Guide to London's Best Alternative Attractions

There is always more to discover in London. Take a look at these alternatives to your itinerary and experience London completely afresh.

If you’re a seasoned globetrotter, chances are you’ve been to London at least once. You’ve taken an obligatory photo with the palace guards (and in front of a double-decker bus and inside a phone booth and with the lions in Trafalgar Square). You’ve admired the city vistas from the London Eye, taken a cruise down the Thames and roamed the Tower of London.

But with the city boasting over 300 museums and galleries, and numerous attractions, there is always more to discover - it’s what makes visiting London so exhilarating. For second time around Aussie travellers, add these alternatives to your itinerary and experience London completely afresh.

Leading travel website Wotif.com suggests second timers visit these alternative London attractions:

If you loved: The Tate Modern

Second time around try the: Saatchi Gallery

Discover the next Damian Hirst at this innovative Chelsea gallery. Positioned as a launch pad for emerging artists, this influential gallery has re-shaped the British art scene. Immerse yourself in three floors of exciting contemporary art from both international and local artists.  

Cost: Free admission to all exhibitions

Link http://www.saatchigallery.com

Image courtesy of Saatchi Gallery, London. Matthew Booth, 2009

If you loved: Natural History Museum

Second time around try the: Horniman Museum and Gardens (Image requested)

Allow yourself to be inspired as you examine the museum’s wonderfully eclectic collection of over 350,000 objects. With collections focused on natural history, anthropology and musical instruments on display as well as an Aquarium and over 16 acres of beautiful gardens, this family-friendly attraction is as educational as it is enthralling.  

Cost: Free admission to the Museum and Gardens. Small admission cost for Aquarium and temporary exhibitions  

Link http://www.horniman.ac.uk

Image courtesy of Horniman Museum and Gardens

If you loved: The London Dungeon

Second time around try the: London Bridge Experience 

Embark on a haunting experience and discover London’s dark side! This spine-chilling attraction will take you deep into the vaults below the London Bridge and continue through 2000 years of ghastly history. Your ticket price also includes admission into the London Tombs, a horrifying scream-inducing must!

Cost: Tickets from £24.00 for adults and £18.00 for children.

Link http://www.thelondonbridgeexperience.com

Image courtesy of The London Bridge Experience

If you loved: The London Eye

Second Time Around try the: Up at The O2

Enjoy a 360 degree view of London from a completely different perspective. This is one of London’s newest and most exhilarating experiences which boldly explores new heights by taking you across the rooftop of the famous the O2 Area. Strap yourself in and summit the Dome for one the most unrivalled views on offer! 

Cost: Tickets from £26 for adults and children. 

If you loved: London’s historical hotspots (Buckingham Palace, Westminster Abbey, etc.)

Second Time Around try the: Tour of Lord's

Although this may not have the same historical significance as Buckingham Palace or Westminster Abbey, following Australia’s reclaim of the urn there is no better time to visit the home of cricket and discover the history of the game. Go behind the scenes of Marylebone Cricket Club’s historic ground and learn how the game came to be what it is today. See a collection of painting, artefacts and photographs taking you through 400 years of history and get up close to famous Lord's Honours Board. A must for any critic fanatic!

Cost: Tickets from £18 for adults and £12 for concession (5-15 and students)

With accommodation deals from only AU$95 and flights from AU$1339, visit wotif.com to book your London trip.

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