In London For 24 Hours? Follow Our Offbeat Guide!

In London For 24 Hours? Follow Our Offbeat Guide!
London is one of the most common tourist destinations in the world, Photo Credit: Shutterstock

Forget the Big Ben and go off the beaten track to explore London in 24 hours

Roop Sawhney
November 04 , 2019
05 Min Read

Quaint cobbled streets, red telephone booths, splendid architecture, fascinating museums and creative street art are only a few of the many things that London has to offer to its visitors. Spend 24 hours in the city and immersive yourself in art and culture.

The cereal killer cafe has over a 100 different types of cereals


Start with a heavy breakfast...or cereal

It would be a crime to be in London and not start your day with an authentic English breakfast. Head over to E. Pellicci, a small greasy spoon in east London. Try their full English breakfast which comes with juicy sausages, eggs, toast and vegetables, you can even opt for a variety of Italian dishes at this café. You can also visit joints such as The Breakfast Club Hoxton or Lady Dinah’s Cat Emporium where you can dine with a bunch of cats. If you are in the mood for something more fun, you should hit up the Cereal Killer Café in Shoreditch. This café offers over 120 cereals for lunch with numerous toppings and every cereal combination you can think of. Often described as colourful and nostalgic, this eatery serves cereal all day long!

Neal's yard is a colourful courtyard tucked away behind towering buildings in London

Forget the Big Ben...

Have a hearty breakfast and get ready to hit town. You can always visit the regular tourist attractions like the London Eye or Madame Tussauds, but if you’re looking for something that is off the beaten path then visit The Ruins of St. Dunstan-in-the-East. A trip to this tranquil garden at any time of the year will be nothing short of magical. Visit Neal’s Yard, a colourful courtyard hidden away behind the towering buildings in London. The courtyard is extremely easy to miss if you’re not looking for it and is only accessible through two alleyways. This secret space is filled with restaurants, boutiques and shops which are bound to charm visitors. For the literary lovers, take a trip to Word on the Water, one of the most unusual and appealing bookstores in London. Resting by the Regent’s Canal, Word on the Water is London’s only floating bookstore. Once inside the barge book boat, visitors will find a cosy nook decked with small chairs and shelves, the perfect place for reading. 

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The Borough market is one of the most famous markets in London

Explore the markets and food, of course

For lunch take the more adventurous route and head over to Borough market. One of the most famous markets in London, it is lined with cafés and restaurants. The Borough market is also known for its street food and will not disappoint those looking for a culinary experience of a lifetime. If you are looking for something quainter take a trip to Little Nan’s Bar which is known for its boozy brunches and lip-smacking food. Visitors can also go to the Leadenhall market, a beautiful indoor market with stunning Victorian architecture. The market has a variety of restaurants and cafés to choose from. The market is especially famous as the place where Harry Potter was shot which makes it an absolute hit with Potterheads.

Village Underground is a safe haven for artists and performers

Enjoy an evening of performances...

Make your evening in London all the more interesting with all the fun activities the city has to offer. Head over to Ballie Ballerson the ultimate adult playground. Ballie Ballerson is London’s famous ball pit bar where customers can have the experience of a lifetime. Take a class at the Gorilla Circus flying trapeze school, touch the skies and swing with some of the best trapeze artists in the city, rest assured your life is in safe hands. Visit Village Underground, a safe haven for artists and musicians, it is a cultural hub housed in tube carriages and shipping containers. Village Underground is known to host some of the best performances in the city. These performances range from dance and music to live art and theatre. You can also visit God’s Own Junkyard, a neon paradise which houses the flashiest neon and vintage signs used in various films. The junkyard, tucked away in a warehouse in Walthamstow will leave your Instagram feed begging for more. In case you get hungry and are in the mood for some light snacks after a long day of going around London, you can enjoy sweet baked goods at Biscuiteers, Biegel Bake or London’s first coffee house.

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...And end your day dining in the dark 

Cap off your stay in London with immersive dining. If you love to be surprised then Dans Le Noir is the place to be. Blind dining or dining in the dark is one of the most immersive dining experiences you’ll find in the city. Dining in the dark will make visitors hyper aware of their surroundings and will enable them to relish their food. Choose from a variety of dishes or treat yourself to their surprise vegetarian meal.  If you are scared of the dark, then apply for the Gingerline dining experience. The Gingerline group combines the art of storytelling with food so that all senses of the visitors are engaged. The best part of this dining experience is the secrecy of it, visitors will not know where to go and when to go till a few hours before the event via a text message. As shady as that might sound, the Gingerline dining experience is guaranteed to wow you. 

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