Tuesday, March 12, 2019

6 Unusual Things To See & Do in London ♥

London is a city famous for its vibrant economy, incredible cultural scene, and world-class hotels. But London is a big place, and there’s probably plenty of things that you never knew you could do there.

Here are some unusual things to see and do in London, with the kids or without - some of which you've probably never even known about until now!

Go For A Swim in Hyde Park
Did you know you could go for a swim in Hyde Park? It’s probably not something you've ever considered. But if you’re a member of the Serpentine Swimming Club, it’s something you can enjoy every week throughout the year. The club meets early on a Saturday morning for an 8 am dip in the park’s lake. Goosebumps all around.

Go Caving
The thought of going caving under the streets of London seems preposterous. But it turns out that there are caves in London and not just those created by the new Crossrail. The Chislehurst Caves are a group of man-made caves that lie underneath the site of the current city. They’re not made in recent times, but ancient times by druids, Romans, and Saxons. The caves create a labyrinth of tunnels darting in all direction - perfect for a fun day out with the family, so long as you’re not claustrophobic.

Listen To A Concert At Lunchtime
London shows are famed all over the world. But is there such a thing as a free lunch? Can you really listen to a concert in London and not have to pay a penny? If you go to St. Martin-in-the-Fields Church near Trafalgar Square at 1 pm on weekdays, you can listen to live music performed for free from a range of artists and genres. Not bad, eh?

Visit The Lamp Powered By Farts
Most parents have to deal with toilet humor from their children at some point - I have a six year old boy and it's all I ever hear! But gaseous emissions of the bathroom variety were once a serious business in the capital, powering street lamps. The lamps work by taking farts from sewer and then using their chemical energy to produce light. It’s an ingenious idea, but sadly the era of fart-powered lamps has come to an end.

Or has it? It turns out that there is still one fart-powered lamp in operation and you can go and view it, so long as you can bear the smell. The last fart-lamp is located near the Savoy Hotel. Go and check it out.

Go And View The Wellcome Collections
If you want to see a bunch of weird and wonderful objects from history, including mummified bodies, then the Wellcome Collections are the place to take the whole family. The museum features unusual objects, like Charles Darwin’s skull-topped walking cane.

Go To An Ancient Operating Theatre
The Old Operating Theatre Museum on St Thomas Street is, fortunately, closed for business. But if you ever wanted to go back in time and see what operations were like in the good old days, without anesthetics, then it’s worth a look. The museum retains the original operating table and equipment, so it's not for the squeamish.

If you're looking for even more inspiration for how to spend your time in London, you can read about how I spent a few hours in London.

Are there any other unusual things that you would recommend seeing and doing in London?
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