The ultimate bucket list of non-touristy London activities

Tower Bridge in London

There’s nothing like a trip to London but as with any city, huge crowds of excited tourists gather around the most iconic landmarks and attractions. If you don’t fancy standing in line, you’ll need to look for less congested alternatives.

Whether you’re heading to London on business or have a weekend city break planned with a friend, there are plenty of non-touristy things to do and see near our luxury hotels in London. Check out some of these must-see destinations close to the Montcalm at The Brewery and make your city break extra special.

Magic Circle

Stephonson Way, London

If you’re looking for something a little out of the ordinary and a little more magical during your trip to London, head over to the world’s oldest magic institute for an experience like no other. Talk a walk through the historic halls of the Magic Circle and discover centuries of wonder and amazement as you browse the museum. Here you’ll uncover all kinds of antique magical equipment and quirky artefacts. This is a great activity for families staying at the Montcalm at The Brewery this month. The Magic Circle regularly hosts some of the best magicians and sleight of hand artists in the world, which means there’s always something new to see.

Street art

London is packed full of wonderful museums and historic galleries, all boasting huge collections of classical artwork. If you have more of a contemporary taste, there are areas of the city where you can discover some of the most creative and colourful street art in the world. Following the rise of artists such as Banksy, London has become a concrete canvas for talented modern artists and urban painters. Take a stroll through areas such as Shoreditch to find amazing murals and giant graffiti pieces or, stroll alongside the famous River Thames and find a treasure trove of street art at the underground skate park next to the Southbank Centre.

Indie picture house

Sometimes there’s no better way to spend an evening with friends than by sitting back, relaxing and enjoying a great film with some of your favourite sweet treats. London has dozens of modern cinema complexes, however, these types of places are often busy. Luckily there are a handful of venues in the city where you can dodge the crowds. Places such as Camden and Shoreditch are home to a number of smaller indie picture houses that provide a more intimate setting and showcase alternative titles as well as the latest popular releases.

Alternative tour

It can be fun hopping on one of London’s famous open top buses and flying around the city seeing all of the famous landmarks but if you’ve already been there and done that, you may be looking for alternative ways to view the city and discover its rich history. There are a number of alternative tour providers that specialise in itineraries that are a little different and distinctly non-touristy. You can take a trip through time and discover a darker side to London’s history by following in the footsteps of the city’s most infamous killer, Jack the Ripper for example.

Whatever your interests, there are a number of ways to escape the crowds and see something different on your next trip to London.