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Top Spots Off The Beaten Track In London
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Top Spots Off The Beaten Track In London

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Updated: 9 February 2017
Samuel Johnson famously said, ‘When a man is tired of London, he is tired of life,’ but sometimes even Londoners get bored with the same old sights. If you’re in need of inspiration here are some ideas to get you off the beaten track and experiencing the quirky side of this wonderful city.

To Eat

This is a place that will truly test your taste buds. At the Dans le Noir? restaurant in Clerkenwell, your palate all you will have to experience your dinner. In this totally dark environment, blind waiters will serve your meals in pitch darkness. This whole sensory experience is a way for customers to gain real perspective into their perceptions of taste and smell. Who needs vision when it comes to food anyway, go on, take a bite and enjoy the ride.

Dans Le Noir, 30-31 Clerkenwell Green, London, UK, 020 7253 1100

To Exercise

Perhaps you’re not keen on exercise but could you really pass up a flying trapeze class in Regents Park? Take upper body conditioning to a whole new level with these lessons brought to you by the Gorilla Circus Company. This four-week class is a killer way to work out your arms, core and fear of heights (just saying). Tickets go on sale a month in advance (so July class tickets go on sale on June 5th). Don’t just stand around; take a swing at it.

Art

Home to some of the world’s most famous and celebrated galleries and museums, London is a focal point of the art world. However, here we go quite literally off the beaten track, as Street Art London presents Street Art London tours throughout the city. Find art and expression in places that you would have never expected through the street art scene of East London. Always showing fresh pieces from different artists, the art tours around the area are a must see for all art lovers or for those who would like to further explore this area of London.

To Drink

The place to be for a drink in London is ironically the Prohibition bar. This 1920s inspired event held at secret locations at different times of the year is a roaring party, fit for any Gatsby fan. With a list of cocktails and creations all made to jazz up the night, the bar is a great place to be. Shine up your shoes, put on those flapper dresses and be ready to be transported back through time into the years of extravagance, bliss, and lots and lots of bubbly.

To Sight See

Whether you are a tourist or a seasoned Brit, you will never see London the same way as when you are on a pair of roller skates. Explore and sight-see the beautiful city of London on a Friday night skate. These weekly marshaled street skates in central London depart from Serpentine Road in Hyde Park for their Sunday strolls and from Wellington Arch at Hyde Park Corner every Friday night. It doesn’t matter if you are a professional skater or a beginner, this is an experience you definitely don’t want to miss.

Film

Now, you could go to one of the thousands of Odeons or cinemas across town to catch the latest flick or, what you really could and should do, is watch a movie at the Rooftop Film Club. With locations in Shoreditch, Peckham, Stratford and Kensington, the Rooftop Film Club airs everything from classics and favorites to the latest productions to hit the screens. Enjoy food and drinks from the bar and sit back and relax on a perfect summer night with your favourite film under the London skies and stars in a comfy chair and blanket.

To Shop

For a perfect summer time shopping trip, make sure you hit the outdoor markets of London. Selling everything from food to antiques, outdoor street markets tailor to every kind of shopper. Save your trips to Oxford Street and Bond Street for another time. When the sun is out and your wallet is full, make sure you make a stop at one of these for great deals, fun and a whole different shopping experience. They can be found at a number of different locations such as the Camden Market, the Tachbrook Street Market, the Berwick Street Market and the Maltby Street Market.

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To Stay

Ever wanted to live the life of a rockstar? Well look no further and stay at the Pavilion Rock & Roll Hotel. For about 50 pounds a night, stay in rooms like the ‘Honky Tonk Afro’ room or the ‘Monochrome Marilyn’ room. Or how about the ‘Metallica?’ Whatever your fancy, this hotel holds the stairway to heaven and that includes room service.

Pavilion Rock & Roll Hotel, 34-36 Sussex Gardens, London, UK, 020 7262 0905