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What to do and where to go in London

Published on Saturday, May 11, 2019

Places to visit from London

In today’s blog post we’ve decided to focus our attention on one of the most central stops in London, one which is very well connected and can pretty much take you everywhere you need to go in order to explore, not just this beautiful and vibrant city, but also the UK in general. We are referring to King’s Cross St. Pancras, where we incidentally have one of our Londonist student residences too, which we have already spoken about in a previous blog post.

London is full of things to do and see, so whether your students will be travelling for one week, or one year, it is imperative for them to know what they can do, where they can go, and, more importantly, how to get there.

From King’s Cross St. Pancras, you can reach the following destinations by train, all while you sit down comfortably and enjoy the beautiful scenery as the train speeds by:


Students can reach Cambridge in less than an hour (49 minutes to be precise), and for anyone who is interested in beautiful architecture, this is surely not a place to be missed.


Birmingham can be reached in just under an hour and a half, specifically in 1 hr 22 mins, and is another one of the UK’s major cities and home to Cadbury. Definitely heaven on earth for those chocolate lovers!


Another destination that can be reached from King’s Cross St. Pancras in less than 2 hours is Nottingham, which is just 1 hr 44 mins away from London and famous for its ancient caves and iconic Elizabethan mansions.


Going further up north in just 2 hrs 7 mins, one can reach the vibrant city of Manchester, which is, of course, famous for its football stadium but also for shopping, and for its  interactive Museum of Science and Industry.


Set in beautiful Yorkshire, one can reach Sheffield in a mere 2 hrs 9 mins, and feel worlds away from the hustle and bustle of London life. In fact, this area is so out in the open, that it is considered to be a landmark destination for rock climbers! So if you are after pure air and peaceful country walks, then this is definitely the place for you.


On the contrary, Leeds is another vibrant city bustling with activity that is just 2 hrs 19 mins away from London. Leeds is a very fun city to visit because it is a student city, therefore, it is very young at heart despite also catering for those who are also interested shopping, among other activities.


Durham  is 2 hrs 40 mins away from London by train. This is an ideal getaway for those who love being outdoors walking amidst a backdrop of majestic castles and lush gardens.


Just a few minutes away from Durham, one finds the electric city of Newcastle, which is a mere 2 hrs 52 mins away from central London. Newcastle is famous for its nightlife, food culture and, of course, the Angel of the North!


Further up north, one can leave England and go to Scotland, specifically to Glasgow in just over four and a half hours. Once in Glasgow, one can enjoy walking around the city and admiring the beautiful Victorian architecture, not to mention enjoying the Scottish lifestyle.


And finally, our last stop for today will be the gorgeous Edinburgh, which can be reached from central London in just 4 hrs 23 mins. Edinburgh is ideal for those who want to, not only enjoy the city life, but also go out in the wild and explore the Scottish highlands and other landmarks such as Glencoe and Isle of Skye.

It is impossible to cover all the places that one can reach in just one blog post, however, if you or your students are interested in going anywhere in particular feel free to drop us a line on and we’ll be happy to provide you with all the information that you need.

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