Without a doubt, London is one of the most cosmopolitan cities in Europe. As such, it offers plenty of choices for all kinds of travelers. Most people, however, only stick to the most iconic sites. If you are looking for unusual things to do in London, these will surely get you off the beaten path.
Start Your Day With a Morning Rave
Morning Gloryville, the pioneers of sober morning raving, organise dance parties that start at sunrise. These energizing events feature pumping music, performances, and a smoothies bar. There is also yoga and free massage.
Go White Water Rafting
Yep, you can go white water rafting in London. At the Lee Valley White Water Rafting Centre you can ride the waves at their Olympic course. If you prefer something mellower you can also go canoeing or kayaking or get your first lesson in stand-up paddle boarding.
Follow the Plunger at London’s Loo Tour
If you want to see a different side of London, you should go on a Loo Tour. This 90-minute walk tells visitors the history of the city’s public sanitation system and its politics. Here, toilet humour is definitely encouraged!
Learn About Graffiti With a Tour and Workshop
London has one of the most vibrant street art scenes in Europe. It’s a great place to see murals by some of the best artists in the world. And if you also want to try to create some art yourself, you should take one of Alternative London‘s street art tours and workshops combo.
Climb an Ice Wall
If you are looking for a thrill, this might be for you! At Vertical Chill, you can try ice climbing at their indoor ice walls. For £50/hour you get an instructor and all the gear you need.
Check Out the Barbican Centre
One of Europe’s largest multi-arts centres, the Barbican hosts music concerts, theatre performances, art exhibitions and film screenings. It is also home to the London Symphony Orchestra.
Have a Meal High in the Sky
During two weeks in September, you can eat at one of the city’s most unusual locations, a pop-up restaurant at a suspended table 25 meters high off the ground. With prices starting at £50 per person for breakfast, London in the Sky is surely an experience like no other!
Watch a Movie Under the Stars
Every year from early spring to September, London’s outdoor cinema scene comes into full swing. From the Rooftop Film Club and Camden’s Backyard Cinema to The Luna Cinema and Pop Up Screens, when the weather is nice you have great choices to watch movies under the stars.
If you think bingo is only for grannies, you probably haven’t been to a Rebel Bingo event. This mutant form of bingo is loud, intense, and definitely unconventional.
Dress Up for a Blitz Party
For a fun night out, dress up in retro 1940s style for a Blitz Party. For these unique events, venues are decked with sandbags and blackout curtains; ration books are used as bar tabs; and couples dance to lively swing music. It’s like time travel.
And if you are looking for a cozy place to stay while visiting London, check out Hipmunk’s London hotels guide.
This post is part of the #HipmunkCityLove series.