You’ve booked a surprise weekend for your partner in London (go you!) but you don’t want to spend the entire time doing ‘touristy’ things. So where can you go and what can you do?

Here are some unique things that London’s got to offer that’ll take you off the beaten track and make this a weekend to remember.

Visit the Local Markets

There are so many markets to choose from, so if you and your partner love to bag unique products and a bargain or two, these aren’t to be missed.

For example, if you love your food, Borough Market is bursting at the seams with tasty fruit and veg, plenty of baked goodies and oodles of lovely street food.

Or, if vintage clothes and other antique items are more your things, Brick Lane Market is the place to be thanks to its ample bric-a-brac, furniture, clothes and more. Plus, if gardening is your favourite pastime, Columbia Road is where you’ll discover plants, bulbs, shrubs and trees (just make sure you’ll be able to fit them in the car/on the train for the journey home).

borough market London

Book an Apartment

Instead of the bog-standard chain hotels, everyone else stays in London, why not treat yourself to a boutique-style apartment? Available from the likes of Urban Retreats Apartments, these not only give you your own romantic space but are also great for storing all your market buys and even rustling up a tasty treat from the yummy produce you’ve found.

London style apartment

Try Something Different to Eat

Talking of eating, you won’t find a larger array of eateries than you will in London. And no, we don’t mean you need to visit one of its Michelin-star restaurants (unless you want to, of course).

There are loads of unique places to eat at, including the Bubba Gump Shrimp Co. which is based on the all-time classic, Forest Gump. This entire restaurant has been influenced by the film and serves gorgeous food, including grilled steaks and jambalaya.

Dinner By Heston Blumenthal Review - Isn't It Time You Came To Lunch?

Dinner By Heston Blumenthal Review – Isn’t It Time You Came To Lunch?

Go on a Ghost Tour

London boasts a very colourful history which means there’s always a story to tell – some more spooky than others.

So if you and your loved one enjoy having the wits scared out of you, booking yourself on a ghost tour is a perfect idea. You’ll hear plenty of terrifying tales, including the one about Thomas Millwood who’s thought to haunt Hammersmith’s Black Lion Pub. Why?

He was shot in 1803 by accident because someone all-too ironically believed he was the infamous Hammersmith Ghost who’d been scaring people in the area. This ‘original’ ghost turned out to be the local shoemaker who’d been trying to scare people by dressing up.

Ultimately, London has something to offer everyone, whether you love to try new foods, like to explore culture or enjoy uncovering new items for your home.