Even the most popular of destinations has its quirky side. Here are my favorite 7 offbeat things to see in London.
We were determined to only follow in the footsteps of Jack the Ripper guided by Russell Edwards, author of the best-selling book “Naming Jack the Ripper”. If we were to get deeper inside the story, we might as well be accompanied by an expert. However, in the day we reserved to visit Whitechapel, in London’s East End, we were so bored by another borough struck by gentrification that we decided to take our own self-guided tour. Maybe it was just the “theme” of our expedition getting the best of us, but in most of the places all we could hear was dead silence, even in a busy weekday morning.
Our self-guided London South Bank walk includes all must-sees but also comes with an offbeat twist in the end.
One of the ways I like to get under the skin of a new place it’s through pop culture. There is something about urban legends and fandom that say a lot about the local’s vibe.
It’s hard not to feel a certain level of excitement when you know you’re about to see Stonehenge. You want to go for the mysticism, the stories, the urban legends around it, the conspiracy theories. Striking off another UNESCO World Heritage Site from the list really came in last for me. I wanted to experience the magic of the stones that I had heard about in countless documentaries and to finally visit one of the sites in the world I was more curious to see.
A visit to the National Gallery was on my plans ever since I visited London for the first time. The visitors are a mix of art enthusiasts, of bored tourists, and of artists. Outside, Trafalgar Square is a mix of street artists and unoriginal buskers – how many fake levitators do we have to see before we decide it’s too much?