Getaways for Londoners

Thanks so Kempton Park for this conversation.

You always dreamed of moving to London and having a wonderful and exciting lifestyle in the big city. Now you’ve been in the city for 5 years, you’re growing a little tired of the hectic and hurried pace of life. But perhaps your job or other commitments won’t allow you to leave the city just yet. What you need is an affordable day trip outside the capital to refresh yourself and come to appreciate the fantastic city around you all over again. Here are our favourite fun day trips outside of London. Tell us your comments below.

Getaways for Londoners

Hampton Court Palace

Even if you visited here in your school days and learnt how to make wax candles and shoot a bow and arrow, why not come back and refresh your knowledge of English history while strolling the historic rooms and corridors, appreciating the art collection, meeting the “Tudor peasants" and running amock in a famous garden maze. There’s nothing like a nostalgic trip (in more ways than one) to make you feel optimistic about the future.

Kempton Park Racecourse

Even if you know nothing about horseracing, Kempton Park have dedicated their entire venue to entertaining you. Go on one of the special event days and you can take in not only racing but other entertainment such as live music and fun fairs for the kids. Kempton Park is always one of our number one recommendations for a family day out. If you have kids and a significant other to entertain, it’s your best bet to keep everyone happy. You might even win a punt on horses! Christmas time is an especially busy season at the racecourse, with key events in the racing calendar taking place on Christmas Day and Boxing Day. Definitely beats watching reruns of the Muppets Christmas Carol on television.

Bhaktivedanta Manor

This Hindu temple is an intact manor house bought by George Harrison of the Beatles and given to the Hare Krishna movement. Everyone is welcome to attend services and special festival days. There is an open and friendly atmosphere, a play area and garden for the kids to explore, as well as a bakery in kitchen that serves everything from eggless cakes to pizza and chips, not to mention traditional Indian food. It’s best accessed by car (the manor is set back from the main road in farmland), and there is plentiful parking. We estimate it’s about half an hour’s drive from central London.

Whether you go by train or by car, or even by bike, a day trip can be even more refreshing than a full holiday as it is generally cheaper and takes less organizing. Why not see what is on London’s doorstep, and take a break from the overpriced and overcrowded attractions in the centre of town. Whether it’s English history, a day at the races, or exploring Hindu religious culture at the house of a former Beatle, these are our favourite recommendations for an exciting day trip. Remember to pack a camera, and snacks and even a notebook to make the most of everything you’re going to explore.

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  1. Wow! Thanks for letting us know about this. There are definitely parts of England I’d love to go. Not so much London as it feels like just most cities, but the country and most of the beautiful places in England are absolutely beautiful. The Bhaktivedanta Manor sounds wonderful though. Wish I there was a pic though 🙁

  2. it looks and sounds beautiful there!

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