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London for Five Days - Advice Please!

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Hi folks,

I'm planning a trip to England in early April, flying into London for five days, and would like to get some advice on places to visit, things to do, transportation, etc. It'll be me, my wife, and my teenage son.

Our travels typically revolve around food - not fine dining, just delicious hearty meals. We usually plan our days by where we plan to eat lunch and dinner. Aside from that, we don't shy away from the touristy spots for visiting famous places, etc, just to check them off the list. We then like to pull ourselves away a bit and explore more rural areas. For example, when we visited France the first time, we of course went to Paris and did all the Paris things, but what we really enjoyed was our two days in the small town of Bayeux. When we went to Switzerland, we completely skipped Zurich and Geneva and spent our week in a 300-year-old cabin with a view of Jaunfraugh and being awakened each morning by the sound of cowbells from the next-door cattle farm.

Thank you all in advance!
So, I'm looking for advice - in addition to London, where else should we visit that gives us a flavor of England but with a relaxed pace among good-natured folks and beautiful landscapes? I'm nervous about driving in England, so it would be a bonus if such a town/place is reachable by train or other public transportation. Although, I can be convinced to rent a car if that is absolutely the preferred way.

I do want to avail myself to a Lotus factory tour, as an additional data point - I probably will at least rent a car for a day to accomplish this trip.
 
Two places outside London you can get to easily by train and have an interesting mix of architecture, history, alleyways with interesting shops, good food: Bath and Brighton.
 
Brighton is a good shout; there are other more genteel places along the south coast as well - Bexhill and Hastings to the east and Worthing to West.

I would recommend some of the National Trust properties in Greater London as well - Ham House; Morden Hall Park etc. Most are easily reached using the Tube (London Underground) using an Oyster Card. Property details available at nationaltrust.ork.uk. If visiting more than one it might (counter intuitively) be worth buying annual membership.

Hope you have a great time - London is my favourite city by a mile.
 
If you can make it to Henley-on-Thames /marlow they are beautiful towns. I'm bias as I live near them! Definitely places to go if you centre trips around food.
Then Hambledon valley is beautiful and quintessential England.
 
I’ll stick to london as I don’t know the surrounding areas very well.

Borough market has a good buzz with good food drink and stalls. Monmouth coffee and Parillan (Spanish grill) or the tapas next door with a shared kitchen. Slightly pricey

Oxo tower restaurant is on the south bank of the Thames on the 6th floor. great views over the river with an outside table , more fine dining and pricey. Walking along the south bank from borough market to the Houses of Parliament is a great way to spend an hour or two on a sunny day

Hampstead is lovely and a great view from the bottom of the heath over london. Ginger and white does great coffee and lunch snacks. goldfish is a really good Chinese and well priced.

Rabbit on kings road in Chelsea has great food at more reasonable prices. Kings road is full of snobs but my wife seems to like it!

Marylebone high street is great too. A bit more down to earth than Chelsea and more central. Taka does great Japanese at mid range prices.

Soho house (in soho surprisingly!) is great if you can get in - members club… find a friendly member!
 
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Hi folks,

I'm planning a trip to England in early April, flying into London for five days, and would like to get some advice on places to visit, things to do, transportation, etc. It'll be me, my wife, and my teenage son.

Our travels typically revolve around food - not fine dining, just delicious hearty meals. We usually plan our days by where we plan to eat lunch and dinner. Aside from that, we don't shy away from the touristy spots for visiting famous places, etc, just to check them off the list. We then like to pull ourselves away a bit and explore more rural areas. For example, when we visited France the first time, we of course went to Paris and did all the Paris things, but what we really enjoyed was our two days in the small town of Bayeux. When we went to Switzerland, we completely skipped Zurich and Geneva and spent our week in a 300-year-old cabin with a view of Jaunfraugh and being awakened each morning by the sound of cowbells from the next-door cattle farm.

Thank you all in advance!
So, I'm looking for advice - in addition to London, where else should we visit that gives us a flavor of England but with a relaxed pace among good-natured folks and beautiful landscapes? I'm nervous about driving in England, so it would be a bonus if such a town/place is reachable by train or other public transportation. Although, I can be convinced to rent a car if that is absolutely the preferred way.

I do want to avail myself to a Lotus factory tour, as an additional data point - I probably will at least rent a car for a day to accomplish this trip.
My wife and I are going for 8 days in March. PM me and I'd be glad to share our itinerary including a Hethel CTL tour.
 
If you’re heading to Hethel you could do a lot worse than spend some time in Norwich……

 
was just about to suggest the exact same. Good train links too
 
+1 recommendation for the OXO tower restaurant in London. They do afternoon teas there too, which are nice if you like that kind of thing.
 
Pubs and curry in London. Can't go wrong.
 
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