5 Things to do in London off the beaten path – Top Destination for 2016

Trip Advisor recently revealed London as the top destination of 2016 as voted by their Travellers' Choice Awards. It's no surprise with the sprawling cosmopolitan city offering something for everyone from world-class shopping and fine dining to culture, history and innovation.

Check out our collection of things to do off the beaten path from free yoga classes in London to tranquil gardens and fascinating libraries.

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Libraries and Museums

Take an afternoon to feed your senses at Twinnings Tea Shop and Museum or explore the lesser-known Wiener Library, the world’s oldest Holocaust library holding over one million items documenting the horrors perpetuated on the Jews by the Nazis. You will also find the Westminster Music Library nestled within the Victoria Library, perfect for music lovers with over 80,000 items, orchestral sets available to hire, original manuscripts and printed music.

Gardens

Avoid large groups of tourists flocking to Hyde Park and visit Kyoto Garden for a taste of Japanese tranquility, pack a picnic and head to Primrose Hill or opt for a spot of deer watching in Richmond Park.

Transport

While the tube is fantastically convenient, it’s often full of lost tourists navigating their way through crowds of commuters. Stay outside, find a docking station and hire a Boris Bike for a fun cycle ride through London.

Free Yoga Classes

Sweaty Betty offers over 70 different free classes each week from yoga, pilates and barre workouts to HiiT sessions, running and dance fitness. Click here for a list of classes.

Volunteer

Visit Team London and find volunteering opportunities and great things to do for the city of London. Spending a day or two giving back is a wonderful way to truly experience what London life is really like for so many, and you can volunteer your services in a range of sectors from mentoring and coaching to greening and cleaning, training and skills, or even sports and healthy living. Click here for further information and find the right volunteer placement for you.

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