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Lesser Known London

Posted on February 03, 2014 by Admin

Each year the exciting and ever-popular capital attracts millions of tourists, both national and international. The number of foreign tourists visiting London surged by 20% last summer to a new record; with a spell of beautiful hot weather and various news worthy events- including Andy Murray's fantastic Wimbledon triumph, figures shot up to almost 5 million visitors between July and September alone! With its notable attractions, museums and various parks, it's no wonder the city brings in up to £10 billion every year from tourism.

Ask anyone and I'm sure they'd be able to list at least a small few London attractions- most likely the London Eye, Big Ben, or Buckingham Palace. But don't they get a bit old? Whether you went on a school trip as a child, or a weekend as an adult, everyone who knows everyone has been to London? 'Been there, done that, got the t-shirt' (from one of the many tourist stalls selling shirts with 'I heart London' plastered across the front).

So here at Great Little Breaks we have compiled a great little list of those lesser known attractions; the places in London to visit on a budget, the great little restaurants and the little secrets hidden away from the hustle and bustle.

The Cartoon Museum:

Tucked away just around the corner from the grand British Museum, London's Cartoon Museum explores the history of cartoons, comics and caricatures. Quirky and eye-catching illustrations cover the walls, and a workshop area give all ages the opportunity to show off their skills. And a little bonus- under 18s go free!

The Camden Catacombs:

A long forgotten network of tunnels and vaults, these catacombs are a great opportunity for budding historians to take a look at 19th century London. They sit 21 feet under Camden lock, and were originally created to keep horses and ponies that worked on the railways.

Little Venice:

Just north of Paddington lies an area of peace and tranquility. The meeting point of the Grand Union Canal and the Regents canal results in a picturesque spot perfect for a lazy afternoon meal or morning stroll past beautiful canals and colorful narrow boats.

Ridley Road Market:

If you want a taste of London vibrant and varied communities, this thriving market features a range of goods from Asia, Africa, and the Mediterranean. This lively and exotic attraction is definitely a must see!

Ziferblat:

This is London's first pay-per-minute cafe! For just £1.80 an hour cafe- goers can help themselves to drinks and snacks, or have them made for them, and the only cost is the time you spend there. Time is money...quite literally.

Mes Amis:

This exotic Lebanese restaurant is tucked away in Hammersmith; it sports a bizarre interior and serves mouth watering food. If you're looking for a quirky and friendly place to grab a bite, this restaurant should get your vote.

This year brings events such as the full opening of the Queen Elizabeth II Olympic Park and the 450th anniversary of the birth of William Shakespeare, a major Sherlock Holmes exhibition opening at the London Museum and the Tour de France stage ending in The Mall in early July. As London continues to grow in popularity every year, and with more and more attractions and opportunities on offer, this is becoming one of the best times to visit the lively capital- and if you've been there before, go there again and get another t-shirt!

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