Under an Hour from LondonUnder an Hour from London

Under an Hour from London

You’re sat on a train. Pasty in one hand, M&S’s best canned cocktail in the other 🍹 Probs a Pornstar Martini, because you know how to live…

This is the start of your great British holiday.

We’ve found five beaut spots under an hour from London by train 🚂 Delays not included in the time… @ TFL’s complaints department, not us.

Brighton

Rainbow streets. Sea. Slot machines.

Brighton is a lighthouse leading you home... You’re the ship in this analogy 🛳 This seaside resort is an all-rounder on the southern coast of England.

We can’t guarantee good weather, but good times? Absolutely. Stroll round The Lanes for shopping and head to iO Gallery for local art. For evening eats you can’t do much better than the mezze feast at The Constantinople.

Get the train from London Victoria to Brighton. It takes exactly an hour.

Cambridge

Cobbled streets twist round cafes stuffed with books and the dreamy college buildings are straight out of a fairytale...

Cambridge is all about coffee-shop crawls and classy cocktail bars. Start at Espresso Library or Bould Brothers, then head to Relevant Records, and finish with poutine at Bread and Meat You’re practically in Canada 🍁

Pick the train up from King’s Cross and you’ll be whizzed to Cambridge in 50 minutes.

Canterbury

A big ass cathedral, Middle Age leftovers, and timber-framed houses…

Canterbury is always the bridesmaid and never the bride. And that just ain’t right 👰 This city is often overlooked which means it’s a bit more chilled than some of the other spots on this list. But it’s still packing epic eats - Pork & Co - and culture - The Marlowe Theatre and a Norman castle.

Get here in 57 minutes (precise, we know) from St Pancras Int.

Windsor

If it’s good enough for her Madge… 👑

Windsor is for living your best (fantasy) life. Swan about the streets like a regular royal and discover the town built by William the Conqueror. Adorable boutiques line the totally litter-free streets and the riverside brasseries are ideal for sinking glasses (or bottles, it’s been a long lockdown) of vino.

Get here in an hour from London’s Waterloo Station.

Winchester

Winchester is our honourable mention. Yes, we know it’s actually an hour and 10 minutes from Waterloo Station. BUT Winnie (as we affectionately call it… no one else does) is worth those 10 little ones ⌛

The city is nestled in the county of Hampshire on the fringes of the South Downs National Park. The city itself is super cosmopolitan but there are dreamt countryside views all around. Tick off The Great Hall for King Arthur’s round table and hit up The Fox for beef rib ramen.