London’s Best Kept Secret Attractions
London, the capital of England and home to the Royal Family needs no introduction. It is one of the top destinations for tourists and attracts people from all over the globe. The top attractions are well publicised such as the West End shows, the London Eye, Buckingham Palace etc. but if you are looking to go off the beaten track then these attractions can be harder to discover. If you have been to London plenty of times or simply don’t see the appeal in the big commercialised tourist spots then we have some alternative ideas for you:
London has some stunning parks to enjoy but if you want to find somewhere a bit more tranquil then head over to Kyoto Gardens in Holland Park. Unless there is an event on, you should be able to enjoy its beauty in peace and quiet, away from the madding crowds.
When it comes to tours of the city, most visitors will head to the London Bus tours and get a guided tour that way. However, you are only seeing the parts of London that you can see from the main route that the bus takes, you do not get to see the other hidden gems that you can see when exploring by foot. Whether you fancy a walk to discover London’s fabulous street art, or you like the idea of a ghost walk, there are plenty of options for walking tours. Visit this website to see more information on ghost walks.
London is famous for ye olde public houses and many of them have great stories behind them. The French House in Soho was a favourite with many of London’s famous inhabitants including Dylan Thomas and it was also used as a base by the Free French in WWII. The Ten Bells is another historic pub with a few stories to tell and is rumoured to be haunted, perhaps by the victims of Jack the Ripper who are said to have frequented the pub in the Victorian era.
The Cartoon Museum
Cartoons are loved by pretty much everyone, the kids love cartoons and even adults love to reminisce about the Beano or whatever their favourite cartoon was when they were growing up. The Cartoon Museum is a fascinating and fun day out for all of the family and you can discover the history of cartoons and how they have evolved to the present day. The museum is located on Little Russell Street and there are often shows and exhibitions taking place throughout the year.
Foodies flock to Brockley Market on a Saturday where you can pick up some great farm produce or enjoy some delicious street food whilst relaxing on the benches. It does get quite busy and is perhaps not the best-kept secret but it is a good alternative to the more publicised food and drinks markets across London.
Kayak on the Thames
There are plenty of boat tours that will show you London’s attractions from the water but if you like to go at your own pace then you might enjoy kayaking on the Thames. There are numerous routes that you can choose from that will take you through some of London’s hidden areas and you can even stop along your route for some food, as there are places to get out of the boat along the way. It is the perfect way to spend a sunny day and get to see London from a different perspective. There are other watersports available as well, so see how adventurous you are feeling on the day!