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My first trip to London seemed disappointing at the start. It’s like any other world city, I thought, on my way from Heathrow to my accommodation around King’s Cross. It’s extremely well-mapped and the public transport system is excellent, but where are the cobbled streets, carriages and palaces from the fairy tale city that were the fulcrum of my imaginary universe during my three-year English honours graduation, I wondered.

Also, if I may add at the cost of sounding supremely racist, I missed seeing “fair-skinned” Brits. Asians outnumbered them everywhere from the parks to restaurants and the ‘tube’ (that’s what they call the metro there).

But as they say, London grows on you. So I decided to give it another shot to discover the new facets of the old city. A comfortable and hassle-free flight later, I was set to see another London. For those who’ve had their helping of quintessential tourist attractions (read The London Eye, Buckingham Palace, Westminster Abbey), here are five uber cool ways to discover the Queen’s country.

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