Seen all the principle sights in London? Now on the lookout for one thing completely different.

Want to dig deeper and uncover the hidden gems, however brief on time as they’re all unfold out over the town?

Perhaps you’re a Londoner and like many individuals haven’t explored sufficient of your individual yard?

Credit: Discover Real London

Disclosure:  The Staycation Tour was complimentary, nonetheless, all views, opinions and images are my own until in any other case said.

Private Black cab excursions

Well, exploring London is even simpler now with Discover Real London with their intimate personal excursions. In the consolation of an iconic London black taxi, distinctive with the clear partition display screen between the driving force and passenger compartments it’s the most secure method to see the sights of London.

Owner Ollie, a taxi driver for over a decade and a certified information has a entire host of black taxi excursions out there. They’re all designed to showcase the capital’s standard sights but additionally the hidden facet of the metropolis. From lockdown excursions and metropolis highlights to procuring heaven and discovering England in a day, there’s a black taxi tour for each sort of curiosity.

sima in a leopard print coat stood beside a black taxi cap
Credit: Discover Real London

On a gray London morning, I used to be whisked away in a black taxi on a Staycation Tour, to discover some actual secret corners of London. The added bonus, being collected from house as pickup and drop off is from a handy location in Zone 1.

Coolest Street artwork Spot in London

view of Leake street tunnel

The first cease on my first black taxi tour was Leake Street tunnel, one among London’s coolest avenue artwork spots. Tucked away beneath Waterloo station, the 300-metre tunnel is likely one of the largest areas that legally permits avenue artwork within the metropolis. Made well-known in 2008 after Banksy hosted the Cans Festival with 30 artists, the tunnel was an ever-changing artwork gallery.

sima holding a spray can towards a wall at Leake street tunnel
Credit: Discover Real London

Now I’ve walked this tunnel many occasions, however this time was completely different. It’s a standard place for individuals to depart their mark and on this tour, you received’t be an exception. Ollie comes ready with a spray can and ensures his visitors are totally immersed on the street artwork scene.

Bankside structure

sima walking down a cobbled London street in front. of houses with yellow and red doors

Mark left, we headed out in the direction of Bankside. Walking previous Shakespeare’s Globe, it’s exhausting to not discover the 18th-century terraced homes juxtaposed with Twentieth-century structure. Cardinal’s Wharf is supposedly the previous home of Sir Christopher Wren famend architect for St Paul’s Cathedral.

A cream ceramic plaque states he lived there – apparently to supervise the development of the magnificent Cathedral. Clearly, it’s classic pretend information as the home itself was inbuilt 1711 a yr after the completion of St Paul’s Cathedral.

The smallest artworks in london

sima stood on the walkway up onto millennium bridge
Credit: Discover Real London

Closeby is the Millennium Bridge which I’ve crossed a million occasions. Each time mesmerised by the magnificent structure and the River Thames stretching out beneath. So a lot so, I’ve by no means appeared down and seen the smallest artworks in London!

looking down towards brown leather shoes and the art work between metalworks of the bridge

Artist Ben Wilson, nicknamed Chewing Gum Man, over a decade has remodeled discarded trodden gum into miniature canvases. The vibrant creations lengthen throughout the Millennium Bridge and into the Tate Modern. They’re often no bigger than a coin and lie proper beneath your toes. Next time you cross the bridge be sure to look down.

London graveyard to not miss

Seen all the principle sights in London? Now on the lookout for one thing completely different.

Driving to Southwark we stopped at a quiet facet avenue operating parallel to Borough High Street. Home to Cross Bones Graveyard, the location is a disused post-medieval burial floor with a rare historical past. For centuries it was a paupers grave and the ultimate resting place for the town’s prostitutes. Up to fifteen,000 individuals have been believed to be buried right here by the point it closed in 1853.

iron gates, ribbon and plaque from 'the outcast dead'

Over the final decade, it’s remodeled into a backyard of remembrance. The iron gates with a bronze plaque bearing the epitaph: R.I.P. The Outcast Dead has was a dwelling communal art-work. People of all faiths and none have left messages and mementos, testifying to its energy as a really inclusive sacred place. It attracts over 50,000 guests, as a place to replicate and keep in mind the outcast.

