London is a magnificent city in every sense. With a plethora of entertainment and shopping venues you’ll also find iconic attractions and popular landmarks all across the city landscape. One of the coolest areas to be is South London, with its myriad of splendid places to visit and explore.
There are also some great London hotel special offers up for grabs, as it’s a popular spot to stay. One such luxury accommodation is the five-star M by Montcalm Tech City Hotel, offering top-notch facilities and a trendy atmosphere. It’s also well connected to South London via the Underground among other modes of transport.
The next time you’re visiting the UK capital, be sure to make time in your itinerary to see these top attractions in South London.
There are great views of The London Bridge and far beyond from Renzo Piano’s stunning creation: the 310-metre-high Shard. Made of glimmering glass, the viewing platform on the 72nd floor is a a plush place to get the best panoramas of the London’s skyline. Apart from the incredible views of the London Bridge Quarter in its shadow, there’s a lovely square and a subterranean mall with fine boutiques and cool bars.
The Rivoli Ballroom
If you’re looking for the finest original interior of a bygone era, perhaps there’s no better place to appreciate it than the 1950’s Rivoli Ballroom. The management must be given due credit for ensuring that the original decor is maintained to perfection, which is no mean feat to accomplish! Its stunning ballroom is a visual treat with glistening chandeliers, gold walls, and rich, plush red velvet upholstery all around. Its famous Lounge Bar has the warm and endearing atmosphere that’s reminiscent of the speakeasies in America at the turn of the 19th century. It plays host to a number of private gigs and retro dance parties, with a number of music videos having also been shot here. Performers like Kings of Leon and The White Stripes have also made an appearance here, so the place has to be uber cool!
Located in the Kennington area, the Ovalhouse Theatre and Arts Centre has earned a sterling reputation over the years. As a venue offering the finest in contemporary theatre, the establishment began with the staging of experimental drama in the seventies and eighties with a simple yet effective policy: “new work for new audiences.” Apart from its two theatre spots that exhibit the latest in experimental and fringe theatre productions, it also has a cosy café and an art gallery.
St David’s Coffee House
The very first thing that’s both striking and endearing to visitors is the flower-clad facade. With an eclectic decor, a great collection of used books available for exchange, a selection of vinyl records and handmade cards, St David’s makes for a cosy place to enjoy a relaxing afternoon. Exhibits of local, up-and-coming artists regularly take place here, too. Apart from serving breakfast, the menu consists of salads, soups, sandwiches, and pastries, and locals swear by the coffee being the best in London. It’s a one-of-a-kind place that’s not to be missed!
The Balham Bowls Club
Contrary to its title, there are no bowling alleys to be found here. It can be best described as a pub rather than a club, but it’s warm and charming to drop in for a mid-afternoon tipple. With retro-styled furnishings from the 50s and a colourful and vibrant bunting in the centre of the ceiling, it exudes cool vibes of days gone by. The food is excellent, with spicy chicken wings, French Onion soup, and Welsh rarebit included on the menu.
LASSCO is a unique shop that can be best described as an architectural salvage shop, offering the best in architectural antiques and curiosities. It’s the place to head to if you want to browse for the most unique retro-interior decoration accessories in the city. Its massive stock collection includes Victorian era radiators, large marble baths, and wrought iron door knockers among a bevy of other home fixtures.
The prettiest bird species you’ll see in South London are colourful flocks of parakeets in the parks from Greenwich to Richmond. There’s no actual evidence as to how such a large number of these bird proliferated, or how they came to this part of the city. However, these bright green beauties can bring a smile to even the most jaded of Londoners.
If you want to get away from the hustle of South London, one of the more unusual albeit fascinating and relaxing spots is at Nunhead Cemetery. Whilst it may appear a bit macabre to visit, the fact is that it’s a serene and tranquil place to spend a few hours. To lessen the burden on smaller parish churchyards, the expansive Victorian-era graveyard opened in 1840 in what was then the outskirts of London. Counted amongst London’s Magnificent Seven cemeteries, a number of notable British personalities are interred here.
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