Beyond Big Ben: 5 London Destinations That Make You Look Like a Local

Although the Big Ben is a can’t-miss London attraction, don’t make the ultimate travel mistake by visiting only the most well-known (and touristy) attractions. We’ve compiled a list of five London attractions to help you see all the historic city has to offer. Enjoy your trip off the beaten path!

Greenwich Market

London is full of open-air markets, but Greenwich Market is a foodie’s dream come true. Situated away from the crowds of central London, this covered market is the place to taste foods from around the globe. Shop for anything from spicy Jamaican curry to Thai noodles, and then eat picnic-style next to the Thames. Greenwich Market is open Tuesday-Sunday from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.

The Museum of Brands, Packaging and Advertising

For living history fans, this museum showcases consumer products from decades past. Its quirky collection contains over 12,000 original items from food packages to shampoo bottles, showcasing products that have helped define daily life for generations. Curator Robert Opie has personally collected items for the museum’s displays since he was 16, creating a truly one-of-a-kind collection.

Take a Seat with Churchill and Roosevelt

Thought the opportunity to sit between FDR and Churchill was long gone? In central London, a bench contains bronze statues of Franklin D. Roosevelt and Winston Churchill, who appear to be sitting and chatting. There is a handy space for sitting between them, creating one of London’s best (and least known) photo ops! Named “Allies,” the bench was constructed to commemorate 50 years of peace after the Second World War.

Speakers’ Corner, Hyde Park

Situated next to Kensington Palace, home of Royal Couple Will & Kate, Hyde Park is a sprawling outdoor recreation spot. Make your way over to Speakers’ Corner, where people from around the world gather to speak about whatever might be on their mind. Topics range from the serious—think religion and war—to the funny and satirical. Stop by on a Sunday afternoon, when the liveliest crowds draw to watch the stand-up speakers.

Richmond Park

Richmond Park is the largest of the Royal Parks, and home to herds of deer running wild through its fields and trails. Its rolling hills and beautiful oak trees make it one of the most scenic spots of the city, and it also provides great views of London: from certain spots, you can see all the way to St. Paul’s Cathedral. British legend holds that this park was the location of doomed couple King Henry VIII and Anne Boleyn’s honeymoon.

Ready to stop reading and start sightseeing? Check out http://www.hipmunk.com/ to book your flights and find your perfect hotel.

 

 

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New: Hipmunk Teams with Cathay Pacific On The Heels Of HK Sevens

Considering a trip across the Pacific? Well, we just partnered with Cathay Pacific Airlines to help you with that! You can now book that trip on Cathay directly through Hipmunk. For all our rugby fans out there, if you missed experiencing Hong Kong Sevens live, be sure to book with Cathay on Hipmunk and we’ll get you there for game time. For all our stateside friends, the “HK7” as it’s known in the rugby world, is like the Super Bowl of the sport and held annually in China. Cathay is one of HK7’s longest running sponsors and they have the photos to prove it – it’s like the Superbowl and Mardi Gras had a baby.

We just caught this hilarious Cathay Pacific spot (above) for the recent event and thought we’d share. Note: No snack carts were harmed in the making of this video.

If there is anything these rugby players can learn from the Cathay ladies in red, it’s how to hustle! Happy travels on Cathay Pacific and remember – no scrumming, lunging, punting, or tackling about the cabin when the seat belt sign is illuminated.

New: Regional Business Jet Search with Linear Air

As you know, we’re obsessed with taking the agony out of travel and providing you with the best options for your unique needs. In our dedication to make all traveling easier, we’re very excited to announce the availability of regional business jet service through our new partner, Linear AirNow, business travelers and jetsetters alike will be able to fly from and between cities that are typically poorly served by commercial airlines. Oftentimes, flying these routes on major carriers can result in two or three connections—talk about agonizing! 

With Linear, you don’t have to worry about crowds or long security lines at airports, getting frisked by TSA, or paying baggage fees. No hassles whatsoever. Just you and your colleagues or family pulling up to a private terminal, meeting the pilots and getting on your way.  We’re especially proud to be the first and only U.S. travel site to include private jets in our search and mitigate what could be an agonizing experience. 

Here’s how you’ll be able to find Linear Air in Hipmunk search: 

Begin your search by selecting more than one passenger in coach, or a first or business class cabin.


Or select “business jet” from the class drop down menu:

Next, click “search,” and we’ll show you Linear Air flights alongside commercial flights and trains when appropriate. 


You’ll also notice we jazzed up the Linear Air timebars with their own color and our first class icon in the upper right corner of the bar.


When you want to book the flight, select each leg, and we’ll send you directly to Linear Air’s website to book online, immediately - a first in the world of business jets.

 

Currently, you can book Linear Air on Hipmunk from nine origin airports (BOS, BED, BVY, EWR, HPN, JFK, LGA, OWD, TEB) to over 2,000 hub and regional airports east of the Mississippi and within 700 miles of the origin city.  We’re pleased to offer this innovative private jet option as a new way to lower your travel agony.

Happy and safe travels!

— Jacqueline

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