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Curated places to see and exclusive things to do in London

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Off The Beaten Path Guide to London

Vibrant, multicultural and full of life, London remains the most visited international capital for culture, fashion, music, and finance since the 18th century due to its centricity for global trade.
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Curated places to see in London

Sky Garden โ€” Large indoor garden on top of a skyscraper with free reservations
Royal Botanical Gardens โ€” Large plant greenhouse featuring a treetop walkway
British Museum โ€” Large free museum and a treasure trove of world artefacts
St Martin-in-the-Fields โ€” Live concerts and jazz inside a Gregorian church
Camden Town โ€” Discover bargain street shopping with alternative live music and pubs

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Southbank โ€” Riverside promenade bustling with restaurants, buskers and street art
National Gallery โ€” Art gallery with free entrance offering a gallery of famous paintings
Buckingham Palace โ€” Changing of guards at the Queenโ€™s residence with tours
ZSL London Zoo โ€” Worldโ€™s oldest scientific zoo with animal exhibits and activities
Richmond Park โ€” Spectacular royal park with bike paths, picnic spots and wild deers Everyman Maida Vale โ€” Cosy movie theatre showing new releases with a bar
The Wallace Collection โ€” Free museum featuring art, antiques and weapons
Holland Park โ€” Scenic park with peacocks featuring a Japanese and Dutch tulip garden
Shakespeare's Globe โ€” Elizabethan theatre showing Shakespeareโ€™s plays in open air

No FoMo by skipping these

London Eye — Better places with better views listed below. For free.

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Locally Unique Restaurants in London

Burger and Lobster โ€” Restaurant serving lobster and corn fed Nebraskan beef burgers
Kappacasein โ€” Grilled cheese sandwich and toastie place offering the best bite
The Ivy โ€” Fine dining restaurant offering a view over Tower Bridge and a lovely brunch menu
$ Manna and Vanilla Black โ€” Restaurants serving gourmet vegetarian dishes
Rules โ€” Historic British fine dining restaurant with a classy cocktail bar

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$ Circus โ€” Cabaret restaurant serving pan Asian dishes
๐ŸฑJapanese Canteen โ€” Asian restaurant serving quick food
๐Ÿ›Kimchee โ€” Korean restaurant with charcoal barbecue
Cereal Killer Cafรฉ โ€” Themed cafรฉ serving all kinds of cereals, pop-tarts and milkshakes
$ Lutyens โ€” Modern European fine dining restaurant
Luca โ€” British Italian restaurant with high vaulted ceilings serving phenomenal pasta
$ Duck & Waffle โ€” British and European cuisine with a sunset view
$ Beach Blanket Babylon โ€” Ornate British restaurant inside a townhouse
$ Aqua Nueva โ€” Modern Spanish restaurant serving tapas and cocktails with views
Moro โ€” North African and Spanish cuisine serving a seasonal tasty menu
Herman ze German โ€” German deli serving currywurst and pretzels
Noroc โ€” Authentic Romanian restaurant with great hospitality and quality food
Mari Vanna โ€” Authentic Russian restaurant with great service and interior decor
$ Nopi โ€” Innovative Middle Eastern-Mediterranean tapas style cuisine
Dishoom โ€” Indian fusion restaurant serving authentic flavours from cafes in Bombay
$ Veeraswamy and $ Benares โ€” Indian fine dining offering a luxury food experience
$ Quilon โ€” South-west coastal Indian cuisine offering great tasting menus
Hoppers โ€” Sri Lankan restaurant with a coastal vibe serving perfect dosas
๐ŸŒฎWahaca โ€” Mexican chain restaurant serving flavourful food
MEATliquor โ€” Loud American fast food restaurant serving great burgers and fries
๐Ÿ”GBK, Byron and Shake Shack โ€” Cheeseburger chain restaurants serving meals
๐Ÿ—Chicken Shop โ€” Restaurant serving perfectly grilled chicken on spit fire
$ Tramshed โ€” Whole roasted chicken and steak restaurant
Beigel Bake โ€” Beigel place serving great flavours like salt beef & smoked salmon
Burger and Lobster โ€” Restaurant serving lobster and corn fed Nebraskan beef burgers
๐ŸฅFish! โ€” Fresh fish and seafood restaurant located outdoors in the Borough market
$ Ottolenghi โ€” Restaurant serving salads and small plates
Quince Tree โ€” Brunch and breakfast cafe in the middle of a plant nursery
Tangerine Dream โ€” Home-style food cafe in Chelsea Physic botanical garden
Hoi Polloi โ€” Brunch cafe serving experimental Scandinavian cuisine
๐ŸงChin Chin Labs โ€” Smoothest ice cream ever frozen by liquid Nitrogen
El Pastor โ€” South American-inspired restaurant serving tacos al pastor and other colourful digs
Wolseley โ€” All-day restaurant with a stylish atmosphere and an occasional celeb spotting
Smithโ€™s โ€” Seafood restaurant offering views over the Thames with fresh food and attentive staff
Black Axe Mangal โ€” A typical fusion restaurant serving burgers on flatbread, rabbits and octopus with loud music
MNKY HSEโ€” Contemporary Latin American fine dining restaurant with a lively setting and good music
Winter Garden Restaurantโ€” All-day British/Mediterranean dining with a glass roofed atrium of Landmark hotel
Coppa Clubโ€” Riverside terrace restaurant offering tables enclosed in igloos with Tower Bridge views
Le Pont de la Tourโ€” Riverside French restaurant offering an intimate ambiance and delicious food

Watch out in LDN!

