If you’re planning a visit to London this month, there is plenty to see and do – and you’ve probably thought of most of it already. Which is why we’ve drawn up our own what’s on in London guide to some of the less obvious tourist attractions.
Great Fire 350
To commemorate the 350th anniversary of the Great Fire of London which started on 2 September 1666, London’s Burning will be a festival of art and ideas surrounding one of London’s most famous historical events. Running from 30 August to 4 September 2016, it will look at what happened at the time of the fire, and interpret it through modern eyes.
Slide Down an Olympic Landmark
With the Rio Olympics and Paralympics at the forefront of the world’s media, take in the view of London’s Olympic Park. The ArcelorMittal Orbit is the UK’s tallest sculpture which was built for the London 2012 games. And if you fancy an Olympic-sized adrenalin rush, you can get back to ground level in just a few seconds on the world’s highest and longest tunnel slide.
Climb An Icon
Not exactly a slide, but James Bond slid down the then Millennium Dome in The World Is Not Enough. Sadly this is not an activity for the public, but you can climb up the 02 (at a sedate pace) and enjoy the spectacular views of London from the top of the 52m dome.
The London Wonderground at the Southbank Centre claims to be the biggest adult playground in London. It showcases the weird and wonderful in cabaret, comedy, circus and family shows, with bars, restaurants and fairground rides.
BBC Proms Season
The world-famous BBC Proms is well underway, with classical music concerts taking place at venues across the city and in the Royal Albert Hall. Its aim is to bring the “finest classical music to as many people as possible at affordable prices and in an informal atmosphere”.
The Luna Cinema has been popping up in locations all over London all summer long. There’s still chance to catch classic films in outdoor venues across the capital.
You don’t have to blow the budget every time you go into the capital because London is full of free attractions. Wander through the Royal Parks, watch the Changing of the Guard which happens every other day, visit some of the world’s best museums and galleries, look online for one of the many self-guided walking tours – all you need to do is print out the map and the notes – or even a free guided walking tour to find out a bit more about this fascinating city (though tips are welcome).
Are you looking for somewhere to stay whilst you enjoy the capital? Our North London serviced apartments have great transport links to the all the main tourist attractions, theatres, restaurants, bars and clubs.