I can’t tell you the amount of blog posts I’ve read about ‘what to wear in London to look like a local’, or ‘how to not dress like a tourist in London’, and I’m just like no no no no no. Now little bit of a back story about me for those that don’t know me. I was born and lived on the outskirts of London for 26 years. I’d go into London to meet friends, see bands, go shopping…there were times when I’d only go there with a wallet and phone in my pocket and I very rarely did anything ‘touristy’ (until recently when I really started to appreciate London).
I once watched a video on Facebook (here’s the YouTube link) where a guy set up a ball pit in the middle of the street and asked people walking by if they were ‘too busy to have fun’. Most were business people on the way to work etc, you could see their dilemma, did they have time to take a minute for themselves and just do something fun? Ball pits are more commonly something associated with kids, but when I visited Ballie Ballerson, an adult ball pit bar in London, I can honestly say it brought a smile to my face and I left wishing that I could have stayed for longer because the time FLEW by!
Every person and their dog has heard of London’s Sky Garden, located in the ‘Walkie Talkie’ building. It has exploded in popularity and has found itself as one of the top free things to do in London. However, move over Sky Garden, there’s a new kid on the block! Literally! Just 0.1 mile, a 2 minute walk away, is ‘The Garden at 120’, and for now, it’s still relatively unknown!
I’m not going to lie, London itineraries have been done to the death. Big Ben and Buckingham Palace will always appear on them and don’t get me wrong, for good reason. But I’ve come up with an alternative itinerary for 4 days in London, aimed at people that may have already seen all the icons. My itinerary has been INSPIRED by Harry Potter but with a difference, it’s not necessarily a guide to all the Harry Potter movie locations, it’s more a mash up between a classic sightseeing itinerary and a Harry Potter guide…using some of the Harry Potter locations to showcase some of the different AREAS of London that I believe are worth visiting!
My hometown in England was less than 40 miles from the London 2012 Olympic Park. The years leading up to the Olympics I watched a big ugly piece of waste land on the outskirts of London be transformed into the awesome public space that it is today. I’d go by on the train and see all these artist oddities popping up (ArcelorMittal Orbit and the Aquatics Centre…I’m looking at you!) and I too started questioning if it was all going to be finished in time! So imagine the disappointment when the ticket lottery started and I received a grand total of ZERO tickets for the events that I wanted to see. Just like that I thought I was going to miss out on something that people, some of who lived 1000s of miles away that managed to score tickets for! Never fear, if you miss out on tickets to the main Olympic event, there are other ways to get involved and enjoy the atmosphere!
There’s a reason certain attractions appear on every ‘must see’ lists of a destination. Let’s think about London. Buckingham Palace, Big Ben, Tower of London, Oxford Street, the London Eye, the Museums. They are all cool, iconic things to see! But what if maybe you are looking at a return visit and you’d like to experience London off the beaten track? London is great for unique events but here I share 10 of my favourite (permanent) adventurous and quirky things to do in London!
Looking for somewhere unique to stay in London? Well I think I can give you a push in the right direction! How does a luxury yacht sound?! The Sunborn Yacht Hotel in London is docked permanently in the Royal Docks, right next to the Excel Exhibition Centre and even offers views of the O2 Arena and the London Skyline!