London is set to be the most popular international destination for travelers this summer.
According to data from Google Flights, the capital of the United Kingdom is the most-searched destination of the summer, with travelers flocking to the city for its endless things to do.
Buckingham Palace, Big Ben, Westminster Cathedral, Tower Bridge, and the Tower of London are just a few of the iconic tourist sights that draw visitors to London.
But with this summer set to be an exceptionally busy one, here are 7 lesser-known things to do in London to avoid the crowds:
1. Visit Richmond
Richmond is a beautiful residential neighborhood in southwest London situated along the Thames. Although it’s part of London, it feels like it’s a world away from the hustle and bustle of the city.
Some of the best things to do in Richmond are to stroll through the impressive Kew Gardens, have a picnic in sprawling Richmond Park, and grab a drink at one of the many riverfront pubs.
Richmond is just a 40-minute ride on the Tube from central London, making it a great day trip if you want to get away from the crowds of the city.
2. Stroll through Little Venice
Little Venice is an area that many tourists in London never see. Located between Notting Hill and Regent’s Park, this tranquil area is full of canals, hence its name.
The canals of Little Venice are lined with houseboats, as well as some waterfront cafes and pubs.
Strolling through the canals of Little Venice and stopping for a bite to eat along the water is a great way to spend an afternoon in London.
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3. Visit National Trust properties
The National Trust includes more than 500 historic houses, castles, estates, manors, gardens, and parks around the United Kingdom.
While many of these sites are located in the countryside, you can actually find a number of them in London. Here are some of the best National Trust properties to visit around the city:
- Ham House and Garden (Richmond)
- Osterley Park and House (Isleworth)
- Red House (Bexleyheath)
- Carlyle’s House (Chelsea)
- Fenton House (Hampstead)
Each of these properties will transport you back in time and make you feel as if you’ve left the crowds of modern-day London behind.
4. Picnic on Primrose Hill
Primrose Hill is the name of a beautiful park and a charming neighborhood in London. Located north of popular Regent’s Park, this park is located on a hilltop with great views of the city below.
This is the perfect place to go for a picnic on a sunny summer day in London. There aren’t many picnic tables or benches, so be sure to bring a picnic blanket to sit on.
5. Visit Hampstead
Hampstead is another part of London that seems like it’s a world away from the busy city life. Although it’s still part of London, Hampstead has a village-like feel.
It’s only a 25-minute Tube ride north of central London, making it a great place to spend the afternoon if you want to get away from the crowds.
Some of the best things to do in Hampstead include visiting the Hill Garden & Pergola, strolling through Hampstead Heath, and going for a swim in the Hampstead Bathing Ponds.
6. Check out the Victoria & Albert Museum
The Victoria & Albert Museum is one of the most underrated museums in London.
Skip the crowds at the Tower of London to see the Crown Jewels, and check out the impressive jewelry collection (among many other collections) at the Victoria & Albert Museum instead.
Best of all, admission to this museum is free!
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