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A Weekend Break from London What to Do and What to See

A Weekend Break from London  What to Do and What to See

London has pretty much everything that you could possibly want. However, it can also be good to take a break from the hustle and bustle to experience something different. Thankfully, London is conveniently positioned to make it easy to travel to plenty of other remarkable cities. Here's a selection of some of the most exciting options.

Brighton

Brighton is just a short journey to the south coast of England. It will provide you with an excellent dose of sea air, thanks to its famous pebbly beach. One of the most famous sites is the Victorian pier which is well worth a stroll. Meanwhile, the Royal Pavilion, used regularly by the Prince Regent is one of England's most fascinating structures. Brighton though is also a city packed with culture and entertainment. There is a buzzing arts scene and the city is renowned as a culinary hot spot. If you are ready to party, then the nightlife is also pretty special too.

Oxford

About the same distance as Brighton, but to the west of the London. The city of 'dreaming spires' is dominated by the historic and prestigious university. Take your time to wander through the colleges, appreciating their beautifully landscaped grounds and quaint buildings. If you're a Harry Potter fan, then you may just recognise parts of Christchurch College, which was used extensively as a set for the hit films. It is also well worth taking a gentle boat trip along the River Cherwell and visiting some of the city's fascinating museums.

Barcelona

If you are looking for a weekend away from London, you can look further afield than the UK. Thanks to affordable flights of the likes found on http://www.condor.com/eu/index.jsp, the whole of Europe is extremely accessible. Among the attractive destinations, Barcelona is well worth considering. Culture vultures will love the Gaudi cathedral and other examples of his architectural work throughout the city. Meanwhile, a visit to the Nou Camp football stadium is a must for sports fans. At the same time, there is also a beach on which to relax. Throw in numerous exquisite cafes and restaurants and there is something for everyone.

Prague

The Czech capital is one of Europe's most aesthetically attractive cities. The old town square is just about as picturesque as they come, with numerous interesting landmarks dotted around. Prague is small enough to walk around with ease. Cross the impressive Charles Bridge and wander up to Prague Castle for one of the best views of the city. Literature fans will be spoilt for choice as there are many sites dedicated to the great Franz Kafka, who spent most of his life in Prague. If you are looking to unwind, then you will be relieved to know that Prague is also famous for its bars and lively atmosphere.

Rome

Known universally as the 'Eternal City,' the Italian capital goes back thousands of years. There is so much to see in Rome, with an iconic site seemingly around every corner. Among the 'must dos' in Rome, The Coliseum is a fascinating insight into the Roman Empire and an exceptional piece of architecture. Meanwhile, The Vatican is equally as impressive and also includes the famous Sistine Chapel painted by Michelangelo. Rome is also famous for the quality of its food. Wherever you decide to eat there, you will likely find the best pasta, pizza and ice cream you have ever tasted.