Five days out

You have come to London but you have run out of things to do, so you’re going to take a trip somewhere.

Here are five suggestions:

Brighton – London by the sea, from Victoria, London Bridge… Take a walk on the pier, explore The Lanes, paddle in the sea, go on the oldest electric railway in the world, play crazy golf, get your clothes off on the nude beach (it’s stones), eat some rock and some ice cream.

St Albans – not Britain’s oldest city, but close. Take the train from St Pancras. Explore the cathedral, look at the historic landmarks, drink beer.

Rye – get the train to Ashford International and then the little trundly train to Rye. It’s a bit of a trek but worth it. Explore the church and more old and wobbly buildings than you can take. Have lunch at The George.

Henley-on-Thames – home of the regatta. Train from Paddington and possibly a change at Twyford. Walk down by the river, have a nice lunch in the sun, watch the boats and see the town square.

Hitchin – to the north, trains from King’s Cross and St Pancras. It’s a bit of a walk to the centre of town, but worth it. An historic town with lots of old buildings, nice pubs, old churches and culture. Voted one of the best places in the UK to live.

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