London is an amazing city; there’s so much to do! And, best of all, some of it costs absolutely nothing! While you can go around the monuments you’re so familiar with, there are a few things off the beaten path that can entice visitors to seek them out.
In order to save yourself some time, check out this excellent virtual tour of the London skyline, complete with information about each of the monuments and a few little known secrets (there are also 5 videos hidden across the tour, see if you can find them). With that done, and you up to date on the classic London monuments, consider these alternatives for something a bit different.
- Visit London’s latest park
The Olympics were such a success for the capital, and the whole world saw just how great London can be, that it’s definitely worth visiting the Queen Elizabeth Olympic park. The area was rejuvenated to host the games, and it has now become a beautiful place to spend a day. Paths and waterways run through the area and are host to a wide variety of wildlife. It truly is a great example of how investment can transform an area for the good of the community.
- Laugh your leg off at the Theatre Royal
The Theatre Royal in Stratford hosts many musicals, shows, and performances from the culturally diverse residents of the area. Among these many excellent forms of entertainment are the completely free comedy nights on Mondays. Performed in the bar upstairs, patrons are encouraged to come along for a laugh and get the odd drink or 2 if they feel like it; however entrance is completely free and the acts are certainly worth the visit.
- Get a little bit of Japanese tranquillity
Holland Park is a great attraction that has so much to entertain visitors. However not many people are aware of its hidden gem; a traditional Japanese garden that was constructed as part of London’s Japan festival in 1992. It’s a beautiful place that is as peaceful as you’re likely to find in London, especially as not many people know about it.
- Smell flowers in the morning
Columbia road in east London is host to a flower market every Sunday morning. Despite Sunday usually deserving a lie in, it’s more than worth the effort to get up early and experience one of the most vibrant displays of flowers you’ll ever see. The beautiful colours and sweet smells will definitely wake you up and keep you in good spirits for the rest of the day.
- Fountain fun
Granary Square is definitely upmarket; being home to London’s University of Arts and a dizzying array of highbrow restaurants. However there is one attraction that doesn’t require an arts degree or a posh meal; the fountains in the middle of the square have been designed to create incredible displays to entertain the trendy locals. Different colours and routines are bound to mesmerise you for a while, especially if you visit in the early evening.
London is an incredible city, and it’s testament to the culture that not everything requires you to have a bottomless wallet to enjoy yourself. These suggestions are definitely considered off the beaten path, but they’re well worth the effort to visit, and they guarantee you’ll feel like you’ve discovered a secret side of the city.