One of the joys of visiting London is that there are a million and one things to do. In fact, there’s probably more than that. Indeed, you could visit London one hundred times and still have things to see and do — in large part because, as an ever-developing city, there are always new things popping up.
On your first trip(s), you’ll have done all the classics, such as Big Ben, the Houses of Parliament, the British Museum, and so on. On your subsequent trips, it’ll be time to think outside the box and do things a bit differently. In this blog, we’ll run through some of the best alternative things that non-first-time visitors should consider.
Hit The Theater (Not In The West End)
London is a treasure trove for theater lovers. It’s rightly earned its reputation for being one of the best theater cities in the world — it’s really only New York that can match it. And the theater scene extends beyond the city’s famous West End. If you’re looking for a fun and intriguing way to spend an evening, then look at attending a show at one of the city’s smaller, independent theaters. The most famous is probably Finborough Theater, which puts on experimental shows that nearly always receive critical acclaim.
There are many sides to London, but the most striking side is its classy side. This is a city that drips with style and sophistication, so why not put on your favorite glad-rags and dip your toe into the city’s stylish waters? Before your trip, make the most of an online casino deal to practice your poker skills, and then, once you’re in London, pay a visit to one of the city’s famous casinos. After you’ve finished playing at the high-class tables, you can transport yourself to one of the city’s swanky cocktail or wine bars. Bonus points if it’s a rooftop joint with a view of the city.
Take A Trip Down Consumer Memory Lane
We live in the age of the consumer, and there’s no doubt that it’s had a massive impact on the world. Most places don’t even stop to think about the impact, let alone build a museum dedicated to the culture. But London is a city that always does things differently.
In Notting Hill, you’ll find the Museum of Brands, which functions as something of a letter to 150 years’ worth of iconic companies and branding. It’s the perfect place to see the origins of consumerism — and to relive your childhood in the shape of iconic cereal boxes.
Go For Afternoon Tea
London is in England, sure, but it’s not really representative of the country — it’s a city that belongs to the world, and it’s all the better for it. Still, it can be nice to dive into traditional England culture, and London still does it better than any other part of the UK. For a sophisticated afternoon, go for afternoon tea and scones at Old Royal Naval College. You’ll enjoy the tea and scones but positively fall in love with the surroundings, which feel like a window to a very romantic past.
Explore The Barbican
You know somewhere is good if even people who have lived their whole life in London love it. The Barbican belongs in that category. This is a wondrous place for anyone who loves culture, with concerts, exhibitions, and more events taking place throughout the year. It’s worth popping in even if you don’t know what’s on — there’ll be something that piques your interest! If you only have a short amount of time, visit the conservatory.
It’s a little oasis in the middle of London that houses more than 1,500 species of plants and trees. And there we have it! If you’re planning another trip to London, or you just have a few hours to kill, consider doing one of the above. You won’t be disappointed.