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Without a doubt, London is one of the most cosmopolitan cities in Europe. As such, it offers a wide range of choices to please different tastes. However, most visitors seem to stick only to the most iconic sites. If you are looking for unusual things to do in London, these options 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 massages.
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 rapids in 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.
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Turn Your Face Into Lego
At the Lego Store in Leicester Square, you can find the Lego Mosaic Maker. For £99 your portrait photo is turned into a brick mosaic set containing about 4500 1×1 pieces. You then use the print out to put your portrait together.
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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 about 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 world’s best urban artists. And if you also want to try to create some art yourself, you should take Alternative London‘s street art tour and workshop combo.
Visit the House of Dreams
Located in East Dulwich, this quirky house is home to artist Stephen Wright. He has decorated pretty much every surface of his house with mosaic and diverse objects creating a sort of kaleidoscopic atmosphere. The house is open to the public a few days a year. You can email him to find out opening times and to book appointments.
Rock on With Disco Yoga
It might sound like a bit of an oxymoron, but this jazzed-up version of yoga might be the energy boost you need to get you going. Disco Yoga probably won’t replace your regular yoga studio, but it’s a great way to spice up your practice.
Enjoy an Afternoon Tea in a Bus
We all know that drinking tea in the afternoon is one of those traditions you shouldn’t miss when visiting London. But to give a unique spin to this iconic British ritual, you can actually enjoy an afternoon tea aboard a vintage Routemaster double-decker bus.
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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 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.
See a Different Side of London
Unseen Tours offers alternative walking tours with homeless and formerly homeless guides. While they show you different neighbourhoods, they tell you surprising stories and quirky facts.
Visit the Crossness Pumping Station
Now, going to a sewage pumping station might not sound like a fun thing to do, but this industrial masterpiece is a magnificent work of fine Victorian architecture. The Crossness Pumping Station opens on certain days only and offers guided tours to visitors.
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.
Enjoy a Circus Show and Dinner
At The Aeronaut you can taste some yummy classic pub dishes that go well with their extensive beer selection. And once you finish your meal, get ready for the show featuring aerialists, jugglers, comedy, and more!
Watch Some Naked Boys Reading
Every two months at the Miranda bar in the Ace Hotel in London, you can catch this literary event in which different guys read on stage about a certain topic. The kick is that they are all buck naked.
Create Your Own Fragrance
The Experimental Perfume Lab runs several workshops about the art of making perfume. You will learn the terms and fundamental concepts and will get to know more about your own personal scent profile by creating your own bespoke fragrance. How cool is that?
Go For a Secret Dining Experience
When you book one of Gingerline‘s dining experiences, you won’t know where you have to go for your dinner until just a few hours before it starts. And everything else is kept secret, too. If you’d like to attend one of their events, keep your eyes open because tickets sell out fast!
Sail Away in a Floating Hot Tub
What better way to relax with your friends than by chilling in an outdoor hot tub? Well, now you can even sail down Regent’s canal in Central London in one of these quirky vessels. HotTugs are equipped with a wood-fired hot tub that keeps water at 38ºC, so you can enjoy the ride all year round.
See a Magic Show
The Magic Hour is no ordinary magic show. Every Friday night at the St. Pancras Reinassance Hotel, magician Tony Middleton ‘Sonic’ charms the crowds with his web of trickery and deception. The show lasts one hour and forty minutes and it’s family-friendly.
Get Hunted on the Streets of London
Inspired by the TV show Hunted, The Hunted Experience is a game in which a team of players runs around East London trying to avoid getting caught by a team of Hunters. The game lasts 90 minutes and you need to solve some clues until you reach the extraction point. Are you ready? Go!
As you can see, there are many interesting possibilities to get off the beaten path when you pick any of these unusual things to do in London. And if you enjoyed this post, make sure to check out our other articles in this series for unusual things to do in New York, Paris, Rome, and Hong Kong.
Have you been to London? Are there any unusual things to do that you’d like to recommend? Leave a comment and let us know!