How to Escape the London Crowd

The mere thought of huge crowds and long queues can be intimidating, but that doesn’t mean you can’t get away from it all and enjoy your London vacation at the same time. Aside from its many famous landmarks, London is known for its hidden attractions as well. More often than not, these secluded locations provide weary travelers with a place for some quiet time. If you are looking for peace and solitude, here are some of the places you can go to for quality alone time.

Freud Cafe

Your main advantage in staying at any of the hotels in Covent Garden London is the accessibility it provides when it comes to fancy restaurant hubs and upscale bars or pubs. However, these trendy hangouts can get too overwhelming with so many people that many would rather go back to their hotel room and stay indoors the whole day. No worries though, because tucked away from all the chaos of the Covent Garden party scene is a relatively quiet place where people often go for a drink or two. Freud Cafe is located right near Shaftsbury Avenue. While it could be crowded on weekends, it certainly isn’t from Mondays to Fridays.

The Harp

This is a cafe where academics, student actors, and nearby workers go for lunch. Also found in Covent Garden, the Harp is a traditional pub that serves affordable dishes and beverages. Its stained glass windows may remind people of churches, but that could be intentional rather than coincidental. As once you step inside, you’ll find a shrine for beer lovers.

Hyde Park

If you appreciate nature, then try one of the many parks you can visit and spend a quiet day reading, relaxing, or having a picnic. Hyde Park is one of the biggest royal parks in London and is home to many iconic landmarks like the beautiful Serpentine lake and the Grand Entrance to the park. At Hyde, you’ll never get bored as there are always plenty of things to do: try boating on the Serpentine or simply enjoying a picnic on its sprawling greenery.

Waterstones Gower Street

Located not far from the hotels Gower Street London, this book store is an ideal haunt for all sorts of book lovers. Waterstones is a branch located along Gower Street and is iconic for its Gothic facade. Its five floors houses over 160, 000 titles, the widest range of books in Europe. If you are looking for a sanctuary for quiet reading, then Waterstones is the place to be.

St. Bartholomew the Great

This incredible 12th century structure is simply breathtaking and awe-inspiring. The church is rich in history and its atmosphere always seems shrouded in mystery. It’s a great place for deep contemplation.

Tate Modern

Museums can be noisy due to the large number of tourists that flock to its doorstep day after day. But the Tate Modern has a good balance of crowd and art; you will find quiet spots inside it where you might even find that elusive inspiration you’re searching for. It houses many contemporary artworks and photography exhibitions.