Reclaim your senses and re-evaluate your taste perception; it’s time to dine in the pitch darkness!
We just love this idea. For once you can be set free from social conventions and visual preconceptions. You will be guided by a blind or partially sighted person, getting a first-hand experience of their reality.
Let smell, taste, and touch take over for a few hours as you enjoy organic food and fruity wine.
Psst! Rumour has it that there will be a Dans le Noir escape game opening in 2020.
Address: 30-31 Clerkenwell Green, London EC1R 0DU
Contact: +44 (0) 20 7253 1100
13. Paddle Board around London
Forget your walking shoes or taking a train, bus or taxi. See London from a new perspective – the water!
Wandering around God’s Own Junkyard is bound to leave you feeling like you’ve died and gone to neon heaven.
This place is full to the brim with neon lights, old movie props, and retro displays. From circus lighting and neon art to signs that have appeared behind huge movie stars like Tom Cruise and Johnny Depp.
Chris Bracey, known as the Neon Man for 37 years, is the brains behind this creation.
There’s even a Rolling Scones Cafe on-site which is open for food and drink all weekend.
Address: Unit 12 Ravenswood Ind Estate, Shernhall Street, London E17 9HQ
Contact: 020 8521 8066
15. A Pub with a Serious Twist
Over in the West End, you’ll find what is arguably West London’s best pub – Aeronaut.
Not only will you enjoy great food and drinks, but circus shows, drag shows, and epic themed-brunches.
Seriously, these guys have thought of everything. Also on-site is a permanent virtual reality feature, fun photo booth, and a wonderful Fairground Garden.
From craft Thursdays and DJ nights to comedy and bring-your-baby pub quizzes. Prepare to have a lot of fun, no matter what type of traveler you are!
Address: 264 ACTON HIGH STREET, LONDON W3 9BH
Contact: 0208 993 4242
16. Seek out the Underground Labyrinths (FREE!)
In search of cool things to do in London that don’t cost the earth? Here is a fun freebie for you.
Every one of London’s 270 tube stations has a piece of artwork displayed by Mark Wallinger, entitled Labyrinth.
His idea was commissioned by Art on the Underground to celebrate the Underground’s 150th anniversary.
So, what’s it all about?
It’s purely a bit of fun to keep the fun in moving around this big city. In each underground station, you will find one of Mark’s labyrinths to find. The question is, how many can you find and can you solve them?
17. Growing Food, Underground
Welcome to the agricultural revolution – the world’s first underground farm aptly named Growing Underground!
Take a tour 33 meters below the busy streets of Clapham and cast your eyes on fresh microgreens and salad leaves. This is simply astonishing!
Forgotten tunnels have become a pesticide-free growing environment.
What else is so cool about this? The prime location means lesser food miles traveled for retailers and consumers.
Fun facts: The hydroponics system uses 70% less water than open-field farming. The food goes from farm to fork in under 4 hours.
Address: 1a Carpenter’s Pl, Clapham Town, London SW4 7TD
Contact: 0207 627 1027
18. Mini Golf, Reimagined
Welcome to the world of Puttshack, where an old-fashioned game of mini golf meets never seen before technology. This is very cool indeed!
Alongside amazing design and neon lights, there’s this thing called a Prize Wheel. And yep, it’s exactly what you think. Sink your ball and be in for a chance to win drinks, pizzas and extra points.
Without a doubt, this is one of the unique things to do in London for party groups.
Hens, stags, birthdays, kids parties and exclusive hire – all are welcome here with great group packages.
Lakeside: The Quay intu, West Thurrock Way, Grays, Essex, RM20 2AD
White City: Ariel Way, London, W12 7HB
Bank: 1 Poultry, Queen Victoria Street, London, EC2R 8EJ
Contact: 020 3912 9400
19. Iconic Car, Iconic Drink
What’s not to love about the concept of driving around in a classic Mini Cooper to the best gin bars and distillery in Central London?!
Of course, you’ll have your own personal driver.
This means you and two friends can sit back, relax and enjoy the rum!
Clip-in your seat belt and get ready to enjoy the best gin bars in Zone 1 of London. This includes a distillery trip to get to know more about this iconic drink.
It’s possible to book a 2 hour (3 stops) and 3-hour (5 stops) tour.
Will you dare to use the Ouija board? We’re not sure we’re brave enough…!
During the 2 hours, you will visit London’s largest execution site, absconded gaol cells and learn about the grisly end of William Wallace.
Important: Tours typically run twice a month on a Friday night and it is strictly an adults-only activity.
21. Visit the oldest Botanic Garden in London
Ever heard of a physic garden? We hadn’t, either!
Chelsea Physic Garden was created in 1673 and is now home to around 5,000 different edible, useful, herbal and medical plants. It’s tucked away beside the Thames making it feel special and secret.
