The London List: Where to Beat the Crowds

Spring is just around the corner and even though it seemed as though London was getting warmer a little bit of a cold snap is upon us again.  I’m heading to cooler temperatures soon and can’t contain my excitement.  My heart is still in Malta but my head is preparing for my impending trip to Iceland on Thursday.

I’m sure when I’m gone the temp will rise again and London will feel like spring, sod’s law.  London is usually high on many traveler’s list.  I understand many don’t like London but I can’t understand why.  It is such a fantastic city for visitors.  When temperatures get warmer milder the tourists will flood back (who are we kidding, they are ALWAYS here) and the city will be saturated.  If you are visiting soon or thinking of visiting then below is a collection of things to do some a bit hidden and some in plain view in and around London where you can go and will still have some room to breathe.

Strawberry Hill House

Stain gladd SHH

Located in Twickenham just outside of London Strawberry Hill House is a wonderfully whimsical example of Gothic Revival.

Walk Regents Canal – Little Venice to Camden

Little Venice - Canalway Cavalcade - Details

When I took this route in May I left a saturated little Venice to find a quiet path along the canal to Camden.

Holland Park

The Orangery - Holland Park

For some reason I never find many people in Holland Park.  Maybe because the surrounding houses are massive and they have gardens.  Don’t forget the Kyoto Garden where you can spot peacocks.

Thames Flood Barrier


With climate change affecting us all more and more these days a flood barrier seems like a good idea.  This one is pretty cool looking and if you want to you can get up close and personal.

Tate Britain

Main Hall - Tate Britain

If you want to experience a museum and its artwork in a quiet thoughtful atmosphere look no further than Tate Britain.  It had a multi- million pound makeover not long ago.

With the exception of Strawberry HIll House everything I’ve listed is completely free.  Go forth and find peace in your travels to London.

10 Comments Add yours

  1. LondonKiwiEmma says:

    Doesn’t drafting a post like this make you love London all the more! 🙂

    1. Melissa says:

      It does, such diversity in the city. I’m falling in love with it all over again this year for sure!

  2. Your green flood barriers beat ours! Cool
    Little Venice always look like a great place to explore. We’d better grab any chance of mild sunny days that arrive – summer scorch and humidity isn’t too far away here or there!

    1. Melissa says:

      They are pretty cool! Little Venice is great for exploration, little surprises everywhere you look.

  3. We love Little Venice, too! Walking the Regent’s Canal towpath when the weather is mild (and dry!) is such a treat. Great post, thanks for sharing your tips 🙂

    1. Melissa says:

      Thank you! Yes it feels an entirely different city there.

  4. Nice blog post. I have never checked out the parks here. I’ve been meaning to go, but never get around to it. I’ve been to all the museum’s however. When it gets warmer, I will check out a few of the places you mentioned.

    1. Melissa says:

      We are spoiled for choice! There are many museums I’ve been to and much more for me to see. I think that a park in London in sunny weather is the best place to be in the world.

  5. Shikha (whywasteannualleave) says:

    Don’t know how I missed this post Melissa but I love this round up! You’ve included some real beauties here! Holland Park is gorgeous and I spent a sunny afternoon there on my first anniversary and I just love Little Venice there are some om here I still haven’t visited such as Strawberry Hill House!

    1. Melissa says:

      Thanks Shikha! Holland Park is a little bit of heaven on earth and it always surprises me that more people don’t go! Strawberry Hill House is fantastic as well, I need to actually get out and explore a bit more with all this great weather we’re having.

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