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Experience London like a Londoner!


We are looking forward to welcoming many of you to London in March for graduation! Whether it’s your first time in the city or you’re a regular visitor, we’ve prepared a handy list of the lesser-known tourist destinations you can find in England’s capital. Check out these 10 hidden gems to make the most out of your visit.

Exploring grafitti in London
Wall with graffiti on it in London

Hampstead Heath 

As one of the highest points in London, this beautiful outside public space is perfect for relaxing. With ponds, fields and woodlands to discover, it’s no wonder this spot is extremely popular with Londoners.

Seven Dials Market

Centrally located, the Seven Dials Market offers culture, entertainment and an escape from the busy streets of London. Home to over 90 stores, you can find everything here from top pubs and restaurants to relaxing spas and wellness treatments.

Columbia Road Flower Market 

Each Sunday, Columbia Road becomes a paradise filled with plants and flowers. Head over to the east end of town between 10am and 3pm to discover one of the oldest flower markets in London! With origins dating back as far as 1809, this hotspot is as historical as it is beautiful.

Brick Lane

A paradise for fashion-lovers, foodies and fans of all things vintage, Brick Lane is the ideal spot if you’re searching for a more alternative part of the city. It is also famous for its large Bangladeshi community. Here you’ll find lamp posts painted in green and red, the colours of the Bangladeshi flag. Each year, thousands line the streets of Brick Lane for a festival celebrating Baishaki Mela, the Bangladeshi new year.

Little Venice

Famous for its unique canal waterway and picturesque landscape, this little neighbourhood is a favourite among Londoners because of its tranquil and peaceful atmosphere. Why not take a boat across the canals and visit some of the cafes and restaurants?

Sir John Soane’s Museum

Interested in design and architecture? Sir John Soane was one of the most influential British architects of all time. This museum, less than a twenty-minute walk from Senate House, hosts a large collection of paintings, drawings and sculptures in the extraordinary house that Sir John Soane built and lived in.

London Cable Car

Ride above the city and enjoy some outstanding panoramic views of the legendary London landscape. Setting off from Greenwich and rising to 90 metres high in the air, the London Cable Car is a truly unique way to see London.

The Strand Lane “Roman” Bath

We know what you’re thinking… Roman Baths in London? Well, it’s not quite what it seems! The Victorians in London claimed this site was from Roman times, but it was actually built in the 1600s. This local curiosity is tucked away near King’s College London, one of the University of London’s member institutions.

Battersea Power Station

What was once the building that supplied a fifth of all London’s electricity is now an incredible place to shop and enjoy magnificent views of the city. Located on the South Bank of the river Thames, this London landmark is home to a huge range of restaurants, bars and shops.

The Sky Garden

Could you spot the University of London from the sky? If magnificent views of the city are your thing, then look no further than The Sky Garden! There’s no better place to check out the iconic London skyline than by going up this 38-storey skyscraper. Best of all, entry is completely free - but don’t forget to book as it can get busy!