October 23, 2016

About the Author: Stefan Joubert

Stefan Joubert manages the London Piano Institute, a premier destination for adult piano learners seeking individualised instruction and progress towards their musical goals. He believes anyone can learn to play regardless of age or ability!

Time to get away from it all? Read our guide to doing so in London!

6 Ways to Escape the City Without Leaving London

We believe that London is one of the greatest cities in the world, but sometimes you just need to get away from all the hustle and bustle of city life. In a city so expansive this can seem like an impossible task, but London is full of hidden gems and fun activities. Here are our top 6 recommendations for the times when you really just need to find an escape.

Antique Book

Curl up with a book

Reading is the ultimate form of escapism, and there are many incredible book shops where you can get cosy in comfortable chair and read the afternoon away. Marylebone Road offers one shop that is in any readers dream – Daunt Books. Daunt is an independent bookseller on Marylebone Road and the stunning Edwardian interiors offer a setting that is straight out of a romantic novel.

London Wetland Centre

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Get close to nature at the London Wetland Centre

When shown a picture of the wetlands you’d be forgiven for thinking it was out in the British countryside, not at the heart of the country’s capital. The London Wetland Centre offers some incredible opportunities for wildlife spotting – including rare plants, birds, beetles, and bats. The wetlands are even home to some Asian short-clawed otters – making it the perfect escape for nature lovers!

Take up piano lessons

Another great way to find an escape is through taking up a new hobby, and piano is a great skill that can have a number of health benefits as well as introducing you to a network of friendly and like-minded people. With The London Piano Institute, lessons take place in Marylebone or the City of London, in the heart of the capital’s most prestigious areas. Perfect for lunchtime or evening lessons with outstanding piano instructors!


Find a unique shopping location

London is full of secret gems when it comes to unique shopping experiences. A great place to escape and do some retail therapy is St. Christopher’s Place, just off Oxford Street. The side street is full of independent boutiques and al-fresco eateries, just look out for the landmark purple clock!

Art Gallery

Visit an art gallery

Just like reading a good book, contemplating art also has the ability to transport you to a different time and place. London has some of the best art galleries in the world, so why not check out the latest installation at the Tate Modern or see some of the classics for yourself at the National Gallery?

Where do you go when you need an escape from the city? Let us know!

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