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Around the India match in London? Here are some getaways from London you’d like to head to.

Frome, Somerset

About two hours west of London, this pretty little town with slope-y cobbled streets is located quite close to Bath (20 km), where most travellers tend to go for a weekend break from the capital. With a large number of heritage buildings, a walk around Frome will like a walk back in time – stop to admire the buildings on Paul and King Streets, and visit the Frome Museum in North Parade, though the entire centre of the town is a preserved historical area.

Wednesday and Thursday are market days, when you can find local produce, crafts, curios or cheese. In 2014, The Times listed Frome among the coolest towns in the UK: You can witness the reasons for this yourself, especially if you stay back in July, when the Frome Festival kicks off with a series of live music, dance, comedy, film and a whole host of cultural events.

Lynmouth, Devon
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The harbour at Lynmouth. Image: Courtesy Shutterstock

Ideal for a two nights-three days trip, Lynmouth is a tiny village by the sea. With unmatched views of the Bristol Channel just a few minutes away, this will be your time out in nature, exploring the rural charms that UK is so famous for. Walk around in the scenic open moors, navigating steep sea cliffs for breath-taking views, and take a picnic basket to enjoy a day under the sun by the river Lyn.
If you are travelling with children, don’t miss a ride on the Cliff Railway, a cable car ride that takes you up to Lynton, offering panoramic views of the North Devon coastline all along the way. Keep a day aside to chill on the gorgeous empty beaches at Croyde or Woolacombe and, by the end of the two days, don’t be surprised if you want to extend your stay in Devon!

Romsey, Hampshire
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The altar at Romsey Abbey. Image: Courtesy Shutterstock

The home town of Lord Mountbatten, Romsey, two hours south of London, is well known among the angling community as one of top places in the UK for trout fishing at the River Test. Even if you are not into fishing, however, there are plenty reasons to visit. Must-sees include the spectacular example of Norman architecture, the 10th-century Romsey Abbey, the Tudor structure, King John’s House, and of course Broadlands, the former mansion of Lord Mountbatten that plays host to a series of events all through the year. Those travelling with small children can check out the Paultons Theme Park, home to the Peppa Pig World, or send them off on a fun murder mystery themed treasure hunt.

Southwold, Suffolk

About three hours east of London, this is another little gem of a town located right on the edge of the English North Sea. George Orwell fans have a special reason to visit, as this was his home for brief periods of time through his life when he lived at his parent’s home, which you can still see (just ask anyone for Montague House). For others, Southwold is still an area of outstanding natural beauty and a great place to unwind and relax in between the high-tempo cricket.
Your time is best spent at the beach here. Check out the fully functional lighthouse, eat at the lively pier, and take a coastal walk in between chilling under the mild English summer sun. Children and nature lovers will enjoy time at the Minsmere Nature Reserve, about half hour away, where you can see a wide range of birds and some wild animals.

Salisbury, Wiltshire
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The Salisbury Cathedral. Image: Courtesy Shutterstock

Located 2.5 hours by road from London, Salisbury is a medieval city located on the confluence of five rivers. The world famous heritage site of Stonehenge is just a few minutes from here but not too many people stop at Salisbury on their way there. There’s a lot they miss out on!
Salisbury Cathedral, a towering structure dominating the centre of the town, should be the first stop in your walk around town. An 800-year-old structure, it is not only home to the most beautiful stained-glass paintings but also hosts some great workshops and events around the year. Learn about the history of the city at the Salisbury Museum, which displays art as well as archaeological treasures, and then visit the hill fort of Old Sarum, the original site of the medieval Salisbury Castle.

Bicester Village, Oxfordshire
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Bicester Village. Image: Courtesy Shutterstock

And finally, a day spent shopping! Two hours away from London, just outside Bicester town, Bicester Village is an outlet shopping centre with scores and scores of brands that offer their wares on big discounts. From Kate Spade to Balmain, the range extends from high street to luxury with clothes, watches, jewellery, accessories and everything you can hope to buy. With several restaurants and ample parking on site, this will be the shopaholic’s day out in heaven.

Kalyani Prasher

Apart from travel, Kalyani Prasher writes on food and culture, edits manuscripts and helps execute long-format events.