The OMOTG Travel Guide to Visiting the South of England

With the London Olympics still on the minds of many people, 2013 is a year that you may well be contemplating a trip to England, be it to see the sights of London or travelling further afield and exploring the English countryside.

The Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park will be open to the public once again this summer, following some extensive remodelling.  It has just been announced that at least two concerts will be held in the Olympic Stadium from July as well as the 2013 British Athletics Grand Prix on the anniversary of the Opening Ceremony.  So if you did not get a chance to visit the Stadium last year, this year may well be your opportunity.

Staying in London should be far more affordable too, as many new hotels sprang up for the Games leaving an overcapacity of rooms, so rates should be pretty competitive and it will be worth shopping around.  However you may decide to bring the family over for an extended stay and feel that renting your own apartment  may be more suitable, giving you the freedom to come and go as you please and for a family this can be a far more cost-effective way to visit a city.

If  you don’t fancy venturing too far from London, Richmond is in easy reach via London Underground’s District line and offers wonderful river walks and views and some excellent dining.  Take The Dysart Arms with its contemporary British cuisine and cosy atmosphere.  Richmond is a very worthwhile day trip.

Simon Burrell is Editor-in-Chief of Our Man On The Ground, a London based luxury travel and lifestyle website.

Paola Fiocchi Van den Brande

Paola Fiocchi Van den Brande is Founder and Director at Passepartout Homes, luxury holiday homes.

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