Are you looking for things to do in London that are pretty out of the ordinary? Here’s a list of our 15 favourite things to do in the capital.
You could live in London your entire life and still not do everything that’s on offer in our vibrant capital. If you’ve already done all the main tourist attractions and are looking for something that’s just that little bit different then you’re in the right place.
We’ve put together a list of some of the most unusual places to visit and things to do in London. Here are 15 of our best suggestions:
#15 Street Feast
If you love quirky pop up food shops then street feast is something that you simply have to do! There are a selection of pop up shops serving everything from Lobster to bangers and mash, giving even the pickiest of eaters something to enjoy. The best part is, things change pretty regularly so don’t expect the same food every time!
#14 Secret Cinema
Love film, music, theatre and art? Secret Cinema was designed with you in mind, putting on performances in abandoned spaces to give you one of the strangest cinema experiences you’ll ever have. This is great if you’re looking for something that’s really different.
#13 Retro Car Boot at Princess May
Anyone who loves vintage fashion will adore the car boot sale at Princess May in Stoke Newington which takes place every Saturday and Sunday. You’ll find everything here from vintage clothes to retro ornaments and plenty of vinyl records.
#12 Visit the Attendant
Fancy having coffee and cake in a public toilet? No? Then you clearly haven’t been to the Attendant! This coffee bar has transformed an old Victorian lavatory into a high quality, themed café that is definitely unique and unusual.
#11 Visit London’s Only Gin Distillery
Believe it or not, there’s only one gin distillery in the capital and that’s Sipsmith who provide high quality spirits for the city’s discerning bars. Due to being small and very popular, you need to book tours in advance – plus you get a free G&T!
#10 Go Ice Climbing
Regular climbing walls is pretty standard, so why not up your game? Vertical chill is a climbing wall operated by Ellis Brigham’s London Covent Garden store where you can use ice picks to scale a wall of sheer ice. Yep, ice! You can pretend you’re a wilding from Game of Thrones… if you’re into that sort of thing.
#9 Take on Taxidermy
Definitely unusual, definitely not for the squeamish. Fancy trying your hand at stuffing animals? Tonja Grung offers half-day taxidermy workships that lets you stuff a dead rodent for just £35pp! Yep, it’s a bit weird but that’s why you’re on this list!
#8 Kayak Down the Thames
Fancy a boat tour but don’t want to deal with a ferry that’s overcrowded with tourists? London Kayak Tours lets you take a kayak down the Thames, taking in all off London’s major landmarks that can be found on the river banks.
#7 Bring Your Own Cocktail
A very awesome concept – you bring the booze, B.Y.O.C have the mixers and master mixologists who will create a cocktail that’s perfectly tailored to your individual tastes. The concept is incredible and it makes a brilliant evening out with friends.
#6 Go Swimming at Hampstead Heath
Feeling brave? Why don’t you take a dip in Hampstead Heath’s swimming ponds? There’s no shallow water, so you have to be a pretty good simmer and it can also be pretty nippy so brace yourself for the cold water.
#5 Cross the Thames in a Cable Car
Designed to be an ostentations type of public transport, Emirates Air Line (the cable car to me and you) isn’t really used for commuting. The benefit of this is that you often don’t need to queue to have a ride and the 20-min round trip is less than a tenner – not a bad way to waste some time.
#4 Shoot Clay Pigeons
English Shooting offers you a chance to blast clay discs to smithereens from just £33 per person – for this you get 25 shots at 25 clays and you can borrow a gun from the club. Want more shooting? Double up to 50 shots for just £48 and make a morning of it!
#3 Visit the Butterfly House
While most people remember the Natural History Museum for their giant robotic T-rex, the butterfly house is where you really need to go! In the summertime you’ll find thousands of rare and beautiful butterflies here – perfect for dates or a visit with (Well behaved) kids.
#2 Indulge in some Butchery
How’d you fancy slicing, dicing, cleaving and mincing some meat? If you’re a meat lover and don’t mind paying £155pp then this is the perfect opportunity to really connect with the food you eat. The Ginger Pig offers butchery courses that last three and a half hours and you’re treated to an awesome meal of the meats you cut up afterwards.
#1 Party Like its 1999
You know what’s missing from your life? A roller disco! Yep, you didn’t realise you were missing that either did you? Skating Heaven is a great place to skate the night away regardless of your ability on roller-skates. With pumping tunes and atmospheric lighting, you’ll have a blast skating and dancing till your heart’s content.
This article was provided by Touchstone Student Living. Touchstone provides affordable, modern and comfortable student accommodation in London at Therese House, near Barbican.