There is so much to do and see in London off the beaten track. Here you will find suggestions of different, quirky areas to explore, around the Capital, where you can find hidden gems, unique shops and old cobblestoned streets with Alfresco dining options.
To walk alone in London is the greatest rest! -Virginia Woolf
This arty enclave is found on the South Bank which is the home to a varied mix of quirky, small, independent shops, cafes and bars. There is range of jewellery, ceramics, soft-furnishings and affordable artwork. A lovely place to sit back and enjoy scenic London. Cycle hire is also available from here, for those who would like to cycle around the South Bank area and beyond.
Found along the South Bank near Tower Bridge, this former dock for Tea clippers, named after the Hay’s family business empire from the 1650s, has been turned into an arcade of shops and restaurants with a beautiful iron and glass canopy. It is a safe haven in rainy weather along the South Bank. A 60ft stunning sculpture by David Kemp called The Navigators now forms the centrepiece. The quirky shops and stalls offer a unique selection of souvenirs. Lunchtime concerts feature during the summer and Christmas festivities.
This is part of the iconic Oxo Tower building which overlooks the River Thames on the Southbank. It is home to a quirky community of fashion boutiques, jewellery stores and homeware. The offerings are totally unique from the standard high-street fare. Several cafes and restaurants are in this building including the infamous Oxo Tower Restaurant & Brasserie.
Found just behind London's famous department store, Selfridges, this charming destination, enclosed by pedestrianised streets, is home to a range of high-end boutiques and alfresco dining options. The renowned British Brand Mulberry has its oldest boutique here. There are over 20 various cafes and restaurants offering an eclectic range of cuisines. A lovely place to relax and unwind, only a few yards away from chaotic Oxford street.
A hidden gem of the Capital. Found alongside the Tower of London and TowerBridge, this vibrant marina has a residential development, offices, a few shops, a range of restaurants, some of which have stunning views of Tower Bridge and a luxurious four star hotel. An oasis of calm, walking around the Docks along the cobblestone pathways, admiring the lovely boats, gives the impression of being in a different country.