My Favorite Cities in the United Kingdom

After I finished college I was lucky enough to hit the road with my buddy Lloyd Claycomb and go to see the best of what Europe had on offer for just over 3 months. Much of my time in Europe was spent in the United Kingdom and whilst that was not the original plan, I kinda fell in love with the place.

A lot of people that I meet have never been to the UK and whenever they go they always ask me which are the best cities to visit. This is often a question that I am stumped with because I enjoyed so many of them. With that being said, I thought I should probably put together a list for you guys in terms of which ones were my favorites so here they are with reasons why I liked them so much.

London

I’ll start with the heavyweight, London is crazy, it is everything you expect it to be and more and you will want to go back as soon as you have left. Hundreds of cultures smashed together with the backdrop of the very best of Great Britain is what you will find here and there is an incredible amount of variation to be found throughout the city. Whatever you’re looking for be it art, excitement, danger or beauty, you will find it here in London.

Newcastle

A massively underrated city in the north east of England, Newcastle is inhabited by the friendliest people that I have ever met. The city feels really compact and in the heart you will find the glorious river complete with impressive bridges which cross it. The city has a really penchant for a good time and many Brits will travel to Newcastle for its infamous night life. Here you will find a market-town on steroids as well as a whole range of things to do and attractions to see.

Edinburgh

Definitely a contender for the most beautiful city which I have ever visited, Edinburgh is the capital of Scotland and city that is bathed in countryside charm. The city is perfectly juxtaposed with the two main streets which run parallel to each other in the center of the city. Prince’s Street is the modern side of the city where you will find swanky restaurants, classy bars and plenty of locations for shopaholics to get their kicks. In contrast, the Royal Mile is the street which leads up to the ancient castle which overlooks the city and here you will find traditional Scotland in all of its charm. Tartan shops, whisky sellers and home cooked Scottish food is the order of the day here and it is the best place to get a feel of the Scottish charm. Throughout the city there are parks and green spaces and there is even a hill right in the city center just to remind you that whilst Edinburgh is a capital city, it has its roots in the green countryside of Scotland.

A Simpler and Better Way to Get Around in London

London’s complex geography and public transport network can be overwhelmingly confusing if you’re unfamiliar with them, and sometimes even if you are.

As a city with more than 1000 years of history (actually the first settlement in the area is believed to be over 6000 years old), London doesn’t have the tidy grid-like network of streets common to most other major cities around the world. The streets of London were designed for much simpler times, when traffic was light and powered mostly by hay and oats.

The transformation of London into a thoroughly modern metropolis has been nothing less than stunning. Compared to Paris, Rome, or even Stockholm, London has a much more modern appearance. No doubt the Great Fire of 1666 contributed to the city’s evolution. Bombings during World War One also knocked out many older buildings and factories. Then the Blitz arrived, forcing the city once and for all to rejuvenate.

And yet the metropolitan train network has hardly changed a bit since its inception, despite being in fact th oldest urban railway system in the world. There’s a sense of charm in London’s antiquity, and a sense of pride in its modernity, but none of this is very helpful to you in getting from A to B.

Minicabs and taxis should really only be used as a last resort. They are not locally known as “chuck wagons” without a good reason. Self-driving can also be a hassle. First there is the maze of inner-city streets to be navigated; you need to make sense of the complex system of motorways, arterial roads, and bypasses; and it’s probably best not to even think of the ordeal of finding a place to park (not to mention paying for it).

London’s public transport network is actually quite reasonable, despite being ancient. Yet by using it, you are taking a huge gamble in terms of reliability.  This could not have been more adequately exemplified than during the recent cab strike in South London, which overwhelmed the rail system, leaving thousands of early morning passengers destined for Gatwick Airport chomping at the bit with anxiety and frustration as the series of rolling delays threatened their travel plans.

So when you really need to be sure of getting to where you need to go, when you need to arrive calm and unflustered, and when you need to make the most efficient use of your travel time, making use of a London chauffeur service is definitely the way to go.

Hiring a bona fide chauffeur service guarantees you will have access to a reliable luxury car, a professional driver, and a state-of-the-art navigation system with traffic advisory service.  All of which ensures a safe and comfortable journey.

