London has 5 airports (it might be more, to be honest I can’t keep count!) and about a million train stations…. so taking a quick weekend getaway is so easy and accessible. There are so many places within easy reach of the city, that there isn’t really any excuse not to travel and take advantage of how well placed you are.
It’s one of the reason I loved living there so much, and it was always great knowing I could jet away on short notice, or hop on a train and be somewhere fresh and exciting for a weekend of adventure.
Here are my top picks:
If you don’t want to get on a plane, Brighton is a great pick. It’s a short one hour train ride from Victoria Station in London and it’s relatively cheap too. Brighton is super cool, quirky and alternative, and it has a beach (which London definitely does not have!). In the summer, this is the perfect little weekend escape if you want some seaside action!
Another train-only option, York is only 2 hours by train from Euston and Kings Cross stations. It’s location in North England, and is full of so many gorgeous historic buildings, cafes, restaurants and (of course) that famous Northern hospitality. If you’re a bit of a history buff, you’ll adore it here.
Another train ride (but this time on the Eurostar) – you can also get a plane that takes about an hour. Paris is the city of love, so makes for a great romantic getaway, if that’s what you’re after. The Eurostar takes you into central Paris too, so no need to faff around at the airport looking for the cheapest transport into the city. So much to see and do here, a weekend might not be enough time!
If you’re after some countryside and stunning landscapes, then Norway is just heaven. It feels a million miles away from London and the hustle and bustle of the city (just ask any of the Norwegian girls or guys that live there). If you love hiking, walking, exploring – this is going to be your cup of tea!
If you don’t mind a slightly longer flight, I wouldn’t rule out a quick weekend away in NYC. You can snap up some super cheap flights now from Norwegian Air (like £300 return!!) – which makes a trip so much more doable. If you can suck up the jetlag, then this might be the ideal escape, from one city to another!