Alternative Sights in London & Things To Do

Not everything worth seeing in London is a massive landmark, it’s full of hidden away alternative sights in London you may never have heard of

Leadenhall Market

A gloriously picturesque covered market designed by Sir Horace Jones in 1881

Girl with a Dolphin Statue

A playful sculpture by Tower Bridge made in 1973 by the sculptor David Wynne to “celebrate the animal”

Mayfield Lavender Farm

A stunning field of lavender in bloom that explodes in colour, creating a purely majestic view on the outskirts of London

Peggy Porschen

An alternative take on cupcakes and décor. Yes, you did read that right, cupcakes! Perfect for that extra special treat

EL&N London

It’s a café, sure, but you probably didn’t see this one coming! Prepare for a real experience in electric pink!


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Leadenhall Market

Originally opened to the public in 1309 and named after it’s lead roof design, this historical market has been rebuilt several time before finally being rebuilt in its current form

Where once upon a time this market was an integral part of the the local medieval society, today you can visit a plethora of fashion, beauty and fine dining outlets

You can visit the market at any time, day or night, but all of the shop and restaurants are independent so see what’s there and book your table!

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Address

Gracechurch St, London EC3V 1LT

Hours

24/7 Access (Store times vary)

Location

Girl with a Dolphin London

Girl with a Dolphin

Located by the feet of Tower Bridge, it’s easy to miss this hidden gem despite thousands walking right past it every day

Made in 1973 by the sculptor David Wynne who studies zoology at Cambridge University and actually swam for hours with a dolphin before starting work on his statue

The statue was “celebrating the animal” as he put it in 2009, and was part of a wider collection of animal-based sculptures that can be found around London

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Address

1 St Katharine’s Way, London E1W 1YL

Hours

24/7 Public Access

Location

Mayfield Lavender Farm

A sight for sore eyes, unless you have hayfever!

Located south of London on the outskirts, this glorious field does require some travel from the bustling city centre by train or taxi, so you will need to plan some extra time in if you plan to visit

However, if you do make the journey there you’ll be rewarded with some of the most spectacular views in nature

The field start to bloom from mid-June to around to August, but is weather-dependent. Their website will keep you informed around the current bloom on show!

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Address

1 Carshalton Rd, Banstead SM7 3JA

Hours

Weekdays – 9am to 6pm
Weekends – 9am to 6pm

Location

Peggy Porschen

Peggy Porschen actually have 2 locations, one in Chelsea and one in Belgravia, but both locations stay true to the fascinatingly indulgent architecture (and cakes of course!)

If you’re looking for that extra special treat to take someone special or if you just want to see for yourself, then both locations offer an eat-in experience and also a takeaway option if you’re just swinging past

Despite their spectacular menu of renowned cakes and sweet treats, they also have a savoury menu for those with less of a sweet tooth, although once you see the selection you may soon change your mind!

As always, you can book a table to eat in online and make sure you secure your spot before arriving to avoid disappointment

Even if they are fully booked, if you’re in the neighbourhood then just to take a breath-taking look through the window!

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Address

116 Ebury St, London SW1W 9QQ

Hours

Mon to Sat – 9am to 6pm
Sundays – 10am to 6pm

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EL&N London

Whether you love it or hate it, they have a fair claim to “the Most Instagrammable cafe in the world”

There are 9 separate locations around London, but they are all different, so make sure you find the one you want to visit rather than the one that’s closest to where you are, it could easily be worth the small journey

They also have slightly differing menus, including savoury treats as well as, obviously, some ludicrously lavish drinks and sweet treats that match their décor to a tee

You can only book tables at their Brompton Road Café, but all other outlets offer takeaway and limited seating options

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Address

239 Brompton Rd, London SW3 2EP (With many additional locations)

Hours

Weekdays – 8am to 11pm
Weekends – 8am to 11pm

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