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While we love city life in London and being in the midst of all the action, why not take a day trip out of London? Now that university is finished for the year and summer is here, it’s the perfect time to get out and about and explore the country. And you haven’t got to travel far to make a day of it! Jump on the train and you’ll find everything from seaside to countryside within two hours’ distance of London. Here are some of our top picks…

1. Cambridge
One of England’s most famous university towns along with Oxford, Cambridge is a must-see for all students in London. Take the time to explore the setting and beautiful architecture, lose yourself in the library, bookshops and coffee shops and watch the idyllic punts float along the river on a sunny afternoon.

2. Cardiff
Cross the border and enjoy a day in another country; Wales. Cardiff is the capital city of Wales and is home to historical castles, a beautiful waterfront and not forgetting the Welsh rugby team. As well as endless sights and attractions to keep you occupied, when you need a place to refuel, Cardiff isn’t short of a place to eat or drink – with everything from traditional, independent and unique outlets to the typical high street chains you’d expect from a capital city.

3. Bath
One of the most beautiful cities in England, Bath is a UNESCO World Heritage site famous for its honey-coloured Bath stone architecture and Roman-built baths. Walk in Jane Austen’s footsteps with a tour at the Jane Austen Centre, soak in Bath’s famous Thermal Spa Water, admire the impressive architecture of the Royal Crescent and immerse yourself in the unique and stylish shops, bars and restaurants of the city.

4. Southend on Sea
When the sun’s shining, a day at the seaside is a must. Feel the sand between your toes, breathe in the fresh sea air and even take a dip in the sea – if you’re brave enough! Head onto Southend Pier and enjoy beautiful 360 degree views without getting your feet wet. Stretching over 2km out to sea, it’s the longest pleasure Pier in the world. But remember to take a jacket as even the sunniest of days can get quite breezy out there!

5. Henley on Thames
Escape the hustle and bustle of the city and head towards the picturesque town of Henley on Thames. A landscape packed with wooded hills, green fields and a riverside location, it’s the perfect place to unwind and relax after a busy few weeks of coursework and exams. And if you’re there during the summer, you might be lucky enough to catch a glimpse of the world’s greatest rowing regatta, Henley Royal Regatta.

So, there you have a quick round-up of some nearby towns and cities well worth a visit this summer. And the best thing about visiting them from London is you’ve not got a million miles to travel to get there!

If you’re studying in London in September but still need a place to live, why not stay with us at our student accommodation, The Hub?  To find out more about living with us at The Hub, or to arrange a viewing, please call us on +44 (0)20 3770 9120 or email us at thehub@host-students.com.