I'm going to be traveling to England end of Sept. I will be staying with friends in Essex (Chelmsford). I'm planning to make as many trips to London as possible during my stay. Where else is worth making a day trip to? I'd love to see the likes of Oxford and Cambridge.
I'm looking for suggestions that would be enjoyable and suitable for me (late twenties) interests such as theatre, architecture, coffee culture, parks, markets, and general 'people watching'
I enjoy doing non touristy things. Basically just soaking up the essence of a place.
My friend has a car so I'd like to suggest some places, contribute ideas and not just arrive and expect to be entertained/guided.
Places that are max 3hrs drive. Or easily accessible via train.
So.... Suggest away.