London: Beyond the typical attractions, for the seasoned visitor

The top few things to do in London on anyone’s first trip is almost always the same: Big Ben, London Eye, Oxford Street, Buckingham Palace, St Paul’s Cathedral and British Museum, if you are a fan of museums. But with London being one of the most exciting cities in the world, most travellers don’t just visit the city only once. So what do you do if you are back in London again perhaps for a stopover, or just because you want to explore a different side of London? Just what else is there to explore in this beautiful destination?

If you are running out of ideas, feeling like you’ve been there and done it all, here are a few things you can do after you’ve cleared the touristy highlights:

 

Watch another musical

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There’s no lack of good musicals to watch in London, and you’d be spoilt for choices if you love watching musicals. Prices of tickets are usually in the range of 30 to 200 pounds, depending on your seat selection.

 

Eat at Sutton and Sons

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The one thing you should eat in London is fish and chips, and one of the most highly recommended places to have your fish and chips fix is Sutton and Sons. For all fish-lovers, you’d be thrilled to find that there are a few types of fish to choose from, such as cod, haddock and monkfish.

Don’t eat fish? Sutton and Sons promises more than just fish and chips on the menu so if you don’t eat fish, there’s always something else for you.

 

Eat at a different branch of Burger & Lobster

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If you’ve been to London and it’s your first time hearing about Burger & Lobster, you haven’t been to London. Like its name suggests, there are only two things available at this restaurant: burger, and lobster. When a restaurant is this specialised, rest assured that they are exceptionally good at what they are making.

There are 9 branches in London and each branch supposedly offers something a little different. I’ve been to 3 different branches, namely the branches at Bond Street, Oxford Circus and West India Quay. What about you?

 

Buy cheap alcohol from the supermarkets and drink at home

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Cheap booze is hard to find in Singapore, so there is really no reason to not find reason to drink more alcohol when you are feeling high from being in a different city. Although alcohol’s still expensive if you are drinking out, you can always find cheaper options in the supermarkets.

 

Visit Brick Lane Market and Leadenhall Market

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You can’t go wrong visiting Brick Lane Market on a Sunday, where there is a plethora of things to see, do and eat. Besides street art and street performances, there are also many vintage shops in the area. Once you’ve had enough fun at Brick Lane Market, head over to Leadenhall Market, which is about a 20-minute walk away.

All Harry Potter fans would recognise Leadenhall Market as the film location for The Leaky Cauldron. But even if you’ve never read Harry Potter, the market provides a unique shopping and dining experience in the heart of London. Note, however, that although the market is open to public 24/7, the shops have different opening hours.

 

Take a trip to Victoria Park and Roman Road Market

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When the sun is out in summer, head to the parks. At least that is what the locals do, because the weather is rarely not gloomy in London. Make your way to Victoria Park on a Sunday and look out for the farmer market that is open from 10 A.M. to 4 P.M. Don’t forget to also find your way to Roman Road Market, which is around the area, and which is said to be one of the oldest trading street markets in the country that has been running for over 150 years.

 

Visit Little Ben

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Everyone talks about Big Ben but its little brother, also known as Little Ben, has often been neglected and rarely talked about. Big Ben has been under construction since late 2017, and there is just no better time to visit Little Ben and take some photos of it. You can find this miniature replica of Big Ben, which was known for telling the wrong time, near Victoria Station.

 

The British Library

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A library is the last place most travellers would think of visiting on their vacation, but for those of you who appreciate a quiet afternoon with a good read, The British Library is honestly one of the libraries you should visit, especially if you intend to also check out Platform 9 ¾ at King’s Cross Station.

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