It takes 2 hours to get from London to Brussels. One to Paris. If you can get over the fact that you are travelling at high speed beneath the English Channel, the Eurostar train is a great, easy and fast way to access Continental Europe.
It was actually a surprise holiday that Neil took me on, and I didn't find out where we were going until the day before. This prevented any planning, which was actually a great way to go for the weekend. We spent it walking around (although not necessarily knowing what we were looking at), enjoying the sun, enjoying each other, beer, food and football (ahem, soccer). (GO USA!)
Here are some photos of a wonderful weekend in the Belgian sun. I'll spare you the history lesson.
Manneken Pis: Has been a fixture in Brussels since 1618 or 1619. They like to dress him in costumes. Last time I was there I believe it was a devil of sorts. Now a waiter.