As a result, all the stress of driving, navigating, refueling and parking is being handled for you by someone else. Meaning you get to use your transit time for something productive like sneaking in an extra 20 minutes of sleep, catching up on your emails, finishing that overdue report, or simply relaxing with a drink and enjoying the scenery. This is why luxury chauffeur-driven travel is not just a smarter way, it’s really the only way if you care about the quality of the life you are living.

Top British travel destinations

Britain is famous for its rolling countryside, dramatic cliffs and coastline, and a culture and history spanning many thousands of years. In fact, one of its most engaging aspects is the variety available; regardless of what you’d like to do during your vacation in Britain, there’s a town, city, or quaint hamlet that will satisfy your every whim and sense of curiosity. This beautiful collection of islands, which includes Jersey, Guernsey, the Scilly Isles, the Isle of Wight, and the Isle of Man, are rife with adventure and historical discoveries – and that’s before we’ve explored the scattered Scottish islets at the country’s northernmost point.

Here are just five of the top British destinations we think you should travel to at least once in your lifetime…

London

If you’re visiting Britain, you must stay over in England’s capital. London is a vibrant, colorful metropolis that has as many bars, clubs, and restaurants as it does theatres, museums, galleries, and royal palaces. Indeed, its history is a long and varied one, dating back to the Roman era; you’ll be invited to delve into a treasure trove of stories every time you head down London’s bustling streets. The city has something for everyone, whether you’re looking for cultural experiences, tourist trails, or shopping, and while it boasts every kind of accommodation you can imagine we highly recommend booking a London vacation apartment in Camden Town. With its quirky stores, picturesque canals, and links to England’s music history, Camden is a fantastic place to start your London adventure – and what better way to see it all than from a self-catering apartment?

Edinburgh

While we’re on the subject of capital cities, Scotland’s principal city, Edinburgh, is always worth a mention – and a visit. Perhaps best known for its medieval castle, which presides over everything that happens below, Edinburgh is a city of rich culture and art. Here you will discover remarkable architecture, galleries and museums, theatres, and gorgeous gardens, as well as spectacular churches, a cathedral, and a zoo that houses Britain’s only pandas. The city has an array of hotels, many of which are within beautiful, historic buildings. One of the best things about Edinburgh, though, is its proximity to Scotland’s wild landscape. The Lothians, which lie just outside of the city, offer impressive scenery.

Keswick

If you’re anxious to see some of the rolling countryside, great lakes, and rugged mountains that Britain is so famous for, we’d suggest a trip into the Lake District. Very few places in Britain will charm you quite as much as this National Park, which is located in England’s northwest. Havens for outdoorsy types, towns such as Keswick are the perfect bases from which to explore the surrounding area. Rent a picture-perfect cottage and prepare to enjoy the landscape; from Derwentwater, the Cat Bell fells, and Walla Crag fell, to Bassenthwaite Lake and Thirlmere, the countryside surrounding Keswick begs to be walked, cycled, hiked, and explored on horseback.

Dublin

While the Republic of Ireland hasn’t been a member of the United Kingdom since its partition from Northern Ireland in 1922, it is still a part of the British Isles. If you’re looking to get into the party spirit, immerse yourself in a literary trail, or whisk yourself away into some incredible landscapes, then Ireland is the location you’re looking for. Dublin, the country’s capital, is at the heart of the ‘craic’. Occupied by bars and restaurants, as well as museums, galleries, and libraries, Dublin is a city renowned for its hospitality, and its many opportunities for a good time; well, it is the home of Guinness stout, after all. Experience a traditional night out, Irish style, before wending your way into the Emerald Isles spectacular fields, trees, and mountains. Dublin offers some great accommodations, including self-catering apartments, hotels, and bed and breakfasts.

Brighton

It would be a travesty to visit Britain and not head to a traditional seaside resort; a vacation in Britain is incomplete until you’ve sampled fish and chips, spent all your money at a gaudy arcade, and taken a stroll along a pebbly beach, after all. While Britain is home to some truly spectacular seaside resorts, it’s Brighton that tourists return to time and time again. Alongside its iconic pier, which has entertained revelers since 1899, Brighton boasts eccentric independent boutiques, a thriving nightlife, theatre, music, and comedy experiences, and a long stretch of sand and shingle beach. Be sure to book a room in any of the town’s boutique bed and breakfasts for a truly authentic seaside experience.

Of course, this article is merely a rough guide; there are an abundance of destinations that you could choose within the British Isles. Take a deep breath and dive straight into the beautiful British Isles; you never know quite what you’ll uncover next…