One of the many great things about a trip to London, is that Europe is close enough for a day trip. You can step onto a train in the centre of London, speed through the channel tunnel under the sea at over 180 mph and be on the continent in less than an hour. So, if you don’t have time for a weekend in Europe but you fancy visiting a different country, why not take a day trip to Europe?
Whether you fancy lunching in Paris, having waffles in Brussels or shopping till you drop in Lille, you can be there in no time at all.
At 2 hrs 16 mins from Saint Pancras station, Paris is very doable as a day trip. The 7:31 train will get you into Paris before 11 am (don't forget the continent is an hour ahead of the UK) so you'll have plenty of time to for a cup of coffee before heading off for a delicious lunch.
At just under 2 hrs from London, you'll have plenty of time to explore the centre of Brussels in a day. The 08:19 train from St Pancras station will get you into Brussels Midi at 11:12 am, then it's a short walk or train ride into the centre of town.
Lille really is the ideal destination for a day trip at just 1 hr 32 mins from St Pancras station in London. Take the 08:55 train and you'll be in Lille for 11:27, the perfect amount of time to do the short walk from Lille Europe station into the centre of the old town.
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At only 1 hr 30 mins from London, Lille is the perfect destination for a day trip or overnight stay.