Alternative Places to Visit in the UK

When traveling the world, there are key locations of any city or country that people know to visit far before they embark on their journey.

Which prompted the famous quote by Gilbert Chesterton “the traveler sees what he sees, the tourist sees what he came to see.”

For the case of London, everyone knows to visit the Big Ben, Buckingham Palace, and the London Eye.

These are the places that we have been taught to place on our checklist of locations to visit whilst staying in London.

This is not to discredit the value of visiting these places, but to prompt a response or desire to think of visiting other locations within London that will greatly enhance your stay.

After traveling to a foreign country, it is common procedure now days for people to post an album on their facebook or instagram of all the cool places they got to see and all the fun things they got to do.

When you post a picture of the Big Ben, people are often easy to brush over it as it is a place in which most people have seen several times already; however, if you post something incredibly unique that nobody has ever seen, they are sure to stop and ask, “Where is that?” or, “What is that?”

These places still hold a great level of spectacle, they are just places you may never have heard of are will help you make great memories.

1. Holland Park

Holland Park in London

A district and a public park in the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea, in west London, Holland Park is home to a variety of unique sceneries that you should take a moment to enjoy.

One notable section of the park is the Kyoto Gardens, opened in 1991 as a symbol of peace between England and Japan.

Though there are many things to do within the Holland Park district, it is highly recommended to drop by the public park for a few moments and smell the roses, both literally and figuratively.

2. Queen Elizabeth Roof Garden Bar & Cafe

Queen Elizabeth Roof Garden in London

During any given visit to London, it is suggested that you visit at least one rooftop bar to help further immerse yourself in the culture of the local peoples.

Even if you do not plan to go for drinks, it is still a cool place to hang out with your friends, and have an amazing view of London that you will find hard to find anywhere else.

If you are planning to add this to your list of places to visit when you come to London, it is highly recommended that you save this visit during the sunset, as the view that is provided from this location is incomparable.

3. Chislehurst Caves

Chislehurst Caves in London

In South London, you may find the Chislehurst Caves, a 35km (22 mile) long series of man-made intersecting tunnels and caverns.

Within the cave you will find many elaborate carvings embedded in the walls.

It’s not often that you can get the opportunity to say that you have explored the caves of London, so take some time during your stay to check it out and create a very unique experience.

The Chislehurst Caves are also famously known for hosting popular artists such as The Rolling Stones and Led Zeppelin.

So if you are a true fan of these bands, Chislehurst Caves are a must see during your stay.

4. Ruislip Lido

ruislip lido in london

If you are with a tour group that has a free day available, or simply scheduled in a free day into your stay in London, Ruislip Lido is a great location to spend your day.

Ruislip Lake sits amongst a 60 acres forest granting it a beautiful scene for you to stop by and have a picnic.

The lake is encompassed by a nice, smooth beaches, which is then surrounded by the forest itself, producing its unique scenery.

5. The Mayor of Scardey Cat Town

Scardey Cat Town in London

During the early 1900s America went through the prohibition popularizing the idea of speakeasies.

To the surprise of many people, like New York, London is in no shortage of speakeasies as well.

One notable speakeasy is called “The Mayor of Scardey Cat Town,” and is a perfect bar for visitors to try out if they want to grab a drink.

You can find this pub through a refrigerator door in the Breakfast Club near Liverpool Street.

This speakeasy serves cocktails and bar food, so feel free to grab a snack while you are here.

6. Wilton Music Hall

Wilton Music Hall in London

Many legendary music groups originated in England such as The Beatles and The Rolling Stone.

Just like in many other cultures, it is no surprise that the English have pride in their music and value the art.

With this in mind, there are many music halls that have been built throughout the years, the oldest one being the Wilton Music Hall.

Reservations can be made to have a meal and drinks at the Wilton Music Hall, and you can also occasionally find the availability to buy tickets to a show as well.

7. Eel Pie Island

Eel Pie Island in London

For a truly unique experience, visit Eel Pie Island and see a very different view of London.

Eel Pie Island greatly contrasts everything that you will see in London, as you will find that everything down to the structure of the road and the architecture of the local buildings are different.

Eel Pie Island is a small boat town that you can reach by crossing a small bridge on foot, and is a very distinct contrast from the hustle and bustle of the main London Area.

When visiting traveling the world, it is nice to make some fond, unique memories.

Obviously, a big part of that is the people you decide to spend your travels with, but the other part is the places you go.

Do not think this list exist to discount the main attractions like Big Ben and London Eye, but simply to compliment them during your stay in London.

Obviously there is going to be a lot less structure for tourists at these locations, but what is life without a bit of adventure.

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