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The outsider’s guide to…London

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Tired of tube strikes and a lack of personal space? Hire a car with Europcar and get out and about to take in the best bits of Greater London and beyond.

 

 

Country and culture at Henry Moore Foundation, Perry Green

A short drive from the city in the Hertfordshire countryside, the Henry Moore Foundation is a great place to escape the crowds for a few hours. The foundation preserves the artist’s memory through a number of international exhibitions, the funding of research, and the maintenance of Moore’s estate in Perry Green. With beautiful grounds and a collection of studios showcasing his work, as well as access to the artist’s home and private art collection, this is an inspiring place to spend a spring afternoon.

This year, the foundation will hold a major exhibition called ‘Body Void’, showcasing work by highly recognised contemporary artists alongside the works of Henry Moore himself. The exhibition will be spread across the outdoor landscape at Perry Green, with the collection of large-scale outdoor sculptures being a highlight of the proceedings.

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Image by tpholland

 

All at sea on Mersea Island

The most easterly inhabited island in the UK, Mersea Island is located just off the coast of Essex and joined to the mainland by a causeway. Situated less than an hour from London, this is the perfect option for getting away from the hustle and bustle for a slice of island life. With beaches, boats, sparkling sea and some of the best seafood on the east coast, there’s no better place to shake off the cobwebs and immerse yourself in old world charm.

Hire a car from London and go for a day trip, or stay on once the crowds have left and wind down as the sun sets over the water.

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Image by HerryLawford

 

Living it up in London city

No, we haven’t temporarily lost our minds – the main attractions of central London can be enjoyed without battling through the crowds, and you can even do it at a leisurely pace in your own car – as long as you’re smart about your timing. At the weekends and later at night, many parts of the city become relatively quiet. And if you’re an out-of-towner, there’s still nothing quite like clapping your eyes on the iconic sights of Big Ben, Buckingham Palace, Tower Bridge and the Houses of Parliament. Why not class things up with a Prestige car hire for a truly unforgettable experience?

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Image by Andre Zehetbauer

 

Historical Hampton Court Palace

Just outside Kingston in south west London, Hampton Court Palace is an ideal place for a break from the centre of the city. If you’re in the mood for a Tudor history lesson, a £15 ticket gives you access to the court and audio guide. And even if you don’t fancy an educational day, it’s worth the trip just to get lost in the huge grounds, gardens and mazes.

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Image by David Stanley

 

Get active at Go Ape

When you think of London, “forest adventure” is certainly not the phrase that springs to mind. However, there are a number of locations around the city where you can go wild swinging through the treetops at Go Ape. With zip-wires, Tarzan swings and aerial courses to suit all abilities, this is an experience that will appeal to adventurers of all ages.

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Image by opopododo

 

ExCelerate your social life

ExCel London is the UK’s most flexible space for a variety of events – and that’s exactly what you’ll find here at London’s only International Convention Centre. From foodie festivals to travel expos and comic conventions to baby shows, every segment of the spectrum is covered here. Check out the wide selection of events and get there in comfort with your own set of wheels.

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Image by interbeat

 

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