Exploring the offbeat parts of London

London is ideal to spend a relaxed holiday with the family. You will never have a dull moment in the city with its numerous attractions and activities to visit and enjoy. London features regularly as the most popular of all tourist locations in the UK. Every year millions of tourists flock to the city to admire and explore its stunning attractions and enjoy a memorable holiday in this charming and beautiful city.

Probably the most popular area with tourists to the City of London is Central London, which includes some of its neighbouring areas like Camden, Notting Hill and Shoreditch. In fact when it comes to special offers Shoreditch hotels offer great value for money, which makes them very popular with tourists and visitors to the city. Besides these there are other areas in the neighbourhood of London, which are equally interesting and have a character of their own. They are different from one another and great places to explore. Some of the London suburbs worth exploring are as follows:

Central London: The most well known tourist haunts in Central London are Southbank, The West End, the Strand and Bayswater. To get off the beaten path try to visit the Barbican Centre and Smithfields  Market in Clerkenwell, the new classy restaurants in Bermondsey and Wapping that has seen a tremendous change over the years, from being a former working class area to a gentrified neighbourhood in London.

For those who like visiting museums and have visited the prominent ones in London, try out the quirkier ones on weekends.  If you are in Euston drop in at the Magic Circle Museum which has over 6000 volumes of literature devoted to magic and some curious objects including a pair of handcuffs used by Harry Houdini.  Another interesting place to visit is the Cartoon Museum which has cartoons, comic strips and caricatures that date back from the 18th century to the present times. Two other interesting places worth a visit are the Museum of Freemasonry and the Charles Dickens Museum.

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East London: When it comes to being trendy and cool Dalston has overtaken Shoreditch with its bars, clubs and vintage boutiques. Take a stroll down Kingsland Road and visit The Geffrye Museum which has interesting exhibits in the form of replicas of middle class homes from the 16th Century onwards. For those who feel like stretching their legs a fair bit they could cycle or walk past Regent’s Canal, which passes through the area and begins from Limehouse Basin all through to Paddington. Stratford which was not as prominent as other areas of London, and was thought of as being off the beaten track, has gained new found fame with the 2012 Olympic Games being held in the area. As a consequence new shops which include the massive Westfield Shopping Centre and several restaurants have sprung up here. You could also take a riverside route via the Lea Valley Walk, which travels along the river Lea from Limehouse to Waltham Abbey, while passing through Clapton, Leyton and Walthamstow. At the latter you will find the longest market which stretches for over a mile. You could do some great street shopping here at great prices.

West London: If you are in West London then Notting Hill is the spot to sightsee and shop. You could also visit Hammersmith, which may not appear all that attractive at first but on close inspection has some interesting places to visit. At King’s Street you will find interesting restaurants like the Indian Potli, Vietnamese Saigon Saigon, and of course the very Brit gastro-pub The Hampshire Hog among others. Drop in at Riverside Studios to watch some thought-provoking movies. After a sumptuous meal you could take a leisurely walk around Ravenscourt Park and Stamford Brook, which are green and serene neighborhoods. A little further is Chiswick famous for its attraction Hogarth’s House.

North London: For art lovers the place to visit is the Estorick Centre, a short distance from Highbury & Islington station. The gallery is housed within a Georgian townhouse, with a fine collection of futurist artists such as Umberto Boccioni, Giacomo Balla and works by Giorgio de Chirico. At Stamford Hill you will find numerous Jewish restaurants, bakeries and kosher supermarkets, being home to the diaspora of Hasidic Jews in Europe. It is like stepping into a different world. Towards the periphery of North London at Totteridge & Whetstone tube station you will find Totteridge Lane that is the abode of many millionaire footballers. You might catch a glimpse of one going about shopping on the high street. The place has a very tranquil and serene atmosphere that is perfect for a stroll. Move to the east and you will find the iconic Alexandra Palace famous for being a venue of exhibitions, fairs and live music.

South London: South London is well known for its green open spaces and affluent rustic neighborhoods, where you will find gastro-pubs, delicatessens and independent shops galore. When in the area you could choose to visit Wimbledon, Dulwich and Blackheath. Then there is Brixton, known for its buzz and urban atmosphere with its famous cacophonous market and an array of ethnic eateries. You could spend an exciting evening at the O2 Academy, one of the most famous live music venues in London or choose to groove the night away at Plan B or Electric Brixton. Here you will find the local Brixton Pound that helps to support local businesses and encourage trade and production in the area. Move to south east London and you will find Deptford that has a small and growing cultural scene being close to Goldsmiths University. In close proximity you will find the affluent neighbourhood of Greenwich well known for its Royal Observatory and National Maritime Museum.

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