London is home to so many iconic sites, museums, and attractions that it’s often very difficult indeed to make a decision on where to visit first. What’s more, if you’re visiting London at peak times you could be looking at unendurable queues for attractions such as the London Eye and Madam Tussaud’s. If you’re a London newbie, or equally you’ve been there done that, then step out of your Suite Hotels in London and check out these hidden gems of London. Many of them are so non touristy in fact, that you may very well be beating the locals to the chase.
North London, the Jewish heart of the capital
If Golders Green and Stamford Hill mean nothing to you then you obviously haven’t been to the Jewish heart of London. North and North East London are home to a very diverse community indeed, from the Afro-Caribbean markets of Dalston to the Bangladeshi Shoreditch, one of the most interesting and prominent is the Jewish communities. To sample the best in kosher food and drink then check out the many shops of Stamford Hill, Golders Green and East Finchley, where you’ll also find a wide range of bakeries. Bakeries are of great importance and are one of the tastiest of the Jewish food stuffs on offer in North London, including chewy Jewish bagels and challah, a sweet braided bread which is traditionally eaten on the Sabbath.
Football crazy London
For those weary of the tourist crowds in London and who have a penchant for sport, then you’re in luck; London is home to 13 professional football teams. With some of the leading premiere league teams heralding from the UK capital, you can be sure there’ll be a good game on for which you can buy tickets. Arsenal, based in the Finsbury Park’s Emirates stadium, are often pitted against the likes of South London’s Chelsea finds its home in Stamford Bridge. For a real rivalry check out North East’s Tottenham and East London’s West Ham, the latter of which are famous for having tumultuous clashes against the likes of Millwall. For a real London experience that takes you into the heart of sporting tradition then the football stands are the place to be.
Check out the live music scene
London’s fame as a cultural hot spot has led to the embedding of a riotous music scene in many different musical genres. Entire communities and trends have popped up around London due to the incredible power of music, leading to Camden being one of the best areas to find live rock and hip hop artists. The Roundhouse is a great place to start, with punk revivals and upstarts whilst Koko oozes atmosphere in a repurposed theatre space. For spoken word and hip hop artists, the Rich Mix in Shoreditch is great, whilst the Barbican plays host to both the mainstream and the experimental, perfect for those staying in Hotels near the Barbican Centre. The Old Blue Last often causes chaos upstairs, with free shows from some of the country’s most exciting bands and artists.
Victoria Park and Hampstead Heath
One of the main problems with London’s Royal Parks, especially those that are near the centre of the city, is that it’s often teaming with tourists. If you want to find some peace and quiet and really get stuck in with the local Londoner’s, then perhaps try somewhere further afield for your barbeque or football game. Victoria Park, or “the people’s park” is definitely a great place to start. With its canal side views and vast grassy areas, there’s enough here for any tastes. A skate park, tennis courts and playground make this a perfect place to spend a sunny day with the family. If it’s urban cool you’re looking for then London Fields is the place to go. Be careful though, once the suns out this park is teeming with locals and their disposable barbeques but to escape it all London Fields Lido is just around the corner.