Whether you are a local born and bred in the nation’s capital or are visiting the city as a tourist, it’s always enjoyable to find something a little bit different. Fortunately, London offers just that around practically every corner. London’s unusual attractions are hidden throughout the city but for those in the know, they offer an exciting change of pace and make a great addition to any day trip or long weekend.
If you’re looking for something to do in London that takes you away from the standard museums, royal residences and commonly visited historic buildings, then why not make a visit to one of these hidden gems next on your list?
Little Venice, situated around Paddington and Maida Vale, is a picturesque part of London comprised of beautiful houses, canals and restaurants. It’s simply perfect for exploring on a sunny day. Little Venice really shows a different side to the capital and is a stark contrast to the hustle and bustle of the centre, making it ideal for anyone who wants to get away from the fast pace and chill out for an hour or two. If you do decide to head over to Little Venice, don’t miss the chance to take a canal boat trip to Camden Lock. It’s not quite a gondola but it could well be the next best thing!
The Victoria and Albert Museum Tea Room
Though the Victoria and Albert museum itself is one of London’s most iconic venues and is by no means a hidden gem, the tea room is. Most people aren’t aware that the V&A museum actually has a delightfully quaint, hidden tea room to enjoy. In fact, it holds the title of being the world’s first museum tea room.
Wilton’s Music Hall
Back in the Victorian times music halls could be found everywhere in London. Over time many of them closed down and as a result, they are quite hard to come by today- that is, if you don’t know where to look. Wilton’s Music Hall in Tower Hamlets has been carefully restored back to its former Victorian glory and now hosts a range of different performances. There’s always something different to check out and whether you take in a show, pop in for a drink or just want to explore the history of the venue, it’s truly a unique experience.
While London isn’t known for its great weather, when the sun is shining there’s no better place to be than in the beautiful Kyoto Garden. Situated in Holland Park, Kyoto Garden provides a quiet and tranquil space nestled amongst beautiful water features and foliage. The park was gifted to the city in recognition of the Japan Festival by the Kyoto Chamber of Commerce, and so it truly reflects the history and feel of Japan.
Many of London’s unusual attractions come alive at night and if you’re looking for a quirky nighttime haunt, it’s well worth heading to Cahoots. Cahoots is a London Underground themed bar in Soho. It’s full of Tube paraphernalia and is decked out in retro interiors so you’ll really feel like you’re sipping cocktails in an old Tube carriage. What’s more, it’s an experience that is totally unique to London.
London’s unusual attractions are plentiful and dotted around the city. Whatever your itinerary includes, you’re sure to be no more than a short Tube journey from a totally unique experience. What unusual attractions would you add to our list? If you have a great hidden gem to share with us, we’d love to hear it!