London has always been a cool place to visit. With such a vast amount of history in action, within the Capital, little wonder people love to visit the coolest place in the UK. But, there is a lot more to London than the Natural History Museum and Buckingham Palace. In fact, there are some perfect places that are slightly off the tourist trail. After all, you don’t want to become yet another tourist, wearing an I Love London t-shirt and a giant comedy hat.
1. Head to East London
East London has always had something of a bad rap. But, if you want to spend your time conversing with bohemian, arty types, East London is the place to be. Yes, Hackney is a little rough around the edges. But, it’s a great place to go. Bars, clubs and shops are abundant. Plus, you are more likely to submerge yourself in local life. The East End is an excellent place to visit unusual art galleries and eat some great cuisine. What’s more, it’s one of the cheapest places in London to visit. So, if you are on a limited budget, the East End is perfect for you. Head to Dalton and check out the myriad of street art. It’s nothing short of provocative.
2. Get on a Party Boat on the Thames
Party boats used to be commonplace in mainland Europe, but now they have come to the Thames. Nightclubs can be dull, heaving places. It’s time to part of the boat. The boat party in London has become something of a revelation. It’s an excellent way to see more of the Thames and the gorgeous London scenery. Plus, you get to relax and unwind with a drink or three. What could be better?
3. Greenwich Market: Foodie Heaven
Yes, Camden and Portobello markets are heavily featured in the tourist magazines. But, have you considered heading to Greenwich Market? Greenwich is not just famous for its clock. It also has an incredible market that is sure to appeal to the most ardent of foodies among us. The market itself is located in the UNESCO Heritage Site, so it’s not only amazing, but it’s got a little bit of culture thrown in too. You can find every kind of food to suit every kind of palate.
4. Soak in the Urban Culture in South Bank
South Bank has become increasingly popular in recent times. This is due to the Avant Garde urban culture that exudes from every pore. With street graffiti, installations and stencils in abundance, it’s a brilliant way to get a real sense of London. Wander around the streets and take it all in. While the Tube is a great way to travel, you can see so much more than the usual tourists by going round London on foot.
5. Ditch Camden and Head to Kentish Town
Yes, Camden is cool. But, with only one tube stop away, Kentish Town is where it’s at. Kentish Town is like how Camden used to be. Cool, bohemian and not filled with tourists. Vintage shops and unusual nightlife is apparent in Kentish Town. It’s a neat alternative. Plus, you’ll beat the crowds too.