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There are an astounding 54,000 tourists visiting London every day. It’s a safe bet that nearly 100 percent of them will see Big Ben, Travel to Buckingham Palace, Visit the House of Parliament, and visit the Big Eye ( the giant Ferris wheel ) in Lambeth, and maybe pop into a fish and chips shop once in their 7-day trip, diverting temporarily from McDonalds or KFC.
Most tourists don’t really get the gist London, and it’s incredibly creative people, just as people who travel to New York City can’t say they’ve seen the Big Apple if they haven’t stopped into Katz Deli, or traveled to hip Greenwich Village.
Here are some top, alternative destinations in London you may not have found in your
River cruises can be interesting, and often have good food as well, but quite frankly, you’ve probably been on a riverboat cruise before. And if you’ve seen one, you’ve seen them all.
Why not go on a fast, Rigid Inflatable Boat Cruise down the Thames. You’ll feel more like a Navy seal than an octogenarian tourist, and you’ll not only get a fantastic view of London, but you’ll feel white knuckle blood pumping at the same time.
#2. Go on a pub crawl
Not only is it fantastic to meet people from all over the world, but how many sexy boys or girls have you eyed on the streets. Get to know many of them with a pub crawl.
You can party like it’s 1999, or 2009 on one of the famous pub crawl in London, which basically aims to make you discover the british capital under its beer point of view.
#3. You’ll get psychoanalyzed, just being in the building
Famed psychoanalyst Sigmund Freud had his home in London, and you can actually see his desk where he did most of his writing and where he lived.
#4. Eat at Circus
Circus is a classy dining experience with a difference. Between dining on pan-American food, expect to see cabaret acts and circus performers.
#5. Take a street art tour
You can see the famous Claude Monet Painting the Water-Lily Pond at the National Gallery, but Alternative London’s street art tours will make you feel alive! Don’t miss it.
#6. Take a glass blowing tour
You can’t normally see an artist producing a masterpiece in person, but glass blowing is an exception. Many glass blowing studios such as London Glassblowing have not only a glass blowing gallery, but you can actually watch for free as craftsmen produce masterpieces in the making. Best of all, most are free.
#7. Visit a street food market
London has several street food markets, such as the 1,000-year-old (you read that right, it recently celebrated 1,000 years in 2014) Borough Market, not far from London Bridge.
There are actually close to 10 areas that may be defined as street food markets, so take your pick, and pass on both the expensive Michelin rated restaurants and also the familiar fish and chips or kabobs, and enjoy real London cuisine.
#8. Bathe in Neon Lights at God’s Own Junkyard
A fantastic light show like no other, this psychedelic East London shop is an actual neon sign for rent store during the week, but on weekends, its a free gallery that puts both Times Square and Las Vegas to shame, all in a humble shop with perhaps 500 neon signs.
#9. Stay overnight at London Zoo
That’s right, the London Zoo has a few lodges where you can spend the night, experience an after-dark tour of the zoo, and even have breakfast in the morning.
#10. Visit the Last Tuesday Society
Skip shopping at Harrod’s and visit the Last Tuesday Society, a shop, a museum, and an experience wrapped all together. You’ll see both skulls and ancient dildos, proudly displayed.