What to do in London: An alternative summer itinerary in the capital

There are what feels like a million things to do in London and it can be difficult deciding what to do when there are so many exciting options.

We’ve noted down a list of our top alternative things to do in the capital for everyone who’s tired of doing the same old things time and time again.

Read on for five of London’s coolest alternative attractions that are off the beaten path.

Emirates Air Line

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We all love the London Eye but if you’ve been there done that one too many times, why not try the Emirates Air Line instead? It’s perfect for people who want to take in London from above and it offers a new, unconventional way to see the city.

The Air Line stretches across the River Thames between Greenwich Peninsula and the Royal Docks, just a short walk from the O2 at North Greenwich Tube station.

If you do a round trip, it’ll take approximately 20 minutes, which is just enough time to soak up the views and maybe post a picture (or two) on Instagram.

Sky Garden

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London’s highest public garden, the Sky Garden, sits in the famous Walkie-Talkie building at 20 Fenchurch Street and is a must-see for London locals and visitors alike.

Take in the stunning panoramic views from 155 metres above the city and explore the impressive gardens, observation decks and open air terrace.

What’s more, entry to the Sky Garden is free, but tickets must be booked in advance. Find out more here.

God’s Own Junkyard

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If you’re looking for an alternative way to spend an afternoon, delve into a neon lights explosion at Gods Own Junkyard. Showcasing the late Chris Bracey‘s work, the gallery exhibits the artist and lighting designer’s incredible collection of neon signs – a collection that has earned cult status all over the world, including Hollywood.

The exhibition has a cafe, cleverly named ‘The Rolling Scones’ so you can have a coffee (and a scone) whilst you take in the wonderment. It’s so cool, even Vogue did a photo shoot here – which makes it more than worthy of your Instagram.

Dinosaurs in the wild

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Dinosaurs In The Wild is an exciting exhibit located in Greenwich Peninsula that promises to transport you back in time for an immersive Jurassic safari experience like no other.

Explore the exhibit that involves live-action theatre, family-friendly simulations and excellent educational fun. We guarantee that visitors of all ages will be in awe at how lifelike the dinosaurs are.

Find out more about visiting this exciting experience here.

Hidden London

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Hidden London is London Transport Museum’s programme of events that explores unused and sometimes forgotten about sites across the city.

If you’re looking for something a bit different, why not explore the hidden tunnels under London where Churchill took refuge during the Second World War? History buffs will love these tours that are lead by some of London’s best tour guides.

Explore locations that are rarely seen by the public and book your tickets to one of these Hidden London gems now.

If you’re visiting London for an alternative city break, make sure to check out our London hotels. We’ve got three excellent locations that are the perfect base for exploring the Big Smoke. And if you stay with us, let us know on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.