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Where's the Best Day Trip in London?

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Published April 1st 2012
Chilling out in Cambridge
Chilling out in Cambridge

Ask ten people to name their favourite day trip in London and you'll get at least a thousand answers. Brimming with character, creativity and history, this is a town that never runs out of things to see and do. It's a big ask, but here at Weekend Notes we're asking it – what exactly is the best day trip in London?

Here's some ideas to get you started.

If the weather's with you, or you're the hardy type who heads outside regardless of the weather, there are myriad wide, open parks to visit. Take your pick from Hyde Park, Hampstead, Green Park, Regent Park, just to name a few. There's more information, including how to get there here.

And Kew Gardens is one of my favourite spots when I'm keen to see some flowers.

There are times when you need to see some flowers
There are times when you need to see some flowers


It's hard to beat a stroll or picnic in Kew Gardens
It's hard to beat a stroll or picnic in Kew Gardens


But some picnics are best handled by the hardy type
But some picnics are best handled by the hardy type

There are stacks of great walks around London too - you could try the Royal Walk, or stroll along the Thames. There's more information on free self-guided walks here.

For me, one of the most amazing things about London is the top-notch museums and art galleries. And, even more amazing, they're free. Say what you like about London, but that's what I call a truly civilised society.

There's always something to see at the usual suspects – The British Museum, The Victoria and Albert Museum, The Natural History Museum, The National Gallery, Tate Modern and the National Portrait Gallery.

The British Museum's fantastic roof is a big distraction from the excellent collections
The British Museum's fantastic roof is a big distraction from the excellent collections


Or you could try something a little unusual - touch a 4.5 billion year old meteorite at the Astronomy Centre, check out the Sherlock Holmes museum (although this one isn't free), or gen up on pirate facts at the National Maritime Museum.

The smart meteorite brings along its own flag. Photo by Meteoritekid, Wikipedia
The smart meteorite brings along its own flag. Photo by Meteoritekid, Wikipedia


Or you could get out of town and visit Cambridge. It's less than an hour by train from Kings Cross and a great change of scenery. Once you've had your fill of historic university colleges, you can always chill with a walk by the Cam and watch the river boats go by.

Lots to see in Cambridge
Lots to see in Cambridge

So now it's over to you. If you have any favourite day trips in and around London, please let us know. We'd love to hear your comments.
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Traveling along Regents Canal by barge from Camden Lock to Maida Vale/ Paddington Basin and return.Take your own picnic and a bottle of something 12% and you'll see London from a completely different viewpoint!
by mrcolin2500 (score: 0|6) 2013 days ago

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