London is a bustling city and well worth a visit, especially in the summertime. It is home to loads of popular tourist attractions, beautiful parks, and fascinating museums. Planning a trip to London can be overwhelming with the variety of activities that are on offer. I’ve come up with this handy guide to help you find some of the city’s hidden gems. This guide is sure to help you escape the crowds and masses of tourists:
- Visit one of London’s parks
London is full of expansive green spaces that are perfect for escaping the hustle and bustle of the city in summertime. Many of the parks have been professionally planted making for some beautiful sights. You can also get involved in organised sports and activities such as tennis, touch rugby, and football. Water sports are also an option in some London parks, with many featuring large lakes which are just perfect for boating. Visit this website for more information on London’s parks.
- Take your own walking tour
One of the best ways to see everything London has to offer is on foot, so grab a map and get walking! Decide on the sights you want to see and plan a rough route before you set off, chances are you will get distracted and off track as you find more exciting things to discover but having a rough route will help you from aimlessly wandering in the wrong direction. London is huge so make sure to wear comfortable shoes and take your time to really take in the sights and sounds of the city. Don’t worry about straying too far from where you are staying, London’s comprehensive tube network means you can hop on an underground train from pretty much anywhere and find an easy route home.
- Visit a street market
London street markets are popular and for good reason! They offer something a bit different from your usual shopping experience. Visit Borough Market, Portobello Road Market or Camden Market and spend the day exploring all their individual quirks. You will be able to grab yourself some delicious street food from one of the many vendors and trust me, it is a truly wonderful experience. For more information on London’s many markets, check out this guide.
- See a show
When visiting London, you can’t miss out on seeing a show, whether it is at the famous West End or something smaller and more offbeat. The West End is full of sparkling lights and big names and makes for an amazing evening no matter which show you choose to see. Away from the famous shows, London also has thousands of smaller performances taking place all over the city, so whether you are into comedy, romance or magic, you are sure to find something to entertain you.
- Jack the Ripper Tour
You might have heard the famous stories of Jack the Ripper, the mass murderer who terrified the London residents in 1888. Now you can take a Jack the Ripper walk and be transported back in time to learn all about the events that took place. An exciting and exhilarating experience that takes you deep into London’s East End, and a thrilling alternative to many of the other packed and overly busy tourist attractions.
- Visit the beach
Okay, you might be thinking that London isn’t exactly a seaside destination, but you’d be surprised! Even though it is located directly on the coast, London still has a range of beaches that are perfect for a summer day out. Many of the beaches across the capital are pop up beaches, man-made and only around in the summer months, but they offer everything from deckchairs and ice cream to volleyball and beers.