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5 things to do in London after you have seen the major sights

Have you already been to Big Ben, Tower of London, Westminster Abby, and gone on the Eye? Think you have seen it all, well guess again.  You have only scratched the surface of what there is to see in London.  After you have seen the major sights in London, it is actually time to see London.

1.  The British Library

The British Library

The British Library

Have you already gone in the British Museum, seen the Crown Jewels and maybe even gone in to the Tate Modern or National Gallery?  Then head over to one of my favorite museums in London, the British Library.  The British Library is easy to get to, it is right by Kings Cross and St. Pancras train station.  You can go into the Treasury of the British Library and this will not disappoint.  Here you can find two versions Chaucer's Canterbury Tales that were printed in the 1400s, the Codex Sinaticus which is the oldest complete New Testament written about 1600 years ago, the Gutenberg Bible, Magna Carta, Shakespeare, Jane Austen and many more.  If you have any interest in books or history, this place needs to be on the top of your list when visiting London.

2.  Little Venice

Little Venice

Little Venice

Have you already walked along the bank of  the Thames?  Next try Little Venice.  Just north of Paddington, this great area has canals to walk around where you can see canal boats and great little restaurants.   You can walk along the canal towards Regent's Park and Camden, it does not feel like you are in the middle of London and that you have been transported to a different place and time.   While you can't take a gondola through Little Venice, you can take a Water Bus boat cruise.  Not only are the canal boats a part of the views but the buildings surrounding it are equally beautiful. It is a good way to get some quiet after the major sights in London.

The Canals are not the only beautiful part of this area, the buildings are equally beautiful

The Canals are not the only beautiful part of this area, the buildings are equally beautiful

3.  Regent's Park

Regent's Park

Regent's Park

After you have walked around in Little Venice, head over to Regent's Park.  This huge park is almost 400 acres and has over 100 acres dedicated to sports.  Highlights include Primrose Hill which has amazing views of London and beautiful gardens including Queen Mary's Rose Garden which has over 12,000 roses!  There is plenty of wild life in the park and the London Zoo is also located in the Park.  If you are hungry or want a cup of tea, there are several restaurants all over the park.  Make sure that you print a map because this park is HUGE.

A beautiful park year round.

A beautiful park year round.

4.  Borough Market

Borough Market

Borough Market

Are you tired of the same old stores, seen Harrods and Liberty of London, well head over to the Borough Market, a thousand year old food market.  The full market is open Wednesday-Thursday 10-5, Friday 10-6 and Saturday 8-5.  This place is huge, there is more food than you ever thought possible.  Come for lunch as there are many little restaurants and food stands.  Before going I would study the list of traders as well as print a map.  Right by the market is Southwark Cathedral and it is close to the Thames and Globe Theater.   Skip the Harrods food market and come here!

More produce than you can imagine at the Borough Market

More produce than you can imagine at the Borough Market

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Like English pies? They got those at the Borough Market.

5.  Royal Albert Hall

The Royal Albert Hall my favorite place to hear a concert in London.

The Royal Albert Hall my favorite place to hear a concert in London.

Tired of seeing another Rock Musical at the West End, then come on over to the Royal Albert Hall, my favorite place to hear concerts in London.  Open by Queen Victoria in 1872, the Royal Albert Hall has about 5,000 seats and holds about 350 concerts.  The most famous is the Proms which is held in the summer, but if you are not in London during the Proms, there are plenty of other concerts to see through the year.  Its unique eclipse shape provides amazing acoustics.  There are always concerts going on here so go online and buy tickets to whenever you are in town. This is a place you need to go at least once in your life.

If you are in London, you need to hear a concert at Royal Albert Hall.

If you are in London, you need to hear a concert at Royal Albert Hall.

Do you have any more places to go, let me know.

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