It's no secret that when travelling we sometimes prefer to ditch the guidebook and explore to find hidden gems other tourists have yet to discover. Such places might have endless tales to tell about the local culture and often they prove more interesting than the popular tourist hot spots. London is no exception. Here is a run down of the top attractions in our capitol which have managed to stay under the tourist radar.
1. Little Venice
As the name suggests, Little Venice is London's answer to the famous Italian city of Venice. You won't find any gondolas but this area is home to pubs, waterside cafes and restaurants bustling with life during the Summer months. Londoners and visitors walk the riverside or explore with canal boats.
2. Camden Passage
Tucked behind Upper Street in Islington Camden Passage is full of independent boutiques, cute cafes, vintage shops and more. But it is probably most popular for it's Antiques markets on Wednesdays and Saturday Morning. You'll find everything from furniture to bric-a-brac amongst the bustling alley.
3. The Thames Path
The Thames is home to many treasures of London. The Thames Path is a 40-mile long Path has many quiet spots to be explored amongst the more famous landmarks. You can travel the full length via mini bus hire or hire a bike to explore the path surrounded by the favourite pubs of Charles Dickens and the village of Rotherhithe.
4. Wilton's Music Hall
This traditional Victorian music hall is located in London's Tower Hamlets. It has recently been restored to it's former glory and you can take a tour of this extremely beautiful historic venue. Book yourself a ticket to a performance and pause for a drink in the Mahogany Bar in the interval.
5. Sir John Soane's Museum
This is the former residence of Sir John Soane who was the architect of the Bank of England and it is one of the UK's finest public museums. Home to more than 20,000 architectural antiquities and drawings you will find the Egyptian Sarcophagus of Seti along side paintings by Canaletto, Turner and Piranesi. Everything is kept exactly as Soane intended.
So now you know all the off-beat London attractions to visit why not try getting a group together and hire a mini bus to see the sights, you'll be surprised at how reasonable it is.
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