There is always more to discover in London. If you’ve already seen the top sites – or if you’re trying to dodge the crowds – it’s time to get off the beaten path. Explore hidden markets, hobnob with the locals and eat some of the best food in London. Here are a few of our favourite attractions for your next London vacation.
See an Outdoor Movie
London’s weather has a drizzly reputation, but locals worship the sun in the warmer months. A great way to enjoy a balmy summer night is at an outdoor movie screening. London’s screenings are set in unique locations such as the courtyard of Somerset House, on the rooftop of the Bussey Building in Peckham and on a boat with Time Out’s Movies on the River.
Hunt for Treasure in Camden Passage
Bustling markets take over many London roads on the weekends. Stalls sell flowers, crafts and all varieties of bric-a-brac. If you love vintage clothes and antiques, head for a treasure hunt on Camden Passage. Located on a charming cobbled lane in Islington, the market overflows with ambience and trendy vintage finds. The best market days are Wednesday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday.
Taste the Best Food in London on an East End Food Tour
If you’re wondering what to eat in London, it’s best to consult an expert. London is home to a vibrant blend of cultures and communities that bring their unique cuisines to the table. One of the most eclectic neighbourhoods is the East End, home to some of the best food in London. On our East End Food Tour, an expert guide will take you through eight (generously portioned) tastings. Along the way, you’ll try the city’s best bacon sandwich, a curry on Brick Lane and some of the best pub food London has to offer. When you aren’t snacking, you’ll meet interesting locals and visit historical sites that few tourists get to experience.
See a Show at the Young Vic Theatre
Couldn’t nab tickets to a West End performance? Go to a show at the Young Vic instead. Located in Waterloo, this hip theatre puts on a world-class programme designed with younger audiences in mind. Instead of a stuffy velvet lobby, the New Vic is home to a lively bar strung with twinkle lights. It’s a fun place to grab a drink before the show.
Explore Trinity Buoy Wharf
Trinity Buoy Wharf is an artsy enclave filled with galleries and studios. Workspaces are housed in colourful boxes made from recycled shipping containers. Step inside the event space to see local artists’ work. Outside, you’ll find a sculpture park, a street art trail and London’s only lighthouse.
Get Lost in the Abney Park Cemetery
For those seeking to get out of London, excursions abound. There are many parks that surround the city, but an interesting choice is the Abney Park Cemetery. This cemetery is set inside overgrown woods that lend an eerie air. Walk past crumbling gravestones until you find the chapel. The Gothic church was built in 1840 but was destroyed in a fire in the 1970s. Only the ruins still stand.
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