There are also fun and informative events to join, and plenty of coffee to be drunk at the shop and cafe.
Address: 66 Royal Hospital Road, Chelsea, London, SW3 4HS
Contact: 020 7352 5646
23. Immersive Games with Buckbuck
‘Buckbuck’ started designing immersive gaming back in 2014. Since then, they’ve taken off and become something truly impressive! The games have been described as ‘Crystal Maze on crystal meth’.
“Whether you’re someone with an instinct to solve some puzzles, or you’re a full-on Goonie, we have the game for you!”
We highly recommend trying out The Hunt for the Smoking Caterpillar.
Bid, barter, bribe, and blackmail with live actors. It combines immersive theatre, murder mystery, escape room fun and a bonkers storyline.
24. Listen to the Outspoken in Hyde Park (FREE!)
Only in Hyde Park will you find the oldest living free speech platform in the world – Speaker’s Corner.
This has traditionally been a place for rallies, protests, and marches to either assemble or end. A place where controversial subjects are still spoken about today.
Continuing the tradition which dates back to the 1800s, every Sunday morning it’s common to find crowds gathered at Speaker’s Corner to listen to those that hold strong views about many different subjects.
Anyone is welcome to speak about anything during this allotted time. And everyone is welcome to stand and listen!
24. Sex Drugs Sausage Rolls
The name of this tour says it all. Well, kind of. Let’s paint a better picture for you.
The Naughty London tour is all about debauched activity, grime, and downright filth! Dedicate 1.5 hours of your life to the nastiness and grossosity of London’s dark past.
Note: You need a sense of humor and a strong stomach to join this tour.
Discover the origins of their f*#%ing favorite swear word, find out when the vibrator was invented and visit the nest of Satan.
Top of the list for unusual things to do in London!
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25. Creep around the London Dungeon
Alright, alright you got us. This is a very well known activity in London and not exactly what you’d call unique as there are Dungeons across the UK.
But bare with us. We’ve been here more than once and promise you that it’s simply not to be missed!
There is so much to get involved in when you’re not being scared to death by live actors.
How about an escape room, a vertical free-fall ride, and 19 interactive shows? Not to mention laughs, screams and cutting edge storytelling.
You can easily spend an entire day here. It’s ideal if the weather turns English.
Address: The London Dungeon County Hall, Westminster Bridge Road London SE1 7PB
Contact: 03333 212001
26. Dinner in the Sky
Part of a global Dinner in the Sky group is a UK capital version aptly named London in the Sky.
Have you guessed what it’s all about yet? You got it – enjoy an evening meal 100ft in the air!
This specially designed Sky Table can seat up to 22 people at once and takes flight eight times a day. That means breakfast, lunch, and dinner can be enjoyed in the clouds.
And quick expectedly, the views up there are awesome!
Remember: There is no toilet up here so just be mindful of how much you drink.
Address: The O2! Peninsula Square, Greenwich Peninsula, London SE10 0DX
27. Make Fantasy come to Life
Magic nerds and Harry Potter lovers will no doubt go crazy for the chance to create their own potions. At The Cauldron this is entirely possible!
Put on your robe, grab your magic wand and head to the interactive workstation. Cast a spell and watch as a pint of beer or cocktail appears before your eyes.
“Magic is just science we don’t yet understand.” Let a mix of science, design, and technology bring the magic of fantasy books to life in your personal immersive experience. See you there!
Address: 79 Stoke Newington Rd, London, N16 8AD
Contact: 07733 540647
28. Swimming in Hampstead Heath
Wim Hof will eat your heart out. The open-air swimming facilities at Hampstead Heath are certainly worth a visit if you appreciate a refreshing dip.
The ladies and men’s ponds are the only lifeguarded open water swimming facilities in the UK. Every day of the year!
There is also a mixed pond and a Parliament Hill Fields Lido which is 60 x 27 meters (unheated, uncovered).
Address: City of London, Guildhall, PO Box 270, London, EC2P 2EJ
Contact: 020 7606 3030
29. The Magic Circle
The Magic Circle is a museum, theatre, library and club room that hosts shows and events all in the name of MAGIC!
This is simply one of those nerdy things to do in London and a perfect surprise for that geeky boyfriend.
Witness amazing magic in front of your eyes, or simply make a visit to the museum.
Tip: Arrive an hour before your show starts and have a look around the building – there are lots to see.
Address: The Centre for the Magic Arts, 12 Stephenson Way, Euston, London, NW1 2HD
Contact: 0800 681 6096
30. Canoe through Little Venice
Here you have permission to navigate your own adventure through the city’s waterways, on a canoe!
Pick your canoe and paddle out from Paddington Basin to enjoy the simplicity of messing about in a boat. There are 2-3 person canoes available to explore Little Venice and Maida Vale.
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