London is one the world’s greatest cities and is full of interesting and exciting things to do, however most of these are plagued by long queues and sky high ticket prices. In an effort to help visitors to London who don’t want to spend hours waiting around for an overrated attraction, I have decided to look into the top three things to do in London which are away from the tourist hot spots.
Most of the world’s mains cities now have some sort of cycle hire system which is available to visitors without a long term contract. The Barclays Bike Hire system allows guests to rent a bike from one of the many docking stations using the chip and pin machines which are built in the docking stations. These so called “Boris Bikes”, named after London mayor Boris Johnson, are a great option for anyone who wants to explore the city without using an open top bus. After a quick read over the relevant safety information these bikes allow visitors to get to know the real London. See http://www.tfl.gov.uk/roadusers/cycling/14808.aspx.
The Charles Dickens Tour
Another option for tourists who are eager to explore the “real London” is going on a guided walking tour; these are a cheap (often free) and fun way to explore many of London’s hidden backstreets. These are run by enthusiastic locals who are keen to share the history of their local area. For tourists who have an interest in English Literature, the Charles Dickens tour allows you to explore the streets which he wrote about and the pubs in which he drank. See http://www.discovery-walks.com/london-walks/.
A true taste of London
For a true taste of London the best place to go is Borough Market near London Bridge. This food market is full of stalls which have a wide range of products ranging from Artisan loaves to sustainably sourced fish. In order to set up a stall all potential traders must prove that they have in-depth knowledge and that they are offering exceptional food or drink. All of the traders at this historic market are always on hand to offer advice and tips on the best way to prepare their handmade ingredients. The market also host regular events and talks on topics related to the products on sale such as cooking classes. See http://www.boroughmarket.org.uk/.
These three tips should help you avoid all the queues on your next trip to London. Not enough activities? Here are 16 activities you can do in London in winter. If the aim of your next trip to London is to see the real London why not stay in a vacation rental or in a low cost hostel room from The London Hostel Association (LHA).