London is Europe’s most popular tourist destination. It is said that the trip to this capital city is incomplete without seeing top attractions like the London Eye, Tower of London, Big Ben, Buckingham Palace, Sea Life, Madame Tussauds, St. Paul’s Cathedral, Westminster Abbey, Trafalgar Square, Windsor Castle, and more. You have even heard about the sightseeing London pass that helps tourist’s access top destinations at discount rates and some even for free.
Hop on/off bus tours is also a good way to explore London Highlights but you wish to do something quirky. Move away from obvious sights and get introduce to a totally different segment of London. You will certainly enjoy exploring the side of London, which you did not expect to see.
What to explore in London more than the city?
London certainly holds surprises, secret spots, unusual sights, cultish places and offbeat activities to do, which is worth a visit.
Open air swimming ponds
Add Hampstead heath in your summer day London tour. It is spread across 790 acres and is the coolest place to hang around in summer. You can enjoy the three public ponds – Kenwood Ladies Pond, Highgate Men’s Pond and Mixed Pond. Each pond is a clayed ditch fed with water from River Fleet. Water quality is excellent. Ponds are deep, so they remain refreshing and cool in warm months. The remaining park includes remarkable flora and fauna. You can even capture photographs of the panoramic views and incredible structures like Kenwood House.
Eel Pie Island
A small 8-acre Island that lies along Thames is surprisingly never visited. The Island is at present home to boat house, bowling green, historic hotel transformed into a museum, many private homes, and Thames Electric and Steam Launch Works. Once this Island was a place to party. The historic hotel hosted ballroom dance events in 1920s, Jazz bands in 1930s and rock bands in 1960s. Some popular rock groups like David Bowie, Pink Floyd, the Rolling Stones, and John Mayall’s Blues-breakers played here. Even though the environment is calmer today, it is a unique place to get familiar with.
The Sky garden has a glass dome from where you get a remarkable 360° uninterrupted view around London. Tourist get to wander around exquisitely landscaped gardens, open-air terrace and observation decks. London city can be enjoyed from a different perspective. You even get to learn about how the landscape and construction engineers made this project successful. You can even participate in events that are held at the Sky garden every now and then. Make sure to book free tickets in advance, as they are limited.
Street art lovers can find urban artwork at Shoreditch and Brick Lane. Join workshops to learn about artwork of ROA, Banksy, Shepherd Fairy, Eine, and Invader. Practice hand spray painting for free with friendly amazing tutors. You can even walk to the Leake Street Tunnel near Waterloo Station, which is a legal graffiti space loaded with amazing and incredible artwork.
Shop at the first shopping arcade in the world, which was launched in 1819. Today, Burlington Arcade is recognised as historical and architectural masterpiece. It is Britain’s longest covered shopping strip connecting Piccadilly to the Burlington’s Garden. For tourists, who desire to spend a shopping day tour away from the crowd can visit Burlington Arcade, an architectural Gem.
The place is related to shopkeepers like Designer James Drew and Jeweller Hancock. Even celebrities like Ingrid Bergman and Fred Astaire enjoyed shopping at the Arcade. You can get to know the long history and tales related to Burlington Arcade from the local guided tours.
There is plethora of organized London day tours, which can overwhelm you. You can visit http://www.tripindicator.com/london-day-trips.html for detailed information and guidance. Also, you can book your tour today on this website.