According to MasterCard, London is the second most visited city in the world. Every year, the city attracts almost 19.8 million visitors. People who come here enjoy doing the usual things such as taking a picture of Big Ben, checking out the Buckingham Palace and enjoying a fantastic view of the city via the London Eye.
Exploring like the rest of the visitors would be the best option, especially if it’s your first time in London. However, if you want to make your trip more memorable, you should try and deviate from the usual travel plan. For example, why not try to include more peculiar activities to your schedule.
No idea what sort of weird but fun things you can do in London? The article below has all the details you need to know about the unusual
#1. Find the Soho water pump
In the late 18th century, around 10,000 people died from Cholera. A physician named John Snow found out that the disease was caused by the contaminated water coming from the Soho water pump. To save the people, he had the pump handle removed. Thanks to his efforts, the cholera outbreak stopped. He was able to save the lives of many Brits.
To find the ever famous Soho water pump, you have to be extra attentive. It’s a small black water pump located somewhere in the Soho district. Aside from checking the pumps, don’t forget to visit the pub nearby. They serve all kinds of alcoholic beverages and snacks. You can relax in the pub before you proceed to your next stop.
#2. Enjoy drinking coffee in a refurbished Victorian toilet
Have you ever seen an old Victorian washroom? Have you ever tried drinking coffee inside one? The Attendant Cafe in Fitzrovia is the best place to go to if you’re tired of going to an old-school cafe.
The cafe is built inside an old Victorian toilet. It’s quite easy to find this cafe because of it’s unique iron fencing.
The entrance looks so authentic that some people easily mistook it as a real Victorian washroom. Once you find it, you should follow the staircase until you get inside the quirky coffee shop.
Besides drinking their freshly brewed coffee, make sure to try their brownies, protein balls as well as banana bread. Their frequent customers highly recommend their baked treats.
#3. Check out the Clown Museum
Are you a fan of Pennywise? How about Justin Fletcher? If you don’t feel any slight discomfort when you see clowns, you can head over to London’s Clown Museum.
It has the most extensive collection of clown-related artefacts such as make-up, costumes, and props. Most of the items here came from renowned British clowns.
The museum was established back in 1946 as a project of the International Circus Clowns Club. The members of the club used to meet in St. Joseph Church but then chose to relocate at the Holy Trinity Church.
A few years later, someone started posting paintings and pictures of members in a small room behind the Holy Trinity Church. This prompted the organisation to create a museum to tell the story of their craft.
#4. Visit the house of a famous English architect
Sir John Soane is one of the most celebrated architects in England thanks to his masterpieces such as the old building of the Bank of England. He also designed countless halls and church extensions. Learn more about this gifted man by visiting his home.
His house has been transformed into a quaint museum to show off his drawings, building models and other crafts. You can tour around his house and learn about his story free of charge.
#5. Show off your artsy side during a drawing session
Ever tried joining a life drawing party? It’s that cheeky and modern hen party activity that many brides-to-be include in their hen celebration. In London, you can readily hire a professional model to pose nude while you and your friends try your best to draw.
If you coordinate with a good party vendor, you will even get free art materials and props for the drawing session.
Regardless if you’re coming to London to celebrate your own bachelorette party or try something unique and exciting, then availing a life drawing package may be a great option for you.
#6. Marvel at the century-old subterranean railway system
London has been around for at least 2,000 years. That’s why you can find plenty of old buildings with a Neoclassical, Gothic, Baroque or Romanesque design. Among the fascinating buildings you should check out in London is the Postal Museum.
The UK postal service has started opening its door to the public back in the 16th century. The building comes with an underground railway system to deliver mail back in the early days. Today, the railway is no longer operational, but it’s open to the public for tour purposes.
Check out the old tunnel system and learn their story by booking a guided tour with the Postal Museum.
#7. Enjoy kayaking along the Thames
Thames is one of the most iconic bodies of water in the UK. Kayaking is the best way for you to enjoy viewing the river and the districts, towns and cities that it traverses. Nowadays, you can easily find a kayaking tour company that can cater to your needs. They can provide you with basic training in paddling. They will also give you instructions on how to keep safe while you kayak along the river.
If you’re an experienced kayaker, taking the tidal section is recommended. It will give you the adrenaline-pumping action that you need.
#8. Take pictures in front of the most amazing street murals
When you visit London, you will immediately notice all the beautiful and eclectic street murals. The art community, as well as the locals and the UK government, are warmly embracing graffiti as a form of art.
As long as the artist secures a permit to paint the murals, he/she can create the art without getting reprimanded. If you wish to see some of the craziest murals, you can check out Beers & Buns, Brick Lane market and Parkland Walk.
If you’re too lazy to find street murals on your own, you can book a guided mural tour. There are several companies that specialise in this field such as Free Foot by Tours.
#9. Feast your eyes on the best neon lights junkyard
Do you love neon lights – especially the vintage types? Make sure to drop by God’s Own Junkyard. It’s a small shop filled with all sorts of lighting fixtures, vintage signs and a wide range of other pre-loved neon lights products. If you also want to get customised neon signage, you can also go to this junkyard. They can create the signage you need for a reasonable price.
#10. Sip the finest cup of tea at the Twinings Café
Last on our list of travel to do list is enjoying a cup of freshly brewed tea. While it doesn’t really sound weird or quirky, it’s definitely an activity that you should not miss to include in your travel itinerary.
Britons absolutely love drinking tea. And for good reason! Tea provides a lot of health benefits.
According to surveys, On average, Brits spend about $20,000 on tea on their entire lifetime. Among the famous tea brands in the UK is Twinings.
Instead of buying a regular Twinings tea bag, you should try drinking it straight from their cafe. Aside from enjoying tea, you can also enjoy choosing from a wide array of flavours and even treat yourself to a decadent baked treat.
Love the tips and tricks we shared above? Which ones are your favourite so far and which activities would you include to your own travel plan? We hope you have a good time when you visit London!