Samuel Johnson famously observed that ‘when a man is tired of London, he is tired of life’ and
no one would deny that the city is an exciting and stimulating place to live and visit, offering a
wealth of diversions. However, even old Sam would no doubt agree that sometimes you need a
change of scenery – to escape the city’s constant hustle and bustle and visit somewhere quieter
with a gentler, slower pace of life. London is also the perfect base for vistors wishing to explore
southeast England’s numerous attractions.
When you yearn for some bracing sea air or wish to commune with nature, experience life
in an idyllic village or imagine you’re lord of the manor, get up close and personal with some
exotic wildlife or treat the kids to an exhilarating day out, London Escapes will point you in the
right direction. It contains over 70 great day trips – from historical towns and charming villages
to magnificent stately homes and gardens, nostalgic seaside resorts and lovely beaches to
spectacular parks and nature reserves – with something to suit every taste.
A plethora of tour operators offer coach trips to major attractions from London – including
many of the destinations featured in this book – or you can travel by private car. However, we
believe in letting the ‘train take the strain’, which is the most relaxing and often the fastest way to
travel (strikes excepted!). All the places highlighted can be reached in under two hours by train (or
car) and many in under an hour – usually by direct trains. Travelling by car generally takes longer
and you also have the problem and added expense of parking. However, some destinations,
particularly those without a direct rail link from London, are easier to reach by car (and one –
Woburn Safari Park – is accessible only by car), which also allows you to tour an area and visit
nearby attractions at the same time.
A good day out deserves a good lunch and London Escapes contains recommendations –
historic pubs, relaxing restaurants and cosy cafés – where you can be assured of a tasty meal.
Many venues – such as stately homes, gardens and theme parks – have on-site cafés/restaurants
and provide dedicated picnic areas.
So, why not escape the city for a day and explore the exciting world of adventures on London’s
doorstep? We trust you’ll enjoy discovering them as much as we did.
|£10.99 Survival Books
|31st Oct 2019
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|160 x 160 mm