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For more seasonal specific inspiration, see our recommendations for winter day trips from London. Travel from London: The train from London Victoria takes 1 hour 20 minutes.
When the weather is good, there are a couple of brilliant walking routes to try: the six-mile Bath Skylinefor example, is a short stroll from the city centre and tramps through woodland, meadows and orchards with views of the buildings below. Restaurants are driven by excellent local produce and seasonal ingredients. If you decide to stay over: Small hotel Eight lives up to its name; there are just eight rooms, and the ground-floor restaurant always has eight dishes on the menu.
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about the best things to do in Bath, Somerset. Travel from London: The train from London Waterloo usually takes about 1 hour 45 minutes. With its purple carpets of heather, ancient woodland and England-of-yore villages, the New Forest has long been a release valve for Londoners eager to clear the cobwebs and the cortisol. The apex of its lioking has to be autumn, when its rich hues cut through morning mists and dazzle in the afternoon sun.
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Take the train from Waterloo to Beaulieu Road station and fuel your hike with a pint of real ale at the Drift Inn. Having traipsed through a mixed mosaic of woodland and absorbed the silence and sweeping views afgernoon the heathland, hunker down at the Drift Inn for a Hampshire beef burger, ale-battered haddock or the pie of the day invariably something along the lines of mud pie with mash and gravy.
If you md to stay over: Those seeking the quintessential heather-and-wild-ponies New Forest should bed down at The Pig hotel in Brockenhurst or Limewood mic Lyndhurst about five minutes from the Drift Inn. However, the trusted favourite among New Forest devotees, Chewton Glen continues to lure weary urbanites with its coveted position — wedged between woodland and the coast — and commitment to the good, old-fashioned service and comforts of a country club.
Instead, antiques, thick carpets and mahogany furniture keep moorning 18th-century manor house sure of its identity — save a few fun treehouse bedrooms, should privacy or the 21st century fall into your criteria. The gardens are also glorious for afternoon tea after visiting Highcliffe beach. Travel from London: The train from Finsbury Park takes 35 minutes. Indeed, Hertford — quiet market town by day and more bustling nightspot come loo,ing — specialises in pubs, particularly old-world ones.
There's The Salisbury Arms Hotel, said to have been the place where Oliver Cromwell stayed during the Civil War and home to a of ghosts; the 16th-century White Horse; the 17th-century Blackbirds; and the riverside Old Barge exact age unknown, but 'old' is part of the name…. If you have time, pooking on the three-mile walk to Ware alongside the River Lea towpath — the neighbouring town also has a plethora of pubs — and catch the train back to London from there.
This hillside scribble of Georgian streets tucked behind lookng Kent coast really hit our radar in For more of a sit-down lunch we love Frog and Scot where the chef, ly of The Sportsman in Seasalter, cooks up a daily changing menu based on hyper-local produce. If loiking decide to stay over: The Rose was revamped in and now there are eight cute bedrooms splashed in bold colours and filled with vintage finds. about Deal, Kent. Travel from London: The train from from St Pancras takes 1hr 13 minutes.
Or Samphire, a Whitstable bistro with cuttlefish risotto and Romney Marsh lamb on the menu. But our favourite pastime is picking up a pot of cockles and whelks aftenoon the quayside, or fish and chips and oysters from The Forge shack, and devouring them in the shade of a wooden groyne on the beach, preferably with a bottle of English fizz to hand.
The blustery dunes and invigorating waters of Camber Sands, one of the best beach near Londonare a 15 minute ride away on the local bus, but head back in time for a rustic supper at Tuscan Rye, where fresh pasta ricotta ravioli with brown-butter sauce, potato and thyme tortellini in a rich ragu draws loyal locals. If you decide to stay over: Book a room at the lively George in Ryewhich welcomes A-list guests Mornibg Clooney and Helena Bonham Carter have both checked in for sleepovers and smart locals in the same breath.
These are our favourite things to do in Rye. Travel from London: the fast train from London St Pancras takes 1 hour 25 minutes. For a cultural outing, the waterside Turner Contemporary is still a must. For more contemporary art head to Crate, an artist-led project space in an old printworks. Do take a stroll around town to hit up the vintage shops selling retro clothes, furniture and homewares, where you can still find some decent bargains. Speaking of the beach, if you want to go swimming walk along the coast to Walpole Bay Tidal Pool, a man-made sea lagoon where you can find calm waters and steps for easier access.
In fact, the whole up-and-coming area of Cliftonville is worth exploring. about Margate's best things to do. Travel from London: The train from London Victoria takes 1 hour 30 minutes. A hike with seriously impressive views out to sea runs across the top. Wander all the way along to neighbouring Seaford or make one of the secret beaches tucked away at the foot of the cliffs your way point. An insider guide to the South Downs. Travel from London : The train from London Victoria takes 1 hour 34 minutes.
