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Off the beaten path in London?

I'll be in London for around 4 days at the beginning and end of my Euro trip. I have spent extensive time there (around a month) and have seen the majority of the "touristy" landmarks.

What are some off the beaten path things to do, see, and eat?

I'm a big fan of markets, delicious and authentic food and architecture. Not looking to stray more than an hour outside the city center.

Any recommendations would be appreciated! Please include your favorite fish and chips place and foodie markets!

14 Answers

top answer by
Jacqui from London

Hello Sally, 

It is very easy to get off the beaten track in London. Try these places: 

Brixton Village Market in South West London is great for great food (Honest Burgers, the best cake store, gluten free, pizza, cook-you-own-toast breakfast place). It is also undercover! 

Broadway Market is also lovely on a nice day, has great food and is slightly cheaper than Borough Market

- Do a walking tour with OR New London Architecture (

Richmond Park is a beautiful park that makes you think you are in the countryside - complete with deer! 

- Have you been to the Museum of London or Museum of London Docklands? They are a few good ones to visit. 

St Katharine Docks and Wapping is a beautiful old part of town (walking distance from Tower Of London) that features some lovely pubs and great history. 

- Check out the museums at night! Museums such as the Science Museum and Natural History Museum open up one night per month for adults only - great time to visit if you can. 

- Why not check out an exhibition, like the Wildlife photographer of the Year or Travel photo of the year? 

Also, see a list of free things to do in London here (some you might not have done before): 

You can do a day trip to visit the seaside at Brighton (England) or to The Windsor Castle if you have not seen them yet. See more day trips from London here:

Enjoy your time in London! 


Mentioned in this answer:

  1. Brixton Village Market (attraction)
  2. Broadway Market (attraction)
  3. Borough Market (attraction)
  4. New London Architecture (attraction)
  5. Richmond Park (attraction)
  6. Museum of London (attraction)
  7. Museum of London Docklands (attraction)
  8. St Katharine Docks (attraction)
  9. Wapping (neighborhood)
  10. Tower Of London (attraction)
  11. Science Museum (attraction)
  12. Natural History Museum (attraction)
  13. Brighton (England) (city)
  14. The Windsor Castle (attraction)
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answered by
chris from London

Hire a Boris Bike from Waterloo Station and ride along the south bank, great views of the city and some good stops along the way for food, can end up in Borough Market where there is great Tapas , fish and chips and vibe. 

Similarly head out to Richmond Park on the tube you can stroll, row down or ride down the river and up into Richmond Park perhaps take yourself for a picnic. If you hire a bike you can go from Richmond to Hampton Court Palace , a bit of an all dayer , but there are some good pubs and restaurants along the way in Teddington and Kingston upon Thames

If you fancy a curry brick lane in the east end is a good place to start and or Shoreditch has a cosmopolitan vibe to it. 

Finally Wimbledon village up by Wimbledon common can be a nice place to spend a Sunday morning .

Mentioned in this answer:

  1. Waterloo Station (attraction)
  2. Borough Market (attraction)
  3. Richmond Park (attraction)
  4. Hampton Court Palace (attraction)
  5. Teddington (city)
  6. Kingston upon Thames (city)
  7. Shoreditch (neighborhood)
  8. Wimbledon (city)
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answered by
Dabs from Chicago

Eltham Palace is an easy trip from London, probably about 20 minutes by train.  It was renovated in art deco style by the Courtauld family but also retains some of the original structure from the time of Edward IV.

Inside London, some of the places that took me quite a few visits to get to are the Leighton House Museum, Dennis Severs' House, The Wallace Collection, Kenwood HouseGeffrye Museum, Freemasons' Hall, Guildhall.  Check out the The Roof Gardens in Kensington if you are in the area.

Fish and chips, everyone say they are better by the seaside but I like Laughing Halibut and Poppies Fish and Chips, Camden which you can combine with a visit to Camden Market.  You can take a canal boat from Little Venice to Camden.  We used Jason's

One of my favorite buildings in London is the old Michelin Tyre Building which now houses Bibendum Oyster Bar.  I stopped there and just had a few oysters but they will let you have a look around the café on the ground level.

Have breakfast at Regency Cafe, it's a delightful café that doesn't look like it's been renovated ever.  It's in the movie "Layer Cake" briefly

If you are going to go in the fall, they will be reopening the Museum of Brands, Packaging, and Advertising but that isn't until Sept or Oct.

And there are always special exhibits at museums, on our last trip we saw a shoe exhibit at the Victoria & Albert Museuman art exhibit at the House of Illustration plus we had several others on the list that we didn't get to.


