Easy itinerary ideas for short breaks near London

Find your perfect short break near London, whether you’re travelling for romance, travelling by train, looking for family adventures or just travelling for the ‘gram!

With its stately homes, independent shops, tempting array of local food and drink and great transport links, Sevenoaks District in West Kent is the ideal destination for a short break near London.

You’ll find villages and castles that our Tudor ancestors would still recognise, walking trails through the wildlife-rich Darent Valley, award-winning vineyards, Instagrammable lavender fields and a plethora of attractions to keep all members of the family happy.

For a romantic short break near London, try this 3-day itinerary that takes in the area’s most historic sights. It’s packed with Tudor heritage, extraordinary accommodation and timeless country walks.

Plan your romantic weekend near London for history lovers

If you’d rather bring the whole family, check out this itinerary for an active short break with something for every age and interest. Motor around the iconic Brands Hatch circuit, walk with alpacas, and learn how to live more sustainably.

Plan your active family weekend break near London

You don’t need a car to discover this pretty corner of Kent. The Darent Valley Community Rail Partnership is a sustainable, scenic and relaxing way to explore Sevenoaks, the Darent Valley and countryside trails. Take the train to see 15th-century villages, an award-winning vineyard, a remarkable garden and lavender fields (in bloom late-June to early-July).

Plan your car-free short break near London

As well as brilliant things to see and do, Sevenoaks District is peppered with photogenic spots guaranteed to get you lots of love on Instagram. And with fascinating links to Anne Boleyn, Winston Churchill and social reformer Octavia Hill, those captions will write themselves!

Plan your trip to some of the most Instagrammable spots near London