9 things you never knew you could do in London

London – it’s just Buckingham Palace, Big Ben and the London Eye, isn’t it? Wrong! All you’ve got to do is take a different view and you’ll soon see that London holds far more secrets than you could ever imagine. Check out some of the best below…

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    Walk with dinosaurs at Crystal Palace Park

    Dinosaurs in London? Who’d have thought it? Well, all you need to do is swap the predictable trip to Oxford Street for a stroll through Crystal Palace Park to get a glimpse of the surprise action. Filled to the brim with Victorian dinosaur statues and even a Sphinx, the park makes for the perfect photo opportunity.

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    Go underground into the Chislehurst caves

    London – it’s all big red buses and busy roads isn’t it? Nope! Instead there’s a staggering 22 miles of caves existing right underneath the heart of the city. No-one really knows why they were ever created, but everyone from David Bowie to Jimi Hendrix has played there making them an extraordinary tourist attraction.

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    Have a bagel on Brick Lane

    Thought Brick Lane was only famous for its extensive assortment of curries? Think again! The iconic East London destination actually has something even more exciting up its sleeve – the incredible Beigel Bake. From the outside it doesn’t seem like much, but if you take a different view you’ll soon be wowed by their mouth-wateringly delicious salt beef bagel. Plus, the fact that they sell over 7000 bagels per day proves that they must be doing something right, doesn’t it?

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    Walk the glass floors of Tower Bridge

    Tower Bridge itself isn’t that much of a secret, but it has so much to offer. Did you know that it has now added a glass floor to one of its high-level walkways? Walk across as you look down 42 metres to the busy roads and famous Thames water below.

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    Go deer spotting at Richmond Park

    London – it’s just an urban jungle isn’t it? Well, that’s what you may think at first, but it’s actually full of beautiful parks and stunning wildlife. Swap the predictable trip to the Tate for a day out in Richmond Park and you’ll soon spot a deer or three.

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    Party on a rooftop

    Why go to your average bar when you could party on a rooftop instead? After all, if there’s one thing Londoners love more than a zingy Aperol Spritz, it’s to party in an unconventional space. Join in on the fun by paying Peckham’s Frank’s cafe a visit for sensational views of London, a film, and a good boogie.

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    Climb the O2

    Once known as the Millennium Dome, the O2 is now home to restaurants, cinemas and plenty of gigs, but did you know you can also climb it? Book a slot, strap up and walk the 52 metre climb to the top for a really different view of the city.

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    Get a taste of the Orient at Chinatown

    Looking to see a different side of London? Then an hour or two in Chinatown is guaranteed to be right up your street. With bright lights, incredible food and bilingual street signs, there’s a surprise around every corner. Plus, because it’s situated right next door to Leicester Square you can still fit in the more conventional tourist attractions too.

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    Let the Shri Swaminarayan Mandir take your breath away

    If you really fancy seeing something different in London, take a look at the Shri Swaminarayan Mandir. As one of the biggest Hindu temples outside of India, many people view the Shri Swaminarayan Mandir as being a work of art. Walk the steps, check out the intricate marble carvings and don’t forget to take a picture because trust us, your friends are going to be seriously jealous!

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See, London is full of surprises, isn’t it? All you need to do is #takeadifferentview.