It is no secret that London is a rather sizable city. Considering how small the UK actually is in proportion to the rest of the world, London is enormous, and yet despite this, most people that come to London end up doing the same things everyone does and seeing the same old sites. Whilst there is nothing wrong with doing this, it is important to know that there are many more things to see and do in the capital than Big Ben and Buckingham Palace.
SWAP: Covent Garden
FOR: Old Spitalfields Market
In London’s famous East End district, this market will provide you with an experience much more typical to a real London market than its central city counterpart. Also a covered market, Old Spitalfields Market has been in London for over 350 years and is about ten minutes walk from Liverpool Street train station.
SWAP: Hyde Park
FOR: Richmond Park
Located on the outskirts of London in the affluent suburb of Richmond, this park has deer roaming free and is much quieter than practically anywhere in central London. Right at the end of the District line on the London Underground and well connected by bus, it takes about 20 minutes to get to Richmond from Hammersmith.
SWAP: The London Eye
FOR: A River Cruise
Taking a Thames river boat cruise is a great alternative way to see the city. Departing every 40 minutes, with extra services at busy times, cruises leave from four piers across the city, from Westminster all the way east to Greenwich. With handy onboard amenities, commentary comes in eight languages so you don’t miss anything.
SWAP: Buckingham Palace
FOR: Alexandra Palace
Famous in London for its stunning firework display on Bonfire Night, Alexandra Palace and its surrounding gardens are located in North London. The Grade II listed building is close to Wood Green station on the Piccadilly train line and on a clear day you can see the whole of London from the palace.
SWAP: Trafalgar Square
FOR: Grosvenor Square
An intriguing corner of London dedicated to our friends in the USA, the compact square is great for people watching and much quieter than other parks in the city. Dating back to the early 1700’s, the square features a statue of President Roosevelt and a touching 9/11 memorial. The tranquility of the square makes for a perfect place to relax in the beating heart of London’s West End.
SWAP: Oxford Street
FOR: Westfield White City
Swap one of the longest shopping streets in the world for one of the biggest shopping malls in Europe, with a visit to this impressive shopping centre in the Borough of Hammersmith and Fulham. With all of the high street stores found on Oxford Street as well as the luxury brands found on upmarket Bond Street, Westfield White City offers food, fashion and so much more all under one roof.
Of course, all of the sites in London are great places to visit and these are only some of the alternatives you might like to sample, if looking for something a little different to do on your visit.