Top 10 Uncommon Things To Do In London
If stodgy museums, tourist traps, and predictable local “hot-spots” that end up being a little too local and not so hot have given you the traveller blues, it’s time to be reinvigorated. Since it’s not in my nature to walk the beaten path, dust off your hiking boots and throw away all those other tourist books.
I’m about to take you through London like you’ve never seen it before.
1. Walk the Great City
Narrowing down the number one thing to do in London was no easy task but of all the exciting and note-worthy events, nothing compares to touring the city on your own two feet.
Allow yourself a leisure stroll across Westminster Bridge with Beg Ben chiming in the background, or head through Regent’s Canal during peak Camden Market hours, even taking a late night walk across Millennium Bridge will leave you marvelling at all the spectacular sights of London.
2. The Ghost Bus Tour
Departing from Northumberland and running an hour and 15 minutes, London comes alive among an evening back-drop of dark sky as you ride the Omnibus. You’ll experience through acting and commentary spine tingling chills. Affordable with Adults £18 and Concessions £12, the ghost bus tour is a fun and unique way to experience London’s bloody history.
3. Olympic Site
Timing is everything with travel and right now you’d be remiss to not take the time to gaze upon the budding construction site of the London 2012 Olympics. My personal recommendation is to visit the ‘View Tube’ building located on the Greenway for an all-encompassing view.
4. Candlelit Tour of Sir John Soane Museum
Every first Tuesday of the month around 5 pm on Lincoln’s Inn Fields, you’ll observe a large crowd amassing. If you’re wise you’ll join them and partake in the rare opportunity to tour renowned architect Sir John Soane’s private art and antiquities collections under the dim aura of candlelight. Free and available to the public, Sir John’s home has been operating this way since the 1800s.
5. Bloomsbury Bowling Lanes
In the basement of Tavistock Hotel Bedford Way, a bowling/dining/singing extravaganza awaits you, also known as the Bloomsbury Bowling Lanes. Sleek and always trendy, the atmosphere alone will make you want to throw on a pair of rented shoes. If bowling isn’t your thing, lounge at the bar, sing Karaoke, or gorge on American diner fare. Hourly lane rentals begin at £39.
6. Freud Museum
Located in Hampstead at 20 Maresfield Gardens, you’ll feel like you wandered into the mind of Sigmund Freud himself when visiting his London home. View his study at your leisure and examine Freud’s infamous psychoanalytic couch, his extensive art collection, and research papers. Admission costs for adults are £6. Senior and children discounts available.
7. The Make Lounge
Creative inspiration can strike at any time and when it does The Make Lounge’s two venues on Barnsbury Street are available. Whether it’s an hour long session or a whole day of workshops, you can customize your crafting, baking, or sewing experience. Classes vary in costs, depending on the supplies and time required, but workshops typically run between £15- £50.00.
8. Viktor Wynd’s Little Shop of Horrors
If you’ve ever doubted the morbid capabilities of the human mind, Viktor’s on Mare Street in Hackney will reassure you. Look around this homage to 17th century oddities and you’ll see taxidermy, wax, medical tools, and supernatural displays. Unless you wish to buy a souvenir, this creepy experience is free.
9. Dinosaur Park in Crystal Palace
Dubbed the world’s first theme park, you can take a close look at what the Victorian’s believed dinosaurs looked like at no charge. Colossal in their replication, the dinosaurs hide amongst natural park surroundings on Thicket Road.
10. The British Film Institute
Known as the BFI, the main Southbank theatre’s unique screenings and festivals of movies are everything you’d expect from a film house. The inclusion of The Benugo Bar makes BFI extraordinary. Offering a full menu and extensive drink selection, this venue is a one-stop shop for visitors of all types. Tickets cost £5 to £10.
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