With an influx of tourists visiting London in 2012 due to the Olympics, top sightseeing destinations are expected to have long queues this summer.
Whilst everyone is familiar with the Big Ben and Buckingham Palace, there are several less known, but equally interesting and enjoyable places worth visiting in the capital city.
Here are some of the best hidden and underrated London spots for visitors in 2012.
Dining – Dans Le Noir
London boasts any number of culinary options, from world class Michelin star dining to a huge range of cheap eats for on the run. Why not try something completely new in 2012, by heading to Dans Le Noir?
This truly unique dining experience involves eating in the pitch-black darkness. It might sound a little obscure, but by heightening your other senses, you soon come to appreciate the restaurant’s superb quality ingredients across 4 surprise menus.
Find out more here http://london.danslenoir.com/
Museums – The Freud Museum
Steer clear of the crowds at the British Museum and instead opt for an education from the father of modern psychology at the Freud Museum London.
This was the home of Sigmund Freud and his family when they escaped Nazi occupied Austria and it remained in the family until his daughter, Anna, died in 1982.
Here you can explore Freud’s personal study, preserved in its original form, complete with writing desk and enviable library.
Find out more here http://www.freud.org.uk/
Pubs – Ye Old Mitre Tavern
Suggesting one good pub in London is akin to finding needles in a haystack, if not a little trickier. However this pub is not only off the beaten track, it is one of the oldest surviving pubs in the capital.
Ye Old Mitre Tavern, on Ely Court in Farringdon, was built by Bishop Goodrich in 1546. It also boasts all the stuff a great pub is made of.
This includes a quaint, three-room bar space and a courtyard. What it lacks in size it makes up for in history, character and ales. Sip from George Gale Seafarers and Fuller’s Honeydew under King Henry VIII portraits. Beer and history: London in a nutshell.
Find out more here http://fancyapint.com/Pub/london/ye-olde-mitre-tavern/92
History – Roman Baths, Strand Lane.
We might associate the UK’s Roman baths with, well, Bath, but there’s some a little closer to the London than you might think.
Head down to Strand Lane in the City of Westminster and there’s the surviving evidence of what we assume to be early Roman beauty routines, in the form of a cold spring-fed plunge bath.
Find out more here http://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/roman-bath/
Nightlife – The Cellar Door
Experience something really unique in the style of New York and Berlin 1930s swing dancing. The blog Big Smoke Boredom describes the venue as “a tiny, bizarre modern bar with a big personality.”
This small bar is located beneath the Aldwych and can fit just enough people to ensure a great time. It’s the first bar to feature a DJ jukebox SMS request system and it’s free entry; an almost unheard of quality for a London night out.
Find out more here http://www.cellardoor.biz/cellardoor.htm
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