Hidden Gems in London

By Sara | May 25, 2016

While London is known for its iconic sights, there is so much more to the city than the tourist attractions. From lesser known parks to outlandish chocolate shops and spunky bars, London has many hidden gems that are worth exploring.

1. Greenwich Park

London has some amazing parks, but one of our favorites was Greenwich. Greenwich Park is one of the largest green spaces in London and happens to site right on the meridian line. Visitors are greeted with spectacular city views from the observatory and can also stand right on the point where East meets West.
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2. Choccywoccydoodah

Anyone who remotely enjoys the taste of chocolate will fall fast in love with Choccywoccydoodah. From the moment visitors walk into the shop a strong aroma of chocolate fills the air. Joined with the themed decor of Alice in Wonderland meets Gothic Punk and the dozens of chocolate displays, your senses will be overloaded with chocolatey goodness. With a menu consisting purely of chocolate food and drinks, Choccywoccydoodah is a sweet tooth’s paradise and one of our favorite hidden gems.
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3. Borough Market

London has several markets throughout the city, and Borough Market is one of the largest ones. Located under the railway lines, Borough Market is filled with stalls of quality cheeses, ciders, meats, and home-made goods. It’s definitely worth a visit!
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4. Draughts

Draughts puts a new meaning on the term “game night”. Tucked away in a railway arch on the east side, Draughts is a bar and cafe in one. Though the menu is simple with a few snack and drink choices, the real treat is the wall of over 600 board games. For £5 per person visitors can play as many games as they like. It’s a great place to meet new friends or get a different bar experience.
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5. Daunt Books

Book lovers should check out Daunt Books during their visit to London for an eclectic and thorough array of books. The travel section in particular is very well stocked, with a wide range of topics on every location around the world. There are a number of locations around the city, so it’s easy to stop in for a quick look.

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We’ve only scratched the surface of all the amazing places London has, and there are many more secret hidden gems that make the city one of the most diverse and exciting in the world. What are your favorite hidden gems in London? Comment below!

Iconic Things to Do in London

By Sara | May 21, 2016

London is a city packed with things to do. Ideally, when visiting London it is best to allocate a generous amount of time to see the city properly. However, if you’re stopping by for a whirlwind tour or just a few days, here are the top iconic things to do and see in London.

1. Buckingham Palace

Current home to the Royal Family, Buckingham Palace is a must-see when visiting London. The palace gardens are beautiful and the palace itself makes for a great photo spot. Tour prices range from £20-40 per person and give visitors access to the State Rooms, The Queen’s Gallery, Buckingham Palace and the Royal Mews.
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2. Tower of London

The Tower of London has a rich history and a past of many uses. It has functioned as a royal palace, prison, armory, treasury, and even a mint. Today it is a major tourist attraction located near the heart of the city. Visitors can have an immersive experience seeing the White Tower, crown jewels, tower torture and more from £25 per person. The outside grounds are equally stunning to look at, so budget travelers can stop by for a few photos and walk through the gift shop.
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3. London Eye

The London Eye is arguably one of the best ways to see panoramic views of the city, but it will cost you a fair amount to do so. A ride in the iconic ‘eye’ will set tourists back £25 each. Our advice? Head to Parliament Hill or Greenwich Park for the same views and no price tag. The London Eye is certainly worth stopping by to photograph though!
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4. Big Ben

Located right across from the London Eye is Big Ben. What many may not know is that the actual name for the building is the Elizabeth Tower, and Big Ben is a nickname due to the bell that rings every hour. Big Ben is great place to take photos and makes a nice postcard.
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5. St. Paul’s Cathedral

On any given day the front steps and courtyard of St. Paul’s Cathedral will be packed with tourists and locals alike. It’s a great place to sit and have a snack or lunch as well as snap some photos before walking around the business district in London. Tip: No photos or videos are allowed inside the cathedral, so get your shots from the outside.

St. Paul's Cathedral

These are some of the most iconic things to do in London, but there’s so much more to explore! What are your favorite things to do in London? Comment below!