Unique Experiences in London

37 Unique Experiences in London in 2021 – Labyrinths, Virtual Reality and HotTugs

37 Unique Experience in LondonIn an effort to move away from the typical tourist scene, we’ve put together this guide to unique experiences in London.

So forget visiting Big Ben and taking a ride on the London Eye, here we have immersive experiences that are off-the-beaten-path. There’s so much more worth exploring in the English capital!

Sure, London has some iconic and must-see sights. There is no doubt about that.

It’s just sometimes you get sick of tourist crowds and well, just being a tourist, right?

This guide covers:

  • Unusual places to visit in London
  • Different things to do in London
  • Weird things to do in London
  • Free things to do in London

We can’t wait to show you the amazing experiences London has to offer. You can easily spend One Week in London with all of this on offer.

(Last update: January, 2021)

Solo travelers, couples, older travelers and families – there is something here for everyone.

Before you go, make sure to have a read of our One Week In London itinerary.

This guide covers all of the important bits like where to stay, how to get around, best places to eat and that all-important city map.

List of Unique Experiences in London

From weird experiences London to unforgettable lifetime memories – it’s all here and more.

Here’s a quick overview of what you’re about to discover in this guide to unique experiences in London:

  1. HotTug down London’s canals
  2. Secret 1920s party
  3. Virtual Reality games
  4. Forage and Feast tour
  5. Visit Banksy’s graffiti area
  6. Laser tag a Zombie
  7. Fine Dining by Bus
  8. Sleep on a Canal Boat
  9. Silent Disco Walking Tour
  10. Ball pit fun
  11. Cat Cafe
  12. Dine in the dark
  13. Paddle Board around London
  14. God’s Own Junkyard
  15. Aeronaut Pub
  16. Underground Labyrinths
  17. Underground farm
  18. Mini golf, reimagined
  19. Mini Cooper & Gin
  20. Paranormal tour
  21. Physic Botanical Gardens
  22. Immersive gaming
  23. Speaker’s Corner, Hyde Park
  24. Sex Drugs Sausage Rolls
  25. London Dungeon
  26. Dinner in the Sky
  27. Become a Wizard
  28. Outdoor Swimming
  29. The Magic Circle
  30. Canoe through Little Venice
  31. Hula Hoop lessons
  32. Wild Life Drawing
  33. Learn to Play the Blues Guitar
  34. Pancakes and Cocktails
  35. Charity Shop Hop
  36. Hand Casting
  37. Winston Churchill Tour

Feel free to simply skip to the experience(s) which catches your eye. Otherwise, grab a coffee and slowly scroll down the page and have a look at each recommendation.

So, are you ready to delve into a collection of unique experiences in London?

We assure you this is the only alternative London guide you’re going to need. Let’s go!

1. Forget hot tubs, try a HotTug instead

Quite simply, this is your chance to hot tub down London’s canals. Yes, we’re 100% serious!

But this isn’t exactly your everyday normal hot tub. Something called a HotTug has been created for nothing but your enjoyment.

The HotTug is a self-drive, wood-fired bubble of fun that keeps a cozy 38 degrees. So it really doesn’t matter what the weather is doing. And no need to worry; the freshwater is changed for each trip.

Note: It’s a thumbs up to bring your own drinks. Just remember that the driver has to stay sober!

Once you’ve learned the ropes, enjoy 90 minutes of unique fun in West India Quay, London.

Book HotTug here

Forget hot tubs, try a HotTug instead

2. Attend a Secret 1920s Party

Shhh! Come in before someone sees you…

The Candlelight Club is a pop-up Prohibition-era speakeasy in a secret London venue completely lit by candles.”

This is your time to dress up in 1920s attire, step back in time and attend a party of a lifetime.

The party has no permanent home, and you won’t know where it is being held until the night before. Fun!

One thing’s for certain, each party will host live jazz bands, cabaret performances, and elegant cocktail menu and scrumptious dining options. Basically, everything you need for a superb evening.

Address: Secret London location (Ticket holders will receive an email two days before the event giving exact directions, the password, which cops have been bribed, etc. )

Contact: 07768 628788

3. Your Portal to Another World

Quite literally step into an Otherworld and free roam an epic VR island paradise with portals to 16 unique virtual reality experiences.

Each room is a sense-hacking immersion experience, a private space which combines:

  • A leading VR headset
  • Dynamic heat, wind & rumble effects

Fight a zombie apocalypse, swing from tree to tree and discover secrets of the ancients…

All of this and more can only be accessed from a railway arch in Haggerston, East London.

Address: 336 Acton Mews, Haggerston, London E8 4EA

4. A Back to Nature Experience

Would you believe us if we told you it’s possible to forage for food in London? Well, it’s true.

According to the crew at Totally Wild, London is surrounded by food, in hedgerows, wild spaces, and common parks.

