20 Things No One Tells You About London

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20 Things No One Tells You About London

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1. There's a secret library bar at the BFI.


Secret library bar at the BFI

The only way to enter the bar is through a cool hidden bookcase passage.


2. You can take a London tour that lies to you on purpose.

London Tour

Just for the sake of laughing, Bullshit London gives intentionally inaccurate tours.


3. You can hit the pub and the park in one go at the People's Park Tavern.

People's Park Tavern

The beer garden at People's Park Tavern in east London is so spacious and green it's practically its own private park. During the summer you can play table tennis, and in the winter you can cozy up to a romantic bonfire.

 

4. One of the best views of London is from a toilet.

Shard Toilet View

The Aqua Shard is worth a visit only for the view from the loo.


5. There's a 60-acre sand beach in Ruislip.
 

Ruislip Beach London

No need to go to Brighton when you can take a shorter and cheaper train to Ruislip Woods. 


6. You can take a water bus into the centre of the London Zoo.

Waterbus London

You can spend a relaxed day on the river for just £8.90, or pay £25 to float right up to the heart of the London Zoo.



7. You can get a cheap and magnificent afternoon tea at the Fan Museum in Greenwich.


 

Fan Museum in Greenwich

The Ritz serves afternoon tea for £50 per person, but you can get museum entry and a lovely full-serviced tea at the Fan Museum's Orangery for just £11.


8. You can tour and taste at the Fuller's Brewery for a tenner.

Fuller's Brewery London

You can tour the historic Chiswick brewery for £7, and add a four beer tasting for just £3 more.


9. There are secret gardens all over London.

London Secret Gardens


10. There are preserved ruins throughout the city.


11. There are grottos, vinyards, and castles at Painshill Park.

Painshill Park London


12. Often, the cool stuff is happening on the roof rather than at street level.

Rooftop London

For example at Kensington Roof Gardens


13. You can visit the Southbank Book Market every day of the week.

London Southbank Book Market

The well-priced and well-stocked second-hand book fair runs daily, rainy or sunny.


14. The Walkie Talkie building has a Sky Garden.

Skygarden London

This public garden is free to access (but you'll have to book) and offers unique and stunning views of the capital.


15. You can pee in a pod at Sketch.

Bathroom Sketch London


There are a lot of great toilets in this city, but the Gallery at Sketch wins with its cute and futuristic podloos.
 

16. Hyde Park has its own pet cemetery.

Pet Cemetry Hyde Park London
You can pay homage to dogs passed in the central London park.


17. There are seven disembodied noses in Soho.

Noses Soho London


An artist installed 35 plaster noses across London, and you can find seven of them still adhered to walls in Soho. There's also some ears in Covent Garden.


18. Bars can be entered through fridge doors…

The Mayor of Scaredy Cat Town


The Mayor of Scaredy Cat Town is one of many speak-easy themed bars that will make you feel all disoriented.


19. There’s a rooftop cafe on the top of Alfie’s Antique Market.

Alfie's Antique Market

Alfie’s is the largest indoor antique market in London and the tiny little cafe on the rooftop offers panoramic views of London – great for Saturday breakfast.


20. There's a whole shop dedicated to Dr. Who.

Dr. Who Shop London

We bet you didn't know some of these! Now you know a bit more of this marvelous city! ;)


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