Lancaster has a dark and Gothic history that reflects in the architecture and stories of old times. A slave trade, witch trials, prison tales and quicksands where travelers or fishermen have disappeared all are part of towns colorful history. It's no wonder that an area with such a mystical ambiance have become an inspiration writers through different eras.
Canterbury is a great destination from London for a day-trip or a weekend visit. Lively city with a stunning architecture, many student-tested pubs (process still ongoing) and public gardens. Travel objective for pilgrims in time honored classic "The Canterbury Tales" by G. Chaucer.