If you’re looking for a great place to experience city life in the UK, other than Liverpool, London is the place to be. One of the most famous, and undoubtedly best, cities in the world, London has a whole lot to offer; the Tower of London, Windsor palace, Big Ben, St Paul’s Cathedral and Camden Market – they’re all there. However, if you want to really get a taste of real London life – the kind that tourists don’t often experience – it’s London’s hidden delights that you’ll want to look out for. Here are some of them:
The Camden Passage
The Camden Passage is easily missed by tourists, seeing as it is slightly away from the more crowded Angel area, but it is a fantastic place for those of you who love to shop, thanks to its thriving antique market, myriad of antique shops and independent eateries. Antique markets are held every Wednesday and Saturday with book markets taking place every Thursday and Friday. You’re sure to find a bargain there.
If you’re looking for a pretty place to walk around and soak up the lovely London atmosphere, Hyde Park might be your initial choice, but lovely as it is, you can do better. If you take a trip to Highgate Cemetery, not only will you be able to spend some time in tranquillity, but you’ll also be able to visit the graves of such famous people as Karl Marx, Malcolm Mclaren and Douglas Adams. If you’re lucky, you might even catch a glimpse of the fiendish and elusive Highgate vampire!
Leighton House is, it’s fair to say, a unique piece of architecture and one which is even more impressive on the inside than the out. A trip to this 19th Century building in the high-class Holland Park area of the city will surely delight you with it’s Arabian inspired golden dome and beautiful blue mosaics. Check it out!
Wilton’s Music Hall
Wilton’s Music Hall is the oldest music hall still standing anywhere on the planet, and of course, it’s located in the city’s East End, which has always been associated with the music hall scene. Beautifully restored, it’s a great place to take selfies, and see some great, often lesser-known shows and performances. It’s very close to the brilliant jack the Ripper Museum if that’s your thing, too!
Of course, one of the best things about London is the people. Despite their reputation as being somewhat friendly and aloof compared to their northern counterparts, Londoners are a friendly, diverse and very interesting bunch, which is why you should consider booking accommodation with Homestay in London instead of staying in a hotel, and why you should make a real effort to mingle with the people around you. Don’t let the stereotypes put you off because you could really miss out on talking to some amazing people!
Throw a trip to some of these great sights into your next trip to London, and you’re sure to have an even better time than you might expect!