If you are a frequent visitor to London, you have probably experienced the world-famous attractions like Buckingham Palace, Big Ben and the Tower of London. The city is so large and diverse that there is much, much more on offer than just those aforementioned points of interest.
In fact, travel giants TripAdvisor list over 1,500 ‘things to do’ in London – and that doesn’t include all of the shops, bars and dining choices that the city boasts. So, it is fair to say that you won’t be left bored when stopping by in England’s capital. Although with so many options available, it can be difficult to spot those hidden gems that are worth your time. This article will help to some extent, pointing out five lesser known activities in London.
The Piano Works
Self-described as ‘London’s only non-stop live music venue’, the Piano Works is a novel way of enjoying music while unwinding with a drink or meal. Set within a charming Victorian warehouse, visitors have the chance of requesting songs as part of a ‘human jukebox’ concept – where the performing musicians will complete those requests from the moment the venue opens until it closes.
ArcelorMittal Orbit Slide
While the ArclorMittal Orbit is known for being the UK’S tallest sculpture and also for its symbolism during the 2012 London Olympics, what is less-known about this landmark is that it also contains a slide. That’s right – you have the opportunity to ‘ride’ this popular structure! Not only that, but this slide is recognised as the fastest, longest and tallest tunnel slide in the world, so is ideal for thrill seekers that are looking for something a little more pulsating than the London Eye.
House of MinaLima
It is fair to say that Harry Potter is represented throughout London, with popular attractions such as the Warner Bros. Studio Tour London – The Making of Harry Potter and Platform 9¾. One Potter-related activity that operates under the radar is the House of MinaLima. This attraction displays stunning graphic design done for the Harry Potter films, Fantastic Beasts and other works. The attached store also sells plenty of enticing prints and memorabilia for fans of these films.
London Beatles Store
If you are a big fan of this revolutionary band from Liverpool (or know someone that is), a stop at the London Beatles Store should be high on your list of things to do. Situated in Marylebone, this quaint store offers a wealth of vintage and new products that revolve all around the Beatles.
Ever thought of traversing the Thames on a cow-painted canoe? No? Well, your mind should change your mind once you hear about Moo Canoes. With various routes to take, this guided tour is the ideal way to explore London in a less than conventional fashion.
All these attractions are in the city centre, which means that you’ll need to do a little planning on the transport side. If travelling by tube, train or bus then Citymapper is an essential app to guide you through all the available public transport options. If driving into London pre-book via YourParkingSpace to avoid the expensive drive-up rates. Finally, you may opt for the convenience of a taxi from time to time. Uber is a requirement if you travel by taxi, it’s significantly cheaper than the official London black cabs.