London has plenty of sights and scenes to keep any tourist busy.
If you have the luxury of exploring the city for a week or more, you may want rent a London apartment to create a home away from home.
A longer stay will also grant you the opportunity to explore both the city and some great places a short distance outside of the capital city.
Here are three cities you should check out to get a better feel for what all England has to offer:
The big draw in Bath is the Roman Baths, built around 2000 years ago.
With interesting exhibits and stunning architecture, the only drawback to this attraction is that you can’t actually jump in!
A better idea is to head just across the street where you can try the unique experience of soaking in Britain’s thermal waters at Thermae Bath Spa, a four story day spa that includes a rooftop pool with sweeping views of the city’s Georgian architecture.
Other famous attractions include the Royal Crescent, which is a series of 18th century houses and lawns and will give you an idea of what life was like in Bath at the time for upper-class residents.
If you’re a fan of Jane Austen, be sure to check out the Jane Austen Center while you’re there.
Another place definitely worth checking out if you want to extend your time in London is a coastal trip to Brighton.
A stroll along the beach and the pier offers a breath of fresh air.
The city is also home to the world’s oldest working aquarium.
North Laine and Kensington Gardens are great places to find vintage and flea market treasures, and Brighton’s independent record shops are renown among music lovers.
Of course, one of Brighton’s biggest attractions is the extravagant Royal Pavilion.
It was built for the Prince of Wales, who later became King George IV, with construction beginning in 1787.
The interior design is striking and borrows heavily from Chinese and Indian design and architecture — a stark contrast from the rest of the city.
This city is known for the “Dreaming Spires” of its ancient university and medieval churches.
Bibliophiles should head straight to the Bodleian Library, while sporting fans should try their hand at punting — steering a wooden boat down the river with a pole.
If you visit in late March/early April, you might even catch the University Boat Races and witness one of England’s greatest college sporting rivalries between Oxford and Cambridge.
There are also several museums worth visiting and if you love theater, make sure to check out some of the professional theatre productions and amateur student shows.
A great way to spend an afternoon in this scholarly town is to peruse the shelves at Blackwell’s Books and the Oxford University Press Bookshop.