Nonchalant ~ Mini Breaks Outside of London

Mini Breaks Outside of London

Explore More With A Mini Break.

As we all know, living, working and breathing in London 24/7 can get pretty stressful right? Let’s be honest, we’ve all been there loosing patience with the slow pace of walkers and resisting temptation to scream out “I’m still getting off the fucking train” as keen bean’s push onto the tube. But take a deep breathe and read on.

Jumping on a train for a short ride can get you outside the hustle and bustle and allow you some time to get your shit together, before returning with a fresh outlook on London Life. We’ve done the research and provided a few suggestions containing the most pertinent information. Plus with a few bank holidays coming up it’s time to seize the day and explore what outside of Landan has to offer. You can thank us later birds.


(Well, we may as well get the obvious out the way)
Train: London Victoria to Brighton
Price: £37, return
Journey Time: Approx. 1 hour 3 mins, direct

Hit up the bright lights of Brighton, enjoy a walk along the quirky lanes and pick up a gem in one of the many vintage/ second hand/ charity shops. Enjoy a stumble across the six miles of pebble beach after one too many local beers and soak up the sea air that comes with it.



Train: London Bridge to Worthing
Price: £37, return
Journey Time: Approx. 1 min 23, direct
10 miles East of Brighton is Worthing a little place to which Oscar Wilde once called home. Worthing is pretty cultured, it’s seafront Dome Cinema is one of the oldest working cinema’s in the country, which has been going strong since 1911.  If you’re looking to frequent a theatre, there’s a choice of three including The Connaught Theatre, the Pavillion Theatre and The Assembly Hall.


Train: London Charing Cross to Canterbury West
Price: £32, return
Journey Time: Approx. 1 hour 27 mins, direct
Canterbury, much more than tracksuit bottom’s worn by public school teenagers. Canterbury is only 90 mins from London by train and is full of some real delights. Check out an abundance of ancient walls built by Romans and ponder how the fuck Canterbury Cathedral was constructed in 548 AD, when you can’t even construct your life. Grab a flat white and some eggs from Kitch Cafe where one happy customer boasted to have sampled ‘the best ever avocado on toast’.

Waltham Abbey

Train: London Liverpool Street to Waltham Cross
Price: £14.60, return
Journey Time: Approx. 57 mins, direct
Waltham Abbey is a relatively middle sized town with a population of 21,000 is and situated on the edge of Essex. Waltham Abbey Gatehouse dates back to the 11th century and what’s more it’s free to get into. With a couple of museums, park, local pubs and plenty of countyside Waltham Abbey a top choice for a weekend of chill.


Train: London Paddington to Henley-on-Thames
Price: £28.30, return
Journey Time: Approx 48 mins, one change at Twyford

Henley-on-Thames is a beauuttttiful little town situated in Oxfordshire, just 48 mins from Paddington surrounded by woodland and green fields. This place has been voted by The Times as the best place to live in the Countryside and is ideal for an escape from the city hustle and bustle. Henley has an array of things to do , including independent shops, river cruises and an ‘Ale Trail’ where you can take in the town’s buildings as well as a vast selection of ale. Wanting a break from the booze? Why not sample the freshly baked scones and locally sourced jams on offer in a number of tea rooms.

St Albans

Train: London St Pancras International to St Albans City
Price: £21, return
Journey Time: Approx. 22 mins, direct
St Albans has a rather colourful history and is one of England’s most unique Cathedral Cities. Vibes consist of parks, countryside, coffee shops, galleries, museum’s and independent shops. Why not sample the delights of the local street market, check out the Cathedral or perhaps just enjoy jamming on your wellington boots and walking though the Heartwood Forest?


Train: London Bridge to Dorking (Main)
Price: £18.60, return
Journey Time: Approx. 1 hour 2 mins, direct
Head 21 miles south to Dorking, which is situated within the county of Surrey. Dorking sits between Ranmore Common and The North Downs, perfect if you’re looking for a break full of rambling. Dorking has plenty of walking trails to tackle but if you fancy less walking at a much slower pace, why not peruse Denbies Wine Estate where you can have a tour of the vineyard, sample the wines or book a cheese and wine tasting experience.




Have a great mini break, you deserve it.

Team NL x

Jem Thomas
Jem Thomas

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