Have you been to London once? Twice? And think you have seen all there is to see? Well, think again, because there is much more to England’s capital than Big Ben, Buckingham Palace and the London Eye.
The first time anyone visits London, it is a clamber to witness sights such as those around the River Thames, namely the London Eye and Houses of Parliament, where you will also find Big Ben, as well as Buckingham Palace and Oxford Street. These are what you might consider being the core landmarks in London.
However, if you dig a little deeper, a whole other side of London presents itself that paints a truer to life picture of the city.
London’s East End
The East End of London has seen more activity than a department store in the midst of a sale. For those unfamiliar with its origins, this is predominantly where those referred to as ‘cockneys’ come from – stereotypically working class incorporating rhyming slang into their vocabulary.
What once roamed these streets was an evil so grotesque that the entire city was frightened to walk outside after sundown. That evil would become so infamous that the world of film has made various adaptions of the killer called Jack the Ripper. Tourists can visit each and every murder scene and delve into the facts and decipher through the fiction of the world’s most notorious serial killer.
On average, over 250,000 people visit the famous Camden Market each and every week, making it the fourth most popular attraction in London. Many of the shops in the area traditionally target the punk scene, selling gothic and medieval clothing as well as other souvenirs.
Six sections make up Camden Market, which are:
- Camden Lock Market
- Stables Market
- Camden Lock Village
- Buck Street Market
- Electric Ballroom
- Inverness Street Market
If you truly want to experience the dark past of London then look no further than the London Dungeons, bringing to life the gory practices of yesteryear for all to bear witness. Visitors are taken on a journey through 1000 years of history in brilliant gallows humour style, incorporating live actors and events such as the Black Death and the Gunpowder Plot.
It is advised that families with young children do not visit the attraction, with the London Dungeon best enjoyed by teenagers and adults that are not easily frightened.
Losing Yourself in London
If you are still stuck for what you can do in London, the best way to explore the city is to get lost in it. Get off at a random tube station and explore the area, you might even just come across a hidden treasure. Some of our favourite quirky attractions include:
- Sherlock Holmes Museum on Baker Street
- The Viktor Wynd Museum of Curiosities on Mare Street
- Clowns Gallery Museum on Beechwood Road
- Grant Museum of Zoology at University College London
- Barbican Centre on Silk Street
- Roman Amphitheatre in the basement of the Guildhall Art Gallery
- Freud Museum at Maresfield Gardens
- B Afternoon Tea Bus Tour at Covent Garden
There is, of course, many other hidden gems just waiting to be discovered, but the above is a testament as to how many there is waiting to be unearthed. When you walk the streets of London, instead of heading towards the major attractions, this is when you experience the capital in its truest form.
Once you have visited these streets, then you can truly say that you know London.