10 Best Things to Do in London That You Probably Didn’t Know About
Everyone who has been or will be coming to London normally have a very good idea on what to see and do - Trafalgar Square, the London Eye and the Big Ben are one of those sites that we are all familiar with. But today I am going to give you a list that goes beyond the usual touristic spots, which will give you more of a local standpoint on what to do in this city.
1- Go Up at The O2
If you have already been to the London Eye and are looking for something a bit more exciting, this is a great option for you. The O2 is a famous concert venue in London and what makes it even cooler is that you can climb to the top of it. From there you will have great views of the city and when you go down you can enjoy the various restaurants and movie theater located at the bottom.
2- Check out the Highgate Cemetery
I know this may sound a little creepy, but this cemetery is actually filled with nature and history. You can also take a tour guide who will lead you to the resting of Karl Marx and see some of its interesting Gothic thumbs and buildings.
3- Check out Alexandra Palace and Park
The Alexandra Palace is usually a venue for different events in London so you can check their website and see if you can catch one that interests you while you are around. And at the same time, you can enjoy the views of the city from the Alexandra Park and have a picnic there if the weather is good for it.
4- Check out one of London’s Street Markets
A lot of the areas in London have its own markets either on the weekends or permanently. Some of the famous and most popular ones are Camden, Borough, Brick Lane, Brixton, and Portobello Road. This is a great way to try some locally produced food or shop for interesting artifacts.
5- Try a Typical Sunday Roast
This is a traditional meal that the British/Irish cook on Sundays, when they gather their family and friends over at their house. You can also eat it at the pub and I guess if you are just visiting this will be the way to try it. Just go to one of the various pubs that serves it (only on a Sunday though), and have your choice of roasted meat, roast potato, and accompaniments such as Yorkshire pudding, stuffing, vegetables and gravy.
6- Tour the Royal Opera House
There are so many different tours that this city offers, but this one is definitely worth seeing as you will experience the backstage of this world class opera and ballet company. In this tour you will learn a bit more about the history of the theater and you may even see the dancers/actors in class.
7- Have Afternoon Tea at the Houses of Parliament
Having an afternoon tea is a typical British tradition, but with this specific one you will have a combination of a guided or audio tour through both Houses of Parliament followed by stylish afternoon tea beside the River Thames.
8- Try an Immersive Theater Experience
For those of you who love the theater but want to do something different from the usual West End musicals, you can try one of the immersive theater options available in London. In this case you will be actively participating on the plot and have a whole different experience as if you were just sitting and watching the play. Some ideas would be Dinner at the Twits and The Game's Afoot. Please don’t forget to check for dates and availability.
9- Have Brunch and Walk Along the River in Richmond
One of the nicest but pretty unknown areas in London is Richmond. Located on the west part of town, Richmond is on the meander of the River Thames and there you will find a beautiful park and open spaces. A good idea is to have brunch in one of the restaurants facing the river then walk along the water or rent a boat for a more romantic scene.
10- Go Stargazing at the Royal Observatory
For those of you who like something a bit more related to science and astronomy, the Royal Observatory in Greenwich could be a great place for you. This is the location of the historic Prime Meridian of the world and London’s only planetarium.
I hope I helped you with some ideas in case you want to incorporate something new to your itinerary. *Time Out is a great website if you are looking for further ideas on things to do in London.