London can get a little overwhelming sometimes; what with its busy city centre and incessant traffic james through rush hour, it can sometimes be a good idea to get a breather from city life and try somewhere new. Luckily, London is probably the best connected city in the country, with all of its terminal stations such as Victoria and Liverpool Street inviting you out to some of the furthest reaches of the country in next to no time at all. This means that you are far more likely to find a great day out for all the family which is less than an hour away by train. Whilst it may seem tempting to stay in the safe haven of the Montcalm Hotel at the Brewery London city, the world is your oyster when it comes to daytripping.


Brighton is well known for its vibrant atmosphere and unique eateries and shops. As the LGBT capital of the country, Brighton really knows how to show its character, and with colourful and rather loud monuments such as the Pavilion and the Palace Pier, the city is full of personality, especially during the summer. For those who are into live music, there are countless venues across the city and you can find solace from the din on the pebble beaches stretching miles each way as well as great independent shopping and eating experiences, serving up the best in vintage and designer fashion and vegan cuisine at affordable prices. It’s like some of the best pockets of London, but next to the beach and a mere hour train away, which is less than some cross-London commutes!


Epping Forest

Based out in the borderlands of Essex and East London, Epping Forest is a 2400 hectare forest near Chingford. Full of rivers, lakes and nature reserved rare plants and trees, Epping Forest makes for a beautiful walk and picnic at any time of the year. With a deer sanctuary installed and some of the most beautiful scenery within 25 miles of London, Epping Forest is worth a visit at any time of the year.


Cambridge is one of the most historic towns in the UK. Only 60 miles from London, this town is known for its historic university, one of the best in the country as well as its winding canals and beautiful countryside. If you’re looking for a great way to spend a day out of the city, take a train from Liverpool Street, very close to London Hotels near Chiswell Street and discover one of the UK’s best historic cities.


Only an hour and half by train, Hastings is one of the up and coming seaside towns of the south East. Made famous by the tide changing Battle of Hastings, where King Harold was defeated by William the Conqueror, Hastings has a long spanning history and castle ruins to match. In recent years, Hastings has also become popular with creative crowds, showcasing music, art and theatre as the town builds its own unique buzz.