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More Than Meets The Eye – London Behind The Scenes

Sometimes the best travel experience is the one where you explore places not mentioned in brochures. Also, it’s always a thrill to visit in person movie settings. Do these when you go to London for a super memorable trip!

Author:Iram Martins
Reviewer:Frazer Pugh
Feb 01, 2022
Exploring London behind the scenes will take you to places not usually mentioned in typical tourist brochures.
If the Big Apple is full of character and worth exploring, so is the capital city of England and the United Kingdom, too. London is even way bigger than New York.
Read further to get to know more about London behind the scenes and become familiar with some lesser-known but interesting places.

What Is London Famous For?

People inside the Royal Opera House in Bow Street, London
People inside the Royal Opera House in Bow Street, London
Knowing London behind the scenes will provide you a different kind of experience.
It's easy to learn about the stories behind the scenes in London if you take a little time to wander around the city and explore beyond the obvious.
The Old Bailey, also known as the Central Criminal Court, is featured in many of the best crime novels. On weekdays, the public gallery is open to the public for a peek.
It may appear impenetrable from the outside, but a trip to the Bank of England Museum allows visitors to see what goes on beyond the curtain wall.
Backstage tours are available at many of London's theaters. At the Royal Opera House, Shakespeare's Globe, or the Theatre Museum, you can find out more about the history of the theater.
London is also a favorite setting for movies, particularly those filmed in the ‘90s.
If you saw Disney’s “101 Dalmatians” (1996), then visit Battersea Park, Burlington Arcade, Kenwood House, Leicester Square, and Trafalgar Square.
If you saw the blockbuster comedy “Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels” (1998), then go to Borough Market and Staples Market as well as to Bethnal Green Town Hall near Patriot Square. You’ll get another impression of London behind the scenes.
At Madame Tussaud's Blush, visitors may get a glimpse of what goes on behind the closed doors of a purely A-list celebrity event.
Check out the places featured in two Gwyneth Paltrowfilms.
In “Sliding Doors” (1998): Bertorelli, Fat Boys Diner, and The Blue Anchor (all places to eat and drink) and the London Underground.
In “Shakespeare in Love” (1998): – the Banqueting House, Marble Hill House, and the medieval church St. Bartholomew the Great.
Of course, the fictitious Platform 9 ¾ (Platform 4 in real life) from “Harry Potter”at Kings Cross railway station.
Another way to experience London behind the scenes is to take the tour called “Hidden Houses of London.” In addition, stroll in these two popular streets: Baker Street and Oxford Street.

Is London A Safe City?

People dining and walking outside Sherlock Holmes Public House & Restaurant at night in London
People dining and walking outside Sherlock Holmes Public House & Restaurant at night in London
London-based business firm Shergroup stated on its website that London is “comparably a safe city.” Still, crime such as theft exists, particularly in the boroughs of London.
Discovering London behind the scenes may take you to some places that may not be that safe. For Londoners, these 10 places are considered the “most dangerous” ones in 2021:
(1) Croydon
(2) Newham
(3) Tower Hamlets
(4) Southwark
(5) Hackney
(6) Ealing
(7) Lambeth
(8) Westminster (high instances of pickpocketing)
(9) Brent
(10) Haringey


Crowd of blurry people at the atrium of the London Underground
Crowd of blurry people at the atrium of the London Underground
It’s just a matter of checking out the city’s nooks and crannies to have a genuine taste of London behind the scenes.
For tourists, don’t just stick to what you’ve read on a regular tourist information sheet. Talk to locals and ask for suggestions.
Witnessing and experiencing London behind the scenes will make you realize the true beauty and meaning of this splendid city.
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Iram Martins

Iram Martins

Iram Martins is a seasoned travel writer and explorer with over a decade of experience in uncovering the world's hidden gems. Holding a Bachelor's degree in Tourism Management from the University of Lisbon, Iram's credentials highlight his authority in the realm of travel. As an author of numerous travel guides and articles for top travel publications, his writing is celebrated for its vivid descriptions and practical insights. Iram’s passion for cultural immersion and off-the-beaten-path adventures shines through in his work, captivating readers and inspiring wanderlust. Outside of his writing pursuits, Iram enjoys learning new languages, reviewing films and TV shows, writing about celebrity lifestyles, and attending cultural festivals.
Frazer Pugh

Frazer Pugh

Frazer Pugh is a distinguished expert in finance and business, boasting over 6 years of experience. Holding an MBA in Finance from Stanford University, Frazer's credentials underscore his authority and expertise in the field. With a successful track record in executive roles and as a published author of influential articles on financial strategy, his insights are both deep and practical. Beyond his professional life, Frazer is an avid traveler and culinary enthusiast, drawing inspiration from diverse cultures and cuisines. His commitment to delivering trustworthy analysis and actionable advice reflects his dedication to shaping the world of finance and business, making a significant impact through his work.
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