You’ve been living in London long enough that you’ve mastered the Tottenham Court Road- Leicester Square-Chinatown constellation, and you can even get from Trafalgar Square to Southbank without checking Citymapper once. But how much time have you really spent outside of Zone 1? Check out our list for the top four places off the beaten path you’ve got to visit while studying abroad in London!
Greenwich. The actual home of Greenwich Meantime, you can see where time starts – and take a photo on either side of the prime meridian diving the eastern and western hemispheres – by visiting the Royal Observatory. Greenwich has multiple museums to keep you occupied. The grounds of the royal observatory are the perfect place to reconnect with nature after several months of city dwelling, and the Friday farmer’s market is nothing to scoff at. Greenwich offers incredible views of the city, tons of history, and easy access to the sleek new constructions of banking’s latest boomtown, Canary Wharf, all within a short DLR ride from central London.
Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park. The primary home of the 2012 Summer Olympic and Paralympic Games, the Park is located on the east side of London and designed to be easily accessible via public transportation. You can swim in the Olympic pool – alongside the medal-winning athletes who still train there! – for just a few quid. If actually joining in on the exercise isn’t your cup of tea, you can visit the Olympic rings which stand on the northern end of the park, or even take in the view from top of the ArcelorMittal Orbital, the tallest structure in the UK.
Brixton Market. Nowhere near as tourist-laden as Borough Market, Brixton Market is a more budget-friendly and locals-approved option when it comes to exploring South London’s markets. Home to several incredible restaurants and plenty of street food stalls, Brixton Market offers a ton of diverse options that will fill you up without emptying your pockets. It’s also easy to get to – just take the Victoria line to Brixton and turn right when you exit the station!
Wimbledon. Home to the famous annual tennis championships, this area of London offers beautiful green spaces, diverse shopping opportunities, and plenty of great restaurants out of the way of the hustle and bustle of central London. Wimbledon also offers several museums, contemporary art galleries, and its own theatre. If you’ll be in London during the summer, you can even attend some of the famous tennis matches. There’s no need to buy a ticket – just join the queue on the day of the match!