South London is seen by many as the less interesting cousin of anywhere North of the river. However, just because the tube may shun the south doesn’t mean you should give it a miss if you’re visiting the capitol, in fact leaving South London off of your inventory leaves you open to missing some of the greatest attractions that London has to offer. So here are five things to do that are south of the river:
- Eat your way around Borough Market
Borough Market is one of London’s most renowned eating experiences and is in fact London’s oldest food market. Home to exceptional produce and artisan products the market stalls, shops and restaurants offer a global dining experience and a chance to taste the very best that London has to offer. Although the market is open Monday to Saturday (Sunday’s too during their Christmas opening hours) some stall owners do not trade on Monday or Tuesday, so try to visit between Wednesday and Saturday for the full market experience.
- All aboard the historic Cutty Sark
Mounted atop a glass pedestal on the edge of the river thames in Greenwich lies the last surviving tea clipper, the Cutty Sark. This award winning attraction allows you delve deep into the Cutty Sark’s past, meet the crew, explore the ship and even enjoy an afternoon tea below the copper plated hull. Open daily, including bank holidays, why not have a complete maritime experience and combine a trip to the Cutty Sark with a visit to The National Maritime museum? A great day out for the whole family.
- Browse the artwork at Dulwich Picture Gallery
Dulwich Picture Gallery, the oldest public art gallery in the UK, includes examples of work by Rembrandt, Rubens, Poussin and Gainsborough and is proof that quality can still come in small packages. An easy journey from central London and just 15 minutes by train the gallery is open Tuesday to Sunday and offers a variety of exhibitions alongside its main collection, there are even free guided tours every weekend at 3pm.
- Drink and dine at one of the many bars or restaurants
Stepping South of the river offers a whole host of new culinary experiences. There’s something for everyone, whether you decide to eat at a Waterloo restaurant, sip cocktails on a rooftop in Peckham or try a themed bar such as The First Aid Box in Herne Hill, you’re bound to have your taste buds tantalised and your senses awoken. Check out Trip-Advisor or TimeOut to find the best eating experiences in South London.
- Get lost in Peckham Levels. Peckham levels is an old car park that has been transformed into a multi-story art space. Within you’ll find a music venue, cocktail bars, a yoga studio, creative start up businesses and even up and coming food stalls. You could easily spend all day here and not experience everything that Peckham Levels has to offer. Check their website for a full calendar of up and coming events and to explore all that there is to eat, see and do.
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