London – There is no reason for a city trip to the capital, London must be boring. You do not have to spend your days visiting museums and art galleries, the city has a lot more to offer, whether you are traveling as a couple or as a family. You’ll love the choice of unique and unusual things you can do in London, which will give you a unique and different experience when you visit this beautiful, vibrant city in the heart of England in the UK.
If you really want something unique and unusual to do when visiting London, you and the family may want to visit Lee Valley. Located in London’s Olympic Stadium, Lee Valley offers rafting, canoeing, and kayaking. It’s an entirely different thing to do when you visit a capital and offers you the adrenaline pump you can enjoy and remember for years to come. Not to mention the use of the standard Olympic facilities, which you can certainly brag when you return home after your stay in London.
Table of Contents
- The Botanical Suite, Dandelyan Bar, South Bank
- Trailer Happiness Bar, Notting Hill
- Eel Pie Island, Richmond-upon-Thames
- Live jazz at Nightjar, Hoxton
- Secret Cinema, various locations
- God’s Own Junkyard, Walthamstow
- Maltby Street Market, Bermondsey
The Botanical Suite, Dandelyan Bar, South Bank
Some of the words that probably appear in your head when you enter Dandelyan are elegant, original and whimsical. Located in the Mondriaan Hotel in the heart of London, Dandelyan is a fantastic destination for anyone wishing to enjoy a high-quality cocktail in a remarkable setting. The Dandelyan Bar was created by Ryan Chetiyawardana and Iain Griffiths, the two men who founded the award-winning White Lyan Bar. The aesthetics of Dandelyan’s design is however very different from that of White Lyan. Dandelyan has a huge green marble bar in the room, hardwood floors, green walls and bright copper fixtures. The furniture is an original mix of design styles, from pink leather sofas to huge armchairs covered in golden velvet.
The highlight of Dandelyan is the botanical suite. A hip delight in central London is a suite that has been turned into a tasting room for creative vegetable cocktails. With a luscious botanical terrace where guests can enjoy the rays of the sun and enjoy a variety of delicious drinks in one hour. The cocktails on the menu change from week to week and it is advisable to book in advance.
Trailer Happiness Bar, Notting Hill
Trailer Happiness is one of London’s unusual and exciting cocktail bars. It exudes a relaxed and friendly atmosphere unfortunately hard to find in the city. It is designed in a Polynesian style, with kitschy art in the space. You can admire beautiful 1950s Polynesian beauty paintings while drinking a cocktail in a Tiki ceramic mug – a somewhat unusual experience for a bar in central London!
Trailer Happiness specializes in rum cocktails and offers a wide range of different spirits. Do not leave without having tasted a Traitor Colada consisting of Don Q Anejo and coconut rum, fresh pineapple juice, coconut cream and molasses – a really delicious combination.
Eel Pie Island, Richmond-upon-Thames
Eel Pie Island is one of the most interesting and culturally important sites on the Thames. It is therefore surprising that most people have never visited it. It is a small island of 8 hectares with an interesting history that is located in the Thames at Twickenham. The island currently houses a bowling alley, a boathouse, Thames Electric & Steam Launch Works, some fifty private residences and the Eel Pie Island Hotel, a historic hotel that has become a museum. – Sponsored
In the beautiful building of the 1920s and 1930s, events were organized in the form of ballroom dancing and many jazz bands. In the 1960s, there were even some well-known rock bands, such as the Rolling Stones, Who, David Bowie, John Mayall’s Bluesbreakers and Pink Floyd. Yes, it was once the perfect place to party. Although the atmosphere is calmer these days, it’s still a unique place to visit in London. In addition, many artist studios are open to the public each year in June and December.
Live jazz at Nightjar, Hoxton
We can not have a list of cool and unusual places to visit in London without at least one Hoxton bar and the Nightjar is one of the best. It is a cocktail bar and a restaurant in the style of a former jazz club of the 30s, which expects a lot of wood, leather, brass, polished surfaces and comfortable seats. It is a warm and inviting space, with many small corners to sit and chat or just relax and enjoy the music.
The bar specializes in vintage cocktails that have often been prepared in pre-prohibition, prohibition and post-war eras – fascinating and tasty drinks that would probably be hard to find elsewhere! For example, try Honeymoon – which pairs 12-year-old Glenfiddich with a Bulgarian rose, Nightjar banned fruit liqueur, artichoke honey and fresh lemon. In combination with fantastic live jazz players and the next round, you have a very trendy party in London, well it’s Hoxton.
Secret Cinema, various locations
The Secret Cinema is a very enthusiastic event company that specializes in live cinema, which combines a movie projection with live interactive performances. Their events are always fun to watch and are one of the coolest ways to enjoy the performing arts in London. Performances take place in undisclosed locations, ranging from abandoned buildings to large public spaces. Their goal is to blur the lines between artist and audience, creating a fun and truly immersive experience for participants.
God’s Own Junkyard, Walthamstow
God Own Junkyard is perhaps the most stimulating place to visit in London. This is a large, ultra-trendy collection of neon advertisements written by artist Chris Bracey. Chris has been collecting for years a very eclectic collection of characters from around the world and what a collection! They range from panels for SOHO sex clubs to famous movie panels, including Eyes Wide Shut and Byzantium.
Many characters are more accurately described as works of art because of their complexity and visual impact. Access to this neon wonderland is free and there is an excellent coffee shop to visit in the room.
Maltby Street Market, Bermondsey
Maltby Street is perhaps the last place you are looking for gourmet cuisine in London. It is a fairly ordinary street in the middle of Bermondsey, southeast of the city. However, on the weekends, it comes alive with colorful streamers, cheerful concerts, dozens of food vendors and hundreds of connoisseurs on the street for the Maltby Street Market. The weekly event is a gourmet treat with traders such as St John’s Bakery, Neal’s Yard Dairy and Monmouth Coffee selling good food and drinks. There are even local breweries such as The Kernel Brewery that sell delicious craft beers.