18 Apr Need to Vacate London for a Couple of Hours?
Even if you’re a born and bred Londoner we all get that claustrophobic feeling; that sudden urge to get out of London. To escape the confinements of the tube, the constant rush and just take a deep breath (of fresh air) and relax! So we’ve put together some UK destinations that you can reach in under an hour from central London…
A firm favourite of ours. Cambridge is the prettiest city so close to London, with its cute little streets with one off shops and galleries. Why not grab yourself a chauffeured punt and relax along the river. Cambridge is just 47minutes from King Cross Station.
If you’re a Jane Austin fan you will know all about this absolute delight. It is a National Trust Estate that has the most breath taking views across Surrey. A great spot for a relaxed Sunday walk to clear out the cobwebs. Box hill is just 42minutes from Clapham Junction station.
At the heart of rural Sussex lies the beautiful county town of Lewes – a mixture of the unusual and intriguing and so typically Sussex. Its medieval streets, old English churches and tiny twittens (a Sussex word for alleyway) allow visitors a glimpse into the true essence of bygone Lewes. Although surrounded by chalk cliffs, the townscape is dominated by the remains of a Norman castle and is also home to the handsome townhouse of Anne of Cleves (fourth wife of King Henry Vlll). Lewes also claims host to numerous contemporary art galleries and historic & special interest sites including the once mighty Priory of St. Pancras – a casualty of the dissolution of the monasteries. Lewes is a market town of small, specialist, independent retailers and on certain days, the subtle aromas wafting from Harvey’s Brewery will attract any visitor to Cliffe High Street. Lewes is 60minutes from London Victoria Station.