At the weekend I went to visit one of my friends, who has recently moved out of London to a little town called Baldock. The train takes longer, but the rent is cheaper. Baldock seems very rural after being in London for so long: at one point we walked through a hayfield which had poppies growing out of the edges.
The best thing about Baldock is the sheer number of pubs. It used to be a popular coaching stop on the way out of London, hence the huge amount of inns and public houses. We went to a good many of them before I had to head back to London.