8 Best Daytrips from London by Train

by Sasha Selkirk

I’ve lived in London long enough to have learnt that, ironically, one of the loveliest things to do in London is to get out of it! Sometimes there’s nothing better than taking a breather from the buzzing capital and making a run for the country. And the best bit? All of these adventures can be made by train!

Sit back, relax and let us carry you on a journey to the very best places to visit from London:

Oxshott Woods

Travel time: 35 minutes from Waterloo

Perfect for: Foraging & forest walks 

The perfect stomping ground for a proper country walk only half an hour from the city. Head here in Autumn to kick and crunch your way through the falling leaves and forage for winter wreath making supplies!  


Travel time: 50 minutes from London King’s Cross

Perfect for: Punting & picturesque streets

Meander through charming, cobbled streets, take a leisurely punt along the river and feast your eyes on unworldly architecture – don’t miss King’s College and the Bridge of Sighs. 


Spend the day stone skimming and paddling in the ocean or wandering through artsy alleys and browsing independent shops. Be sure to snaffle some fish and chips with mushy peas on Brighton Pier too – but beware of the gulls!


Travel time: 1 hour 6 minutes from London Marylebone

Perfect for: Medieval architecture & arguably the best museums in the UK

Oxford and Cambridge’s competitive camaraderie goes beyond their annual boat race and it’s imperative to pay both iconic university towns a visit before you pick your side! Tour around the oldest university in the English-speaking world and marvel at the mummies in the Ashmolean Museum or shrunken heads in Pitt Rivers. 


Travel time: 1 hour 18 minutes from Paddington

Perfect for: R&R at the Roman Baths 

Walk in the footsteps of literary legend Jane Austen while admiring gorgeous Georgian architecture at the Royal Crescent and taking afternoon tea. And, of course, when in Bath do like the Romans did and – well, bath! 

Box hill 

Travel time: 1 hour 20 minutes from Waterloo

Perfect for: Walks, picnics & bike rides with a view

Step into the shoes of Jane Austen’s petticoat clad protagonist – although, unlike Emma, this heroine will be rocking sports leggings and walking boots. For cyclists, you might recognise the zig-zag road from the 2021 Olympics…so prepare for a climb!


Travel time: 1 hour 25 minutes by train from St Pancreas International

Perfect for: A quintessentially British seaside experience, with a twist

Margate offers more than your faded fix of nostalgia, scruffy chippies and empty arcades. Duck into an alley headed towards Old Town to uncover the bohemium, alternative undercurrent that earnt Margate the nickname ‘Shoreditch-on-sea’. Don’t miss the Turner Contemporary Art Gallery, Old Kent Market and the Harbour Arm. 


Travel time: 1 hour 30 minutes from Waterloo 

Perfect for: History buffs 

The real reason to travel to Salisbury is to travel back in time. Visit the Cathedral to learn more about the signing of the Magna Carta and take a bus tour out to one of the best-known ancient wonders of the world, Stonehenge.

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