If you want to escape the smog and traffic of London for a while, then there are plenty of amazing places to visit on a day trip from the capital. With beautiful countryside right on your doorstep, a day trip is a great way to leave the city behind and get some fresh air. Here are just 5 of the many great day trips you can take from London.
- Tunbridge Wells
Tunbridge Wells is a beautiful spa town less than one hour’s drive from the capital. This quaint little town is full of boutique shops, independent cafés and fine local pubs, with a shopping mall boasting all the high street brands to boot. Stroll down the gorgeous Pantiles, and stop for cake and coffee or a hearty English roast. Here, you can test out the famous “healing” spring water that the town was built around. As the birthplace of the phrase “a night on the ‘tiles”, the Pantiles is also great for a night out. With plenty of restaurants including Italian, British and Indian, to be followed by a whole host of traditional British pubs with beer caves and gardens, there is no shortage of fun to be had in the Tunbridge Wells old town area.
Brighton is another world class destination right on London’s doorstep. The gay capital of the UK is a weird and wonderful place, with no shortage of bars and clubs for a great night out. If you’re planning a group trip for a birthday, hen or stag do then Brighton is a great location. When travelling in a large group, look into private coach hire for a cost effective way to get to Brighton. It works out much cheaper than taxis, and by avoiding taking your own cars nobody has to take on the role of designated driver! A magnet for foodies, eco warriors and Liberal minds, this diverse city is full of independent cafés, cocktail bars, clothing and furniture stores. If you’re into vintage, then Brighton is the place for you as it’s full to the brim with retro shops. With museums, galleries and an aquarium there are plenty of fun activities to fill a weekend trip. Top off a great day out with a fairground ride on the famous Brighton Pier.
Hastings is an up-and-coming seaside town. Once famous as a British summer holiday destination, the town is now rising up from a period of quiet to become the latest hot-spot for artists and free thinkers. With a whole host of interesting shops in the old town selling all sorts of curiosities, beautiful sea views with a newly renovated pier, plus notable galleries and plenty of local pubs, you won’t be stuck for options in Hastings. Why not venture down for their May Day or Guy Fawkes celebrations to witness the town in full swing.
If the bustle and smoke of London is wearing you down, why not get away for the day. With so many great places to visit less than an hour away, there’s no excuse to stay at home.