London is an iconic tourist destination for visitors from the four corners of the world – but that doesn’t mean that real Londoners don’t also enjoy visiting the many attractions and great venues the city packs in by the bucket load. This list goes behind the scenes, sharing five places real Londoners love to help you experience an authentic taste of the capital the next time you’re in town…
Natural History Museum
While some of London’s museums might feel overly tourist-focused, the Natural History Museum is different. Not only is it one of the most internationally acclaimed venues of its kind worldwide, but it’s popular with locals too. We highly recommend a visit during your next stay at the Montcalm Royal London House.
The venue provides insights into a rich cross section of the natural world, including everything from palaeontology to entomology and mineralogy, all housed under one ornate roof. Londoners visit here for fun and learning, but also enjoy bringing their children along to learn in an absorbing, creative environment. Students from local schools, colleges and universities can often be spotted soaking up the museum’s wealth of knowledge.
Visiting a zoo remains one of the most popular tourist attractions in London, but the ZSL London Zoo, first opened in 1847, is as popular with real Londoners as it is with visitors from all over the world. The zoo is home to almost 700 species, and is managed by the Zoological Society of London. This is a great place to mingle with animal lovers of all ages during your stay at Montcalm hotels while supporting the zoo in its significant conservation work.
One of the most popular attractions in the city, it’s not only tourists who enjoy taking a spin on the London Eye. A top London pick for those who’d like to see the city from a different vantage point, this is a fabulous way to explore London’s skyline in one of the spacious viewing pods. If you feel like upgrading the experience, there are a range of options available via the official website.
Tower of London
London’s sometimes grizzly past is explored in great detail at the Tower, a fortification which dates back to the Norman era and has gone from being a palace to a prison and notorious place of execution, right through to its current incarnation as a major cultural and historical centre. Locals are as entranced by the sights on offer here as those simply visiting the city, so if you feel like joining them before a relaxed evening at at the Aviary London at Montcalm Royal London House, then get ready to explore a maze of prison cells, historical exhibits and more.
While one of the more tourist-focused spaces on this list, a trip to Madame Tussauds waxwork museum will bring you face to face not only with plenty of celebrities, royalty and historical figures, but plenty of locals eager to see this unique venue for themselves. It’s also a popular space for repeat visits as new exhibits and figures are added throughout the year, so there’s always something different to see.