London is one of the greatest cities in the world. It is a hub for all things creative, tech, finance and so much more, and with so much to offer, it’s not hard to see why so many people love it so much. Even if you’ve never been to London, we all know about the most famous sites such as Buckingham Palace, the London Eye, and the Tower of London. But the best places to visit in any city are the ones you’ve never heard of before, as they show you an authentic side of the city, not a rose-tinted tourist one. London has something for everyone, whether you are looking for a cheeky night at the casino or a cultured museum visit, read on to discover some of the best London has to offer.
Found in the heart of Spitalfields, Brick Lane is a special part of London that many of us hold dear to our hearts. Home to a bustling Bangladeshi community, Brick Lane is best known for its huge range of top-notch curry houses and is it the perfect place to line your stomach before a night out. Not only are the curries amazing, but the Brick Lane Market has everything you could ever need, from kitschy antiques to handcrafted items and pop-up food stalls. There are even Brick Lane foot tours you can take if you want to experience the best places in the area and to learn about its fascinating history.
You don’t need to book an expensive trip to the Alps to enjoy a skiing holiday; you can hit the slopes right here in London! Chel-ski is a Fulham-based indoor ski centre which promises the feeling of hitting the slopes and riding and saves on the cost of a skiing holiday. With no snow in sight, Chel-Ski is a fitness class unlike any other, and uses real skiing equipment and a treadmill-like slope to mimic the skiing experience. Each session begins with typical warm-up activities such as squats and lunges and is specifically tailored towards maximising skiing performance. It certainly beats a spin class any day of the week!
If you’re feeling lucky and fancy placing a bet in one of the best casinos in London, the Hippodrome Casino is the place to go. Found in the heart of Leicester Square, you can’t possibly miss the beautiful building which houses the Hippodrome Casino and makes it an elegant venue to place a bet. You may be a fan of the James Bond movies and decide that you’ll try your hand at roulette while you’re in London. Playing in casinos is a fun way to spend the night after a couple of beers at the pub and a curry on Brick Lane, but just make sure you’re wise about it. We would advise any roulette players not to use the James Bond roulette strategy, which requires each betting round to be a multiple of £200, as it can cause big losses two-thirds of the time it is used. So, as long as you aren’t using that, you should be golden!
The Magic Circle Museum
If there is one thing that will make you feel that childlike feeling of wonder and amazement, it’s magic tricks. A good magic trick will make you feel like anything is possible and that actual magic is real, and that’s the whole theme of The Magic Circle Museum in Euston. The Magic Circle is different to any other museum in London as it centres solely on magic, and often holds events where the public can witness some of the world’s best magicians perform their mind-blowing tricks. It’s the perfect place to learn all about the art of magic and a history which stretches all the way back to 4,000 BC, as well as witnessing some of the most incredible sleight of hand and close up magic in the world. You’ve got to be quick, though, as there are only a couple of performances each month and not everyone is lucky enough to experience what is known as ‘The House of 1000 Secrets’.
The Sherlock Holmes Pub
The character of Sherlock Holmes is one of the most famous in the world and he is still one of the main reasons people visit London to this day. When Sir Arthur Conan Doyle first created the famous detective, he probably didn’t’t realise the impact the character would have on the world. Sherlock Holmes has infiltrated many parts of London, from tube stations adorned with his likeness, a museum, and of course, even a pub. The Sherlock Holmes Pub is a haven for any fan, as the upstairs of this Westminster pub features recreations of Holmes’ Baker Street house and serves as a life-sized replica of the famous flat shared by Holmes and Watson.
Any trip to London is sure to be an enjoyable one. Whether you’re visiting for the first time or if you’ve been living here for years, the best part about it is that you can still find so many new places that you’ve never heard of before. Whether you want to place a bet at the casino, grab a beer at the pub or go for a bite to eat, there are endless fascinating places to discover which will make the experience special. So next time you find yourself in town, make sure you get yourself along to these spots and you’ll see that London has so much more to offer than you ever thought it would.