There’s a wealth of opportunities on the tourist map, whatever your tastes are. This has led to many guests at the Montcalm Chiswell Street to never stray form the main tourist areas, which is fine if your strapped for time and need a quick tour of the city must-see’s. However, some people may want to find the more unique experiences in London, especially if it’s the most recent in a spate of visits. It’s always easy to find new things to do when visiting London, the city itself is full of history and entertainment. But when faced with such a level of choice, you can often feel overwhelmed. That’s why we’ve given you a few tips to choose from which may help you to make some choices when exploring off the beaten track.
Roman Road Market
With areas like Bethnal Green, it’s easy to understand just how East London can be doused in the woes of gentrification. With so much sleekness covering the true character of the area, it’s still not enough to scratch under the surface to find the areas true face. Enter Roman Road Market, a true gem of the East End spirit, walking hand in hand with the snowballing tech age and the present day. It is here that you can find traditional Buddhist garbs being sold alongside fidget spinners, finding a fine balance between the old and the new. And isn’t that what you want from a Street Market, some unseen golden oldies piled in with the new tech of the 21st century. This often-overlooked market is a mile long stretch of the best of East London’s future and its past.
This Fulham based venue and cocktail bar is one of the chicest of the high-end bars in the city. The bar consists of four floors, all with an exciting and distinct vibe to it. the Broadway Bar serves a range of foods, craft beers and cocktails, expertly mixed by mixologists, whilst the Library on the top floor provides a space which is a little more relaxed and quiet. The Private Members Bar and roof terrace offer elegance and glamour unseen in many other venues, whilst the music played there is diverse and fits in well with the ambiance of the venue.
The Genesis cinema is based on Mile End Road and is known for it’s amazing programme of film from around the world. alongside the latest in Western Cinema, the Genesis focusses on foreign films and critically acclaimed independent releases. Alongside this seasons of curated films and question and answer sessions with contemporary film maker and thinkers makes this cinema one of the best in the city. If this wasn’t enough, then why not try out the amazing range of bars and kitchens in the cinema. If you’re looking for a pore film drink or meal, then the Genesis cinema will no doubt satisfy your needs. There’s nothing like food before your flick or a burger before the B Reel.
Capital Karts is a Barking based indoor go-karting track and is one of the largest in the UK. With over 500 visitors each weekend, the 1050 metre track is not only one of the largest, but the most successful. Enjoy a day out with your friends or some time off that business meeting with a fun bit race round the circuit. For any one who wants their thrills with a bit of speed, then this go karting track is the one for you. What’s more, the track caters to a range of ages and gives drivers the opportunity to purchase their own in helmet footage.
This independent boutique is a cinema focussing on both new and classic films alongside showing live opera and theatre. This volunteer run cinema donates all its profits to charity alongside focussing on the social and cultural benefits of cinema. Based in north West London, the cinema has a café and a range of events every month whilst also being one of the best places to watch films in Kensal Rise.
The Chickenshed is a theatre company and theatre based in North London which runs from a purpose-built theatre in the area. The company is known for its thought provoking and all-inclusive shows which give both young and old a chance to enjoy theatre. With a range of outreach programmes, the theatre is known for its vows of diversity and for pioneering the forefront of how theatre works. With original work in mind, the company likes to create theatre which focuses on both the political and the personal, meaning that there’s always something for everyone. If theatre’s never been your thing then you may want to change your mind after visiting the Chickenshed.
Based in Hammersmith, the Lyric is one of the most popular and forward-thinking theatre in the city. Being an off-West End theatre, the Lyric is known for developing and nurturing the work of many of todays best theatre makers. The theatre itself prides its range of work on its originality and the ground-breaking nature of it. the work it has created opened to the public in 1888 as a music hall before it was renovated in the 1890’s to be a theatre space. The Lyric Hammersmith is known for not only its theatre which includes the works of Simon Stephens and Sarah Kane, but also for its range of comedy shows.
The Windmill Brixton
The Windmill in Brixton is a famous alternative music venue alongside a trendy bar. Here you can find some of the most talented up and coming musicians trying out new material and often one-off performances from more famous artists. For those looking for a slice of the London underground scene, then you can’t get any better than the Brixton Windmill. With a range of beers and wines available, it’s also a great place to sit back and relax. This is a must for anyone looking to see some of London’s thriving underground music scene.