Things to Do In London You Didn’t Know

Most people do the same activities and visit the same old sites, while visiting London. This city is one of the best cities in the world. For those of you ready to branch out and participate in the lesser-known activities available to visitors, keep reading.

Churchill War Rooms

The War Rooms were created to protect Churchill during World War II. You will be able to tour the actual bunkers where he stayed alongside many critical cabinet members to make the impossible decisions and to create historical strategies which would aid in developing the face of Europe today. You will be able to see the communication devices used, many of Churchill’s belongings, and gain a true appreciation for the way life was lived during those volatile years. And, you will hear chilling speeches actually given during the war. This is a must-see stop for anyone interested in history.

Haunted London

The city has faced feast, famine, flood, fire, disease, and murder. For believers and nonbelievers alike, exploring the city on a haunted tour or a ghost walk will be an incredibly spectacular way to spend part of your trip. As you stroll through the dark and vacant alleyways at night where some of the most horrific acts in the city’s history occurred, you cannot help but to begin looking over your shoulder. The further along you progress into the tour and begin to enter the graveyards, you will begin to hear things which may or may not be there. It is up to you to decide.

Walk in the Shoes of Sherlock Holmes

The Sherlock Holmes tour will transport you into his books as if you are living them as they were written. You will begin your journey where Sherlock and Watson first met. You will also explore the many locations which inspired Arthur Conan Doyle to write the novels in the first place. As an added bonus, you will stop by many of the locations used in the television and film adaptations of his work.

Tour the Underground

Touring the underground is not exactly as you might expect. Many tunnels and chambers deep beneath the city streets have become abandoned over the years as the city made efforts to improve the tube system. You will be able to see how advancements in materials and technology have changed the structure of these locations. You will be able to see some stations which are eerily remaining in tact as if they were abandoned on the spot never to be returned to again. You will also see others which have completely disappeared as if they never existed.

Wine Tours

It is a very little known fact that you are able to take a number of mind-blowing wine tours throughout the city. Perhaps you are interested in touring the Borough Market. Since you are going anyhow, take a bicycle tour. You are not riding a bicycle, while sampling the many wine offerings, but rather you travel to and from each stop on a 10-person pedibus. This bus generates momentum by the people pushing the pedals, while a sober driver guides the vehicle at the front. It is fascinating and memorable.

Touring London does not have to be all churches and monuments. Take the time to inject some excitement into your holiday adventure.


Taking a break in London

Many people get put off staying in London because of the price. It can be much more expensive to stay in a hotel but once you are there, there are some good ways of saving money. A lot of the art galleries and museums are free and so you can visit a lot of places without having to pay an entry fee. A bit of Internet research beforehand should help you to come up with a good list.

Public transport can be expensive as well but again it is worth researching this. There are many options, underground, taxis and buses and depending on how many people are in your party and how old they are, different things will be cheaper. It is also worth getting a good A to Z because you may be able to walk to some places which is a great way of seeing parts of the city and can save even more money.

Eating out in London can be very expensive. Even restaurants which belong to chains, tend to charge more than they do in other places. However, you can buy sandwiches from supermarkets which will save money and get takeaways.

Hotels can be very expensive as well. However, if you book in advance and stay off peak times you can get some good prices. It is worth watching the press for good deals or trawling the Internet as you can find significant savings if you look hard enough.

However, if money is not a problem or if you are happy with what you are spending, then there is so much to do in London that you will never be bored for a second. The atmosphere is quite different to other places in the UK, there is the mix of tourist and busy commuter which makes for an interesting bunch. Staying slightly outside of the city may mean that you get to meet more Londoners and feel a bit more of the real atmosphere rather than just that of the working city.


How to make your trip to London really memorable

London can be (and majority of the time is) overwhelming. After all it is known to be the cultural, artistic, culinary and fashionable capital of Europe. So what to do not to be left dazed and confused upon arrival?

Starting from the basics – getting a roof over the head would most definitely be an advantage. I’d suggest researching by location to ensure you’re close to where it’s all happening. Victoria, Westminster, Mayfair or Kensington and Chelsea are the boroughs with some of the best and world class renowned London hotels, including The Connaught, Browns of Mayfair and The Fox Club. However those under a budget will find good quality hostels in King’s Cross, an up-and-coming hub already crowned ‘The Northbank’ for more and more quirky places and creative outlets. ‘The world is your oyster’ gains a new meaning in London – an oyster card will be the ultimate ticket to all the pleasures of city life so the closer you are to transport links the further it will take you.

Second basic need easy to fulfill in London and equally bedazzling is food. The capital, being as multicultural as a metropolis can be, caters for all tastes and preferences. Food on the go is easier than saying ‘take away’ and apart from massive chains; the city offers independent alternatives like Camden Food. However there are some real gems among the top rated London restaurants. 2 Michelin star restaurants The Ledbury in the heart of Notting Hill is definitely the place worth making your lunch reservations at. Popular among the Australians because of the head chef Brett Graham, the restaurant is famous for its sea food and for the heroic staff members protecting their diners during the recent riots. Carnivores will definitely enjoy the newest Jamie Oliver’s enterprise Barbecoa, run with Adam Perry Lang. The restaurant won’t please a vegetarian (unless they can settle for a starter), but will spoil taste buds of all the meat eaters.

If you’re craving artistic experiences, the south bank of Thames is the place that has it all. Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre, Tate Modern, The National Theatre, The National Film Theatre, the list is almost endless! Southbank Centre will provide a list of events happening along the river – and every season there are plenty of them to choose from. London wouldn’t be itself without the West End. Early reservations are highly recommended for the selling out performances, and from my own experience – the good seats, even if pricey, are absolutely worth it! ‘The Adventures Of Priscilla, Queen Of The Desert’ is one of the new award winning musicals with breathtaking costume design definitely worth seeing. Those yearning for true cathartic theatre experience I’d send to The Old Vic or to Almeida Theatre. The first one has the Oscar winning Kevin Spacey as it’s creative director and it’s been playing host to some incredible plays since, including the current run of Shakespeare’s ‘Richard III’.

To complete the London experience, I suggest a bit of a vanity fair. Bond Street is where the high fashion is – a sure thing for those in need of a fashion fix. However there is one place that always takes breaths away and manages to contain all the ‘it’ fashion, beauty, art and food under one roof – Selfridges. Always greeting passerby’s with show-stopping window displays, Selfridges is a one-of-a-kind, iconic department store that might leave your credit card bill in serious debt and your hands full of yellow carrier bags. With that little guide in mind you should be able to reduce the amount of confusion while in London. If however you return to a frighteningly high credit card bill – remember you have been warned!