5 summer day trip destinations

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(That are not too far away from London)

For those of you looking to venture out in the hot weather (fingers crossed), we've put together a list of the best places you can visit within a day:

Brighton Pier

There's nothing like a trip to the seaside, and Brighton offers one of the prettiest coastlines in the UK. The Hove seafront is around two hours away from Mile End, and whilst this is a little further out, it's more than worth the trip out. 

As well as being a bustling seaside city, Brighton is a boho hub, that features a one-of-a-kind indie shopping scene, as well as lots of quirky cafés, restaurants and bars.


For more waterside destinations, why not head to Cambridge, located just over an hour away from Mile End Station. You can get to Cambridge on the Northbound Hammersmith and City Line, where you'll then need to change at either Liverpool Street or King's Cross, depending on which service you get on. 

Here you'll be able to take a boat trip down the beautiful Cam River, or just soak up the sun in some of the nearby grassy areas whilst enjoying a drink or two. During the summer months, the city is also host to a number of fairs including the  Strawberry fair, so make sure you keep your eyes peeled for any upcoming events. 

Surrey Hills

If you're after something a little more adventurous, then make your way down to the Surrey Hills, where you'll be able to discover a number of activity hotspots. With picturesque walking and cycling trails, as well as some impressive natural waterfalls and views of the city. 

Just a few sites include the Devil's Punch Bowl, a huge green area covering over 282 hectares of land, and the Tillingbourne Waterfall. Learn more about some of the hidden gems in the area.


Named after the historical Roman-built baths that are still featured in the area, Bath is the perfect place to visit if you're looking to escape the city and soak up some history and culture. From the American Museum & Garden to the Museum of East Asian Art, both will cost you less than £5 to visit! And once you've discovered some of the city's cultural hotspots, take yourself to one of the many outdoor areas nearby. 

Some of our favourites include the Botanical Gardens, Parade Gardens, and of course the canals!


Situated along the South Coast of England, is the pretty seaside city of Bournemouth. The city boasts an impressive 1000 hectares of parks and gardens, including the Lower, Upper and Central Gardens where you'll find lots of events, exhibitions and fairs being held during the summer months. And of course, no trip to Bournemouth would be complete without a visit to the coastline. 

It'll take you around two hours to get to Bournemouth, with tickets starting at around £11 if you book in advance!

Whilst there's so much to see and do in London, it's always nice to get away sometimes! So, hopefully we've given you a bit of inspiration on just a few places to explore outside of the city.