Why There is More to Visit in the South East of England Than Just London!
The South East of England is one of the most travelled to destinations in Europe, if not the world, for one big metropolitan reason – it is home to London. People from all over the world put London on their travel bucket lists, for its heritage, iconic landmarks, great nightlife and world renowned culture, and it is thought even by those who live there that it would take more than a lifetime to see everything the city has to offer.
However, if you are going to the South East of England, limiting your experience to London might be doing yourself and the region a disservice. There are loads of great towns and cities close to London, and getting out of the city into some vastly different surroundings is very easy with all of London’s train and coach connections. Here are some places you could see:
Surrey is a quintessentially English county, and one of the wealthiest in the UK. Many of the people who live in Surrey’s towns work in London, and you can get from the centre of the city to places like Guildford in under 40 minutes by train. Here you will find charming countryside and quaint villages, as well as good shopping and plenty to do in the larger towns like Woking and Guildford.
The Bluewater shopping centre in Dartford, Kent is a great destination for any kind of shopping, featuring 300 shops, 50 restaurants, and free parking for 13,000 cars. It is also, as you might expect, easy to get to by public transport. If you love to shop or are visiting the South East specifically for a major shopping spree, you may find this even more convenient than many of London’s major shopping locations like Oxford Street and Westfield.
Another lovely county close to London you could explore is Buckinghamshire. Like Surrey, this is a well-to-do part of the UK, with plenty of attractive countryside and forests for walks – making it a great place to get some greenery after spending time in the city. A good place to stay here is this great hotel Milton Keynes, which is a fairly large, modern city with lots of amenities that will give you easy access to all Buckinghamshire’s more peaceful attractions.
If you want to check out the coast, a great place to visit from London is Brighton. Renowned for its vibrant nightlife as well as being a great example of British seaside towns, Brighton is now a particularly young and fashionable place, where you can find quirky, interesting shops and restaurants. Brighton was a popular place to go for London’s 1960’s mods, and you can still see a lot of the influence of that period in Brighton’s fashion and the décor of many of the hotels, restaurants, clubs and bars.
These are just a few of the great places you can take in if you leave London during your trip to the South East of England!