Last week I shared a guide to all the essential touristic spots in London. However, this city has a lot more to offer than just the famous monuments. To get you started with some additional stunning London locations, I have put together a list of my favourite places. If you have extra time to explore, make sure to check out some of these locations!
Tower bridge is one of London’s most famous bridges and definitely one of my favourite locations in the city. A lovely park is placed here at the south of the river, next to some giant glass offices. It is an amazing location to go for a walk, chill at the park and grab a bite during a sunny day.
Travel Tip: The restaurant ‘Strada’ at Tower bridge oversees the riverside and if you call to book in advance, they might be able to reserve a table by the window. Who doesn’t love good food with good views?
Not very far from Tower Bridge (About 10-min walk) is one my favourite food markets in London. It is also one of the largest and oldest in the city. It is great for finding artisan foods or grabbing quick, delicious street food!
Travel Tip: Please note this market is closed on Sundays so make sure to visit during the week!
Another famous bridge in London is this suspension bridge not very far from Borough Market. Millenium is a pedestrian bridge and it offers great views of the riverside of London.
Travel Tip: I recommend walking from Borough Market through the riverside into Millenium Bridge. This is a lovely walk through some tiny London streets.
Saint Paul’s Cathedral
Past Millenium Bridge at the north of the river we have the beautiful Saint Paul’s Cathedral. This catholic cathedral is situated in the highest point of the city.
Travel Tip: Head inside the ‘One New Change’ shopping centre in front Saint Pauls and take the lift all the way to the top floor. Here not only there is a great bar but also a public terrace with stunning views over the city!
For an inexpensive view of the London skyline, go to the skyscraper Sky Garden. The entrance is free and its garden atmosphere is lovely!
Travel tip: While entrance is free, you have to book your space in advance on their website here. However, sometimes it’s tricky to get a spot due to high demand. Make sure to keep an eye out for tickets if you are looking to visit. They usually release spots 1 month in advance, but sometimes you can find last-minute tickets from people who have dropped out! You can also visit Sky Garden without a ticket after 10PM but if you are looking to do this, ensure you are looking smart or they won’t let you in.
In parallel to Regents Street is this much more alternative shopping sheet. I love the shops and the vibes – it is much more quiet and quirky than Oxford street.
Travel Tip: Make sure to check out Kingly Court. It is a super cute food court full of restaurants and a perfect lunch spot! However, the restaurants here tend to be very busy so book in advance if you can.
This hipster borrow is located in the East of central London, near Liverpool Street. I love this area because it is full of alternative shops, bars, resultants and so on. If you are heading there, make sure to check out Boxpark and Spitafields Market!
I only recently discovered this area of London but I am already in love with it. Greenwich offers a beautiful view of the city from the outside, especially into Canary Wharf. Here you can find multiple museums such as the National Maritime Museum or the HMS Belfast boat museum. If you visit, ensure to check out the stunning skyline view from the only Observatory in London!
National History Museum
To finish off, we have the iconic history museum in London. You might have seen pictures of its interior as it is known for its blue whale skeleton hanging from the ceiling. Not only this is an interesting museum but also it is hosted in a beautiful historic building. In winter, there is an ice skating ring located in the outside of the museum which is super romantic and fun!
Thank you for reading! Let us know in the comments if there is anything else you would like to know about London. Don’t forget to check out our essentials travel guide to this city.