Elected the 5th most exciting city in the World by Time Out in 2017, London is one of the most fun destinations in Europe. Whether it is your first time in London or you are returning to the city, it is not just the main sights that are worth checking out. While the Big Ben or Buckingham Palace are amazing attractions and definitely must-sees, there are also plenty of quirky and alternative sights worth a visit. We have listed 18 fun things to do in London that will surprise you.
1. You are under arrest. You have the right to remain silent!
Alcotraz is the first prison bar in London. There you can put the famous orange jumpsuit and become a detainee for few hours.
2. Sit and admire the city skyline by night
Sky Garden, with its glass dome, is a beautiful place to enjoy a 360° view of London. Don’t forget to book your ticket for free in advance.
3. When breakfast is your favorite meal
If you have already dreamed of leaving your bed to go to another bed, Cereal Killer Cafe could be your new HQ. Come and try one of the 120 types of cereals in one of their two addresses in London.
4. Stop your drama and party like an animal
Koko is an old theater redesigned to host concerts such as Coldplay or even Madonna. When it does not host famous singers, it is one of the most vibrant nightclubs in London.
5. Play a game to discover London’s wicked and wonderful secrets
Hidden gardens, ancient ruins and quirky art. Solve a trail of riddles and unlock London’s best kept secrets. Brixton, Peckham, Kings Cross or the Square Mile – these four colourful neighbourhoods can be explored playfully with Secret City Trails!
6. Feel like a kid again
Ballie Ballerson, a ball pit cocktail bar, is the ultimate adult playground to get loose into one million balls. Enjoy while you are listening to deep house or disco music.
7. Intense craving in Kentish Town
Another unusual experience well beyond the ordinary, in Ladies and Gentlemen enjoy a cocktail in old public lavatories.
8. Enter Banksy world
Shoreditch is the neighborhood of street-art lovers. There you could find some Banksy artwork. Don’t hesitate to try one of the several Street Art Tours showing you the district!
9. Discover underground street-art
If you have the opportunity to find the entrance, Leake Street Tunnel should amaze you. This legal graffiti space is full of incredible artwork close to the Waterloo station.
10. Vibrate with ethnic sounds
The Nothing Hill Carnival is taking place in West London at the end of August since 1965. During two days, you will enjoy a festive atmosphere with music and dances inspired by the London’s past and present.
11. Walk in the footsteps of Rock Stars
Eel Pie Island is in the River Thames at Twickenham in the London Borough of Richmond upon Thames. It is an atypical area where many famous rock-stars have performed, such as The Rolling stones or Bowie. Even if the hotel which hosted them is closed, you can visit the Eel Pie Island Museum to feel the vibe.
12. Enjoy vintage shopping
The origin of Burlington Arcade, the eldest English covered gallery, is quite surprising. It was made to stop passersby to throw their wastes in the garden of Lady Cavendish. In this architectural gem, you can find old shops such as a Rolex Vintage shop.
13. Meditate in North West London
Shri Swaminarayan Mandir is the most significant marble temple outside of India. In the heart of London, you may take part in an Hindu traditional prayer ceremony.
14. Make it like James Bond
If one of your childhood dreams was to become a secret agent, your dream could become true at Bletchley Park. This old secret hideout used during the Second World War is only one hour from London, definitely, an unusual place to visit.
15. Immerse in your imagination
Experience an intimate portrait of the lives of a family of Huguenot silk-weavers from 1724 to the dawn of the 20th Century. As you follow their fortunes through the generations, the sights, smells and sounds of Dennis Severs’ House take you into their lives.
16. Beigels everyday everynight
Beigel Bake is an institution, with traditional Jewish recipe, for Bagel’s lovers. It is open every single day of the year, even on Christmas.
17. Choose your next book
The Libreria bookstore located in Spitalfields is an enchanting space that takes small bookshop charm to new levels. The mission of Liberia is for their visitors to discover new books and ideas and encourage interdisciplinary thinking. The bookstore has a no-phones policy so there are no distractions.
18. With or without milk?
The Fes-Tea-Val takes part during the National Tea Day, but also the Queen’s birthday. There will be a museum of Historic Tea War, a garden with yoga sessions and obviously shops
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