London is a bustling and vibrant city. From award-winning restaurants to world-class entertainment, there is certainly no shortage of things to see and do here. However, sometimes it’s nice to escape the rush of the city and seek out a little more peace and quiet. Within a couple of hours, you can get from the centre of London to some brilliant towns. Here are a few of the best towns to stay near London.
Leave London on the train and in just over an hour you’ll be in Brighton. This seaside is a vibrant place to visit. There is still plenty of bustle and hustle if you don’t want to fully escape from city life. Soak up the sea air, take a stroll down the pier, visit North Laines and pop into one of the many bars. There is plenty to see and do here.
Well known for its fresh seafood, Whitstable offers a relaxing break from London. Found on the Kent coast, it’s only an hour and a half by train. Embrace the slower pace of life by the sea with plenty of coastal walking and delicious fish and chips. There are also independent shops, galleries and a castle. A break here is sure to leave you feeling relaxed.
Nestled at the heart of the New Forest National Park there is a lot to love about Brockenhurst. It’s only an hour and a half from London with a direct train from Waterloo. This National Park is stunning and has numerous options for walking and cycling. We recommend a circular bike ride which passes through Lyndhurst; perfect for mid-ride pub lunch.
Another super coastal town is Southend-on-Sea. It’s only an hour from London and is brimming with traditional seaside fun. Take a train ride along the pier, enjoy far reaching views from the Cliff Lift and enjoy fairground rides on Adventure Island. This is an enjoyable way to escape the city for a sunny day or two.
Jump in the car and in a couple of hours you could be in the Cotswolds. The market town of Chipping Norton is an idyllic place to stay; home to beautiful buildings, antique shops and great places to eat. Of course, it’s also well placed for exploring more of the Cotswolds and enjoying country walks with picturesque views.