6 places to visit in London that are off the beaten track
Away from the bright lights of the West End, there are parts of London which are made for exploring and finding something new every time. As you travel across the city, you’ll be able to find art, culture and hidden quirks everywhere you go. From the pop-up stalls of Camden Market, to the up and coming areas on the outskirts of the city, these London treasures are certain to whet your appetite for a brand new look on the capital.
Different places to visit in London
Packing lots into eight square miles, a unique trip to London isn’t complete without walking around Camden. Throughout the year, some of the biggest recording artists from around the world perform at the Roundhouse, an iconic music venue with a capacity of 1700 people. If you’re a foodie, you’ll enjoy the global cuisines on offer at Camden Market. With over 1000 stalls selling an array of food and drinks, as well as clothes, accessories and art, you’re bound to find a one-of-a-kind item in Camden.
Just a few minutes walk from the centre of Camden is London Zoo, home to over 800 species of animals. From lions to penguins, make your time in Camden an exotic experience that will leave you wanting to come back for more and more.
Towards the west of the city is “Little Venice”, a small area that brings a piece of calm to the bustling metropolis. Stroll down Little Venice and you’ll be able to see where the Grand Union Canal joins the Regent’s Canal, complete with floating art galleries and a floating hotel! Visitors can even get to Little Venice on a waterbus, connecting London Zoo, Regents Park and Little Venice together in a different way to get to picturesque locations in London.
If you’re feeling inspired by Little Venice, why not whisk yourself further away into Italy with a visit to The Light in the Piazza. Set in Florence, it’s an operatic musical which will sweep you off your feet.
Just four miles south of the West End is Clapham, an area of London which is a hub of activity which feels like central London without the business of the city. At Christmas time, Clapham is home to Winterville, a winter wonderland with roller skating, craft fairs and traditional seasonal foods. In the summer months, visitors can head to Clapham Common, a green space providing great views of the London skyline while allowing people to bask in the warm breeze of the London sunshine.
For even more places to visit in London at Christmastime, we’ve put together a list of places that you shouldn’t miss out on!
In London’s East End, Shoreditch is a small area with plenty of quirky activities on every street. For those who want to find a unique memento of their day out in London, take a trip to Old Spitalfields Market with over 50 shops and stalls as well as 40 cafes, restaurants and places to grab a quick bite to eat. If a market isn’t enough for you, why not walk down Brick Lane? Stretching for a mile across London, the street is home to vintage shops and street art, with a piece by Banksy on the Truman Brewery.
On the outskirts of London is Greenwich. Spend a day out in Greenwich and begin at the Royal Observatory. Visitors can stand on the meridian line and put one foot on each side, marking that they’re on both sides of the world. In the evening, take a visit to the world-famous O2 Arena where musicians bring their world tours, as well as live action performances including Marvel Universe Live. It has also hosted sports tournaments and movie premieres, welcoming over two million visitors a year.
If you’re looking for an easy-going vibe while you’re in London, then Brixton is the place to head for. A multicultural metropolitan area, you’ll be able to eat from a variety of international cuisines on offer, as well as explore Brixton Village, a market that has been open since the 1960s. Providing entertainment through to the evening, the concerts in its three biggest venues offer a variety of sounds, sights and colours, bringing cutting-edge music to London concertgoers.
Looking for even more concerts to visit in 2019? We’ve put together a list of unmissable concerts that are set to rock arenas and stadiums alight in 2019.