London is a very big city, with many popular tourist attractions. Everyone wants to visit the London Eye or venture East to the Olympic Park. However, the further out you go, the more there is to experience, and the less crowded it is. Many people don’t explore south London due to its lacking tube network. However, if you are willing to hop on a train down south, and venture further than Zone 2 there are many interesting places you can visit. If you have a free day, and want to explore deep into London, here are 5 places you can visit in south London.
Crystal Palace Park
Located an hour away from LSE in the leafy south-eastern suburb of Crystal Palace, this is a large park which offers spectacular views across the city. If you want to go for a relaxed weekend walk, the park is a great way to feel like you are escaping into nature. Here you will find a cool little farm, and locally famous Crystal Palace Dinosaur sculptures, featuring an array of extinct animals, not just dinosaurs. Near the middle of the park is also a maze if you feel like flexing your problem-solving skills.
The Horniman Museum
You’ve seen all the paintings in the National Gallery, you’ve been to the Natural History Museum, the Horniman Museum is a bit further out, located in Forest Hill. Admission is usually free (though there may be a fee for specialised exhibits). The museum boasts display of anthropology, musical instruments, and also has a large collection of taxidermy animals. Once you are finished in the museum, you can check out the gardens outside, which are a lovely place to chill and relax.
Stockwell Skate Park
For those of you into skateboarding and BMX biking, this is the place for you. Located in Stockwell, a few minutes from both Stockwell and Brixton tube stations, Stockwell Skatepark is a dedicated space in the city for those that want to show off their skills. It is free and open to the public 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, and attracts a community of skateboarders and bikers from around London.
Dulwich Picture Gallery
Dulwich Picture Gallery is one of London’s oldest galleries. If you are interested in an alternative to the National Gallery; Dulwich Picture Gallery has a plethora of exhibitions displaying both traditional and contemporary art. Unlike the National Gallery there is an admission fee which is £8 for students, which will allow you to view all the exhibitions and collections.
Catford Broadway Theatre
Located in Lewisham in southeast London, if you want to attend Broadway in a more low-key area, this is the theatre for you. You can marvel at the theatre’s Art Deco design before going in to see a selection of entertainment including stand-up comedy and pantomime. Catford Broadway Theatre is also known for its celebration of Black theatre.