Subject: Re: Day Trip from London
Hi Pat, Many ziners have chimed in to choose Bath, which is worth visiting. Let me add my vote for Brighton. It's a very peculiar, though very British place. You will not understand the meaning of an English seaside vacation until you have been to Brighton. Oxford is beautiful and extremely relaxing to visit.

Depending on what you like, you might consider Hampton Court. It's a short train ride from the Charing Cross Station (about 40 minutes) but you can spend most of the day there. It is quiet and well worth the time.

Alternatively, visit Greenwich. It's considered London, but you can easily spend a day there. It is 4 miles downstream from the Tower of London. You can reach it by train from Charing Cross Station or take the Underground to the Isle of Dogs and walk through the tunnel, under the Thames, to the village. The village has a wide selection of pubs for lunch. Greenwich is steeped in history. St Alfege's Church http://www.st-alfege.org/ holds the tomb of James Wolfe (who led the troops that won Canada for the English and changed the face of North America) and Thomas Tallis, the great church musician and organist. It is the the birthplace of Henry VIII, Elizabeth I and Mary Tudor. It's also a World Heritage Site with architecture designed by Sir Christopher Wren and Inigo Jones among others. For fun you can stand on the prime meridien, tour the Cutty Sark and Sir Frances Chichester's tiny, tiny boat, Gpysy Moth, in which he sailed around the world. You wouldn't believe that anyone could do it. The Greenwich museum is completely fascinating - I watched adults and little kids become enthralled. Lucy in Toronto