Mentioned in this answer:

  1. Eltham Palace (attraction)
  2. Leighton House Museum (attraction)
  3. Dennis Severs' House (attraction)
  4. The Wallace Collection (attraction)
  5. Kenwood House (attraction)
  6. Geffrye Museum (attraction)
  7. Freemasons' Hall (attraction)
  8. Guildhall (attraction)
  9. The Roof Gardens (restaurant)
  10. Laughing Halibut (restaurant)
  11. Poppies Fish and Chips, Camden (restaurant)
  12. Camden Market (restaurant)
  13. Little Venice (attraction)
  14. Bibendum Oyster Bar (restaurant)
  15. Regency Cafe (restaurant)
  16. Museum of Brands, Packaging, and Advertising (neighborhood)
  17. Victoria & Albert Museum (attraction)
  18. House of Illustration (attraction)
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answered by
Krista from London

Check out Shoreditch Street Art Tours. Awesome way to see the area around Brick Lane. I would also highly recommend walking the Beer Mile on a Saturday morning -- start early! -- at the Kernel Brewery and then hitting Maltby Street Market for snacks afterwards. 

Mentioned in this answer:

  1. Shoreditch Street Art Tours (attraction)
  2. Kernel Brewery (attraction)
  3. Maltby Street Market (attraction)
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answered by
Scott from San Francisco

Old Spitalfields MarketBorough MarketSunday Up Market.  All 3 are must visit.  Borough Market is a culinary treasure, Spitalfields has great shopping and great food too - Square Pie has the best chicken pot pie in the world, Montezuma's Chocolates (at Spitalfield) has a lime coconut chocolate that is strangely addicting and there is a stand that sells a Rainforrest bowl (vegetarian) that's really good too.  At Borough, be sure to get Raclette, a Halumi sandwich, and if they're making it a Chorizo sandwich at Brindisa Shop at Borough Market along with some of the best jamon you'll ever have.  

Mentioned in this answer:

  1. Old Spitalfields Market (attraction)
  2. Borough Market (attraction)
  3. Sunday Up Market (attraction)
  4. Square Pie (restaurant)
  5. Montezuma's Chocolates (restaurant)
  6. Brindisa Shop at Borough Market (attraction)
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answered by
Tamara from Split

Perfect places for a foodie and market lover are Borough Market and Brick Lane Market, but it's highly likely you've been there already?

Non-food related, try Hampton Court for a day trip into the past, Kew Gardensin Kew and Greenwich Market.

Mentioned in this answer:

  1. Borough Market (attraction)
  2. Brick Lane Market (attraction)
  3. Hampton Court (neighborhood)
  4. Kew Gardens (attraction)
  5. Greenwich Market (attraction)
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answered by
Jacqui from London

I have another one! On Sunday I saw the Art Deco splendour of the 1930's captured in time at Eltham Palace in South East London. Owned by the Crown Estate, this unoccupied royal residence has been restored to resemble the elaborate home of Stephen Courtauld and his wife Virginia Courtauld (née Peirano). In 1933, they acquired the lease of the palace site, restored the Great Hall and extended the building to include their residence. The house and gardens are now open to the public and make for a great day out in London!  


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  1. Eltham Palace (attraction)
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answered by
Ben from London

Broadway Marketis definitely a must-do, as is Exmouth Market

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  1. Broadway Market (attraction)
  2. Exmouth Market (attraction)
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answered by
Sarah from London, England

Greenwich is lovely. There is a market which has a combination of food and arts/ crafts. Greenwich Market . I like walking around the grounds of Old Royal Naval College, walking by the Thames and taking in the view. There are some lovely cafes in Greenwich to stop and have a break. There are museums if they interest you, such as the Maritime Greenwich or the The Fan Museum. Also have a look around Greenwich Park. Just past the park is Blackheath- you can chill out on the heath, visit one of the pubs or wander around the village. You can visit the Meantime Brewing Company or visit the The Old Brewery

Mentioned in this answer:

  1. Greenwich (attraction)
  2. Greenwich Market (attraction)
  3. Old Royal Naval College (attraction)
  4. Maritime Greenwich (attraction)
  5. The Fan Museum (attraction)
  6. Greenwich Park (attraction)
  7. Blackheath (attraction)
  8. Meantime Brewing Company (attraction)
  9. The Old Brewery (restaurant)
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answered by

Camden Market and Brick Lane Market are great for markets

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  1. Camden Market (attraction)
  2. Brick Lane Market (attraction)
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answered by
Scott from London

You could try Borough Market for food. Also, Leadenhall Market in the city of London or Leather Ln market in Farringdon.

Mentioned in this answer:

  1. Borough Market (attraction)
  2. Leadenhall Market (attraction)
  3. Leather Ln (attraction)
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answered by

Shoreditch flower market on Sundays mornings.

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  1. Shoreditch (neighborhood)
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We took the Jack the Ripper Tour and it was fascinating.  

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answered first by
Holly from Chicago

Mentioned in this answer:

  1. The Dove (restaurant)
  2. Kew Gardens (attraction)
  3. Camden Market (attraction)
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