Chances are, if you’re thinking about visiting the UK, you’ll be thinking about visiting London – and even if you’re not, it’s likely you still might fly into one of its whopping 6 different airports. London is an awesome place to visit (and live)… with the city being so much more than tea ☕️, crumpets and the Mary Poppins-esque accents of, ello guvnor!

It’s likely, even if it’s your first, second or fiftieth time in the city, you’ll still find lots to see and do, especially as London changes in a flash, meaning a little jaunt to the big smoke can only ever be a good thing. Whenever visiting a city, I will always try to plan a little trip to a new and exciting place that’s within easy reach. Thankfully, London is one of those cities that offers so much when it comes to lovely places that are a hop, skip and jump from the city itself.

10 Idyllic Places To Visit On A Day Trip From London

Take a look at some of the very best places to visit for a day, or two (no one’s counting) 😇, whilst visiting (or indeed, living) in London. 

1.) The Cotswolds

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The Cotswolds is, arguably, one of the most idyllic areas that can be visited from London. Perched in the rolling hills, quite a bit west of London, it’ll take a few hours to drive – but it is so worth it!

Think quaint villages, charming streets and thatched cottage roofs! Make sure to visit the beautiful little towns like Bibury and Lacock (amongst many others). See some of our firm favourites to visit in our Cotswolds posts.

See some of the very best places to visit in the Cotswolds, right here

2.) Cambridge

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This gorgeous city, is actually relatively small – but don’t let the size put you off, it packs a hefty punch when it comes to things to see. Around 45 minutes by train from London Liverpool Street Station or London Kings Cross Station, it’s the perfect place to escape the hustle and bustle of London town.

Take a wander around this historic university town. Grab a bite to eat at Cambridge Chophouse and be sure to try your hand at Punting across the river!

See more on what to see, do and eat in Cambridge, right here.

3.) Warwick

Warwick is around an hour, or so, by train from London and easily reached by on any day of the week – make sure to visit the ancient and ridiculously impressive castle, take a wander through the historic streets and experience a tour of beautiful Lord Leicester Hospital.

4.) Windsor

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Windsor is actually pretty close to Greater London and close(ish) to Heathrow Airport, making it the perfect place to visit if you’ve got a short lay over in the city.

Take the train 🚂, or drive, and book a tour of Windsor Castle itself. Alternatively, hop on board one of the local tour boats that will take you around the waterways – it really is a beautiful place.

See our complete layover guides for 6, 24 & 48 Hours in London, right here.

5.) Brighton

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Around 50 minutes from London Victoria Station, Brighton is one of the most famous seaside towns to visit in southern England. Make sure to explore the lanes and discover some of the cities independent shops, cafes and bars. On a sunny day, rent a deck chair on the beach, grab yourself a “99” and lap up the waves!

See our full list of places to see in Brighton, in our post, here.

6.) Bath

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Around, two-hours by train from London Paddington Station, Bath is a lovely city to spend a day (or two) – make sure to visit the Roman Baths, grab yourself a bun from Sally Lunn’s and visit the Royal Crescent.

See more of what to see in Bath, right here.

7.) Salisbury Stonehenge To Salisbury - The Start Of Our Great English Road Trip! (30)

Salisbury is about a 90-minute drive from the centre of London (traffic depending of course). Visit the impressive cathedral, make sure to stop for a typical bit of pub grub and enjoy the beautiful parks.

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If you’re driving it’s easy to partner a visit to Salisbury with a visit to Stonehenge, too. This is what we did and it was so much fun (see our post here).

8.) Stonehenge

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Stonehenge is one of Great Britain’s most iconic sites, thought to be built by Pagans quite a few thousand years ago, it’s one of place that is well worth a see. Make sure to wander around this iconic site to learn more about how the stones got to this area (from West Wales).

See more from our post on visiting Stonehenge, right here.

9.) Oxford


Oxford is around 50 minutes from the centre of London by bus or car. Visit some of the city’s gorgeous academic buildings and even take a trip to the pretty impressive Blenheim Palace. It really is a special place.

See more on visiting Blenheim Palace, right here.

10.) Bristol

Bristol is around two hours by train from London Paddington Station. Home of the elusive artist 👨‍🎨, Banksy, make sure you keep your eyes peeled for some of his famous art, visit the museums and make your way to the harbour area for a bite to eat.

See more on what to see, do and eat in Bristol, right here.

