The City of London. Not London City!
The City of London is the ancient city of London which is now England’s main financial district and also a major legal hub.
Short Trips out of London (a day trip, or perhaps two)
Hampton Court Palace is about 40 minutes trip by rail from Waterloo station or attainable more pleasantly by boat from Westminster Bridge in around 3 hours.
This palace was built by a Cardinal and endured all sorts of scandals during the reign of Henry VIII. It is loaded with over-the-top royal apartments, galleries – and an amazing maze.
Cambridge, the famously academic city, has glum suburbs but a gorgeous ancient centre with an unparalleled ambience of lazy, ancient intelligence. It is about 1. 5 hours from London by train or guided bus tour. And don’t forget to take a punt!
Oxford, another bout of academia with let’s-not-go-there suburbs but stunning yellowish medieval colleges of spires and gargoyles set off with masses of greenery. Take a train from from London’s Paddington station or guided bus tour. And don’t forget to take a punt here too!
Bath is a calm and elegant city of Georgian architecture and real Roman baths, in England’s southwest, 170 miles from London. It is possible to see Bath on a rail day-trip from London but would be a little hurried.
Bath is set in pretty countryside and not too far from some other special locations – such as Stonehenge and Avebury so car hire may be a good idea for this trip.