The interesting and the fun things to do in London are superabundant. Londoners are aware that there’s a lot to get up to in the capital, which is why there are a million and one guides about hidden gems in city. In the spirit of trying something new, we thought we’d twist this idea a little and instead of giving you some gems, we’d point you in the direction of real live experiences.
There’s an urban legend that one student who used to live in The Costume Store didn’t realise that they had a secret cupboard, and when they found the cupboard they went through it and they were in a whole new land!… And there was a lion king and a witch queen… or was that a film we saw once?
Anyway. The point stands that sometimes even in the busiest places there are whole worlds out there waiting for you to explore that you previously hadn’t the foggiest idea were there for you in the first place.
So don your adventure cap, and explore our urban wonderland:
5. Maltby Street Food Market
– Maltby Street, London SE1 3PA
This alternative to the busy Borough market is just a short walk from the London Bridge tube station and is attracting more and more people to its delightful delicatessens and brilliant bakeries. More than anything you can sample some great eats from around the whole world and at affordable prices too – we’re talking like schnitzel, scotch eggs, falafel, croissants and everything in-between, and all within walking distance of each other.
4. Grant Museum of Zoology
– 21 University Street, London WC1E 6DE
The Grant Museum of Zoology is an unusual display of curious specimens: it’s home to over 67,000 weird-things-you-can-see, including skeletons, taxidermy, and even animals preserved in fluid. That’s no reason to be put off though – this curious collection, which has been growing since 1827, is no mere morbid fascination but is a part of the serious work to understand the animal kingdom. And you can see many species, endangered or extinct, like the Tasmanian tiger or the dodo – and all for free.
3. Atlantis European
– Britannia House, 68-80 Hanbury Street, London E1 5JL
Crafty types get their stuff together at this bustling bazaar just off Brick Lane. It’s got anything you could possibly ever need ever to do anything with art – so students new to the area would spend their time well exploring its aisles and alleys for bargains – and the rest of us can get a creative boost from making things like those costumes we need for nights out and house parties. Ain’t no robot costume gunna make itself.
2. Postman’s Park
– King Edward Street, London, EC1A 7BX
This is the most serene place on the list. It’s home to the famous Watts memorial which was built in 1990 and honours fallen heroes. Over the course of time though, many started to hang out in the park because it’s such a calm and tranquil area – even the postmen from the nearby General Post Office used to hang out here, which is how the park got its name. This is the perfect place to take a sandwich, read a book, and watch the people pass by.
1. The Mayor of Scaredy Cat Town
– Through The Fridge, 12-16 Artillery Lane, London E1 7LS
The idea behind this place is fascinating. Go to the The Breakfast Club in Spitalfields and ask to have cocktails with the mayor – if they have space for you, you’ll be lead to a quirky speakeasy, or secret bar, which is hidden behind a fridge door. In reality, you may have to wait a little while because this ‘secret’ speakeasy is testing the boundaries of the word. But it’s a great story to tell your friends and the food and drink are some of the best in this area for the price.
Get out and explore
We’ve seen some cool places to eat, to drink, to hang out, to shop, and to be like woah that’s a massive skeleton. You should take the time to check out these places in London when you can. And who knows, by exploring these places you might be able to start your own urban legends too.
If you do start your own legends, or you want to talk to us about your experience in London, or you want to talk about accommodation in the area, drop us a line at any time.