London is one of the most fascinating cities in the world and there are hundreds of exciting, interesting and fun places to visit while you’re there.
After you’ve been to all the usual destinations like Big Ben, Buckingham Palace, the London Eye and The Tower Bridge, head off to some lesser-known places. You’ll have a great time and get to know a lot more about this fantastic city.
If you like being outside, there are hundreds of parks and green areas that nature lovers will adore. Of course Hyde Park is the most famous and a great one to visit, but here are a couple more London parks to add to your list:
Located in the north of London and covering an area of 196 acres of diverse land, Alexandra Park is over 150 years old. The panoramic views of the London city skyline there are breathtakingly beautiful and definitely worth a visit. While you are there you can also go for a boat ride on the boating lake, visit the garden centre, the farmer’s market, play on the pitch and putt course or in the skate park and admire the beautifully landscaped gardens and ornamental walkways.
This quaint, peaceful park is in central London close to St. Paul’s Cathedral. It’s a perfect place to take a breather and enjoy the Watts Memorial to Heroic Self Service. There are 54 memorial tablets that honour 62 men, women and children who sacrificed their lives to save another’s. You can download a mobile app from the Postman’s Park website to scan each of the memorial plaques and get information about the person honoured.
If shopping is more your thing, there are plenty of lesser-known gems that are sure to delight:
Just a 5-minute walk from the Tower Bridge, at 41 Maltby Street in Bermondsey, you’ll find this popular weekend destination. It’s a small but busy market full of shops and stalls selling fresh produce, bakery goods, meats, cheeses and all sorts of delicious gourmet street food.
Touted as the largest antique market in the world, Portobello Road Market has that, and much more to offer. Saturdays are the days for antiques but every other day of the week you can find produce markets, bakeries, meat, cheese, fish markets and fashion: new and second-hand. This is a fun place to stroll around and get an idea of what life in London was like in the past through all the antiques and collectables.
This fun area in London is called Docklands because it was part of the port of London, once the world’s largest port. You’ll come across the Docklands after crossing a small bridge from the Canary Wharf area. It feels like you have gone back in time. The impressive stone buildings that were warehouses in the past have been turned into cafés and shops. Here you will also find the Museum of London Docklands, a very interesting place to learn about London history and the trade industry that was so important in the past.
A beautiful place to enjoy the water, boats, and great restaurants and cafés, St. Katherine’s Docks are the only marina in Central London. On Marble Quay at St. Katherine’s Docks, you’ll also find a world food market on Fridays serving gourmet cuisine from all over the world.
In the West End of London, the area of Soho is the place to be for food, music, entertainment and fun. It gets crowded and noisy in the late evening, making wandering around the narrow streets even more awesome. There are hundreds of fun shops, bars, restaurants, clubs and theatres to discover and enjoy. As you are wandering, you’ll probably step into Chinatown, another great place full of life and amazing restaurants.
London is a city that never disappoints. The list of great places to visit there is never-ending so you don’t have to limit yourself to the regular tourist places. Have fun and get to know London like a local.
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