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  • Kiara Mijares

    My mom took her grad studies at Kent and since then has been obsessed with the English countryside! Obviously, she’s passed on the obsession to me hahaha

    This’ll come in handy when we do get to visit this year! Especially since I’ve been wanting to visit Oxford and Cambridge for so long now 🙂


    • HandLuggageOnly

      Ahhhh, we can totally understand why your mom raves about it! The English countryside is so picturesque. 😍

      You should let us know if you need any tips or advice for your trip, Kiara – we’re always happy to help (though it sounds like your mom has lots of knowledge on this too) 🇬🇧❤️

      Lloyd & Yaya xx

  • great ideas:)

    • HandLuggageOnly

      Thanks so much, Tanja 🇬🇧

      Lloyd & Yaya xx

  • I’m embarrassed to say despite living in London my whole life there are quite a few on this list that I’ve never been to! Thanks for the reminder – will have to squeeze some more trips in this summer!

    • HandLuggageOnly

      We know what you mean… we’re the same! We actually made a conscious effort from last year to take more trips from London. I mean, we’re so fortunate to live in an amazing city but there’s so much more too! 🇬🇧

      Lloyd & Yaya xx

  • Great post. Brighton and Bath have been on my list for years.

    • Linda

      Bath is beautiful.

      • HandLuggageOnly

        It’s an incredible city isn’t it, Linda 🙂

        Lloyd & Yaya ⭐️

    • HandLuggageOnly

      Yas to Bath… you’ll love it! 🇬🇧

      Lloyd & Yaya xx

  • Cambridge is my best place of London…… I enjoyed there alot..

  • Great suggestions! I’m hoping to see more of the UK later this year when I get back to London for a visit. Now it’s just a matter of determining where to go!

    • HandLuggageOnly

      Ah, can’t wait to hear where you decide to visit!

      Lloyd & Yaya xx

  • These look like such amazing places! Some of them look like they’re straight from a fairytale book. Brighton is on the top of my list of places to go definitely.

    x Annabelle

    • HandLuggageOnly

      There really are some incredible places to visit aren’t there! We love the English countryside! 🇬🇧

      Lloyd & Yaya xx

  • Krista Liguori

    wow so beautiful and unique! I would love to get the chance to visit these places

    • HandLuggageOnly

      They’re gorgeous little places aren’t they. We love them too, Krista. 🇬🇧

      Lloyd & Yaya xx

  • Ahhh you’re bringing back memories… done 5 (Warwick, Windsor, Brighton, Bath and Stonehenge), so 5 left to go! LOVE love London town. :)) Warwick Castle has gotten quite a bit more commercialized over the years, but still magnificent. We got engaged in Bath (way back in the day) so that’ll always hold a special place for us. As for what we have yet to see… Cotswolds are DEFINITELY on the list. Charm to the max! xo

    • HandLuggageOnly

      Ah! What an amazing city to get engaged! Bath is beautiful isn’t it!

      So happy you like all the places. You’re so right about the Cotswolds… you’ll have to visit 👍

      Lloyd & Yaya 😊

  • Moving to London in September, I’ll definitely be saving this!

    • HandLuggageOnly

      London is uh-mazing! You’re going to love it! Let us know if you need any tips or advice. Always happy to help a fellow (future) Londoner! 😊

      Lloyd & Yaya 😊

  • rahul walia

    Going to london can never be forgot . And it is so lovable place to visit again and again . My memories of my last visit collected some information and shared in one of my post on london.

    • HandLuggageOnly

      It really is an amazing city, isn’t it! We ❤️ London!

      Lloyd & Yaya ✨

      • rahul walia

        Yes me too. you are right

  • Mikail David

    London is Amazing! Great suggestions. I would love to visit these places. I think you are a travel freak just like me!
    And Oh! Have you heard about Second British Passport? Since I travel a lot, I’ve got it made from Saved a lot of time, money & hassle. You can get yourself as well.
    Have a great day. 🙂

    • HandLuggageOnly

      Thanks so much! 🙂

  • Memoria

    I would like to see Dover, Greenwich, and Canterbury. I’m surprised these three weren’t on the list. I’ve seen Bath, Stonehenge, and Cambridge. All lovely places!

    • HandLuggageOnly

      There are so many places we wanted to include. I think we could write a list of 100’s. Haha!

      Lloyd & Yaya xx

  • Liam Smalls

    Never suspected London can be just like this, thanks for the amazing post! I am on to book a hotel in London with a panoramic view , but now I am sure I need to travel out of city, too!

    • HandLuggageOnly

      London is amazing isn’t it!

      Lloyd & Yaya

  • Thank you for this kind of a thorough list! I’m going to London for the first period next weekend break. With one totally free day I now have various choices to pick for my day journey from London.

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