Some less than obvious things you could do in Europe’s most popular tourist destination. (With the added bonus that most of these are free.)
- ‘Ten Peak’ Challenge
Did you know that ten of the most popular destinations in the UK are all in London, mostly free, and within a mile or two of each other?
2. Six of the Best
Not just of London, or even the UK but the world. The Science, the V&A, the Natural History, the British, the National Maritime, and the Imperial War. Museums, that is.
You’ll find the first three of these right next to each other, and the others are just a few tube stops away.
3. Absolutely Fabulous
Harrods, Selfridges and, of course, Harvey Nicks for some bubby Bolly.
4. Monopoly Marathon
Your challenge is to walk the Monopoly Board of famous place names including Piccadilly, Pall Mall, Oxford Street, Leicester Square, and the Angel Islington, plus all the stations. This is one time you can land on Mayfair without it costing you all your little green houses. You won’t need Free Parking either and you can skip the utilities. Just make sure you don’t Go To Jail!
5. Upstairs Downstairs
Before there was Downton Abbey , there was Upstairs Downstairs. Start from the TV location in Eaton Square and work your way round one of the most exclusive and expensive square miles on Earth, where practically every street is a celebrity and residents don’t order their rolls with butter.Sloane Ranger your way across Cadogan Gardens, Cruise the news in Kensington and count the Bentleys in Belgravia. Take a walk on the posh side!
6. Regents Park, Hyde Park, St James’ Park, Kensington Gardens
London has more green spaces than any capital cities in the world. If you’re near Hyde Park’s north-east gate don’t miss lively Speakers’ Corner (not to be confused with Hyde Park Corner), the last historic remnant of a once popular national pastime.
7. Naval Gazing
8. I Spy with my London Eye
London is full of spy stories, ‘spooks’ nooks, ipcress File crannies, James Bond chase locations and real-life former KGB dead drops. MI6 lives in Vauxhall Cross, also known as Legoland, blown up in more than one Bond Film, while Blythe House, Kensington is the MI6 Location used in the 2011 film Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy. Meanwhile MI5 can be found at Thames House, Milbank (although in TV’s Spooks they used the Freemason’s Hall in Convent Garden) while the KGB had a dead drop at Brompton Oratory. If you’re a fan of the Great Game, London is the perfect place for a snoop.
9. Tower Bridge Did you know you could hire this and hold a party. Named 2012’s most unusual venue, this is free to walk across although there’s a charge to see the engine rooms and the exhibitions (the bridge has a lift where you can check bascule lift times.)
10. Camden Market, Petticoat Lane & Portobello Road Market
We hope you have enjoyed our selection of ideas of what to explore when in London.
What would you add to the list?