Prettiest villages in London you need to visit

London is a beautiful city, offering a truly authentic experience, invigorating in its own way, it is an ever-changing place. But the real charm and pride of London lies with its countryside There’s no better place to get a truly authentic British life experience than in the UK’s villages. These villages are pretty small and have some of the most quaint and friendliest communities.

Sometimes you really need a breather from roaming around and exploring the beautiful city of iconic castles, dark humor, and afternoon tea. When the villagey vibes of Barnes or Hampstead just won’t cut it, it’s time for a day trip to one of the many picture-perfect English villages located in the Home Counties and beyond. What these villages lack in size, they more than make for in charm, warmth, and mounds of tasty British grub.


It’s safe to say that most people haven’t even heard about these villages. Even the people who live in the UK are pleasantly surprised when they stumble upon these quaint and idyllic villages. So if you are looking to explore more places outside of your norm, set some time aside to explore as many of these villages as you can.

Eton, Berkshire

A stunning place to visit, not too far from the city of London. Eton is home to some of the oldest structures in the UK and is filled with historical places including the infamous Windsor Castle.

Alfriston, East Sussex

A real walker’s delight, this village is in the beautiful Cuckmere River Valley. Highlights of the walking tour in Alfriston may include the fourteenth-century thatch-and-timber Clergy House, the lovely St Andrew’s church, from the same period, and the village green it’s set on (the Tye) – perfect for a picnic.

Shere, Surrey

Although Surrey has a ridiculous number of stunning villages to choose from, Shere is a special one because of its riverside setting and super-cute cottages, it’s as quintessentially English as a bulldog in a bowler hat. Its churches, manor houses, and pubs are famous all over the world with a number of movies being shot in the village including – ‘Bridget Jones – the Edge of Reason’, and ‘Four Weddings and a Funeral’.

Lavenham, Suffolk

If you wish to experience the perfect picture of prosperous medieval England with high streets of half-timbered houses and more than 340 listed buildings, Lavenham in Suffolk is the place to be. The lime-washed and brightly coloured buildings are picture-perfect, with the De Vere House, which starred in ‘Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows’.

Great Missenden, Bucks

The home and workplace of one of the best British novelist, short story writer, poet, screenwriter, and a fighter pilot – Roald Dahl, Great Missenden in Bucks is a great place for a lot of readers. The easy charm of the large village, established in the late Middle Ages as a major stop on the coaching route between London and the Midlands, coupled with its setting in the pretty Misbourne river valley, makes it hugely appealing whatever your age.


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