Lesser known areas of the capital may be in store for an influx of tourists. A report from the London Assembly is urging Visit London to promote attractions outside Central London, and the Chair of the Assembly’s Economic Development, Culture, Sport and Tourism Committee, Dee Doocey, fully supports the findings:
"Outer London is home to a range of attractions that are less obvious but just as worth a visit as those that central London has to offer. If the outer London boroughs are promoted, visitors will come."
This isn’t the first time such an idea has been proposed. Londonist suspects that the assembly has been watching reruns of Only Fools and Horses because Del Trotter thought of the idea back in the 1980s. However, Delboy’s grand vision of tours around ethnic London was never realised, and so a generation of Japanese tourists missed the opportunity to take a walkabout in Croydon or snap the Lee Valley Viaduct at dusk.
If there is going to be a push then a lot of work needs to be done. We performed a search of ‘Outer London’ on the Visit London website and only retrieved eight results, two of which were Apsley House and The Wellington Museum in Hyde Park Corner (Hardly ‘The Sticks’ is it?). What about:
There must be more. There is more! Comb your borough for little gems and let the folks at Visit London know what lies in your neck of the woods.
We're sure they’ll be glad of the help. Well, we're not that sure but bother them anyway.
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