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London - Off the Beaten Path

by Boblivenla »

My wife and I will be traveling to London in March 2016 and will have 8 full days in the city.  This is her first trip but I have been several times.  I have all the major tourist sites covered - Tower of London, British Museum, changing of the Guard, etc. covered.  We also plan to do a day trip to Stonehenge, Bath and Windsor Castle. 

Can anyone recommend some interesting and unique sites in London that we might visit which aren't on the traditional agendas?  Day trips other than the one I mention?  Tours, walks?  Anything about the darker historical side of London? 

We also plan to visit the Shakespear Theater and Churchill's underground bunker, places I haven't yet visited.

Thank you in advance for any assistance you can provide!

-- Jason

 

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RE: London - Off the Beaten Path

by warlord »

  Well there's always the Jack the Ripper's tours that you can either go on, or better yet what I did, research and get the details yourself and make that sort of your own scavenger hunt.  Some of the areas where victims were found sometimes have something there (like a chalk outline for one in particular).  That way you can navigate yourself around by yourselves and run into other things you might never see or notice.  

  The Hunterian Museum is kind of cool to see really odd and creepy things from the old days of surgery and such.  It's free too and shows you some really weird things in jars and is a pretty big area filled with things like that.

  And if you do that, across the park is Sir John Soane's Museum which is kind of interesting to see, some different things in there as well and kind of cool and creepy in spots.

  You could also do what I have done and research all the haunted pubs in town, and try to hit as many of those as you can and even see the John Snow Pub next to the pump that they believed caused the entire Cholera epidemic.

  I always find doing things yourself like that and mapping it out in advance makes the trip a lot more fun.  You do it on your own and explore a lot more that way.

  Another thing I've done in other years is try and hit all the football stadiums (besides the one I'm a supporter of and actually go see games there).  This will get you all over the city and even to the outlaying areas all the way to zone 5 and even beyond if you want.  

  Just a few ideas of things I've done in the past...

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RE: London - Off the Beaten Path

by Boblivenla »

These are all fantastic ideas, especially the haunted pubs, and add the John Snow Pub!  I will diffinately add it to my list! Thank you.

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RE: London - Off the Beaten Path

by warlord »

  Also a fun thing to add to the Haunted pubs, is to travel through the haunted tube stations or tube lines.  I forgot where I got my information from, but if you look online (again) you should find a good listing.  I do have my own map, but it doesn't give the specifics that tell the stories of the locations.  Some of course are far out stations like Ickenham and Beacontree, but many are in the main core area.  I've done them all eventually, and it also helps you navigate the tube a lot more if you are unfamiliar with it.  I tried to couple the haunted tube with the haunted pubs as much as possible as many are located close to tube stations...

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RE: London - Off the Beaten Path

by billiv »

I enjoyed seeing Captain Bligh's grave at Saint Mary Churchyard in Lambeth.  And they had a fund raiser going on at the church, too.  That was fun. Oh, and a garden musuem.  This was after we had done the walking tour called "The Lambeth Walk," or something similar  Can't remember which walking tour company it was--maybe Original London Walks?  I also don't know if they still do that particular walk any longer, but it was very interesting.

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RE: London - Off the Beaten Path

by KidsToLondon »

Question:  Stonehenge, Bath and Windsor on a single day trip?  That sounds a bit hurried IMHO.  

In London, the Churchill War Rooms are very worth visiting, although they're hardly off the beaten path given popularity and location. Nearby: Westminster Abbey, one of the most historic churches in England, and St. James's Park, one of London's prettiest.  

If you'd like to add art museums that are less popular, suggest you consider the Courtauld Gallery ...among several smaller-but-great museums. 

There are a host of other "lesser" sights:  Benjamin Franklin House, Charles Dickens House, Dr. Johnson's House. 

Don't overlook marketplaces like Portobello Road, Old Spitafileds/Brick Lane and others.  

And maybe a trip downriver to Greenwich to see the Maritime Museum, Royal Observatory, and other attractions.

 

Enjoy!

 

 


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RE: London - Off the Beaten Path

by Boblivenla »

Great suggestions!  My wife would love to see Charles Dicken's house, and i would love to take a cruise down the river to see the maritime attactions.  Thank you!

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RE: London - Off the Beaten Path

by NicBrown »

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