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Escape From London With a Staycation

Now and again, we could all do with a break away from the daily grind. For all its excitement and vitality, London living is fast-paced, noisy and often stressful. When it all becomes a bit much, the temptation to jet off to a faraway land is all too great. However, if international travel is slightly out of your budget, you may want to consider a staycation.
The UK is filled to the brim with stunning locations within a stone’s throw from London. You don’t have to go far at all to feel as though you’re a million miles away from the concrete jungle of the capital. Here are four excellent destination ideas for your well-deserved trip.
The Cotswolds
The picturesque scenery of The Cotswolds is a sight to behold. With a journey time of around 1 hour 30 minutes by train and roughly 2 hours by car, you can be in Asthall, Snowshill, Burton-on-the-Water or any one of the idyllic towns and villages that make up this charming Southwesterly region in no time.
Truly a location for art and antique enthusiasts, The Cotswolds is famous for its connection to the Arts and Crafts movement and boasts the largest concentration of antique shops outside of London. Antique fairs and vintage markets are held regularly throughout the region, ideal for collectors of treasures and curiosities.
With rolling hills, lush, verdant woodland and stunning Victorian walled gardens, the Cotswolds is an outstanding example of the UK’s natural beauty at its finest. Perfect for walkers, this region has over 5,000km of footpaths and rights of way.
Brighton
Sometimes, you just need a grand old day by the seaside. Brighton encapsulates a quintessential British beach town and much more. As well as a 4-mile promenade featuring multiple attractions and Blue Flag waters, Brighton has a myriad of lively bars, enticing restaurants and eccentric shops.
Visit the Royal Pavilion, constructed for King George IV as a decadent, exotic seaside residence and later used as a WW1 hospital. This Regency building was inspired by Indian architecture and remains to be one of the most spectacular landmarks in the British Isles.
After you’ve had your fill of culture, head back into the town centre to experience the exhilarating nightlife Brighton has to offer. You’ll be spoilt for choice in terms of shows - comedy, cabaret, drag, open mic - whatever your heart desires, Brighton will have it.
Edinburgh
Yes, you read that correctly. Travel from London to Edinburgh will take approximately 5 hours by train and a whopping 7 and a half hours by car. However, there is an alternative. A flight from Stansted airport will take just 1 hour and 15 minutes. Your journey will be as simple as booking , hopping on a plane and finding yourself in Scotland’s capital within hours.
Home to some of the UK’s most esteemed museums, Edinburgh is a city in which you can steep yourself in the rich history of Scotland. Why not pay a visit to Edinburgh castle, built on Castle Rock - the plug of a volcano, believed to be around 350 million years old.
The nightlife in Edinburgh is second-to-none. From comedy clubs to whiskey bars, you’re guaranteed to have a memorable night out. You could even time your trip to coincide with the world-famous Edinburgh Fringe Festival.
Oxford
A city escape with an entirely different atmosphere to London, Oxford is a centre of education, history and charm. Home to one of the world’s most distinguished universities, Oxford has been a pilgrimage of scholars, academics and romanticists for centuries.
Only 56 miles from London and easily reachable by car or train, Oxford is nestled in the scenic county of Oxfordshire, which has been voted one of the best places to live in the UK. Oxford’s inner city area is arguably just as attractive as the surrounding rural landscape, featuring superbly preserved Mediaeval structures and Gothic Revival architecture.
Pay a visit to the prestigious Bodleian Libraries, a group of 28 libraries in connection with Oxford University. Founded by Sir Thomas Bodley and famed for being one of Europe’s oldest libraries, you may even recognise Bodleian Library as one of the filming locations for Harry Potter as the Hogwarts Infirmary.
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