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More alternative London highlights

When I reactivated my Travbuddy account in 2013, I compiled the 'Ten alternative London highlights' list as a guide for visitors to London who wanted to see the less obvious stuff. Well, big and bewildering as this great city is, there are certainly more than 10 off-the-beaten-track things that are worth seeing. So if you've 'done' classic London and want to see some hidden gems, or if you just want to visit places not overrun with tourists, these places are for you.

Updated November 12, 2017
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  1. Cheap "Sights & Attractions" in London, England, UK
    Close as it is to the world famous St Paul's Cathedral (it's probably not advisable to visit St Bartholomew's straight after that iconic place), St Bartholomew the Great Priory is an oft-overlooked little gem that anyone with a passing interest in bo…
  2. Free! "Sights & Attractions" in London, England, UK
    Situated in the green and pleasant surroundings of Postman's Park in the 'city' district of London, these unique memorials to 'everyday heroes' who had sacrificed their own lives to save others is both morbidly fascinating and lump-in-your-throat mel…
    This review was featured on Friday September 26th, 2014
  3. Free! "Restaurants, Cafes & Food" in London, England, UK
    The British are renowned for their love of tea. It's not so much a national pastime as it is a nationwide obsession, whether its burly builders slugging breakfast tea in greasy spoon cafes or genteel aristocrats 'taking' it in the afternoon alongside…
  4. Cheap "Sights & Attractions" in London, England, UK
    If you're looking for a cheaper way to get a cityscape view of London than that of the much more visited London Eye, with some added historicity thrown in for good measure, then 'the Monument' is just the ticket. This freestanding stone column - the …
  5. Cheap "Sights & Attractions" in London, England, UK
    Think of London's history, and the places that remain to evoke your sense of it, and you'd most likely think of grand places like Buckingham Palace, the Tower of London and Somerset House. In other words, you'd think of places built for the rich and …
  6. Free! "Sights & Attractions" in London, England, UK
    If the under-visited Museum of London serves as the perfect introduction to the history of the British capital, then this even more obscure exhibit – situated just round the corner from the big thoroughfare that is Tottenham Court Road – is the p…
  7. Free! "Sights & Attractions" in London, England, UK
    Whether it’s because of Eastenders, or the tradition that to be a true ‘Cockney’ you need to be born within earshot of East London’s St Mary Le-Bow church, East London has cultivated a reputation as being the working class heart of the capita…
    This review was featured on Friday February 20th, 2015
  8. Free! "Sights & Attractions" in Hampton, England, UK
    Located a stone’s throw away from Hampton Court Palace – undoubtedly the star attraction in the Richmond/Kingston area of London – this royal park is the second biggest in London. It’s worth popping in to if you have a couple of hours to spar…
  9. Free! "Sights & Attractions" in London, England, UK
    It may be in the Royal College of Surgeons, but you certainly don’t need to have a working knowledge of human and animal biology to find this exhibit – which originally dates from the 18th century – of interest. Undoubtedly, it’s a great way …
  10. Free! "Sights & Attractions" in London, England, UK
    The Order of St John today is a major international charity dedicated to providing First Aid and health care, with a worldwide body of staff and volunteers that numbers upwards of 250,000 people. The order operates in some 40 countries, ranging from …
  11. Free! "Sights & Attractions" in London, England, UK
    Created from derelict land in 1984, Camley Street Natural Park is a little oasis of calm in the hustle-bustle district of Kings Cross. Sandwiched as it is between the train tracks and Regent’s Canal, you’ll be surprised to hear that the urban noi…
  12. Free! "Sights & Attractions" in London, England, UK
    Once a year, on every August Bank Holiday weekend, the well-to-do London suburb of Notting Hill is submerged by a riotous paint box of colour, a cacophony of Calypso-Reggae music infusions and a mouth-watering medley of irresistible, freshly cooked t…
    This review was featured on Monday January 25th, 2016
  13. Average priced "Sights & Attractions" in London, England, UK
    Tucked away in the attic of the 18th century St Thomas’ Church at the foot of the Shard, The Old Operating Theatre and Museum is a curious throwback to the earliest days of surgery, when anaesthetics and antiseptics were still some decades in to th…
    This review was featured on Monday March 7th, 2016
  14. Free! "Sights & Attractions" in Crystal Palace, England, UK
    Not many of us aren’t at least a teensy little bit interested by the Dinosaurs. I for one have a childhood fascination with them that has continued – a bit less obsessive, perhaps, but still there – in to adulthood. To cater for our continu…
    This review was featured on Thursday May 5th, 2016
  15. Free! "Sights & Attractions" in London, England, UK
    Those of a particularly musical inclination may be aware of the Longplayer project, a one thousand year long musical composition that began on January 1, 2000 and is set to continue right through until December 31 2999, at which point it is due to r…
  16. Free! "Sights & Attractions" in London, England, UK
    Pleasingly, London has no shortage of quirky, independent, second-hand book shops as a means to counterbalance all of the Waterstones branches (the premier high street book retailer in the UK) that litter its high streets. Daunt Books has got sev…
    This review was featured on Sunday October 8th, 2017
  17. Average priced "Sights & Attractions" in London, England, UK
    This museum, situated just round the corner from Ladbroke Grove tube station and within walking distance of the self-proclaimed ‘world famous’ Portobello Market, chronicles the history of Britain from the Victorian age to the present day via exhi…
  18. Free! "Restaurants, Cafes & Food" in London, England, UK
    This snappily-titled place, riffing on the “God’s Own Country” phrase as a means of suggesting the Almighty may not look so favourably on this particular spot, is a bohemian, alternative, cheekily subversive space. In an increasingly sanitised …
joseph98 says:
Thank you Stacey!
Posted on: Oct 07, 2017
stacey72 says:
Informative and interesting list, Joe! :)
Posted on: Oct 07, 2017
joseph98 says:
Fergy - Please do not presume to tell me what I can and cannot review/write about on my own TB profile. Pressuring me to delete a review in what can only be described as emotionally manipulative language is unacceptable conduct.

You are of course entitled to think of the Notting Hill Carnival as you wish, and I have no doubt that your former experiences have informed those thoughts; my own experiences have informed mine, and whilst I know it is far from being a gathering of choirboys, it was for me far from being the awful, post-apocalyptic nightmare that you illustrate it as.

I do not want to get in to an argument with you about it, so we will have to agree to disagree and trust our fellow TB'ers to be intelligent enough people to make up their own minds about whether they want to go or not.
Posted on: Sep 03, 2017
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