Fun Alternative Attractions in London (Part 2)

Carrying on our series of interesting and under considered activities in London, we’re bringing you another set of 10 amazing attractions to see in London away from the standard stops.

Lee Valley VeloPark

The London 2012 Olympics was an amazing feat for the city, and its managed to leave a lasting memory. The Aquatics Centre is open to the public to swim, or you can go cycle in the Lee Valley VeloPark! There’s options for both Track and BMX, depending on what you’re after. You can even get inside the real velodrome, but it is required to take an accreditation course for safety reasons. If you don’t have your own bike, too, it’s not a problem – you can hire one for the day.

Brixton Windmill

Not an architectural feat you would probably consider to see in London, but there’s a windmill in Brixton. This adorable black-painted Windmill can be found in Blenheim Gardens, which also offers tours inside during the warmer seasons as well as storytelling days and food festivals. Whether you just want a postcard picture, or want a walk in the countryside, it’s worth a visit.

Dennis Severs’ House

This one terrace on Folgate Street can offer a glimpse into the colourful history of migrant populations and communities in London over the past 200 years. From room to room you are lead, in silence, to see a glimpse of scenes which look as if inhabitants have just left. Reflecting different times in history, the rooms take you literally through the past of London.

B Afternoon Tea Bus Tour

Whilst there are plenty of London Bus Tours available out there, not all of them come with Afternoon Tea. The B Afternoon Tea Bus Tour takes you through London’s most famous sites, as well as Brigit and her team offering you a wonderful selection of brewed tea (or champagne, if you fancy) alongside sandwiches, scones, cakes and tarts. If you have dietary concerns, it’s not a problem either, as they offer both gluten free and vegetarian options as well.

Helicopter tours

We’ve seen Buses and Boats, and now we take to the air. See London’s landmarks away from the hustle and bustle, and take it all in with a bird’s eye view. Jump in a fancy helicopter and see London from above – London Eye, the Shard, the O2 Arena. It’ll never look the same again.

Sky Garden

Not quite as high up, the Sky Garden on Fenchurch Street is a beautiful high paradise in the centre of London. Fly up 35 floors in the Walkie Talkie building (London’s Ugliest Building?), and see these spectacular views. Entry is free, but you have to book a time slot at least 3 days in advance to see it. They have landscapes gardens with plants from all over the world, an open-air terrace, a bar, and two restaurants. What more could you want?

 

Image sourced from SkyGarden London

Underground Tours from London Transport Museum

If you’re visiting London and looking for something a little out of the ordinary, we’ve already mentioned the new opening of the London Transport Museum. However, alongside their main exhibitions they’re offering some more exciting tours.

Winston Churchill’s Secret Station

A tour of the ‘Secret Station’ on Down Street, which was used by Winston Churchill to host meetings and hide during the blitz. This mile-long World War II shelter in Clapham is definitely well worth a visit.

Photography Tour of Euston

Alongside this, there is also a photography tour of Euston Station which takes you through some of the disused rail lines, and it is a very slow tour to allow you to get some amazing photographs by the end of it.

Tickets for these amazing tours are available from today and can be booked from here. However, be warned – they’re selling out fast!

If you would like more information on the London Transport Museum, which is opening its doors this year, you can find out more on their website.

5 Historic Pubs in London

Britain is known for its pubs, and there are over 7000 pubs in London alone. However, these public houses have a wide history, and they are museums in their own right. here are 5 examples of some of the most amazing stories behind London’s pubs.

The Lamb & Flag

This pub is tucked away on the backstreets in Covent Garden, and its location attracted a slightly rougher than usual crowd, and it used to host bare-knuckle prize fights. Also, earlier in 1679, poet John Dryden took a beating by thugs hired by a rival poet John Wilmot down this back alley. That’s one way to resolve your issues.

The Prospect of Whitby

The Prospect of Whitby in Wapping is a pub that was often frequented by sailors (and pirates!). There is a replica gallows hanging outside the front, a reference to the revolution-suppressing ‘Hanging’ Judge Jeffreys who was a patron to this place. Unfortunately, the only thing that’s the same from when it was originally built is the flagstone floor inside.

The Spaniards Inn

One of the oldest pubs in London is The Spaniards Inn on a hilltop by Hampstead Heath. Having been there since 1585, it has a wide visitor’s list including Byron, Keats, and Dickens. It is even mentioned in Bram Stoker’s version of Dracula

The Ten Bells

The Ten Bells is a regular pit stop on a Jack The Ripper tour, as this pub was a regular haunt for Victorian prostitutes which became the victims of Jack the Riper. The faded interior and candlelit lighting adds to the ambience of the pub.

The French House

The French as it is often referred to is located in the bohemian area of London’s Soho. Lucian Freud, Sylvia Plath, and Dylan Thomas are just a few names of previous patrons of this pub. During World War 2, Charles De Gaulle used to use this pub as their base, and an interesting fact: they only serve half pints in this pub!

 

Image sourced from TimeOut London.

5 Things You Must Pack When Travelling to London

London is one of the great destinations for several reasons. From quality museums to vibrant nightlife, there’s so many things to enjoy and take advantage of in this beautiful city. One of the most important things that every traveler should know about is that the weather in London can drastically change all over the day. That can make your packing different and a bit difficult than other travel destinations.

Your visit to London can go more smoothly, especially if you take some time to carefully plan the things that you need to pack when travelling. There’s nothing more important than to be more prepared and pack your things correctly. Are you wondering what things you must pack going to London? No worries on that, as here are the list of the most important things that you need to bring.

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Food Hub in Chinatown

There are constantly being renovations in the city to help develop and improve, and the latest is the development of Central Cross – a 48,000 square foot retail and food development planning to be launched later this spring.

The Central Cross will feature seven new restaurants keeping with the theme of the area, serving new Chinese and East Asian cuisine. They will also have outdoor seating, and there are plans to pedestrianise Newport Place.

We’ll keep you updated with more information as we find out.

Image sourced from TimeOut London

5 Amazing Events in London This Spring

With the coming of Spring, people take to the outdoors, and that in turn means that there are more and more events in London! These are some of our favourite events that are coming up in London this spring that we wanted to share with you.

WOW: Women of the World Festival

In the 2017 edition of this festival there will be great discussions and debates about female achievements and obstacles, with great performances celebrating women of the world. Famous women such as Gillian Anderson, Angela Davis, Sandi Toksvig will be present for the show to take place in the discussions and presentations.

Visit the WOW mini-site to see the full programme of events and for tickets.

Outdoor Theatre at Shakespeare’s Globe

With the improvement in weather, Shakespeare’s Globe’s outdoor theatre once again begins its display of outdoor theatre. One of the hot shows for this spring will be Romeo and Juliet, and with a new boss at the head of the theatre, there is plenty of high energy and excitement ready for this year. 

The American Dream: Pop to the Present

This show is a dedication to the work of 1960s ‘pop’ stars who took hold of printmaking as a medium of great excitement. This show tells the story of America’s post-war boom and the evolution of it until the present day. Prepare for bombardment of colour, strong visuals, and lots of prints!

The exhibition will be held at the British Museum until June 18.

London Marathon

The London Marathon is an annual event of great feat. Covering 26.2 miles, the run takes over the city for a weekend in April, and is well celebrated and accepted by the local community. This year the marathon takes place on April 23.

Futuro House Tour

Want to see one of these crazy spaceship houses from the late 60s? These houses were a big craze and can be found all across the world. If you would like to take a tour inside this house, you can book a tour with Central St Martins.

sourced from TimeOut