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Best Weekend Trips from London

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by Catri (subscribe)
I'm a student living and working in London
Published October 16th 2016
Exploring the UK from London has never been easier
Want to explore more of the UK when visiting London?

While London itself can easily fully pack a trip to Britain, having a quick day trip to another area of the nation is easy and simple due to the vast quantity of rail and bus networks connected to the capital. This is a great way to do something different on a holiday and learn more about the UK as a whole, for while London is the centre of the nation economically, culturally it is so diverse that every region holds different delights. Our top picks are:

1. Oxford (1hr & 30min away)
Visiting Oxford is similar to stepping into a historical novel. The university town is jam-packed with stunning old and modern colleges which tourists can visit free or for a small price. Furthermore, it has fantastic one-off shops, largely found in the Covered Market which feature a vary of independent shops and cafes. I'd personally recommend a stop at Moo Moo's Milkshake Bar which has regularly quenched the thirst of every Oxford student for the past decade. Punting on the River Thames too is a must.

2. Brighton (1hr)
This seaside city is the top weekend getaway for Londoners, even royalty set up shop here from George IV to Queen Victoria. This town is filled with indie, artistic venues for your perusal, such as the Pavilion, the Lanes and the Brighton Pier. A sunny day at the beach is always best so this excursion is particularly good during the Summer months. All in all Brighton is a memorable day out for people of all ages.
Brighton Pier
One of the key stops on your journey through the city

3. Bath (2hrs)
Step into the world of Jane Austen with this city. Perched on the top of a hill this victorian metropolis is brimming with history and culture. A day trip here is central to any journey of book-lovers with its Jane Austen Centre and Regency Tea Room. The town is also renowned across the UK for its Thermae Bath Spa which is over 2,000 years old. If your looking for a day of pampering and tea look no further.

4. Bristol
This industrial city is home to some of the UK's most significant inventions. Set on the banks of the River Avon this city hosts the Clifton Suspension Bridge and the SS Great Britain, two of the most historic sights in the UK. It is also home to various shops and restaurants which please both the eye and the palate. A few hours wandering round this town will put a smile on everyone's faces.

The last trip is slightly further a field than the others but definitley worth doing if you are looking to explore more of Europe during your stay...

5. Paris ( 3hrs via Eurostarl)
Need I say anything about why you should embark on a trip here? The city of amore is home to some of the greatest historical monuments in the world - the Louvre, the Musee D'Orsay, Montmartre, the Eiffel Tower etc. If you can stomach an early start a day trip here is very worthwhile.
Musee D'Orsay
See historical artwork from Monet to Degas

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Why? To explore more of the area surrounding London
Where: Bristol, Bath, Oxford, Paris, Brighton
Cost: 20-60
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