Personally, I’ve been to London one too many times. But that doesn’t mean the city hasn’t got something else to offer. Besides the usual tourist spots, you’d be amazed at what this city hides between the jolly narrow streets. Make sure you check these little-known places out next time you’re in London.
1. Enjoy the magnificent view at Sky Garden
Entry is free, but only a limited number of tickets are available every day so you have to book your ticket ahead of time on their website. Take a stroll around the garden or grab a drink at one of their two bars. If you’re feeling hungry at the end of it all, they also have two restaurants. So you know you’ll be taken care of there.
2. Eat your way through Borough Market
This is one of the oldest food markets dating back to the 12th century. You can find foods from every nation here. Bonus tip: it’s even better if you skip eating before visiting so you can fill up on some tasty samples. Plus, you don’t need to worry if it’s a rainy day because the market is partially covered.
3. Visit Frank’s Cafe
Located on the top of an old multi-story car park, this is the best place to grab a drink or a bite to eat and enjoy the gorgeous view over London. They don’t tend to take reservations so make sure to head there early to pick a nice spot. It’s also dog friendly so don’t hesitate to bring your pet along!
The ultimate tour for Harry Potter fans (like myself). Visit the famous platform 9 3/4, test out your HP knowledge, and see the film locations and inspiration behind it all.
Have you always dreamed of becoming a famous actor/actress? The guys at Secret Cinema have made it possible for anyone to live their dream of acting in a famous movie. It’s definitely one of the coolest things you can do in London. Dress up as part of the cast and act on!
If you’re a huge fan of mysteries or spy stories, this tour is for you. To avoid any hassle, you might want to take a look at the London Pass which grants you access to over 80 attractions and has a few other benefits as well!
7. Have a sleepover at the Natural History Museum
Watch movies, eat, enjoy a trip to the galleries and ongoing exhibitions, sleep under a huge floating dinosaur, and much much more – all in your jammies!
8. Admire the view from The Shard
This is the tallest building in London, with a 360° view of the whole city. Make sure to check on their website from time to time to see what’s going on. For example, If you’re visiting during the Christmas holidays, check out the magnificent light show – it’s a must-see.
9. Visit Notting Hill
Another must-visit market in London is the Portobello market located in Notting Hill. It’s a long colorful street where you can find antiques. If you’re feeling hungry, don’t miss out on the amazing street-food vendors.
10. Have afternoon tea at Claridge’s
A must for sure – this is one of the most English things you can do. You have to book your visit in advance here and it may be a little bit more pricey than other experiences, but I truly believe it’s worth it. The English lifestyle of tea, finger sandwiches and pastries, accompanied by the gorgeous interior and posh atmosphere is wonderful.