What To Do After One Of Our Walking Tours
Here at Undiscovered London, we love showing people a side of London they may never have seen without the guidance of a local - but how can you continue the adventure on your own after the tours? Read on to find out.
Camden Markets And Music Legends Tour
On this sing-a- long romp around London’s rock and roll heart you will see the big markets, small pubs and the great venues which have cemented Camden’s reputation as a hard-boozing morally-relaxed neighbourhood. But there’s still plenty more to see and do afterwards. The tour finishes outside the Roundhouse - perhaps Camden’s most important arts venue. From there, you can walk over to Regent’s Park and take in the London Zoo or the Regent’s Canal, a stretch of water running from Limehouse on the Thames in the East all the way to London’s own Little Venice in the West. Frequent pubs and cafes with waterside seating areas make this a lovely spot to walk and watch London life pass you by. Primrose Hill, just north of the canal, also offers spectacular views of the whole of the London skyline. It’s a frequent favourite of photographers and groups of afternoon picnickers.
East End And Street Art Tour
The East End tour is a great introduction to London’s most vibrant neighbourhoods around Shoreditch and Brick Lane. A profusion of street art and commercial galleries coupled with a large migrant community and an endless list of great restaurants and pubs make this area one of the most treasured parts of the city. Its energy reaches out to the surrounding areas too. Down in Whitechapel you can find one of the best curry houses in London at Tayyab’s. Further south in Wapping, the cobbled streets of London’s old docklands area house ancient waterside pubs like the Captain Kidd and the Prospect of Whitby, the latter having been a watering hole for sailors of fortune for around 500 years. In Bethnal Green there are plenty more second-hand shops and markets. Most interesting of all is the Columbia Road Flower Market - a colourful treat for early risers. Broadway Market too is close by. This is one of the hipper East London spots, hosting lovely second-hand book shops, chippies, great pubs and fantastic restaurants. Bordered on one side by the canal and on the other by London Fields park, this is a great place to walk about, taking in and joining in with the energetic street life.
Columbia Road Flower Market is open from 5am Sunday morning and runs into the afternoon.
The Free Royal London Tour
The free tour around “royal” central London every morning is a fantastic first impression of the city. But this part of London doesn’t have quite the same neighbourhood vibe as Camden and the East End because of its politically and historically significant buildings (and not to mention the prohibitively expensive rent prices). Nonetheless, there is still much to see and do. From Westminster tube station you can jump on the District or Circle lines and make the short journey to South Kensington. This rather posh outer-central suburb is London’s best museum district, boasting many world-class institutions such as the Victoria and Albert Museum, the Natural History Museum and the Science Museum. All these are completely free to enter and have stunning permanent collections which will provoke the imaginations of the most hungover of tourists. Also close by is the Royal Albert Hall, one of London’s top music venues, and the delightful Hyde Park,
perfect for a Sunday stroll.
From Westminster station you can also take the Jubilee line to London Bridge. Right outside the station is Borough Market. This is London’s premium food market: a treasure trove of British and foreign cuisine in a dark and labyrinthine Victorian setting.
Lastly, from Parliament Square you can retrace your steps and walk back along Whitehall to Trafalgar Square. From here, walk up Charing Cross Road and on your right is Chinatown - perfect for a tasty cheap lunch - and on your left is Soho. Soho must feature highly on any tourist’s London to-do list, boasting as it does a wonderful range of markets, pubs and restaurants. Soho also has a reputation as London’s LGBTQ quarter - drag acts and sex shows are advertised everywhere in this cheekily epicurean fun-loving neighbourhood.
British Museum Tour
A trip to the British Museum is an indispensable part of any tourist’s itinerary. It’s a truly international place with objects and visitors from all over the globe. The one drawback is that it’s an intimidating space, a plethora of objects from throughout time packed into a labyrinth of a building. So if you’ve chosen to take our tour to help you see the best of what’s on show, you might well find yourself in the area after the tour has finished, wondering what to do.
Firstly, perhaps you’ll fancy a drink! Bloomsbury and Fitzrovia (the areas around the museum) are host to a multitude of wonderful historic pubs. The Museum Tavern, right across the street from the main entrance, is a surprisingly quiet little place with a good selection of beer and friendly staff in a cosy old setting. But if you venture across the Tottenham Court Road then you can hunt down any of the pubs run by the special Samuel Smith Brewery. They only sell their own beer, but there’s a great selection in these cheap, charming pubs. Try the Horse and Groom or the Fitzroy Tavern if you’re at a loss as to which to choose.
But maybe your intellectual curiosity hasn’t been quite satisfied yet. If so, consider a trip to the British Library, a massive exhibitions complex 10 minutes’ walk away on the Euston Road. There’s always something interesting to see and the bars and restaurants are full of students, academics and the hubbub of intellectual conversation.
And if you fancy a stretch of the legs, take a walk around the historic area of Bloomsbury where generations of literati have lived and worked. The romantic adventures of these unashamed writers, poets and artists are easily imaginable as you stroll through the charming garden squares which surround London’s great universities. Avoid the throngs of students and look out for the small bars, boutiques and bookshops around Marchmont Street.