London boasts an array of charms –and if you’re lucky enough to live there, you’ll no doubt know this already. But if you’re longing for a short escape from the big city to somewhere rural and not too far away, don’t worry. We’ve listed the five prettiest towns near London, all of which are ideal for either day trips or weeks away.
Why not read on to find the one that suits you?
- St Albans, Hertfordshire
You’ll have likely heard of St Albans Cathedral, with its rich history – but this is just one reason to visit the Hertfordshire city. Spanning 100 acres of parkland, Verulamium Park offers the perfect adventure for families, avid walkers and nature lovers alike. Likewise, Heartwood Forest offers plenty of photo opportunities, especially during Spring, where a blanket of bluebells covers its floor.
- Windsor, Berkshire
In search of a truly scenic town? Look no further than Windsor! Sprawling green spaces make this the perfect destination for a summer’s day out. Here, you can sail the Thames in style aboard a sightseeing cruise, or simply enjoy a refreshing pint at a riverside bar. And of course, it’s pretty much impossible to hear the word “Windsor” without immediately picturing its grand castle. So, why not walk in the footsteps of royalty inside its walls?
- Welwyn Garden City, Hertfordshire
Welwyn Garden City is a popular destination for Londoners – and it’s fairly obvious why. Located just over 20 miles from the capital’s centre, it offers an easy journey to a splendid venue. It takes around just 30 minutes, for example, to travel by train from Finsbury Park to Welwyn Garden City. Once you’ve arrived, there’s plenty of activities to choose from, whether it’s watching a show at the cosy Barn Theatre or unwinding at the Spa Experience. Oh, and its beauty spots – including the iconic Stanborough Park – truly live up to their name!
- Marlow, Buckinghamshire
If you’re looking for picturesque views and positive vibes, Marlow may just be the place for you. Based just north of London, it’s easy to reach by car or public transport – and it offers a host of delights. See the Thames in all its glory from Marlow Bridge, or simply walk through its streets to soak in its friendly vibes and village feel. Better still, how about a scrumptious lunch at one of its many traditional pubs to conclude your stay?
- Shere, Surrey
Ah, Shere. It could easily be described as the ultimate English village. Its quaint cottages, narrow streets and luscious greenery all add to its aesthetic appeal. Not to mention, this is where the Christmas movie The Holiday was filmed! Picture-perfect throughout the year, it’s always the right time to visit Shere.
Wherever you choose to spend your trip outside of the capital, whether it’s for a day or a few, you’re guaranteed stunning views and country feels in any one of our listed towns.