NON TOURISTY THINGS TO DO IN LONDON

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NON TOURISTY THINGS TO DO IN LONDON
NON TOURISTY THINGS TO DO IN LONDON: Chiswick Mosaic House

Do you live in London or have been too many times? Had enough of Big Ben? Then you’re in the correct place.

London is undoubtedly the best city in the world. Well, I may be biased, but it is pretty awesome. Part of its awesomeness is that there are unlimited things to do which range from simply the unknown to the most ridiculous. Below you’ll find a comprehensive list of non touristy things to do in London. The list is never ending: as soon as I experience more non touristy things to do in London, I will include them here, so remember to pin this post.

NON TOURISTY THINGS TO DO IN LONDON

Have afternoon tea at a Cat Cafe

If you don’t know it already, Cat cafes are a thing. And London couldn’t be left behind in this feline trend. Lady Dinah’s Cat Emporium offers a chance to have tea with kittens roaming around. To add more to the fun, it’s vegan friendly! Just remember to book in advance.

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NON TOURISTY THINGS TO DO IN LONDON – Cat Cafe
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VISITING RYE & CAMBER SANDS BEACH

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VISITING RYE & CAMBER SANDS BEACH: Mermaid Streer

Rye, in East Sussex, is one of England’s best kept secrets. It’s got the charm and beauty to match England’s most popular spots, but somehow it’s escaped a huge influx of visitors. Located between green rolling hills and the English Channel it’s one of the best-preserved medieval towns in England. You won’t fail to be enchanted by a town where time seems to have passed by. You’ll find unique shops, historic pubs and local restaurants instead of chain stores and tacky tourist attractions. There are beach walks, ancient inns and even a castle. All this, and more, makes Rye the perfect place for a relaxing weekend break.

Camber Sands is a sandy beach near Rye. It is the only sand dune system in East Sussex and if you are visiting Rye in summer, it makes sense to maybe spend one of two days relaxing at the beach.

In this post I’ll detail everything there is to do in the area, how to get there, where to stay and also how much time I suggest you to visit for.

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LONDON DAY TRIP: DORSET & THE JURASSIC COAST

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Around over two hours from London by car, the Jurassic Coast makes a wonderful day or weekend trip from London if you are looking for stunning seaside views and cute towns.

Wait! Jurassic Coast? Am I going to see dinosaurs?

You wish! The 154km long Jurassic Coast is a World Heritage Site on the English Channel coast of southern England. It spans from Exmouth in East Devon to Studland Bay in Dorset.

Why is it called Jurassic Coast? Well, this site has around 185 million years of geological history. Erosion in the coast has exposed rock formations from the Triassic, Jurassic and Cretaceous periods, and this is why it is a World Heritage Site. The fossils of the various creatures who lived here have been preserved in the rocks. You can actually see sea shells, and who knows what else, encrusted in them.

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BRIGHTON BUCKET LIST

[DISCLAIMER] This article was written towards the end of the Coronavirus pandemic with the hopes things go back to normal soon. They may not and I’ll revise the article once they do as some of the venues mentioned may have closed permanently.

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BRIGHTON BUCKET LIST: Brighton Bandstand

Brighton is so close to London and is the perfect destination for a weekend trip! It’s only an hour away by train and has tons of cool things to do as it’s a decently sized city…with a beach! Here’s a run down of all the things Brighton.

Brighton Bucket List: Things To Do in Brighton

Admire Brighton’s street art

Brighton has earned international reputation over the last few years for its stunning and original graffiti artwork dotted around the city. Check out a replica of Banksy’s ‘Kissing Cops’ at Prince Albert’s Pub as well as the Music Mural in the same place. If you are into street art you can find more arts locations here.

BRIGHTON BUCKET LIST: Prince Albert's Pub
BRIGHTON BUCKET LIST: Prince Albert’s Pub

Take a cycling tour of the city

Take this Grand Brighton Bike Tour as soon as you hop off the train. You can also enjoy the city at twilight by taking this 1 hour 30 minute tour visiting iconic landmarks, through Brighton’s colourful past to the present. Discover the real history of Brighton. There are many stops along the way, and a great chance to take some haunting photos!

Get brunch and buy vintage clothes at North Laine

North Laine has a happening, bohemian vibe with vegetarian cafes, vintage clothing stores, and jewelry stalls centred on busy Kensington Gardens pedestrian road. The vintage stores are really well curated and have prices that are a lot more reasonable than London’s.

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