What to do in London through different eyes
Unusual and (almost) non-touristic places in London
What to do in London? I love London.
In reality, I love so many cities in the world, it’s full of wonders, how do you choose only one?
I told you in this article “what to do 3 days in London“, but you must know that this city is not just what everyone tells, tourist sites and crowded museums, London has covert views, incredible beauties hidden beneath the surface!
What to do in London, let’s discover its hidden gems
Nothing to take away from Big Ben, London Eye, Buckingham Palace and all other London attractions, but you will see that seeing London from different points of view and from different perspectives will enrich you even more!
Let’s start from Little Venice!
Venice is an Italian jewel, and even London tries to replicate it.
Little Venice is an area dotted with cafes, pubs and restaurants right on the river! It‘s possible to walk along the shore or even take the “gondola” to cross it. A little italian space in the eclectic London!
Are you walking around Covent Garden? Then reach Neal’s Yard on the streets of Monmouth Street and Short Gardens, and immerse yourself in the expanse of colors that this square gives us. Under the dark and gray sky that often characterizes this city, seeing London vibrant and colorful, is a feast for the eyes!
The Rolling Bridge
Now i want to talk about the Rolling Bridge! We are in Westminster and on Friday morning this bridge really start to roll! One of the most extravagant bridges in the world, made by Thomas Heatherwick; not to be missed.
Hindu Neasden Temple
Yes, London has a Hindu temple. And not just any temple, but the biggest temple outside of India. In the Brent district, it‘s an impressive building and impossible to miss, it will leave you speechless!
You can enter, even if it‘s better before 12.00 as you would find religious services; at the entrance you have to remove your shoes as a sign of respect, and I recommend … no short skirts.
How to reach it? Take the metro to the Neasden stop, and a 15-minute walk from there.
It’s worth it! I assure you!
The Japanese gardens of London
Right in the city center, built in 1992 for the Japan Festival, the Kyoto Gardens are an oasis of tranquility in the bustling central London area.
To visit them, just go to the Holland Park (another hidden gem) reachable by metro, stopping at the homonymous stop. Here you will find hidden corners, quiet, paths, even peacocks … really beautiful.
Are you an Harry Potter’s fan? Me too (!), and just for this I want to mention Leadenhall Market a historic market in London that has really ancient origins.
Even today it is one of the most famous markets in the city, just here were some scenes from the movie Harry Potter! It is located on Gracechurch Street.
This is not just a bookshop … this is magic for who love reading. With wooden furniture, you will have the impression that time has stopped there. Known for the vastness of books for passionate travelers, in this library you know when you enter … but not when you go out. Beautiful!
Sir John Soane’s Museum
Here we are in one of the most beautiful public museums in London, as well as the former residence of an important and famous neoclassical architect John Soane, who collected a vast collection of works of art. A real pearl.
Open from Wednesday to Sunday from 10.00 to 17.00 – free entry
London is studded with bars and pubs for all tastes, but at Lokal Sketch you’ll be amazed. Perfect place for design lovers, in this bar everything is cared for down to the last detail, innovative and modern. Ah! I suggest you to go the the restroom, really…weird! Try it to believe it!
The Monument to the Great Fire of London
How not to mention the memorial commemorating the tragic fire that struck London in 1666? The height (61 meters) corresponds to the precise distance between the monument and the bakery from where the fire started. Beautiful from the outside, even a view inside it deserves; steeped in history, climbing to the top you will enjoy a beautiful view of the city.
But it’s not the end! London is really full of hidden views,
unexplored places rich in beauty, art and history!
In the next article … more tips to see London through new eyes!
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