Have you heard of stompie?

spray painted blue, orange and red T-34 tank on land in London called stompie garden

Calling all #SundayCarPic followers or maybe I ought to say tank followers.

Ever heard of Stompie? Well, on a quiet residential avenue in South London sits an deserted Soviet T-34 Tank as a symbolic center finger to native metropolis planners. Southwark council refused planning permission for the land it sits on. This spurred a pissed off property developer to submit a planning utility to put in a tank which the council accepted pondering it could be a water- or septic- tank. With no restrictions on having a car on the land, he instantly moved the tank there with the cannon dealing with the council workplaces.

More lately the land round it has been reclaimed and is used as a neighborhood house known as Stompie’s Garden. Over the 25 years, the tank has been painted in numerous colors by native avenue artists. Until lately it was full blue and filled with rainbows to Thank you NHS.

A london seashore with historical past

sima stood under the wooden pier holding a metal chain looking out towards the thames
Credit: Discover Real London

An surprising twist to the day was a jaunt alongside the seashore, completely timed for low tide. Now, take away all photographs of white sands and blue waters out of your thoughts. This my mates is Wapping seashore…

view of sima on the beach looking over to Canary Wharf across the thames

It is probably not as fairly because the seashores overseas, but it surely does have a nice view of Canary Wharf throughout the waters and is a sensible place for a scavenger hunt. Once the place the place you’d discover smugglers and together with Wapping’s industrial previous, you by no means what you might discover washed up on the banks of the Thames.

iconic London picture spot

sima walking across the zebra crossing at abbey road studios

Making our approach West, we made a fast cease at Abbey Road to recreate the enduring Beatles picture on the Zebra crossing outdoors the studios.

For virtually 50 years, the wall outdoors Abbey Road Studios has been the place for music followers to put in writing messages. Lucky for us that the partitions had been freshly painted simply earlier than our black taxi tour. so we had a clear canvas to depart our stamp!

Look out for it subsequent time you’re within the space!

Pretty london canal stroll

view from the bridge looking down at the canal and boats

The prosperous neighbourhood of Maida Vale was the ultimate pitstop to see the gorgeous canals and waterways of Little Venice. This charming oasis of tranquillity is house to quirky waterside cafes, cosy pubs and charming eating places. From canal boat rides to puppet exhibits on barges there’s loads of issues to do on this picturesque a part of London.

view of the puppet theatre barge on the canal

Private black taxi Tour Details

The tour lasts round 4 hours and should barely fluctuate relying on climate, seasons and time of day. Regardless, you can be guided across the hidden gems of London and regaled with a number of the most fascinating tales in regards to the metropolis.

The value for the Staycation Tour is £239. Currently, on a lockdown promotion, it’s diminished to £169. Not a dangerous value for a personal and protected group tour when you think about London bus tour tickets are round £30 every. A black taxi can maintain as much as 5 individuals and can also be wheelchair accessible, so nice for households or for a group of mates (as soon as restrictions have lifted).

Final Thoughts

The Discover Real London Staycation Tour will get you away from the crowds and offer you an genuine tour expertise. I liked exploring the hidden gems and uncovering the superb tales behind the landmarks and locations we visited. These excursions are excellent should you’re brief on time too as driving round all of the areas is faster and safer than hopping on and off public transport

If you’re bored of sitting at house and need to deal with your self, your loved ones or mates e book a tour at Discover Real London.

Would you take into account a personal black taxi tour of London? Have you ever skilled one? Let me know within the feedback under.

sima
READ MORE ABOUT LONDON:

PIN AND SAVE FOR LATER