The weird and the wonderful: unusual delights to unearth in London

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Have you visited London before – perhaps more than once? If so, you may be interested in uncovering some attractions and venues and things to do that are rather more off the beaten track than the norm – well, here are some top suggestions, if we say so ourselves…

Borough Market

borough market

It’s actually far more unique an experience in the capital than you might think. How so? Because there’s vintage architecture, full-sized pirate ships and independent shops that surround the indoor market, and plenty of weird and wonderful vendors on the inside selling some of London’s best fresh and cooked street food.

Canalway Cavalcade

This is an annual festival along Little Venice, which takes play in early May, complete with boat pageant, lots of food and drink and music and where basically lots of crazy people come out to play and the primary goal is not to fall into the canal (such a wonderful contrast if you’re on a business trip with downtime and staying at corporate hotels in London).

Churchill Arms

This olde-world Kensington pub is quite possibly London’s most famous watering hole. Even if you don’t stop to eat the delicious Thai food, the outside of this small pub is covered in flowers and hanging baskets. With its distinctive styling, it makes for some great photos (selfies or not!).

Themed tours

There are a multitude of themed tours to choose from such as literary, architecture and historic tours. For something more unusual, there are Harry Potter, Jack the Ripper or Beatles walking tours; one of rarest and perhaps most original and brilliant of all is ‘The Italian Job’ tour in classic Mini Coopers (yes, really!) – attendees are zoomed around the city in blue boiler suits and tweed caps, and help to re-enact scenes from the movie.

St Katharine’s Dock

st. katherine dock

Take a stroll over to Central London’s only marina of St Katharine Docks (near the Tower of London) for bustling quayside dining every Friday. There’s also an excellent food market where stalls serve up tasty dishes from all over the globe.

Pop into an unusual museum

One of London’s biggest delights to uncover has to be all the weird and wonderful museums that are ready, willing and waiting to be unearthed throughout the city. The Magic Circle Museum near Euston station, the Museum of Brands in Notting Hill, the very old-school Cinema Museum in Brixton and the rather gruesome Old Operating Theatre at London Bridge are all definitely worth checking out. Oh, and don’t forget the Sherlock Holmes Museum (almost) at 221b Baker Street with its ‘recreation’ of the master detective’s oh-so famous Victorian abode – best of all, it’s within walking distance of accommodation like the Park Grand Paddington Court.

London Underground Supper Club

This has to be truly one of the rarest – and possibly coolest – experiences you might have in the UK capital. Why? Because it sees you wined and dined with gourmet food and mixing in with a load of strangers for a night of randomness on board an old Victoria Line tube in Walthamstow. What’s not to love about that, honestly?

St Dunstan in the East

dunstan in the east

Finally, find some peace and quiet on a Sunday in a rather unassuming place that happens to be slap-bang in the middle of the banking district (and so very easily reached via the Tube from the likes of the London Premier Kensington hotel). This old, bombed-out Sir Christopher Wren-designed church has only four walls and its steeple’s still standing, with the rest of it having been destroyed in the Blitz. It’s now a beautiful public garden right in the heart of The City and is usually completely empty at weekends, as the bankers are away and at home and few tourists venture this deep into the financial district. In a word: blissful.

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