20 miles west; full day
The bastion of British royalty, Windsor Castle overlooks the affluent town of Windsor, picturesquely located along the River Thames.
59 miles northwest; full day
The world's oldest university town boasts more than three dozen prestigious (and eye-catching) colleges and some world-class museums.
47 miles south; full day
With a heady mix of seaside, seediness and sophistication, Brighton is London's favourite coastal resort – with a mock-Moghul summer palace thrown in.
60 miles north; full day
Awash in exquisite architecture, steeped in history and tradition and renowned for its quirky rituals, Cambridge is the quintessential English university town.
115 miles west; two days
A cultural trendsetter and fashionable haunt for three centuries, Bath has so many architectural gems the entire city has been named a World Heritage Site.