Delve into London Docklands for a city break with a difference
Aloft London Excel
Forget the usual tourist traps, we’ve discovered a surfer-dude sanctuary within the M25 border that makes for a whole new experience of London. A stay at Aloft London Excel offers what feels like an escape from the big city without actually leaving at all.
Nestled in the London Docklands area, this sleek, modern hotel has everything you need. Wake up with a dip in the swimming pool to start your day, unwind in the evening with dinner in Aloft’s gorgeous restaurant, then recharge in what’s probably the comfiest bed we’ve slept in all year.
Perfectly located for making the most of London Docklands’ entertainment, you can try your hand at some water sports, or head over to The 02 for a big show in style on the Emirates Air Line.
Find out more at aloftlondonexcel.com
You’d be forgiven for thinking you were overseas when visiting this hidden gem at the Royal Victoria Dock! The lesser-known London hotspot offers your chance to enjoy a city break with a difference. Embrace your adventurous side and get out onto the water to enjoy on-trend sports, paddleboarding and wakeboarding.
Find out more at wakeupdocklands.com
Emirates Air Line
Forget getting stuck in the tunnel on your way to The 02 and fly over with a glass of champagne instead thanks to the Emirates Air Line.
Find out more at emiratesairline.co.uk
East London Bike Tours
Delve deeper into the art that’s transformed London’s East End scene. Get a dose of culture as you cycle around the city streets taking in the area’s incredible street art and learning more about the politics behind it. Discover a brand-new perspective on East London!
Find out more at alternativeldn.co.uk/london_street_art_tour
A celebration of the best of British food, dinner at Greenwich-based Craft London is the perfect way to kick off your night, before seeing an unforgettable show at The 02.
Much more than amazing food, Craft is all about doing it themselves which is why they roast their own coffee, smoke their own fish, and have even ventured into beekeeping. Look out for interior touches from British designer Tom Dixon!
Find out more at craft-london.co.uk
A real highlight for your alternative London trip has to be a visit to Leroy. The brains behind the much-loved Michelin-starred Ellory restaurant have brought us a new venue that’s all about great wines and chilled vibes.
Keeping food simple but surprising, Leroy lets you escape from the hustle and bustle of Shoreditch. Sit back and relax with a gorgeous glass of wine and experiment with beautiful small plates of crudo and charcuterie.
Find out more at leroyshoreditch.com