I fell in love with St Albans last November when I went there for a weekend trip with my friend Sarah. Not only is it ridiculously easy to get to (it’s only 20 minutes from London St Pancras station!) it’s also very, very quaint and cute. There’s also surprisingly lot to do for such a small city, which is why I really wanted to go back.
In a typical Laura fashion I visited quite a few of the same spots as I did last year (I’m a creature of habit..!) but I did manage to squeeze in a few new spots too, so please do read on!
As mentioned above, St Albans is very close to London and it’s super easy and cheap to get there. A fast train will take you there in 20 minutes from St Pancras, but you can also grab a train there from (amongst others) Elephant & Castle, Blackfriars or Farringdon if they are more convenient for you. A return ticket will set you back about £9.
At St Albans’ end you’ll have about a 10 minute walk to the centre of the city. There are signs at the station pointing you to the right direction, so you can’t (well, shouldn’t) get lost. There is another train station (St Albans Abbey) closer to the centre of things, but I don’t think there are any direct trains there from London – at least I haven’t seen any!
There’s no shortage of pubs in St Albans (seriously, there’s so many of them!) but one particular one you should absolutely try is Ye Olde Fighting Cocks. It’s right next to Verulamium park and it’s possibly one of the cosiest and most historical pubs I’ve ever visited. It claims to be the oldest pub in Britain, and although there’s not enough proof to back that claim off, it’s definitely one of the oldest there is. I couldn’t really take that many pictures inside as there wasn’t enough natural light, so you will just have to take my word for it…
Another pub I’d recommend visiting is The Snug for the cosy interior and beer garden (plus happy hour cocktails!). Also make sure to venture into the side streets every now and then – there’s lots of local haunts if you just explore a bit. Last time me and Sarah found a pub just a few streets behind our hotel with live music and danced the night away. So, definitely make sure to keep your eyes open!