Brighton is a brilliant mish-mash of retro, seaside fun and progressive culture. Time your day trip to include breakfast at Kensingtons — grab a table on the balcony for giant plates piled high with eggs, toast and beans. Later, reserve a table at Food for Friends, a superb veggie restaurant with award-winning flavours and presentation.
A short walk away is the huge 8km pebbly beach — the section near the Palace Pier is dotted with stripy deckchairs and usually buzzing from spring to autumn and often absolutely crammed in summer. Reward yourself with a bag of hot, sugary donuts from the pier. If you decide to stay over : Walk along the aftermoon to The Ginger Pig, a restaurant-with-rooms with pre-mixed cocktails in affernoon minibars and Cowshed bottles by the standalone bathtubs. In order to see this embed, you must give consent to Social Media cookies.
Open my cookie preferences. The best restaurants in Brighton. Travel from London : The train from London Victoria takes just over 1 hour. Lewes: the market town in the South Downs that sits against a backdrop of chalk hills and green peaks. Cobblestoned 'twittens' narrow streetshandpainted shop s and crumbling tiles from the s make it feel like a town time forgot, and its slower rhythm makes for a reinvigorating gear-change.
The Needlemakers on West Street is home to a range of small, independent shops that sell local craftsmanship, from jewellery to books — Alexis Dove is a favourite for delicate silverware and Susie Petrou has an eye for vintage blouses and Romanian embroidery. Lewes Flea Market is an alluring source for antique furniture and quirky homeware, and is open daily not to be confused with the outdoor Sunday market, which is also worth a visit. After lunch, ponder the paperbacks at the Fifteenth Century Bookshop, which has been carefully restored in recent years but remains as much of a landmark as Lewes Castle.
If you decide to stay over : Head to Firle for a night at The Ram Innand enjoy crisp linen and generous breakfasts served by an open fire. The appeal of Sunny Sands beach is self-explanatory — this tiny, windswept slip of sand is one of the best beaches in Kent and the ideal spot to kick off your day unsurprisingly, it fills up with families wielding buckets and spades, sticky with sunscreen, too. If you exchange smiles and pleasantries with the rosy-cheeked owners, they might just offer you an espresso on the house.
Failing that, further up the road, Steep Street sells specialty coffee, homemade cake and books.
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Floor-to-ceiling, wall-to-wall shelves pooking hardbacks for over fat leather armchairs and blackboard tables that you can doodle on in chalk. If you decide to stay over : Book a fog at the Linen Sheda dove-grey, weatherboarded house on the old Roman road to Canterbury. The best restaurants in Kent. Travel from London : The Oxford Tube coach service takes 1 hour 30 minutes and runs until 3am; trains also run from Paddington and Marylebone stations and take 1 hour.
If you decide to morning over : There are plenty of lovely hotels in the Cotswoldssuch as The Wild Rabbit — the latest outpost from eco-queen Carole Bamford of Daylesford Organic fame. Like cycling in Amsterdam or taking trams in San Franciscopunting really is the most sophisticated way to see the city of Cambridge and the university grounds.
For lunch, foodPark is a top hawker convoy of Sri Lankan curries, wood-fired pizza and open-wide burgers that sets up from 12pm until 2pm in varying locations around Cambridge from Wednesday to Friday. For more ideas, see our guide to the best things to do in Cambridge. Stretches of open heathland give way ,id leafy walkways and carpets of bluebells in morniing, where the woods teem with wildlife spot fallow deer, badgers and the odd friendly pheasant — no honey-eating bears, thoughand the only noise is birdsong.
For proper pub food, the cosy Hatch Inn one of our favourite country pubs near London is known for roasts with all the trimmings and offers plenty of dog-patting opportunities. If you decide to stay over : Gravetye Manor is a looking English Elizabethan country-house classic and one of our favourite mid breaks in the UK. Arriving in Dungeness from London feels a little like stepping out of a Tardis into a different time zone, loiking a recent apocalypse has left the landscape barren, the wildlife overrun, the buildings flattened, and the population dramatically compromised in fact, the Dungeness Power Station appeared in Doctor Who in The beach resembles a mass shipwreck; abandoned fishing boats, crumbling shacks, winches and forgotten tractors coated in decades of rust sit, untouched, unmoved and as mysterious as a Russell T Davies plot.
Few places so close to London feel like such an adventure; the journey can take less than two hours and, if you time it right, you can order the catch of the day for fun from roide hut the Snack Shack, which does the freshest fish, lobster rolls and ice-cold cans of San Pellegrino. In winter, an ice rink is set against the historic backdrop of the palace, a lewes whose grandiose architecture is shaped by both the Tudor and Baroque periods.
Connect with nature at Kew, too, where the Royal Botanic Gardens are open to the public all year round. The winter light show is particularly mesmerising, when the sun starts to sink earlier and earlier. Be sure to take cash for afteronon pies and mulled wine as you wander through the grounds. If you decide to stay over : Surrey is home to some of the best spas near Londonafternoon as Grayshott, where the Manor House rooms offer faded charm.
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