Big Ben, the Tower of London, Buckingham Palace and so many more are the “must see” attractions in London. To be sure, you really must visit these on your London vacation. But do you want to also see some of the less famous attractions which perhaps have fewer crowds, but which are also very interesting? Keep reading to learn more!
Number 1: The Wallace Collection
The Wallace Collection is home to some of Europes finest collection of art, paintings, furniture and armour. It’s located just a stone’s throw from the Bond Street underground station (PS: need to know about navigating the London public transport system? Check out our other blog article). The Wallace Collection has more than 20 galleries, and entry is free.
And the on-site restaurant is really good too for a pleasant lunch or afternoon tea.
Number 2: The Emirates Air Line
No, not the fancy flash Middle Eastern Airline with its onboard shower, we’re talking about the Emirates Air Line which is a cable car link across the River Thames, opened in 2012. It connects North Greenwich (near the O2 Olympic Stadium) to Royal Victoria. Fares are just £3.50 each way for an adult and £1.70 for a child (and you can “tap on” using your Oyster card or contactless credit card). Whilst you’re there, pay a visit to the historic Royal Observatory to stand on the historic Prime Meridian.
Number 3: Lord’s Cricket Ground
You might not know much about the sport of cricket, but you should still visit the historic Lord’s Cricket Ground. This represents a truly esteemed British tradition, and the grounds have one of the oldest sports museums in the world. Just don’t go comparing cricket to baseball or you’re sure to offend the locals!
Number 4: Wimbledon Lawn Tennis Club and Museum
If you love tennis, you’ve surely watched the players slog it out on center court at Wimbledon. Outside of the tournament weeks, the Wimbledon Lawn Tennis Club is open to the public. It’s open daily from 10am to 5pm. Take a guide tour and see the center court where so many hard fought victories and champions have been made. Then stroll through the museum and see some amazing memorabilia.
Number 5: London’s Roman Amphitheatre
The city of London was under Roman rule for a fifth of its history. In 43AD the Romans established the city of Londinum and around 75AD they built a wooden amphitheatre, with the remains visible under Guildhall Galleries. And best of all, admission is free!