Ah, London, the UK’s capital. It’s a thriving cultural metropolis that is practically a hive of tourist spots. However, you may be growing tired of visiting the same old tourist trap again and again. Instead, you want something fresh, new and exciting to get to know the UK’s culture. If you fancy exploring London’s quirkier side, here are the top things that every London visitor needs to try.
- Drink coffee in a Victorian toilet
Once you have settled in to one of the fabulous hotels in Shepherds Bush, then it’s always a good idea to start off your adventure with a cup of coffee. However, don’t just stick to your hotel’s restaurant. Why not travel to The Attendant, a Victorian toilet that has been converted into an extremely quirky café? Don’t worry, it’s all clean down there, and the iron-gated entrance looks gorgeous. It’s the perfect place to relax.
- The Seven Noses of Soho
Want to have a quick walk around Soho to see what it’s like? Well, you can actually book a walking tour to see the Seven Noses of Soho. Legends say that if you spot all seven noses then you will achieve infinite wealth. These stone noses are located all the way around Soho on different buildings. It’s a great way to get to know what Soho is really like during the day time. Most tours will take about 2 hours to complete.
- Neon Travels in God’s Own Junkyard
This is a museum with a twist. God’s Own Junkyard is a psychedelic treasure trove of neon signs. It contains industrial estate signs, props used in old fashion shoots and even old sex shop signs from Soho. It’s the perfect place if you are looking for some pictures for Instagram.
- Viktor Wynd’s Little shop of Horrors
Also known as The Last Tuesday society, this strange shop is full of old curiosities dating back from the Victorian period. Here you can learn all about the art of taxidermy, and see a range of quirky items, like skulls, sex comics and even dildos. This little shop even has its own bar, so if you ever find it getting too much for you, you might need a quick drink!
- The Clink Prison Museum
This museum may look just like any other, but it actually used to be the world’s oldest prison. The Clink Prison has a history of locking people up. However, nowadays, you will just get a tour of the interior by actors who will bring its grisly past back to life. If you enjoy a good scream then this is the place for you.
- Hampstead Heath Ponds
Now this may look like a normal pond, but if you travel to Hampstead Heath, you will find that this pond is actually used as an outdoor pool. It’s perfect for cooling down on a hot summer’s day, however, if you are a bit of a daredevil, you may want to jump in during the winter. It is an exhilarating experience to swim outdoors surrounded by nature.