London Off the Beaten Path

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The Tower Bridge, Buckingham Palace, Big Ben.. these are some of the most popular places in London. The beautiful historical sites everyone wants to see while visiting the city. We are going to talk about some other interesting places, off the beaten path. Locations that you should definitely visit and enjoy this diverse city in a different light. I will show you some of my favorite places in London and how to find them.

The Markets

There are plenty of buzzing and great markets in London where you can find anything from food to clothing. One of the most known is definitely Camden Town, but I much more prefer other marketplaces.

Brick Lane Market

brick lane market

This market is situated in East London. Brick Lane is very artistic, chaotic and often you can see a live music or DJs playing there. It has a lot of shops with clothing, second-hand furniture, and home decor. The food there is amazing and you can taste a lot of international cuisines.

When to visit: the weekend

How to get there: the nearest tube (underground) station is Aldgate East and then about 7 minutes walk, or by overground to Shoreditch High Street and then 5 minutes walk.

Portobello Market (Notting Hill)

portobello market

Portobello Market is open daily but Saturday is one of the busiest days. It is located in beautiful Notting Hill. You can buy there everything from fresh fruit and veggies, clothing, antiques to second-hand stuff. If you are too tired from all the shopping just stroll around Ladbroke Grove Square or visit some of Notting Hill cafés.

When to visit: open every day, best day is Saturday

How to get there: nearest station is Ladbroke Grove and then 7 minutes walk or a Notting Hill Gate from the opposite side.

Interesting Venues and Places

These are interesting places to see more of London’s hidden places most tourists don’t know about. Here are some beautiful outdoor spots and historical buildings.

Little Venice

little venice

Little Venice is filled with narrow boats and alongside charming pubs and tree-lined streets. You can find it in Maida Vale neighborhood where the Regent’s Canal and Grand Union Canal meet. You can also take a beautiful boat trip from Little Venice to Camden Town.

Wilton’s Music Hall

It is the world’s oldest grand music hall with beautiful and decadent interior in Whitechapel. You can visit this place not only for history tours, but also for live acts or simply enjoy a drink in one of their bars.

For opening hours and ticket see the website.

The Rolling Bridge

rolling bridge

It’s a unique rollable bridge over Paddington Basin canal. The curled up bridge will only uncurl at midday every Friday and the whole process takes just under ten minutes.  The unrolling is pretty fast so be there at time or earlier.

Where to find it: off the London Paddington station, in between North Wharf Road and South Wharf Road.

Dennis Severs’ House

Located in Spitalfields, this Georgian terraced house was lived in by Dennis Severs, who gradually recreated the rooms as a time capsule in the style of former centuries.

Opening hours and tickets here.

Spooky Places

There was a lot of horrific periods of London’s past as well as a great number of cemeteries. If you are not scared, go and visit some of them.

Highgate Cemetery

highgate cemetery

This beautiful, green cemetery can be found in North London and is divided into two parts East and West. The most famous burial in the East cemetery is arguably that of Karl Marx.

Open daily. For direction follow their website.

Hunterian Museum

hunterian museum

Housed in a grand building occupied by the Royal College of Surgeons, the Hunterian Museum displays the collection of pioneering surgeon John Hunter. There are plenty of pickled creatures in jars here, alongside fascinating deformed skeletons.

Not for sensitive people!

The entry is free and opening hours here.

Do you know about any other less known attractions in London or are there any places we should visit? Please share with us in the comments or let me know if you visit any of these. 🙂

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This is too cool! I’ve been to a few of these places but some I’ve never even heard of…and I have family in London! Looks like I’ll have to go back armed with your knowledge as I want to see pretty much all of these places now! 🙂

Thank you for the sweet comment Justine! Hope you will enjoy visiting these places as much as I did 🙂

Great tips – how cool is that bridge! I loved Highgate when I visited, such a fascinating place. I’d also recommend visiting the Crypt Gallery across the road from Euston if you fancy something a bit different – it’s an art gallery located in the crypt of a church!

Some great choices there – I live in London and I’ve never seen the unrolling bridge at Paddington!! The museums and markets are great though! I also like London’s parks – place you can escape the city!

I love to read about unusual off the beaten path places and you have some beautiful pictures coming along with it. Great post.

The spooky places and the Rolling Bridge look very interesting. I have never heard about these places. Will definitely visit them when I go back to London one day.

This is a great post! I lived in London for a couple of years but I only knew about half of these sites. Will have to remember the Hunterian museum as I think my nephews would love that!

My brother lives close to London. I will visit some of the places you mention next time I will go there

Very cool! I wasn’t aware of many of these places.Definitely want to check them out on my next visit.

I love the London markets! They’re so cool. I haven’t been to come of these spooky places I’ll have to check them out!

London is full of interesting and cool places, I still have lot to discover! 🙂

Always good to have new tips to places I have been many times. I seem to have a thing for special cemetery’s lately, so I will have to check that out next time 🙂

What a lovely guide! I’m planning a trip soon, so saving this! the markets sound amazing.

Awww, I lived in London last year. So good to see all of those places again in your photos! And I realized I’ve missed quite a few. Guess I have to go back now 😀

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