Step off the beaten tourist track and get to know some of London’s hidden gems with our pick of five of the most unique things to see and do in London. Sure, you could go to see Big Ben or the changing of the guard, but wouldn’t you rather have a sleepover with some mummies? We would!
Have a Sleepover with Mummies, Vikings or Ming at the British Museum
If you’re a bit of a big kid at heart, one of London’s most unusual attractions is the bimonthly sleepover at the British Museum. Up to two adults and three children can attend the sleepover, and with a range of mummy, Viking or Ming-themed activities taking place throughout the night, plus breakfast and of course the unique opportunity to get up close and personal with some of the most important historical artefacts in the world, it’ll be a night you’ll never forget.
Go For a Drink at the Trafalgar Tavern
The Trafalgar Tavern in the Royal Borough of Greenwich is one of the most historic pubs in the city. It was built on the site of the Old George Inn in 1837 and is described as a “tribute” to old London. Back in Victorian London, the pub was the place to be – somewhere where you could see the most important naval and cultural figures sitting side by side, including Charles Dickens and William Gladstone. Step back in time and have a drink or a meal here and you’ll get a real glimpse of old London – plus, there are some lovely hotels in the area.
Explore the Movies
Movie buffs rejoice – this tip is for you. One of the only places in the world where you could see Keira Knightley’s gowns from Pride & Prejudice budging up against Star Wars props and much, much more, the London Film Museum has it all. Plus, there’s a whole host of exhibitions covering everything from photography to shadow-making, as well as coffee and gift shops.
Watch a Performance at the Brit School
If you’re a lover of theatre and the arts, London is definitely the place to be – there’s so many theatres and such a wide range of shows to suit every taste. But if you’d like to see something a little bit different, why not watch a performance at the Brit School? Alumni include Adele, Kate Nash and Amy Winehouse – and you never know, you might just meet some of the UK’s biggest future stars.
Stand Where Time Begins
This tip is totally free, plus, it’s a rather good thing to tick off your bucket list! Stand where time begins by paying a visit to the Royal Observatory in Greenwich, home of Greenwich Mean Time and the Prime Meridian of the world. You can have your photograph taken standing exactly on the Greenwich Meridian Line and buy trinkets to remind you of your visit – all in all, a rather good day out for all the family.
There’s plenty of unique, interesting things to see and do in London – you just have to use your imagination!