London and the many activities that can be enjoyed there are great, but they’re not all England has to offer with regards to things to do. Across the length of breadth of the country, there can be found a great deal of fun, enjoyable pastimes, not least in the areas that sit right on the capital city’s doorstep.
If you ever do, in fact, find yourself looking for things to do during a stay in London’s surrounding areas, then look no further than the four activities listed below.
- Warner Bros. Studio Tour
If you’re a Potterhead, then you should pay a visit to the Warner Bros. Studio Tour. Contrary to popular belief, this tour, filled with all the props that brought the Harry Potter film series to life, is not actually in London — it’s tucked just outside, in Leavesden, Hertfordshire. Here, you can check out No.4 Privet Drive, take a wander through Dumbledore’s office, drink Butterbeer, and you can now even get lost in the Forbidden Forest.
- The Surrey Hills
For nature lovers, taking a trip around the Surrey Hills should be an absolute no brainer — it isn’t officially protected as an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty for nothing. Here, you will be able to enjoy 163 square miles of serene walks, grassy picnic areas, great peaks, sloping pastures, and views that people from across the globe flock to. Once you’re done taking in the sights and smells of the Hills, you should finish your day out in Surrey by heading to a country pub. There are many to choose from in the surrounding areas of Tadworth, Fetcham, Epsom, Oxshott and Weybridge — in Weybridge, you’ll find The Flintgate, a pub that offers one-off brews, making it the perfect place to head to if you’re a fan of beer and proper ale.
- St Albans
Just a 17 minute train ride away from London when you board at St Pancras, St Albans is a testament to British architecture that you should definitely check out at least once in your life. Here, you’ll be able to unearth history that dates back two millennia — the area was the Roman settlement known as Verulamium, and the remnants of the walls that still stand from that time recall the era in a truly striking fashion.
- Hever Castle
If you’re a keen historian then, as well as heading to St Albans, you should also pay a visit to Hever Castle. Found in rural Kent, this site tells the devastating yet beholding story of Henry VIII’s time in power, particularly with regards to his second wife (the first to be executed) Anne Boleyn.
Hever Castle is truly captivating. If you head here on a warm summer’s day and the sunlight is twinkling on the moat that surrounds the castle, you’ll be made to feel like you’ve been transported back to 1522!
If you ever find yourself needing to kill some time in an area that is within an hour of London, make sure to consider some of the sights above. There is much to do in England, that’s for sure.