Hackney and East London have a higher crime rate during late hours.


Bars, Nightlife and Parties

The Blues Kitchen โ€” Dimly lit den with a bar playing tasteful blues music
$ Alchemist โ€” Cocktail bar at the Langham offering a unique touch on every drink
The Ivy โ€” Fine dining restaurant offering a view over Tower Bridge and a lovely brunch menu
$ Sketch โ€” Quirky Alice in Wonderland themed bar and restaurant
๐ŸบThe Dickins Inn โ€” Dockside pub with a balcony, large garden and a noose

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Ministry of Sound โ€” Spacious nightclub with an outdoor area playing EDM and house
Fabric โ€” Large indoor nightclub playing techno and deep house
๐ŸฅƒNightjar โ€” Prohibition-style speakeasy serving rare spirits with live blues and jazz
Cirque le Soir and Tramp โ€” Extravagant Mayfair clubs
Discount Suit Company โ€” Speakeasy cheese and cocktail bar with warehouse decor
Harwood Arms โ€” Michelin star gastropub offering British food in a cosy environment
๐ŸฃBuddha-Bar โ€” Lively pan Asian lounge serving quality sushi and cocktails until late
$ Barts โ€” Speakeasy bar with spectacular cocktails in a fun atmosphere
Big Chill House โ€” Rooftop terrace pub with a dancing floor
Palm Vaults โ€” Hipster decor cafe serving cakes, juices and coffee
$ Opium โ€” Cocktail bar serving dim sum and seafood platters
Mamounia Lounge โ€” Moroccan restaurant serving drinks and sheesha
$ Artesian โ€” Upscale cocktail bar at the Langham
Walkabout โ€” Lively Australian bar filled with students
Meltdownโ€” Gaming pub with consoles and e-sports tournament

Networking spots in London Town

LSE — Seminars and debates focusing largely on politics; view calendar

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Exclusive moments and luxury

๐Ÿธ Arts Club — Members club offering fine restaurants, a cigar garden and networking
Searcys — Restaurant and cocktail bar at the Gherkin offering spectacular views
Roka — Authentic Japanese restaurant serving Robatayaki cuisine and excellent sushi
Lyle’s — Michelin star British restaurantย offering a leisure affair with food
The Dorchester Spa — Exclusive pampering and luxury day spa
Angler — Michelin-starred sea food restaurant with city views
Galvin at Windows — Fine dining restaurant with views over Hyde park
Nobu — Michelin-starred Japanese Peruvian restaurant

Boutique Shopping and Gift Guide

Taylor of Old Bond Street โ€” Boutique store offering great products and gifts for menโ€™s grooming needs Jasper Morrison โ€” Boutique kitchen furniture store
Hoxton Street Monster Supplies โ€” Quirky shop selling monster goods
Future and Found โ€” Curated home-goods lifestyle store
Dark Sugarsโ€” Independently run chocolate-themed shop serving delicious hot chocolate varieties

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Oxford, Regent and Bond Street โ€”High-street shopping offering brands, designers and stores
Westfield โ€” Shopping malls offering a variety of brands and a food court under one roof
Harrods โ€” Luxury department store offering a range of designer clothing and unique restaurants
Selfridges โ€” Upscale departmental store offering a wide variety of luxury brands under one roof
Bicester village โ€” Shopping centre outside the city featuring top brands at outlet prices
Jermyn Street โ€” Range of shops exclusively catering to the gentlemenโ€™s clothing market
Penhaligonโ€™s โ€” British luxury perfume store offering a perfect gift for both men and women

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Road Trip Ahead

Bath โ€” City offering Roman spas, medieval relics and Georgian architecture
Bournemouth โ€” Beachside resort town with victorian architecture
Brighton โ€” Rocky beach town with a waterside front, food kiosks and art scene
Oxford and Cambridge โ€” Historical cities famous for their colleges and student life
Stonehenge โ€” Prehistoric monument consisting of a ring of large standing stones
Winchester โ€” Medieval city with cathedrals and a 1000 years of history
Windsor โ€” Historic market town with a famous castle along the river Thames
Cotswoldsโ€” Weekend getaway with fields and countryside between little villages

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The World You See (TWYS) is an off the beaten path guide to London.

We offer hidden and local recommendations that have been curated by those who seek something more extraordinary than those places offered in Yelp or Tripadvisorโ€™s top 10 city guides. We also list outdoor experiences that allow you to get off the track to enjoy a city in its natural state. So go ahead and enjoy the recommendations above!

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