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5 Ways to Escape London for a Relaxing Getaway

Outdoors in the United Kingdom
Outdoors in the United Kingdom (photo: nicksarebi)

London is a great city, but let's be honest, there comes a time when we all need to clear our minds, rejuvenate our bodies, and get away for some much-needed relaxation.

Even though it can be easy to fall into the routine of city life, there are some great places in the UK to escape for a short, stress-free vacation.

1. Hiking, Camping, and the Outdoors

One way to get a breath of fresh air is by spending time surrounded by nature. It's even possible to take day hiking trips to locations pretty near London.

Try the Hastings circular route, which offers opportunities to see the historical town and majestic views of the ocean coast.

If you have more time, camping at a place like Cotswolds or the Epping Forest can be lots of fun.

The sound of the rustling trees and the pitter-patter of flowing water is something that will transport you far from the hustle of the city into a relaxing paradise.

Outdoors in the United Kingdom
Coastal Retreat (photo: neiljs)

2. Coastal Retreat

Golden dunes, peaceful rolling hills, and the pleasant ocean breeze are what make a stay at one of the UK's coastlines so memorable.

Book a coastal cottage for the opportunity to admire the beauty while emerging yourself in a thrilling book sipping on a cup of tea.

Littlehampton is a fantastic destination to dine on the freshest fish and chips as you enjoy the serenity of the ocean.

Jeda Villa massage-service
Spa Holidays (photo: jedavillabali)

3. Spa Holidays

Perhaps the ultimate way of relaxing the body and transporting yourself far from the thought of everyday life is by retreating to a health and wellness spa.

Many spas offer a menu of different treatments that cater to your own particular needs.

Does a facial, oil massage, detox, or even just time in a soothing hot tub sound inviting?

Pampering yourself at a spa is a fantastic way to spend a vacation. Even if you have a single day, you can find some excellent spa day offers to satisfy your desire.

Bangers'n'bacon and mash
Eating and Drinking (photo: adactio)

4. Eating and Drinking

If you're a foodie, eating is one of the most enjoyable ways to relax.

Going on a culinary hunt for famous oysters or taking an adventure to a famous gourmet destination is a rewarding way to spend a break.

Picnics are another fun way to get outdoors, spend time with family and eat.

At Cotswolds, you can take picnicking to the next level with farmers' market produce and choice deli meats packed into your basket.

Of course, along with food comes drinks, and there are many wonderful drinking retreats around the UK.

Denbies Wine Estate, one of the largest wineries in the UK, offers wine cellar tours and bed and breakfast accommodation.

If beer is what you seek, plenty of breweries are scattered throughout the UK.

Thomas Hardy's cottage, Dorset, England, 8 October 2005
Historical Town Trips (photo: flissphil)

5. Historical Town Trips

The UK has plenty of interesting historical attractions that include everything from the ancient mysterious formations of Stonehenge to medieval castles and cathedrals.

Besides the multitude of famous individual attractions, heading to an off-the-beat historical village in the countryside and staying at a local cottage or boutique hotel is yet another great way to find some peace.

Waking up to the sound of chirping birds, eating a delicious English breakfast, and taking a stroll through cobblestone streets is something sure to clear your mind.

From camping and hiking in the UK's beautiful forests to cheap UK spa breaks, there are many different ways to escape the busyness of London.

Whether you have a single day or an entire week, these relaxing getaways will freshen you up and have you ready to get back into the daily tasks of life in London.

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Monday 11th of June 2012

I was posted to London for business for 6 months and was staying at a serviced apartment (Fraser Suites Kensington). [link removed] Don't get me wrong, London is a beautiful place but sometimes the craziness of it all gets to you and unfortunately my work prevented me from taking trips to the coast or to the lake district. So I settled for quaint little towns just outside central London. During weekends, I would take the rail to towns like St. Albans for a change of pace. Little coffeeshops that are not packed with people, farmers market, parks etc. You would be surprised at what you can find in places like that.

Solo Female Nomad

Saturday 5th of May 2012

London is great - but getting away for a weekend is even better as there are so many great places to getaway too. One of my favourites is Poole - beautiful area by the sea, where you can participate in watersports or enjoy the view of the hills in the distance.....and yes, don't forget the fish and chips!


Wednesday 25th of April 2012

If you have little time and less money, you can also take the Tube (District Line, Zone 3) to Kew Gardens (the station is a 5-minute walk to the gardens) at the edge of town for the day. Get lost in the flowers to revive yourself. Its set in a small village with a teahouse and great pub too. :o)

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