London, one of the most famous cities in the world and a place that everyone should visit at least once in their lifetime.
Filled with culture, vibrant day and nightlife and more historic sites than you could imagine, it’s no wonder millions of people visit each year. But, have you stopped to think about the beauty that lies beyond London?
Whether you’re going from London to Surrey, Berkshire, Suffolk or you’re on the train travelling from Potters Bar to Finsbury Park or somewhere completely different, there are wondrous towns around London to be seen.
Below, you’ll find three fabulous towns just outside of London that you should definitely take the time to visit.
Travelling just under 90 minutes by train or an easy 76 miles by car, you’ll reach the stunning village of Lavenham. Giving the impression of medieval England, this is a place filled with old half-timbered houses that you can marvel at as you walk the streets. Given a market charter in 1257, this village may seem quaint, but it’s filled with no less than 340 listed buildings. Take the time to walk and explore them, with highlights including St Peter and St Paul Church with its 141-foot tower and De Vere House, which featured in ‘Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows’.
Great Missenden, Bucks
With literature running through it, this was once the home and workplace of Roald Dahl. Interestingly, little has changed in the 70 years since the children’s author lived here. Almost untouched by the modern-day, the quaint village is filled with delightfully cobbled alleys, which lead you to places that inspired many of Dahl’s stories. Visit his old home of Gipsy House or take the time to see the places that have featured in ITV’s ‘Midsomer Murders’. Just 38 miles by car of 45 minutes on a train, this beautiful place is easy to reach.
Around an hour outside of London by train, or just 30 miles when travelling by car, this is a stunning place known for providing much inspiration to Sir Stanley Spencer. A well-known artist, he painted much of the village throughout his life, and it’s easy to see why with such beauty around every corner.
From cherry orchards and the church of the Holy Trinity to the world-famous The Fat Duck restaurant close-by, there’s so much to explore here. Oh, don’t forget to check out the literary history at Enid Blyton’s childhood home and the former home of Kenneth Grahame, author of Wind in the Willows.
So, if you have zero plans on the horizon, jump on the train and get exploring these beautiful countryside places just a stone’s throw from the big Smoke.