5 Alternative Things to do in London
If you’ve seen the top sights in central London and know the West End from the East End then it might be time to check out our 5 Alternative Things to do in London.
5 Alternative Things to do in London
We love London’s free museums, galleries and cool street life, but there are so many famous and historical sites that sometimes you just want to getaway from the crowds and see something all together different. Once you know your way around the West End and are familiar with Soho’s streets and Covent Garden’s shops then head to some of the lesser visited sites – the ones the more Londoners go to! Here are our suggestions for 5 alternative things to do in London.
London is famous for the Thames River passing through but there are also a whole network of canals and rivers around London that you can sail down, stroll along or cycle past. From Camden’s famous locks to East London’s trendy waterways, there are plenty of places to explore. One of the best is Little Venice.
Just above Paddington and not far from the Equity Point London Hostel is Little Venice – so called because of the number of canals and bridges that criss-cross the area as Regent’s Canal meets the Grand Union Canal heading towards Camden Lock. This area is peaceful and picturesque, with plenty of narrow boats bobbing on the water amongst the tree lined tow paths. There are also plenty of cafes and bars lining the sides to enjoy the view on a sunny day.
2. Cocktail and cabaret in a former public toilet!
There are so many bars in London that there’s something for every taste, even the most quirky. How about a former Public Toilet? In Kentish Town there is now a cocktail bar – Ladies & Gentlemen – that is a former public toilet below the street. This tiny establishment serves up top cocktails in their miniature lounge, and it’s not the only one. There are a crop of bar/restaurants and even cabaret spaces in former WCs. Try Attendant in Covent Garden, cabaret club Cellar Door, or WC – Wine and Charcuterie in Clapham. It says a lot about London property prices!
3. Cafés with a Difference
If you’re looking for a café with a difference, then how about one dedicated to cereal? Or to stroking cats? The Cereal Killer Café in Camden has over 120 different types of cereal in their 80s and 90s inspired nostalgic cafe. Or how about Lady Dinah’s Cat Emporium in Shoreditch? A great spot for animal lovers, you can go and have a coffee with up to 50 rescued cats that would like to be petted!
If you’re near Notting Hill try Biscuiteers – not only can you eat a lot of tasty biscuits but you can learn how to make them and draw icing on them. Each one is work of art! Or try Hurwendeki in East London – a 50’s hair salon turned into a Korean snack bar. They also have great coffees and pastries. Or for bike fans check out cyclists special Look Mum No Hands! in Old Street. For summer you can check out south London’s Frank’s Café on the roof of a carpark in Peckham or head west to the rooftop of BBC television centre’s car park in summer! Yes really – there is a bar and bbq up there in summer called Storeys.
4. Visit Kew Gardens
Tropical atriums, giant lily pads, thousands of plant species and a tree canopy walk way – there’s lots to see for nature lovers at the world’s most famous Royal Botanical Garden. Founded in 1759 and a world UNESCO Heritage site, Kew Gardens are only 30 minutes from central London and house historical buildings, landscaped gardens and many rare plant species. In summer it’s a great place to picnic and in winter you can stay in the tropical house! Find out more here
With so many free and famous museums in London, the Science Museum often gets overlooked, but it’s central and world class, and also free! Probably one of the best places to go to discover your place in the universe, there are interactive exhibitions, activities and photography. They also have an Imax theatre that’s currently showing Star Wars too! Open every day until 6pm. Find out more here
Equity Point Hostel London is located centrally in Paddington – by famous Hyde Park and Notting Hill. With all the usual fabulous facilities of our hostels, we offer a clean, fun and safe place to stay. We also have rooms available to suit any budget. Find out more here