When replying to our fan mail (“Mum, this is called an email, please use this in future”) we came across this letter.
Dear STA Travel London. We know how much you love a) crowds, b) subterranean commuting, and c) overpriced artisan coffee, but we’re writing to inform you that there’s a whole world outside London! And you only need a day to see it. We anxiously await your visit. Yours, everyone outside the M25 ring road.
Which got us thinking. If it was true, and in fact we wouldn’t get our Transport for London Oyster cards permanently confiscated if we left the capital, then what the heck had we been doing with our weekends!
Fresh from this revelation, we promptly ventured into the ancient sites and cider-filled countryside of England’s south west in search of five nearby #OMGB moments.
And for the record, no one burnt up when crossing the M25 motorway out of London. In fact, it was rather pleasant. There were tractors and everything.
1. Standing guard at Windsor Castle
Circling above cobblestoned streets on the banks of the River Thames, Windsor Castle is the oldest and largest inhabited castle in the world. It’s also ridiculously close to London, so no excuses – even singer Lorde would have time to come and be royal here.
Built by William the Conqueror, this ancient fortress has been home to the British Royal Family for almost 1,000 years and is still the weekend gaff of Big Liz and the fam. Head for the Long Walk and Deer Park for the best views, and for a quintessential English afternoon, take your picnic basket and Victorian bonnet to the meadows lining the Thames. A G&T drip is essential on such occasions.
Distance from London: 50 minutes by train
Best for: Idyllic English days out, royalists and those who like snooping around other people’s houses.
2. Ancient circles at Stonehenge
Over 5,000 years old and predating even Egypt’s Pyramids, UNESCO-listed Stonehenge is one of the most important N...