We love London, but every now and then it’s great to get out and about and see more of the UK. Thanks to the fantastic London Tube and connecting railway links, adventuring further afield from London Paddington is simple. There’s plenty of great ways to connect with the rest of the city and find out more about some of the surrounding towns and cities, each with their own distinct character. Here’s our guide to five of the trips you can make in just half a day.
Home to Windsor Castle, a trip to Windsor can make you feel like you’re a world away from the hustle and bustle of London life – yet it only takes a convenient 45 minutes to get there by train. As well as the ancient castle, you can browse the stunning market town itself, which is one of the most traditional in Britain and provides a helpful respite from the city while staying at our budget accommodation in London.
One of the most famous University towns in the UK, Oxford is filled with great architecture as well as plenty of fascinating museums. If you’re there in the summer, take advantage of the opportunity by going punting along the river – and all year round you’ll enjoy the wide array of delightful shops, pubs, cafes and restaurants on offer. Oxford is located around an hour and twenty minutes away from London Paddington Station, as well as being accessible by coach.
Home of historic Roman spas, Bath is a popular destination for half-day (and day) trips from London. Located only an hour and a half from London Paddington by train, Bath is filled with impressive architecture which reflects its past as a Georgian health-tourist destination. It’s a notoriously artistic place, with two Universities and a reputation for street performers and great shopping. If you’d like to visit the Roman baths yourself, then you have ample chance to tour them during your stay at your boutique hotel in Paddington London, without dedicating an entire day to the trip.
Amersham can be reached via the Tube without the need to connect to any other rail networks, and the entire trip takes around one hour from Paddington. The area has been used for all kinds of films where they need a ‘Chocolate Box’ style view of England, and you’ll soon see why. When visiting this petite market town, you’ll feel a million miles away from London’s metropolis, yet still be able to return to your budget accommodation in London with ease.
Just over an hour away from London Paddington, Henley on Thames is home to the annual Henley Royal Regatta every summer, but it’s also a space where you can enjoy some light shopping and sightseeing in a quintessentially English riverside town. Hop off the Tube and connect via Great Western Railways to see the scenery change from urban to countryside, allowing you to see England in a whole new light.