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Whether you’re new to London or you’ve come to call it home, there’s always something to do in the city in your free time. But if you fancy a change of scenery, then why not head further afield and explore some of its neighbouring counties?

London is surrounded by beautiful places waiting to be discovered – all of which are within a short drive or train ride from the capital. So, escape the hustle and bustle of city life and start exploring this summer…

1. Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead


Home to the historic market town of Windsor – most recently famous as the place where Prince Harry and Ms Meghan Markle got married and where the royal wedding was celebrated, the Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead is a beautiful and historic destination for a unique day out.

Walk the ‘Long Walk’ – a beautiful 2.65 mile tree-lined avenue, where you’ll be taken to the largest and oldest inhabited castle in the world and the Queen’s second home; Windsor Castle. And if you time it right, you can catch a glimpse of the guards marching through the streets of Windsor for the Changing of the Guard ceremony.

If you fancy a flutter on the horses, be sure to visit the world-famous Ascot Racecourse. Although most commonly known as the home of Royal Ascot in June, you’ll find races and events taking place all year round.

And of course, when it’s time to refuel, you won’t be disappointed with the range of restaurants, bars, cafes and pubs to enjoy – including some renowned Michelin-starred restaurants!

2. Buckinghamshire


If you’ve not visited Buckinghamshire before, then you might be surprised at how familiar it looks. That’s because it’s home to the famous Pinewood Studios – one of Britain’s largest TV and film studios, and has been the backdrop for many films including Bond, Harry Potter and Bridget Jones’ Diary. You can visit the studios and even sign up for free tickets to be in the audience of live shows filmed there!

You can also visit the village of Missenden – the home of the world-famous author Roald Dahl. Walk through the countryside and take in the sights that inspired some of the late author’s greatest stories.

And how does a cellar stocked with over 10,000 bottles of wine sound? Don’t believe us? Check it out for yourself and sample some fine wines in the cellars of the magnificent Waddesdon Manor.

The Grade I listed house was built in the Neo-Renaissance style of a French chateau by Baron Ferdinand de Rothschild between 1874 and 1885. The building opened to the public in 1959 and now displays the Rothschild Collections of paintings, sculpture and decorative arts. It’s the perfect place to soak up some culture, admire the beautiful manor grounds and take some time out.

3. Kent


Kent; also known as the ‘Garden of England’ for its abundance of orchards and hop gardens, and often referred to as the ‘Gateway to England’ because of its close proximity to mainland Europe.

But we like to know it as a great day out. Why? Because there’s so much to see and do. Located right on the south-east coast of England, and packed with some of the best beaches in Europe and the most Blue Flag beaches in the UK, it’s the perfect place to escape to on a sunny day!

For those not so sunny days, you can shop till you drop at Ashford Designer Outlet where you’ll find top designer brands under one roof. Or head to Bluewater – the largest shopping destination in the south east of England outside of London, where there’s over 330 shops, 40 cafes, bars and restaurants plus a 13-screen cinema to keep you occupied.

And if it’s history and culture you’re after, Kent is a treasure trove of historic attractions so you won’t be disappointed. From beautiful castles steeped in history such as Hever Castle, Leeds Castle and Dover Castle and historic dockyards, to the magnificent Canterbury Cathedral they’re all waiting to be explored.

If you’re visiting London and its surrounding counties, why not stay with us at One Penrhyn Road? Summer accommodation available until 2nd September with rooms available from just £215 per week. Contact us for more information on summer bookings.