Are you ready to visit some of London’s best and worst kept secrets? We have the ultimate insider’s guide to the top things to see in London.
1. Be quintessentially British and See Shakespeare live at Shakespeare’s Globe
London theatre is renowned worldwide and rightly so being the home-city of Shakespeare. No trip to London is complete without a visit to Shakespeare’s Globe to see one of his masterpieces in action in his reconstructed theatre. This season be shocked by Macbeth, Enchanted by the forest of A Midsummer Night’s Dream or watch the shrew being tamed. You’ll be laughing so hard it hurts or sitting on the edge of you seat in fear.
If Shakespeare’s work doesn’t catch you fancy, take in the works of John Wolfson in the cosy candle-lit Sam Wannamaker Playhouse. A breathe-taking experience in original indoor theatre setting, you can nearly sit on the actors laps!
2.Take to the streets and explore London’s Markets
Any trip to London is not complete without a trip to London’s iconic markets. Camden Market is one of London’s biggest street markets and has continued to grow since its inception in 1974 as a small craft market. Comprised of 4 distinct markets it sells everything from furniture and antiques to clothes and food. The market is well worth a visit as it is always a lively and busy venue.
Another must not miss is Petticoat Lane Market which is on every Sunday. The stalls mainly sell clothes and are a great chance to pick up a bargain. Ironically the Market is no longer found on Petticoat lane, due to Victorian prudishness the street was renamed Middlesex Street in 1846. It’s one of the oldest surviving markets in the UK. Make sure to visit this market on a Sunday when it takes over the surrounding streets!
3. Catch the latest fitness trend: YogaBox
Catch the fitness bug on your visit to the capital and try out the new and exclusive Yogabox at either Bermondsey Square Hotel or La Suite West. With numbers limited to 14 per session, you get the chance to try out this new fitness craze with full attention from your instructors. Burn unwanted fat by boxing it out and cash in on the physical and restorative effects of Yoga, the ‘yin and yang of workouts’. Classes run on Thursdays at 18.15 and 19.30 at Bermondsey Square Hotel.
4. Time for a political fix, see the Houses of Parliament
Have your political fix with a visit to the Palace of Westminster, the home of the UK parliament and the many political journalists. Rebuilt in 1840, the houses of parliament are striking to view. Tour round the houses and see the four Great Prime Minsters cast in bronze in the lobby or visit parliament in session and watch the Prime ministers questions. Make sure you don’t miss hearing Big Ben Chime, possibly the loudest clock in London. Don’t forget to rub Churchill’s foot for good luck and make sure to pick up a box of House of Commons mint creams, they’re delicious!
5. See the UK’s best art in a Converted Power Station
The Tate Modern is another of London’s iconic landmarks, which is not only memorable but houses some of the best art of the century. Situated in Bankside Power Station, the Gallery is not only impressive but a testament to the design of Sir Giles Gilbert Scott. Admission to the main galleries is free with the special exhibitions being ticketed. This summer in London you can feast your eyes on the work of Georgina O’Keeffe, a pioneer of 20th Century art.
6.Ready for some food? Try La suite West’s Afternoon tea
Unleash your inner foodie and experience a carefully crafted Vegan and free-from afternoon tea at La Suite West. The delicious afternoon tea has a range of designer sandwiches, followed by home-made scones served with Coconut cream and strawberries, with a final course of home-made pastries. The incredible restaurant provides a quintessentially British afternoon tea in a contemporary vegan alternative. The perfect place to kick-start the healthy wellness eating you’ve been meaning to.
7. Forget Kew Gardens, try The Barbican’s Tropical Gardens
Take a Sunday afternoon to explore one of London’s best kept secrets, the Barbican’s Tropical Garden. Despite not being well known, the Conservatory is actually the second biggest in London and home to over 2,000 exotic species of plants and trees as well as tropical fish. Hidden from view on the rooftop of the Barbican centre, it is truly an exclusive experience which is only open to the public on Sunday’s from 12pm till 5pm. Forget Kew Gardens, and be charmed by this hidden gem instead.
8.Have a drink in one of London’s best kept secret bars
When you’re parched from all your exploring of London, why not head to the British Film Institute to quench your thirst. Head to the well-known Benugo Bar, and prepare to put you detective hat on. Head to the bookshelves at the back of the bar and if you’re lucky you may spot the secret door that leads to the BFI’s hidden bar, the Drawing Room. This top secret bar is visited by the few; making it the perfect way to continue seeing London’s best and worst kept secrets. Make sure to try one of thier clandestine cocktail whilst visiting.
So secret we don’t have a photo!
9.See the work of St Pauls designer, without going to St Pauls
The designer of St Pauls Cathedral also designed a number of smaller churches to be found in and around London. St Anne’s Limehouse was built between 1714-1727 and is a beautiful display of Nicholas Hawksmoor’s architecture. Although it’s outside of central London it’s well worth a visit to see the grandeur of St Paul’s without the hustle and bustle of other tourists. If you visit make sure to find Hawksmoor’s distinctive pyramid that is hidden in the Church Grounds and is now a listed monument.
10. Why not have a taste of London luxury with a spa visit to Ushvani
Visit Ushvani in Sloane Square for the ultimate afternoon of pampering and relaxation. The incredible spa transports visitors from the London hustle and bustle to exotic Asian tropics. Make sure to book in for the Nutmeg Flower Bath Ritual, their signature treatment designed to boost metabolism. If that doesn’t catch your fancy why not try their Papaya Sugar Cane Scrub, a great way to rejuvenate and nourish your skin. We think it’s the best spa in London.