London is a pretty unforgettable place, even if you spend all of your time on the beaten track.
The iconic landmarks, world class attractions, gorgeous parks, and unmatched museums are something that no other city on earth offers- but what would happen if you were to head off the tourist trail?
There are people out there who like to get to know a city by wandering the streets, finding the hidden gems, and experiencing the unusual and unique aspects of a metropolis.
Well, if you’re one of those people then you are in the right place, and London is the right city for you! It’s absolutely jam packed with unique and unusual experiences just waiting to be discovered.
Take advantage of the wonderful hotel packages London currently offers by booking a room in The Montcalm Royal London House. It’s perfectly located in the heart of the city, meaning you can explore to your heart’s content, then head home for a luxurious night of rest.
Let’s take a look at some of the most unusual and unforgettable experiences that London has to offer those willing to look for them!
If you’re anything like me then visiting ancient ceremonies in a new city is the only way to begin.
Highgate Cemetery is a Victorian cemetery in North London that is home to some of the city's most notable residents, including Karl Marx.
The cemetery is divided into two sections: the East Cemetery and the West Cemetery. The West Cemetery is only accessible by guided tour, and it's well worth the visit. It’s a stunning example of Victorian architecture and is home to some of the city's most elaborate tombs and monuments.
The Old Operating Theatre Museum and Herb Garret
The Old Operating Theatre Museum and Herb Garret is a fascinating museum that is located in the attic of an old church.
The museum is home to a collection of stunning medical artefacts, including surgical instruments, and visitors can watch a demonstration of a Victorian surgery- and discover truly how gruesome it was.
This is great fun, but not for the faint of heart!
The Viktor Wynd Museum of Curiosities, Fine Art & Natural History
This museum is a strange and unusual place that is home to a collection of oddities and curiosities from all over the world that will intrigue and confuse you in equal measure.
The museum is filled with taxidermy, skulls, deformed creatures, and other strange objects; and visitors are encouraged to explore and touch the exhibits.
The Hunterian Museum
The Hunterian Museum is a medical museum that is part of the Royal College of Surgeons.
The museum is home to a collection of surgical instruments, anatomical specimens, and other medical artefacts from throughout history.
It's a great place to learn about how our ancestors approached the field of medicine and surgery- you’ll be even more grateful for modern medicine!
Churchill War Rooms
The Churchill War Rooms is a museum and underground bunker that was used by Winston Churchill and his government during World War II.
The bunker has been frozen in time and offers a terrifying insight into wartime Britain. The museum includes exhibits on Churchill's life and career, as well as the history of the bunker itself.
From your room in one of the finest hotels City Of London has to offer; The Montcalm Royal London House, all you have to do is head to Moorgate Station and hop on the Circle Line until you reach Westminster!
The Dennis Severs' House
The Dennis Severs' House is a unique and immersive museum that takes visitors on a journey through time.
The house is designed to look as though it's still inhabited by a family of Huguenot silk weavers from the 18th century. Visitors are encouraged to explore the house and experience a brief glimpse into the past.
It’s a fun and immersive experience, and can be found within easy reach of your hotels near Old Street Station!
Horniman Museum and Gardens
The Horniman Museum and Gardens is a natural history museum that is home to a collection of anthropological artefacts, musical instruments, and taxidermy.
The museum also has beautiful gardens and a conservatory, making it a great place to spend a sunny afternoon.
It does not try to compete with the British Museum or the Natural History Museum, but instead to compliment their collections and expand on new areas.
Camden Markets are a collection of markets spread throughout the Camden area that are home to a wide range of unique and unusual stalls.
Visitors can find everything from vintage clothing to handmade jewellery to street food. It's a great place to explore and pick up some souvenirs.
You can spend the day wandering the labyrinth of alleys and discovering counter culture in one of the coolest areas in London.
Viktor Wynd's Little Shop of Horrors
Another unusual museum curated by Viktor Wynd, and his second appearance on this list! That should tell you everything you need to know!
This small museum and curiosity shop is located in Hackney, East London. It's filled with bizarre and macabre items, including taxidermy, shrunken heads, and vintage erotica.
The Clink Prison Museum
The Clink Prison Museum is a museum located on the site of the original Clink Prison, which was one of England's oldest and most notorious prisons.
Visitors can explore the prison's dungeons and learn about the history of crime and punishment in London in this incredibly immersive and explorative experience.
The Leake Street Tunnel
The Leake Street Tunnel is an underground tunnel located in Waterloo that has been turned into a world class street art gallery.
The tunnel is constantly changing as new artists travel from all over the world to battle for your attention, making it a unique and ever-changing experience- and it’s totally free!
The Old Bailey
The Old Bailey is the Central Criminal Court of England and Wales, and it's open to the public.
Visitors can sit in on trials and watch the justice system in action. It's a fascinating and unique way to learn about the legal system in London, so if true crime is your thing then surely you won’t want to miss out on this!
So there you have it, the best weird and wonderful experiences that London has to offer- off the beaten track of course.
See the secret side of the city and explore the unforgettable curiosities that a 2,000 year old city hides within its streets!