5 non-touristy things to do in London

A view of London city from the sky

Did you know London is one of the most visited international cities in the world? According to the latest statistics, London city attracted 20.42 million international tourists in 2018. There are hundreds of tourist attractions in London, but most tourists’ destinations in London are crowded.

According to London travel experts, if you want to see London’s best places, you need to look for non-touristy things to do in London.

Take the Emirates Air Line 

According to the latest survey, around 3.4 million visitors check the London Eye every year. It is the tallest cantilevered observation wheel in Europe. If you think it is the best place to view London, you’re mistaken. The Emirates Air Line is a state-of-the-art cable ride that gives you London views from a new vantage point.

One of the good things about the Emirates Air Line is you also get the opportunity to enjoy an epic view of the river Thames.

Take a Walk on the Thames Path

If you are looking for the best non-touristy things to do in London, the Thames Path is the place to go. It is a 184-mile long national trail that follows the River Thames from its source. The Thames Path starts from Kemble in Gloucestershire and ends at Thames Barrier at Charlton, located in South East London.

The Thames Path goes through the heart of London and several counties. On the way, you will come across many historical places and beautiful villages. If you are bored walking on the trail, you can rest and enjoy peaceful water hayfields rich in wildlife.

Visit the Battersea Park 

If you love greenery, Battersea Park may look like heaven to you. It is a 200-acre green space located in the London Borough of Wandsworth. Opened in 1858, it is located near the south bank of the famous Thames River. Battersea Park is home to many attractions like the children’s zoo, ecological areas, the Pump House gallery, a large lake, and a river promenade.

Enjoy Tea at the Ritz

London has cold weather, and you will often like to have a hot drink like tea to keep you warm and refreshed. If you have the time, visit The Ritz, London. It is one world’s best hotel located in Piccadilly. It is an excellent place to escape the crowd in London and enjoy afternoon tea in London.

Get Awed by the Beauty of Hampstead Heath Pond

The Hampstead Heath Pond is nothing less than magical. It offers the most breathtaking scenery in London. The public place is free to visit and one of the best places to enjoy an evening stroll. It is a special place with an open and natural wonderland surrounded by a tranquil and gorgeous pond. If you desire, you can also take a dip in the pond.

Feed Your Senses With Fragrances by Visiting the Royal Botanical Kew Gardens

The Royal Botanical Kew Gardens is a well-maintained green space and a famous hangout for locals. Do you know Kew Gardens is the world’s largest UNESCO heritage site? It is located only 30 minutes away from London. You can reach the Kew Gardens by Overground or Underground trains.

The Kew Gardens has many attractions like a treetop walkway, three art galleries, and 326 acres of garden.

To sum up, these are some of the non-touristy things to do in London that locals enjoy. Now get out there and give them a go!

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