Join them on a Foraging and Feast tour and learn what is safe to pick and eat. They are professionals and will make sure you don’t end up in A&E!

Best bit: After the forage, sit down to enjoy a pre-made foraged lunch. The dandelion-root coffee cake sounds a-mazing!

This is certainly one of the offbeat things to do in London.

Book Foraging and Feast Tour here

Try Foraging and Feast tour and learn what is safe to pick and eat

5. Visit Banksy’s Graffiti Area (FREE!)

Please tell me you’ve heard of the legendary Banksy?

He’s an anonymous England-based street artist and political activist with some seriously dark humor. Now you know.

Tucked behind the Cargo Club in London is a ‘designated graffiti area’. Go and see it for yourself as a typical prankish piece by Banksy.

This particular piece has even been protected by plexiglass.

6. Laser Tag a Zombie

It’s just you against a horde of zombies, are you ready?

Step inside Bunker 51 and prepare to laser tag live actors and zombies that are hungry for your blood.

This is such a fun, adrenaline-fueled activity for both adults and kids.

Feeling unprepared? Sign up to 1 hour of military-style training before embarking on a zombie laser tag adventure.

It’s great for families, solo travelers, and couples. Even if you’re just one person, you can join a public session and fight with other participants. What a cool way to make new friends.

Address: 3 Herringham Road, SE7 8NJ

Contact: 0330 333 8085

7. Fine Dining by Bus

Calling all cute couples that enjoy something different; this one’s for you.

Get your gourmet on and prepare to fill your bellies with a fancy 6-course meal… on a bus!

This is a date night you’ll never forget. And the cool thing is that the bus can seat up to 38 people so there’s a chance you’ll meet other nice travelers.

Sparkling wine, fancy starters, and delicious desserts await you. Eat merrily and enjoy London’s iconic sights at the same time.

Super cool: The table is magnetic so that your cutlery stays exactly where it’s supposed to!

Book Gourmet Bus Tour here

Dining on wheels is a date night to remember

8. Rock to Sleep on a Canal Boat

We do not doubt that glamping on the Regent’s canal will really float your boat (pun intended).

Velvet Morning is a 57-foot canal boat and has over 100 years of history and character to show off. She’s been revamped to make guests very welcome – there is even a bath onboard!

As the owners move her regularly, you can expect to be moored somewhere between Little Venice and Islington.

Book a night afloat a canal boat here

Rock to sleep on a Canal Boat

9. Spooky Silent Disco Walking Tour

Hands up if you’re in search of quirky things to do in London!

How does this sound: dancing the time warp on the bank of the Thames with your headphones on, whilst hearing spooky stories about the ghost of Hammersmith.

This is no ordinary walking tour, for it’s a silent disco walking tour.

Explore graveyards and sinister sights, and sip on a cup of ale to keep your courage topped up.

Book Silent Disco Walking Tour here

10. Get Balls Deep @ Ballie Ballerson

Lose those pesky adult inhibitions and spend the night playing in a huge ball pit! Because seriously, who wants to get older?

At Ballie Ballerson, you can spend your evening…

  • Playing in two giant ball pits
  • Dancing under pulsating lights
  • Feasting on pizza & sipping cocktails
  • Enjoying quirky entertainment

Luckily for you, there are two venues. One in Shoreditch and the other in Soho. Let’s go!

Addresses:

  • Shoreditch: Ballie Ballerson Shoreditch, 97-113 Curtain Road, London EC2A 3BS
  • Soho: Ballie Ballerson Soho, 53-54 Berwick Street, London W1F 8SP

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11. Drink Tea and Cuddle Cats

Ok cat lovers and tea enthusiasts, this one’s for you!

Welcome to the wonderful Lady Dinah’s Cat Emporium, the UK’s longest-running cat cafe. And it is just as cute and exciting as you’d expect.

Here’s the deal:

  1. All of the cats are rescued
  2. The tea rooms are wonderland themed
  3. Cold & hot drinks, cakes, and light meals are on offer

Important: Online bookings must be made in advance. Most time slots last for 90 minutes.

We highly recommend splashing out on the High Tea with Cats experience. Cakes, scones, tea & cats – sorted!

Address: 52-154 Bethnal Green Road, London E2 6DG

12. Dine in the Dark

Forget your ordinary restaurant experience. Dining at Dans le Noir? A unique sensory and human experience.

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!

One of the fun things to do in London is to climb atop a paddleboard and drift past some of London’s iconic sights.

It’s quick and easy to learn, so no worries if you haven’t done it before. Your guide is very skilled, patient and knowledgeable.

Everything is supplied: SUP, wetsuit, clothing. It runs through the winter, too.

Book a Paddle Board through London here

Climb atop a paddleboard and drift past some of London’s iconic sights

14. God’s Own Junkyard

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

Enjoy circus shows, drag shows, and epic themed-brunches at Aeronaut

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!

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