Posted by: offmotorway | July 6, 2011

Carry On Camping!

Why not enjoy the great outdoors and see London at the same time?

Ok, so it’s not the most obvious way to see the capital, but did you know that you can pitch your tent in London and enjoy cheap and healthy accommodation with easy access to all the sights?  As campsites are obviously not in the centre of the West End (don’t try pitching your tent in Regent’s Park!), you may even discover whole new parts of the city you didn’t know were there, and that’s what travel is all about right?

Debden House, Debden Green, Loughton, Essex IG10 2NZ
Near to Theydon Bois tube station (central line)  and Epping Forest is all around you!  Almost a real rural experience – you can even collect wood for a campfire!

Debden House

Caravan Club
The Caravan Club have two sites in London where you can pitch a tent:  Abbey Wood, Federation Road, London SE2 0LS has good rail connections to central London (Abbey Wood station), and Greenwich is even nearer;  Crystal Palace has a great bus connection (no 3) right into Oxford Circus, although the park itself is less in the country than Abbey Wood.

The Elms Campsite, Lippitts Hill, High Beach, Loughton, IG10 4AW
Near to Loughton tube station (central line), and also right on the edge of Epping Forest.  The pitch is rather open, but you can also hire log cabins and caravans here.

Chertsey Camping and Caravanning Club, Bridge Road, Chertsey,Surrey, KT16 8JX
A lovely location on the River Thames and near to Chertsey rail station, though a bit further out than some of the others.  If you’re driving, this would be a good location to see Hampton Court Palace and Windsor.

Ah, dining al fresco!



  1. Thank you for sharing such an adventurous and fun post. Camping is the way to go during this time of economic crisis. It’s a great way to enjoy and be one with nature, meet friends, build relationships. going back to basics and just having a simple way to savor life’s sweet joys. Those are awesome sites to camp. Miss those camping days.

    • Yes, there’s nothing like waking up in the fresh air – even in a capital city!

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