When you book a trip to London and you’re on the hunt for some things to do and see in the City, search results offer up the same carousel of attractions; Big Ben, Buckingham Palace, and the London Eye, and of course, these attractions are London staples. But if you’re on the hunt for some unique experiences and things to do in London, we’ve got you covered with a list of the city’s best hidden gems, broken up by different Boroughs.
- Cruise the canals on The London Waterbus at Regent’s Canal on a traditional English narrowboat, complete with tour guide.
- All artsy, music-loving travellers will love the Amy Winehouse street art trail, the place where Amy lived.
- Rent a pedalo, bring your family to the children’s playground and enjoy the scenery of Mary’s gardens and Primrose Hill at Regent’s Park.
- For the musical travellers: explore famous venues like The Jazz Cafe, The Roundhouse, and even join on a Camden Market and Guided Musical Legends tour.
- Camden Beach is effectively a “pop-up sandbox”; it’s a ping-pong, cocktail, barbecue haven.
- Brixton Village; the market area where you can eat, drink, shop, and explore.
- Take a look at the messages from fans left at the David Bowie Memorial.
- The Black Cultural Archives is a heritage centre dedicated to the histories of the Caribbean and African people in Britain.
- Brockwell park is a huge expanse of greenery in the city, perfect for a picnic on a sunny afternoon.
- Explore the street art on Rivington Street, with features from incredible artists, including Banksy.
- Witness the gorgeous blooms at Columbia Road Flower Market, then rummage down the side streets to uncover delicious food and coffee, and some independent shops.
- Go vintage shopping on Brick Lane.
- Find great music, events, and club nights at Village Underground, a renovated turn-of-the-century warehouse.
- This ball pit cocktail bar — named Ballie Ballerson, naturally — is an adult’s playground. We highly recommend it.
- The Museum of the Home is a perfect spot for a family day out. With installations, exhibitions and events all about how we’ve lived in the past, it’s educational and fun.
- Watch the flowers bloom and burst with colour at Dalston Eastern Curve Garden. They even have a little café.
- EarTH is a multi-arts space hosting a range of events from jazz and soul music to gospel choirs and DJs.
- Another hotspot for both music events and also film is Rio Cinema, around since 1909, it’s a historic gem in Dalston.
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