London in 5 Cool Experiences

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Rain aside, we could move to London tomorrow. We really feel in our element here. We love the endless possibilities this city has to offer, both entertainment and culinary wise. And we find the cultural diversity refreshing. 
There is no shortage of tourist staples in London. It is really difficult to get bored here. Even if you are visiting the city for the 734th time, something new can grab your attention. Yet, most top attractions in London kind of articles limit themselves to listing the same museums, the mandatory London Eye ride, the changing of the guards in front of Buckingham Palace, etc. 
They are all cool and worthwhile. But if you are in mood for something different, something your friends back home didn’t already do on their last visit to London, have a look at this experiences. 

Step in both the Eastern and Western Hemispheres at the same time

How cool is this? Find the Prime Meridian Line and have your picture taken while you have one foot in the West and the other one in the East.
But Greenwich also has some amazing views over London.
And perfectly manicured green spaces brimming with cute, playful squirrels.
Hot tip: Don’t forget to bring a pack of nuts with you and they will love you forever. Or at least until the next guy comes along with more nuts.

Cruise the Thames from the Royal Arsenal Woolwich to London Eye

This will offer you a different perspective over the city while you will see many of the world famous attractions. 
Cruising the Thames is freedom! And we found it somehow better than other river cruises we took over the years.
It’s perfect for a lazy afternoon!
The Daily River Roamer ticket from Thames Clippers offers unlimited hop-on/hop-off travel in between the two points. 
And sunsets are amazing from the river. Make a point out of not missing them.

See London from the helicopter

These are our favourite 20 minutes we’ve spent in London… EVER!

We had never flown in a helicopter before. And we must admit we were a bit nervous and did not know what to expect.

But it turns out we totally loved it! Our helicopter ride over London with The London Helicopter was great fun!

It was quite a unique experience, one we were looking forward to ticking off our bucket list for quite a while. We saw the Big Ben and the Shard – the tallest building in the EU – from a completely new perspective. And started to appreciate the vastness of London.

Go to the cemetery in search of Dracula… or just to relax

This might not be an obvious choice… Unless you really are into vampires.

However, London’s cemeteries are of a ghostly beauty. Vampires or not, they are perfect for a stroll.

It is believed Bram Stoker used either Highgate Cemetery or Hendon Cemetery as the burial place of Lucy in the novel.

We really loved Highgate Cemetery and can’t recommend it enough. It’s one of England’s greatest treasures and it boast incredible funerary architecture.

Karl Marx is buried here.

But above all, it is unique because it has the feel of a secret garden. The green labyrinth of ivy and trees covered in moss gracefully embrace the Victorian tombs.

It’s peaceful! And there’s lots of beauty to be appreciated here.

Enjoy a champagne afternoon tea

This is one of those quintessentially British experience that is best enjoyed in London.

It is such an obvious thing to do that most people simply miss it. It totally fell off our radar the first time we visited London. Since then we talked to a great number of people that all had missed the experience on a first visit.

There’s lots of diversity when it comes to afternoon tea in London, so you can easily find one to your liking.

You can have afternoon tea while cruising on the Thames or in a private pod on the London Eye.

If you are a self-declared chocoholic, you can have a chocolate afternoon tea at Hilton Park Lane, or a quirky afternoon tea inspired by Charlie and the Chocolate Factory at One Aldwych Hotel. For something totally out of the ordinary, there is a Japan-inspired alternative at Ichi Sushi and Sashimi Bar.

We thoroughly enjoyed the gentlemen’s afternoon tea at Reform Social & Grill. It was everything we ever imagined it to be and more. They wouldn’t stop pouring us champagne!

6 Responses

  1. Rob
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    Great suggestions, we enjoyed the a ride on the London Eye at Sunset, great view!

  2. Mary @ Green Global Travel
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    These sound like lovely ways to experience London! Funny how so many forget the smaller but more well-known traditions like an afternoon tea! Thanks for sharing!

  3. EuroTripTips
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    I would love to see London from a helicopter! It sounds like a wonderful, memorable thing to do.

  4. Mark
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    Definitively, the champagne afternoon tea is my preferred experience… 🙂
    I will add to my "to do" list in London
    Thanks for sharing
    Mark

  5. The Slow Pace
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    I loved the vintage inspired tea at the Reform Social. I think it takes place once a month.
    xx,
    E.
    http://www.theslowpace.com

  6. Italian Notes
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    Great suggestions, and thanks for reminding me that I haven't spent nearly enough time exploring Highgate Cemetery. But the best tips is undoubtedly the helicopter ride – if we could afford it…

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