10 Weird Things To Do In London
London is pretty high on many peoples travel list and for good reason. Big Ben, Buckingham palace and the London eye are all infamous sights that pull in thousands of tourists each year. But what about when you’ve seen the eye, posed for the ‘gram in a red phone box and pretended to be Harry Potter at Kings Cross? Then you get to see the real London. The small districts that make up this eclectic city are the real heart and soul of London. Shoreditch, Borough lane and Cambden markets are some of the favourites but how about stepping even further off of the tourist tracks?
1. Brixtons pop up bars and street food
The first thing I have to tell anyone coming to London is Brixton is amazing! Even my own family who have been living around London forever give me suspicious looks when I talk about it. Sure it wasn’t always pretty but nowadays Brixton is packed with cool bars, food from all over the world and independent clothing shops. It’s the only place I know that you can get a brilliant Brazilian breakfast, traditional Japanese lunch and a Jerk BBQ burger with a proper English cider. Check out Pop Brixton for live music and a great evening atmosphere.
Brixton is just 30 mins from the center on the Victoria line, great for a day trip or as a more affordable base than central London.
2. God’s own junkyard
I did promise weird and this place certainly delivers. Although it’s a bit further out of the city you can easily take the tube to Walthmstow central and experience something that can only be described as completely mad. A psychedelic amalgamation of neon signs ad art works collected by a very enthusiastic owner. It’s completely bizarre and infectiously insane. Be sure to check out the industrial brew bars next door for great local ale and cider!
3. Ballie Ballerson
An indoor ball pit for adults with a bar. Need I say more? Ballie Ballerson is in one of the trendiest spots in London, Shoreditch. Go at night to sip a retro cocktail and swim in a see of colourful balls.
Head to the Breakfast Club nearby the next day for the best hangover cure known to man. A full English!
4. Get tropical at Kew Gardens
Ok so London isn’t known for it’s balmy weather, but the Victorians came up with a clever solution to cure the general grumpiness we all get from the continuous drizzle. A massive greenhouse! The grounds at Kew Gardens are enough reason to visit alone, but the tropical greenhouses are where it’s at. There are different sections filled with exotic plants from all over the world, for the well travelled you might even recognise some. Around Christmas there are even light shows that give it a whole new dimension.
5. Visit the Sky Garden
Another tropical paradise but this time with a view over the whole city. Better yet it’s absolutely free! This greenhouse inspired rooftop is in the “Walkie Talkie” building in Fenchurch Street. Grab a prosecco and a bite to eat as you take in the full grandeur of London from above.
6. Junkyard golf anyone?
Brick Lane is full of trendy markets and great food but what about golf? Indoor mini golf with drinks to be precise. With courses inspired by anything from Jurassic park to neon night club it really has to be seen to be believed. It’s a lot of fun and the perfect way to escape the rain! It’s here on Google maps – Junkyard Golf.
7. Bar games at the Bletchley
For anyone that’s watched The Imitation Game you might well fancy yourself as an Alan Turing and wondered if you too could break the enigma code. Now’s your chance! At The Bletchley in Chelsea you can crack codes while a bartender whips up unique cocktails. Decipher clues and complete missions to save the world, just maybe go easy on those cocktails until after humanity is saved…
8. The Churchill Arms
If you’re around Hyde park head over to the Churchill Arms. It’s claimed to be one of the most photographed pubs in the world as the exterior is covered top to bottom in flowers. The foods not bad either, if its too crammed head next door for delicious Thai food! Don’t forget to visit the Churchill war rooms while you’re in the city, an unmissable part of British history.
9. Boxpark Shoreditch
If you haven’t had lunch in a shipping container where have you been? It seems all the rage in European cities now and for good reason. The small start up businesses that occupy them seem to serve up some of the tastiest and unique fusion food around. Head over to Boxpark for Jerk burgers that will change your life!
10. Do a tour of the underground tube systems
This really is a great way to get under the skin of London and probably the first time I’ve ever enjoyed being in the underground. Don hard hats and high vis jackets as you navigate your way through secret passages not normally open to the public. There are loads to choose from. Eustons lost tunnels have been closed since the 60’s and still display old posters and ticketing booths. At Down Street you can find Churchills secret station where he saw out most of the Blitz.
These are just some of my favourite places to visit in London. There is so much to do in this city, although it’s not cheap there are some really great things you can do for free! Any other top places to recommend? Drop a comment below.