The very mention of London conjures up images of the royal palace, the British Museum; the National Gallery; the Natural History Museum, and many such famous attractions of the city. This fabulous city is one of the most visited tourist destinations in the world attracting millions of tourists in a year (especially in 2015).
Are you planning to visit London soon? Whether you are a first-time visitor or not you must explore alternative London to get the real taste of this amazing destination. Don’t just go by what tourists visit here as the real treasure is hidden in the off-beat destinations. Let the picture-perfect scenery take a back seat and delve deep into the quirky, interesting, and out-of-the-ordinary destinations of London.
Here are some must-try alternative London attractions:
London street art tour
Taking a tour around the ever-changing walls of east London is an experience in itself. You will find an amazing art collection reflecting the rich cultural heritage of London. Booking is required for this tour which begins and ends near Spitalfields Market. And if you are a fan of a bike, you can opt for a bike tour to explore street art.
Explore the rivers
London has hidden treasures in the form of lost rivers. Away from the living city, they are found in subterranean silence. There are around 20 of them. The Lea, a lesser-known river to tourists, is one of the must-visit rivers of the city.
Enjoy a chocolate-making workshop
What can be more exciting than learning the art of chocolate making in London? Although there are many boutique confectionaries in London, Paxton Chocolate located on Cheshire Street off Brick Lane is famous for its amazing flavors of chocolates. It organizes a chocolate-making workshop every month. Enroll in the workshop and learn to make chocolates.
Embark on a walk down the South Bank
There is always something exciting and interesting on the South Bank. Life is never dull there. It is dotted with wonderful restaurants, and bars and also serves as a venue for various events and festivals.
A visit to Hackney City Farm
It is a working farm that remains open from Tuesday to Sunday, 10 am to 4:30 pm. Located in the center of London, this farm gives you a chance to see a variety of well-cared animals and enjoy fresh produce at the farm shop inside the farm premises. It also hosts regular events, including pottery classes. Relish fresh seasonal fruits and fresh eggs at the farm.
Enjoy literature at Book Slam
If you love books and literature, then head to Book Slam, a monthly literary nightclub. The events at the club bring to you some established and emerging writers who perform readings and poetry. Enjoy literature along with a few drinks. Buying tickets in advance is essential.
So next time you visit London, visit alternative London for a different and enjoyable experience.