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18 Incredible Places You Won't Believe Are Actually In London

The world is your Oyster.

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Closest station: Northwood Hills, Zone 6

Fare from Zone 1: £5.10

There's no need to head to Brighton when the Ruislip Lido beach is a short trip from Northwood Hills underground station. The lido is set on the edge of Ruislip Woods and features a 60-acre sand beach.

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Closest station: Loughton, Zone 6

Fare from Zone 1: £5.10

The sprawling Epping Forest is a prime getaway which you can visit without breaking the bank or wasting time on a long trip to the countryside. The expansive forest encompasses natural beauty and historical landmarks; you can plan an itinerary or simply wander to find hidden gems among the wildlife.

Closest station: St Margarets, Zone 4

Fare from Zone 1: £3.90

This rustic getaway is just perfect for resetting your batteries after a long week in the city. Make a day of exploring the nurseries and gardens and break from lunch at Petersham's lovely glasshouse recipes.

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Closest station: Barnes, Zone 3

Fare from Zone 1: £3.30

Escape the buzz of the inner city with a visit to the London Wetland Centre. The charity trust focuses on conserving wildlife and offers a sanctuary from the outside world for a wide range of animals and plant life.

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Closest station: Golders Green, Zone 3

Fare from Zone 1: £3.30

For gorgeous views, gardens, and fresh air, Hampstead Heath is the perfect London escape. The sprawling green space lies just outside of central London and features historical buildings, waterfronts, and a varied habitat of animals and foliage.

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If you want to use your Oyster to travel to Painshill Park, you should alight at Kingston station. A previous version of this article misstated that you could use your Oyster with a Zone 6 fare at Weybridge.