• Rachel

5 Quirky activities that only London can offer

Updated: Jun 19


Get off the tourist trail and see a different side to London.

When visiting this foggy city, there are certain things you just have to do: see Big Ben, the London eye, and the guards at Birmingham palace; but don't let all the tourist things eat up your itinerary. London has some very fun and quirky things to explore off the tourist trail!


1. Freud Museum London

This is a must-see for any psychology lover or just to see where this iconic man lived and worked and of course his famed psychotherapy couch (no you can't sit on it, unfortunately.)

There are numerous exhibitions and events happening, making this quite a lively house!

On the first Sunday of each month they give a guided tour of the house which is helpful because there is just so much to see!


I caught the last day of an exhibition called, Solitary Pleasures; which aimed to, "interrogate and investigate," the eroticism, desire, and gratification associated with masturbation.

Check out what's on during your visit: https://www.freud.org.uk/whats-on/

Also worth remembering if you keep your receipt you can re-use your ticket for another entry for up to a year!


2. Hampstead Heath

Stunning views of the city and private swimming ponds! What more could you want during the warm summer days. The ponds are by donation, they have Women's and Men's only and a mixed pond. Swimming suits are optional. Its stunning and while it feels like you are out in the countryside, you're smack-dab in the middle of the city! During summer it's like stepping into a Renaissance painting! There are so many lovely spots to sit around reading a book or having a picnic and watch the exotic looking ducks waddle around before you take a dip! Just remember no photos allowed in the swimming area.





3. Bond In Motion: The London Film Museum


I'm a huge 007 and vintage car fan so when I heard that the London Film Museum boasts the largest collection of original James Bond Vehicles, I was in there like swimwear.

http://londonfilmmuseum.com/


4. London Sky Garden


This is a must-see in London, day and night, preferably. Two bars and 2 restaurants sit at the top of 38-story building, providing arguably the best view of this lovely city. Best of all, entry is free! I didn't eat there but the cocktails were nice and didn't break my budget. 10/10.





5. The School of Life London


"The School of Life is a global educational institution dedicated to teaching how we can become happier, more relaxed and perhaps better people. Our offer includes workshops, talks, books, videos and articles - with the best ideas from philosophy, psychology, art and culture. "




This is one attraction that will stay with you long after your trip is over. The school of life is hard to define, they host events and workshops, provide therapy and counseling, provide free online videos, and sell a range of books and games designed to help your question how our society structure effects your life.

Find out more here: https://www.theschooloflife.com/london/


6. Hula Beauty Hackney

Hula Nails, Old Street | Picture: Elisabeth Blanchet

Spend the day lay'd up and pampered at this tiki themed retro beauty spa! They offer services you won't find at any ordinary salon like Vintage 1950's Hair & Make Up, Mermaid Glitter Spray tan, and an application and liner lesson so you can re-create your vintage look whenever you want. Book now at https://hulabeautyhackney.com/

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