There are many tourist traps in the city and especially during the summer months you can expect to find mass queues outside many of the most popular. Whether it be the Kensington row museums or the London Eye, there are plenty of sights in the city you can be sure will be heaving with people. If you’re feeling claustrophobic today but still want to get out and about,. Then why not try these sites which are located off the beaten track. Guaranteed to cut queueing times in half and give you a little more peace and quiet from the tourist rush of the summer holidays, London holds many unique experiences which you won’t want to miss.
Dennis Severs House
Dennis Severs house is a unique East London based museum experience which takes you through history like no other museum before it. This art installation come history museum follows the fictional Jervis family, silk weavers who occupied the house between the 18th century and 1918. The set up is of a house, within which is a range of interiors from different periods of time. Each time period shows the house and its rooms, as if people have just left them, complete with half eaten food, unmade beds and sound effects of footsteps and voices.
Walthamstow wetlands is an area of marshland located just outside of the Walthamstow area. Here you will be able to find a wide range of cycle paths, grassy fields and nature reserves, all interconnected by canals and streams. This little natural haven in the middle of East London is a must visit for anyone looking for the next best thing to a countryside walk. Whether you’re staying at the Park Grand London Heathrow Hotel or further away, this area of natural greenery is well worth a visit, especially with the wide range of bars and cafes to rest at in the nearby Hackney Wick.
Founded by Frederick Horniman, the heir to a tea trading business, the Horniman Museum is a Dulwich based natural history museum. With exhibits and displays full of musical instruments from across the world as well as taxidermied animals and anthropological artifacts.With monthly temporary exhibits, the Horniman museum is a quirky and unique museum which is suitable for all ages.
Bethnal Green Museum of Childhood
The Bethnal Green Museum of Childhood is a museum based in Bethnal Green. Built from leftover parts from the Royal Albert Hall, this museum is an offshoot of the Victoria and Albert Museum on Kensington Row and is also free to visit. This museum is has a focus on the development of children’s toys and child made products throughout the centuries, taking you on a journey of discovery which is both interactive and child friendly. What’s more, the grand setting of the hall and the cafe located in the middle of the hall is definitely worth a visit for the spectacle itself.
William Morris Gallery
The William Morris Gallery is an often forgotten gem of Walthamstow. This grand town house was owned by William Morris, an interior designer and artist who left his collection of wallpapers and paintings to the public. What’s more, the gallery has an attached garden and park, well worth a visit for its scenic lakes and ponds.