7 Places To Visit To Get Off The Beaten Track In London.

London is one of the most popular cities in the world and has much to offer in regards to interesting days out. This list of locations is for those who want to venture away from the most popular landmarks to more thought provoking locations.

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The Barbican Conservatory

The Barbican Conservatory is about 15 minutes walk from Shoreditch and Angel, Islington. It’s the second biggest conservatory in London and is home to exotic fish, tropical plants and trees. Currently, this warm conservatory is only open to the public on Sunday’s, but visit the website to double check public opening times.

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The Skygardens

Three story public place on Fenchurch Street with amazing views of the Thames, and the Shard. It’s located in the walkie talkie building and comprises of the Fenchurch Restaurant, Fenchurch Terrace, Darwin Brasserie, Garden City Bar, and the Skypod Bar. you can book a free booking online, and since it can get busy its best to book ahead, and dress nicely. They have a dress code.

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The Saatchi Gallery

A FREE contemporary art gallery in Sloane Square, showing work by largely young unseen, and international artists. In the last 5 years, this gallery has held 15 of the top 20 London exhibitions. A beautiful location you will not regret coming here.

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The Wellcome Collection

2 minutes walk from Euston station, the Wellcome Collection is open Tuesday to Sunday 10:00-18:00, and 10:00-22:00 on Thursday. A classier alternative to the Science Museum, this FREE museum shows ‘ideas about the connections between medicine, life and art’ topped with a bookshop, library, and cafe. Make sure to visit the Reading Room renovated in 2015.

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Emirate Air Line 

A great way to travel across the River Thames and see London from above. This cable car opened in 2012 and is operated by Transport for London. You can pay when you get there or pay using an Oyster card (there is a discount when you pay with your oyster). The Emirates Air Line is best accessible from Greenwich or Royal Victoria station.

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The Parkland Walk 

An opportunity to escape the large crowds of London The Parkland Walk is located in Finsbury Park, and mostly populated by joggers. Originally this was supposed to be a railway incorporated into the Northern Line, but plans were abandoned after World War 2. It provides a good opportunity to walk on history, on a place which could have been something completely different.

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Regents Canal 

Another peaceful location but this time along the canal. You can join and exit the canal at multiple points but I recommend starting in Kings Cross by Central Saint Martins University, and walking up past the houseboats, through Camden Lock, Past London Zoo, to Little Venice. Take lunch and stop somewhere to eat, enjoy the solitude of the canal.

I hope you enjoy these locations, and if you check any out let me know! If I forget anywhere comment it below.

Shaneka K.

Instagram: @shanekaakknight

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