Britain as you’ve never seen it before

To experience the real atmosphere of London, you have to see it from the eyes of the average Londoner. Experience the sights and sounds they see every day while commuting to work. Visit the hotspots where they gather for lunch, and go for a stroll in the local parks. Wind up your day by visiting the nightspots where the locals come to unwind. This is the best way to experience the real London.

As a visitor, let’s say you’re done with visiting the London Eye, the Tower of London, Madame Tussauds and the like. You’re now ready to spend a day experiencing the real city. London is one of the few metropolises where a short tube or bus ride will bring you within walking distance of your destination. Make sure you dress comfortably and wear a pair of trainers.

The morning

The Thames Path is a 40-mile cycling and walking path along the River Thames. Renting a bicycle is the easiest and best way to get around here. Along the path, you will discover many public beaches and quiet spots to reflect on the vistas. Charles Dickens’s favourite pub, The Prospect of Whitby, lies on this route.

After you’re done with your cycling expedition, take the tube to Monument, and a five-minute walk brings you to the walkie-talkie building, as the locals call it. The Sky Garden at 20 Fenchurch Street gives you panoramic views of the city while you sit in a rooftop garden. Put up your feet, sip a cup of coffee, take in the vistas, and maybe catch up with your emails.

Lunch

Take the tube to Russell Square station, and a short walk brings you to Bloomsbury Square Gardens. Pack your lunch from one of the nearby restaurants and enjoy the quintessential British experience of lunching in the park.

While at the park, it’s impossible to miss the grandeur of the surrounding buildings, such as the neoclassical Victoria House. Built in 1926, it was the second largest office block in the country after Whitehall. The interiors have been extensively renovated to offer 300,000 square feet of modern office, retail and leisure space. Owned by M1 Group from Lebanon, this building is one of the prime business addresses in London. You can access M1 contact info here.

The afternoon

Take a tube ride to Leicester Square or Covent Garden. The Covent Garden Market is housed in and around the iconic Market Building and Piazza. The building itself is an architectural masterpiece. The market offers speciality shops, restaurants and cafés. Street performers entertain you as you browse through the crafts, antiques and curios on offer.

The evening

Located near the Tower of London, Wilton’s Music Hall is a traditional Victorian music hall. It has recently been fully restored to its former glory. Check the events calendar and book tickets in advance.

A day out off the beaten path is a great way to explore the sights, sounds and flavours of London. It is one way of getting in touch with the real city.