Heading to Old London town and don't know what to see? Or maybe you've already been there before and ticked off the top tourist spots like Big Ben and Buckingham Palace? Either way, here are some of the coolest and lesser known things to do in London after your Qantas jet lands.
1. See some jazz at St Martin-in-the-Fields
This church isn’t your average church. Located near Trafalgar Square, it has some epic jazz performances and if jazz isn’t your vibe, there’s a café in the freakin’ crypt!
2. Have a picnic and watch the city from Primrose Hill
Head up the northern side of Regent’s Park and you’ll find a little knoll charmingly named (isn’t everything in England though) Primrose Hill. From there you can get a top view of the city skyline and chill with your mates over a picnic lunch or dinner. This area of London also claims the likes of Kate Moss as a local, so keep your celeb hungry eyes peeled…
3. Go on a street-art tour
London has some wicked street-art and if you’re a keen ‘grammer, you’ll love these quirky backdrops. Alternative London run one of the best through the East London, giving you a good dose of history at the same time. Plus, they start and finish near Spitalfields Market, so you can tick that off at the same time.
4. Walk Deptford Creek at low tide
‘Excuse moi?’ you’re probably thinking, but bear with us. The Deptford Creek Low Tide Walk does what it says on the box and is a guided wander down one of the last natural creeks in the UK. With over 120 species of wild flowers and plants and tonnes of birds, butterflies and other critters, it’s a really interesting look at a different side of London.
5. Visit The British Library
If you’re all about that #NerdLife then you gotta check out the British Library. It has some of the oldest and most important documents in the world like the Magna Carta, the earliest printed book still in existence (throwback to the a year 868) and the second oldest version of the Bible.
6. Watch a sing-along film at Prince Charles Cinema
Soho is home to one of the coolest cinemas around. Why? Because the Prince Charles Cinema specialises in playing your fave musical movies AND encourages you to sing along. Got a love for The Rocky Horror Picture Show, Grease or even Frozen? This is your utopia.
7. Have a swim at Hampstead Heath
London may not be synonymous with outdoor frivolity, but in Hampstead Heath becomes ~the~ place to be. There are several ponds in the park for splish-splashing in (including male, female and mixed) and it’s probably one of the funniest days out in the city. Grab some beverages and snacks and make a whole day of it.
8. Get your naturopath on at Chelsea Physic Garden
Even Londoners don’t really know about this hidden garden, but the Chelsea Physic Garden is one of London’s oldest botanic gardens and has over 5,000 medicinal, edible and historic plants. Located near the Thames, it’s a little oasis for anyone who is interested in natural medicine and wants to see what was currency before paracetamol became king.
9. Kayak the waters of the Thames
One of the most fun things to do in London is paddle down the Thames. You can rent everything, from junk boats to floating hot tubs (no joke), just standard canoes and kayaks. Grab a friend or go solo and take it easy as you sail through the city, seeing London from a different perspective. For an extra dose of fun, check out Moo Canoes, cow print vessels that include tours and stops for lunch.
10. Get all teary in Postman’s Park
Postman’s Park is right near the Museum of London, and while fairly unassuming there is a wall in the park that is actually a memorial for those who tragically died performing acts of bravery and saving others. It’s honestly one of the most touching things you’ll ever see. Here’s an example of the plaques you’ll find on the wall: “Edward Blake, drowned while skating at the Welsh Harp Waters Hendon in the attempt to rescue two unknown girls. Feb 5 1895”.
11. Embrace the country at Hackney City Farm
London may be one of the biggest cities in the world, but there is a whole farm in the middle of it! Hackney City Farm is an authentic taste of country life and the farm shop sells fresh produce and eggs from it’s chickens. Not country enough for ya? Hackney City Farm also holds community style events like choir and pottery classes.
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