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Top 10 Alternative Things to Do in London

London is easily one of the most popular destinations in Europe, so naturally lots of the main attractions are crawling with tourists. This guide is to help you find the alternative things to do in London. Read on see our suggestions!

 

1. Soho

Soho has long been popular with young people and travellers alike. This internationally friendly neighbourhood has everything you need, from bars and clubs, to Chinese food and underground book shops. It also has a vibrant gay scene and has some rich history! Look for the famous water pump that helped cure cholera!

 

2. Street Art in London’s East End

London’s East End is home to some of the best street art in the city! Come check out some modern art for free, or book a tour to get all the info behind the mesmerising murals!

3. Portobello Road Market

This is a large antique market! How could this not be on a list of alternative things to do in London? It’s held every Friday and Saturday, and when you’re all shopped out there’s an abundance of patisseries and cafes to recharge in!

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4. Columbia Road Flower Market

Columbia Road Flower Market is always buzzing with activity. But only on Sundays from 8am til 3pm. Other favourites on offer include potted plants but try and get there early because the competition can be fierce! 

5. O2 Academy Brixton

Music lovers visiting London are presented with so much choice but so little time. You can narrow things down by checking out the O2 Academy Brixton. Check out their schedule to see who’s in town!

7. ICEBAR London

If you enjoy vodka, head down to ICEBAR London in Mayfair. The temperature inside is kept -5 degrees celcius to keep the ice glasses, tables and walls frozen! It gets busy so book in advance to avoid being left out in the cold…it’s a figure of speech.

8. God’s Own Junkyard

This is basically THE spot to be for neon light lovers. You can find lights from former fashion shoots to sex shops, and everything in between! Definitely one of the coolest alternative things to do in London.

 

9. The Science Museum

This museum is free! For the science lovers, or just curious folk, there’s tons of things to do here. From exhibitions explaining the realisation of science, to touring exhibitions on technology, it deserves a spot on alternative things to do in London!

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10. Old Operating Theatre

Last but not least on our list of alternative things to do in London is Europe’s oldest preserved operating theatre! And we mean the surgical kind of operating…before they had anaesthesia and antiseptics. Especially for those interested in modern medicine, this is a place to check out!

And that’s our suggestions for the top 10 alternative things to do in London! We also recommend checking out our post on the Top 10 Things to Do in London, and Backpacking East London: 6 Things to Do on a Budget.

For the best accommodation in London, be sure to book a room at St. Christopher’s Village London!

 

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