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18 Things No One Tells You About London

There are some ace toilets in this city.

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1. One of the best views of London is from a toilet.

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The Aqua Shard is worth a visit if only for the sake of the view from the loo.

2. There's a 60-acre sand beach in Ruislip.

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Who needs Brighton when you can take a shorter and cheaper train to Ruislip woods?

3. We have a Space Invaders trail.

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This fun graffiti trend lets you follow installations of mosaic Space Invaders all over London.

4. You can take a water bus into the centre of the London Zoo.

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You can spend a leisurely day on the river for just £8.90, or pay £25 to float right up the heart of the Zoo.

5. You can get a cheap and splendid afternoon tea at the Fan Museum in Greenwich.

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The Ritz serves afternoon tea for £50 per person, but you can get museum entry and a lovely full-serviced tea at the Fan Museum's Orangery for just £11.

6. You can tour and taste at the Fuller's Brewery for a tenner.

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You can tour the historic Chiswick brewery for £7, and add a four beer tasting for just £3 more.

7. There's grottos, vinyards, and castles in Painshill Park.

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Venture to the edges of London to explore this magical, selfie-perfect park full of 18th century follies.

8. There's a secret library bar at the BFI.

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You have to go through a hidden bookcase passage to enter.

9. You can visit the Southbank Book Market every day of the week.

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The well-priced and well-stocked second hand book fair runs daily, rain or shine.

10. The Walkie Talkie building has a Sky Garden.

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This public garden is free to access (but you'll have to book), and offers unique and stunning views of the city.

11. You can take a London tour that lies to you on purpose.

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If you want a laugh, Bullshit London gives intentionally inaccurate tours.

12. There are preserved ruins throughout the city.

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You can see the remains of the gothic church, St Dustan-in-the-East, rubbly ruins from the Roman London Wall, the grounds of Lesnes Abbey, and more without ever leaving the city.

13. There's a café with free workshops to improve your home brewing.

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The fabulous London coffee shop Tap offers free classes to up your home coffee game.

14. There's a secret community garden tucked behind a West End Theatre.

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Behind the Phoenix Theatre on Charing Cross Road is the lovely Phoenix Garden, which is free to visit if you don't fancy forking over a steep drink price before you catch a show.

15. You can hit the pub and the park in one go at the People's Park Tavern.

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The beer garden at People's Park Tavern in east London is so big and green its practically its own private park. In the summer you can play table tennis, and in the winter you can cosy up to a bonfire.

16. Hyde Park has its own pet cemetery.

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You can pay homage to dogs passed in the central London park.

17. You can pee in a pod at Sketch.

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There are a lot of great toilets in this city, but the Gallery at Sketch takes the cake with its cute and futuristic pod loos.

18. There are seven disembodied noses in Soho.

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