5 easy-to-overlook London landmarks worthy of your attention
When a trip to London is on the cards, you’ll more than likely have all of the big names on your to-do-list. There’s Big Ben, the London Eye, Buckingham Palace, The Shard and Nelson’s Column, to name but a few. However, as prestigious and as exciting as these landmarks may be, there are many others the capital has to offer that tourists often overlook.
Columbia Road Flower Market
So, you’ve heard of the Chelsea Flower Show, right? Well this East London flower market is a great opportunity to spice up your Instagram, and the perfect chance to explore Hackney. This flower market is as historic and as traditional as you can get, it’s brilliant all year round and its sheer popularity makes for a brilliant atmosphere. In the summer, the stalls are plentiful with sunflowers and at Christmas, berries and mistletoe line the streets with magnificent Christmas trees stealing the show.
This is London’s highest public garden. This green space towers 155 metres above the city and offers stunning panoramic views of the capital’s biggest landmarks, including the Tower of London, the Shard and a large share of the Thames. What’s more is that the garden is free to visit, and if it’s a special occasion, you can visit the Darwin Brasserie or Fenchurch Restaurant to really make a day of it. Plus, both eateries pave the way for those awe-inspiring views to continue.
Emirates Air Line
If heights, or stunning views rather, are your jam, the Emirates Air Line may also take your fancy. Located at the Royal Docks, this cable car link offers further incredible views, without the crowds that gather in agonisingly long queues found at The Shard or London Eye. A truly unrivalled perspective of the city, it’s a brilliant chance for some sightseeing, and regardless of the end you start at, you’re in for a true scenic treat.
Found in Wimbledon, this was the first Thai Buddhist temple to be built in the UK. Found amongst the greenery and peaceful surroundings of West London, it’s a hidden gem that is a haven for mindfulness. The trip to the temple will transform for your jaunt to the capital into a trip to China for the few hours you spend there. And if you take a glance at the Buddhist calendar, you’re likely to find meditation classes and festivals that coincide.
Think you’ve got an eye for style? A venture to this South East London stately home should definitely head your list. The medieval authenticity of the place still remains there for all to see here, but the elegance of the 1930s art deco refurbishment work is a sight to behold. For the era, the enticers were completed to the utmost standards making for some deco chic that just can’t age. If you’re a fan of Poirot, the foyer is easily recognisable from many of the famed series’ many episodes.
There’s also Eel Pie Island, London’s Roman amphitheatre, Wilton’s Music Hall and so much more to offer. Don’t be afraid to cram in as much as you’re able to as the Dorsett Hotel, City of London makes for the ultimate place to unwind after a busy day of activities and sightseeing. The capital has so much to offer, and more. It really is no surprise that it’s one of the most visited and adored cities in the world.
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