Where do Londoners go away for the weekend?
By Sandra Harrison (Sponsored Post)
Living in London is the dream for some. The city lifestyle is somewhere where people can thrive and prosper forging career paths which will set them up for the future, beginning a career after university or moving to chase dreams and aspirations. The one downside to London, which almost all of its inhabitants will know, it is expensive. Rents, cost of living, eating out and just about anything comes with the ‘London Premium’. For this reason, it may be difficult to take a break, but here are some ways you can.
Visit Friends in the City
If you live in the city, the chances are you have an oyster card. There is seemingly no efficient way to live in the city without one and though they are expensive, why not use it to your advantage. The chances are you’ll have a friend on the other side of town you’ve not seen for a while, so why not drop them a message and head over and see them. Best of all, it will cost you nothing in travel, next to nothing in accommodation and you get to catch up with old friends, all for the price of taking your oyster card out of your bag. Not only will you be seeing a friend but knowing the size of London, you will be seeing a part of the city you may not have experienced before, with a free local guide.
If you want to get out of the city and experience some fresh air and countryside, the nearest, and therefore the cheapest, place to get to is the Peak District. Jump on a train and you can be there in no time at all. Accommodation can fluctuate year round, based on demand and the time of year, but if you look around enough you should be able to find something affordable. And, you could always find a camp site and pitch a tent. With acres of public land and footpaths there are plenty of free things to do saving you more money on activities than you would on finding something to do in London. You could also find that quiet country pub and have some authentic pub grub at a fraction of the cost it would be in London.
Another of the less obvious places to travel could be Hemel Hempstead, which is less than 24 miles out from London. Remember, that’s not as far as people run in the marathon every year! With it being so close, transport to it is cheaper than spending hours on a train. When you get there, there are lots of hotels which do not reflect the traditional London prices and reasonable options are available online at ihg.com. With a variety of free, cheap and reasonably priced activities, you’ll have plenty of things to occupy your time. From a Buddhist monastery, to country parks, a Roman Villa and even a vineyard, Hemel Hempstead is somewhere worth considering.
With these three options, it is easier than you think to have a reasonably priced break from the city of London.