Unusual and Unique Destinations in London
London, as noted in a previous post is “like a magazine with a carousel of places to see.” It is home to Buckingham Palace and Big Ben, to name just two famous landmarks. Plus, there’s a lot to do here, including some offbeat locations that only the locals know about. Going to Secret London is one such example, as are trips to Fulham Palace and Primrose Hill. There are more unique things to do in London, of course, and that’s why we have written this follow-up.
Riding a bike seems standard fare for any city, but it’s not. Not all cities are like Amsterdam, but London is making headway — warts and all. London’s leadership want to make the city great for cycling, and have succeeded somewhat, with many locals fully embracing it. Even tourists can do the same now as there are a range of rent-a-bikes in various parts of London. Fair warning here, though: Traffic can be notoriously difficult to deal with in London, but that won’t be a problem if you follow the rules and ride with caution.
Image Credits: Pinterest, Inside God’s Own Junkyard
Of course, you wouldn’t fly all the way to London to just bike around, right? Well, lucky for you, because you can visit God’s Own Junkyard. Very similar to Las Vegas’s Neon Museum, God’s Own Junkyard is an exhibition of Chris Bacey’s personal collection of neon signage, some of which date back to the 1960s. And yes, this exhibition is located in a salvage yard in Walthamstow. After you’re done marveling at Bacey’s work, you can get snacks at Rolling Scones Café, which is located in the yard, too.
Image Credits: Pinterest, Clink Prison Museum
Since we’re on the topic of the unusual, you might as well take a detour to Clink Prison Museum, which according to Culture Trip has a long history of locking people up. Clink is another term for jail, and from the 12th to the 18th century, this prison housed its fair share of criminals. Now, it is a museum, one where actors bring to life the prison’s grisly past.
Image Credits: Pinterest, Wembley Stadium
Next in line is watching soccer, which isn’t exactly unusual, especially for a European city. It is unique nonetheless in that it is one of the best ways to witness first-hand London’s passionate sporting culture. To this end, the iconic Wembley Stadium is the perfect venue to visit. Ladbrokes notes how the venue is the temporary home of Tottenham Hotspur, one of the top teams in the English Premier League. It is cavernous, with a seating capacity of 90,000, and that makes it a spectacular stadium to watch a game.
The famous London Designer Outlet, or simply LDO, is a stone’s throw away from Wembley. That means you can do some shopping after watching the match. The LDO’s offerings aren’t too shabby either, as it houses a range of brands such as Adidas, GAP, Guess, Nike and New Balance. It is also home to a wide selection of restaurants and coffee shops for you to unwind.
Image Credits: Pinterest, The Churchill Arms
Finally, you can party the night away at London’s finest pubs. Nothing like a few drinks here and there after an exhausting day of enjoying everything London has to offer, right? Exploring the city’s pubs is a good idea in this regard. An even better one, though, is to research beforehand and then check them out at the right time. Some of our suggestions would be Ye Olde Mitre, Lamb & Flag, and The Churchill Arms. These pubs, and many more just like them are sure to give you the perfect nightcap after a day well spent exploring London’s unusual and unique destinations.
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