An Alternative Guide to London
The city of London offers a huge variety of things to do. With modern sights such as the London Eye and the Shard, and historical structures such as Big Ben and Westminster Abbey; the thriving city has something for everyone. But London doesn’t stop there. For those of you that have already seen the sights don’t fret; there is still so much more that you have left to see.
London’s famous museums and galleries such as the Tate Britain Gallery, the Science Museum and the Natural History Museum, are home to fantastic works of art and are filled to the brim with interesting displays. London also has some hidden gems just waiting for you to discover. The Horniman Museum offers a number of collections and displays including musical instrument galleries, an African world history exhibit and an aquarium. Located in South London’s forest hill, the Horniman museum is a great family attraction.
The typical places to shop in London are the famous Harrods store in Knightsbridge or Oxford Street, but if you’re looking for something a bit more unique then why not try the diverse markets and chic shops available in Brick lane and Camden Town? Brick Lane has a collection of vibrant stalls, flower markets and flea markets; putting everything you’ve ever needed at your fingertips. For unique clothing, the best place to go is the Old Truman Brewery, a market housed in an old factory with stalls of clothing, handbags and accessories made by up-and-coming designers. Camden Town also offers a huge variety of markets with stalls overflowing out onto the streets. Camden Lock and Camden Stables have a variety of shops and stalls offering retro/vintage clothing, with fashion and accessories for all occasions these markets are perfect for ensuring you don’t endure the horror of having someone turn up in the same dress.
If you’re looking for somewhere with less of the hustle and bustle found in the heart of London, stepping out of the centre and into the outskirts of the city will show you a different side to the busy capital. Greenwich is the perfect place to visit to get away from the crowds. Although still busy with locals and tourists, it offers a much more relaxed experience than walking around central London. Greenwich Park houses beautiful green landscapes with spectacular views of London, as well as the Cutty Sark, a 19th century ship which visitors can board. The famous Greenwich Market has different themes each day, from crafts to vintage goods you’ll be sure to find some interesting pieces. The market also includes food stalls from a variety of backgrounds, which are sure to get your mouth watering.
London is full of interesting attractions and famous landmarks, and it doesn’t stop there. If you’re looking for something that will get your adrenaline pumping why not try the Saab Ice Wall, whether you’re a professional or someone who has never even considered ice climbing before, the Saab Ice Wall can offer you a great experience. For those who have no familiarity with the sport a qualified guide at the ice wall can teach you how it’s done and those who are skilled can just come along and enjoy the fantastic opportunity that the Saab Ice Wall has to offer.
If you like your water a little less frozen why not spend the day kayaking on the River Thames. Thames River Adventures offers a unique opportunity; see the sites of London from the river in a truly unforgettable experience. Catering for all levels of ability, they offer the chance to enjoy the calmer waters of the Regent’s canal, or the more fast-paced tides of the Thames. If these options are too harsh, why not take advantage of the charming tranquil waters at Hampton Court? Sightseeing from the Thames gives you the opportunity to see the beauty of the city and its famous landmarks without the bustle of the crowds.
The Hazlitts Hotel in Soho is the perfect place to stay for your alternative trip to London. The hotel is made up of a group of Georgian houses on Firth Street. Keeping the historical feel to the rooms the hotel offers a group of suites which have been decorated in memory of the previous owners, such as Baron Willoughby who occupied no. 6 in the late 18th century. With many of its original furnishings the suite is a step back in time, giving you the unique opportunity to experience the lifestyle of a baron in 18th century London. The hotel is close to a large number of Soho’s popular restaurants and bars and only a short walk from Oxford Street and Covent Garden.