunset.
Lake District National Park
Experience the great outdoors right at home. Walking, cycling and driving through the natural beauty are all equally great options. Watersports and boating are also fantastic in the spring. At just two hours from London, spending a day in the wilderness has never been easier.