London has one of the most vibrant cultures in the world. Thanks to its almost 2,000 years worth of history and tradition, you will never run out of things to do while you’re in this side of the world.
Whether you like exploring taxidermy museums, looking at centuries-old temples, visiting crowded pubs or trying all sorts of local delicacies, we know for sure that you will love exploring the city of London.
Find out the unique and quirky stuff you can do while you’re in England’s capital city.
#1 Visit Sir John Soane’s Museum
If you have a thing for museums, you should include Sir John Soane’s Museum to your itinerary. Sir John Soane is an English architect best known for his works such as the original Bank of England, the Royal Hospital Chelsea, Tendring Hall, Letton Hall and the New Wardour Castle’s Roman Catholic Chapel extension.
You can learn about this brilliant man by heading to his old house which was converted into a beautiful museum. His museum is filled with his drawing and building models.
#2. Check out the water pump that started the Cholera Outbreak
Back in 1894, a massive cholera outbreak struck London, which claimed at least 10,000 souls. Dr John Snow, the physician who found the solution to the outbreak traced the source from the water pump located in Soho. After researching, the good doctor realised that the contaminated water coming from the pump caused the killer disease.
To stop the disease from spreading, the doctor had the pump handle removed. Ultimately, this decision saved the people from contracting the disease.
It’s quite easy to miss this pump so you better keep your eyes peeled while walking around the streets of Westminster, London. If you have spare time, maybe you can visit John Snow’s saloon bar to raise a bottle of beer for the brilliant doctor.
#3. Enjoy sipping a cup of coffee inside a Victorian washroom
Check out The Attendant Fitzrovia and enjoy a quirky tea or coffee session inside a Victorian public toilet. You can easily spot the quirky cafe when you’re in Fitrovia. Just look for the wrought iron gates and follow the stairs leading to the cafe.
The clandestine cafe is one of the most famous hangout places in London. Aside from the weird location, the cafe takes pride in its rich and decadent salted caramel brownies, banana bread and protein balls.
#4. Visit a Gallery-Museum filled with clowns
If clowns like Pennywise don’t freak you out, you will certainly love visiting the Clowns Museum. The gallery is filled with all sorts of clown faces.
This small gallery located in Kingsland, London is not only filled with clown faces but also photos, costumes and props. The artefacts were previously owned by some of the famous clowns in Great Britain.
#5 Unleash your creative and cheeky side
The UK is home to many hot Hollywood celebrities such as Henry Cavill, Ben Barnes, Orlando Bloom, Colin O’Donoghue and Jamie Bamber. A lot of women from across the globe are attracted to the Brits naturally sexy accent and overly-masculine features.
This is why a lot of bachelorette party celebrants love booking this cheeky but classy art sesh.
When you travel to London with your friends, booking a nude life drawing session is a must. A life drawing session package includes art materials, a handsome professional male model and party props. Surely you’re bound to have a fun and exciting experience with your girl squad.
#6. Explore the Thames using a kayak
One of the best ways to explore the Thames through kayaking. Hundreds of kayakers explore the river every day. If you have enough experience in kayaking, you can explore the river’s tidal section. If not, you can take the calmer section, that way you don’t have to worry about the kayak from tipping over.
There are kayak rental companies you can try to get in touch with in case you want to avail a tour or if you wish to rent a kayak. The tour company will give you a brief kayaking training to teach you the basic paddling movements as well as safety techniques. They will also provide you with the necessary gears.
#7. Check out the subterranean railway
Explore the Postal Museum and its subterranean railway should be part of your London travel to-do list. When you join the Postal Museum tour, you get to see the centennial railways and its original tunnels.
The old railway system was used to distribute letters back in the early days. Marvel at the jaw-dropping architecture and the building structure that has survived the test of time.
The museum will provide you with a knowledgeable guide. He/she can tell you more about the subterranean railway including how it started, who created it and how long it took to complete its construction.
#8. Visit a psychedelic junkyard
God’s Own Junkyard is a haven for people who absolutely love neon signs. They have an extensive collection of neon lights. Whether you want something to use for a shoot, a vintage neon lights sign, or lighting fixtures to add in your garage, they’d probably have it at God’s Own Junkyard.
If in case you’re not planning to buy neon light items, you can still enjoy roaming around the shop and taking shareworthy shots.
#9. Discover some of the best street art masterpieces in the world
Graffiti rose to popularity in London back in the 1980s. Because of the strict enforcement of the policies and the government’s effort to stop vandalism, it has ceased to exist for the next few decades – or so we thought. Fast forward to 2017, it’s come back to dominate the streets once again.
London has built a solid reputation as a haven for street artists. There are countless of street art creations scattered around England’s capital city. It’s illegal to paint on any wall in London, unless you get to secure a permit or if you join an organised street art event.
If you want to check out the graffiti artworks in London, you can head to places like Leake Street, Parkland Walk, Bussey Building, Brick Lane market and Beers & Buns.
You should also try checking out the rest of the random murals displayed on other parts of the city. The key to finding all of these murals is to use social media platforms such as Instagram. You can also try getting in touch with local artists to find the rest of the murals in London.
#10. Never leave without drinking tea from Twinings Café
The Brits are well known for their love for tea. If you want to understand their fandom for such drinks, you need to try tasting a few cups on the day you arrive and the day before you return home.
Twinings is among the most popular tea brands in the world. This tea company has been bringing premium quality tea in Great Britain since the 18th century.
If you ever head to London these coming months, don’t forget to try the activities we mentioned above. These will give you a completely different experience that you will certainly love to share with your families and loved ones once you get home. Which among the ten things enumerated above sounds the craziest?
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