Unusual London Jade Evans
Whether you are a Londoner or someone who is just passing through the city, London is a metropolis that has been around for quite a long time, and has quite a lot to offer than just the typical tourist spots. You don’t have to go to Big Ben or Westminster Chapel or all the castles and palaces to experience London – in fact, if you want to get an idea of what the city is really like, you might not want to to do, depending on how much time you have in the city.
If you are someone who is a bit more interested in structure, rather than wandering around the city willy-nilly following maps that you’ve been reading upside down the entire time you’re trying to find that one pub everyone told you about, well, the great thing about London, too, is that there are walking tours or bus tours for basically every interest out there.
Some of these walking tours include -
- Touring St. Pancras: Take an exclusive backstage tour of the historic train station.
- Alfred Hitchcock’s London: Hitchcock’s favorite spots in London when he was based there, as well as filming locations.
- Beach-combing on the Thames
- London “Rat Race”
Have Fun With History
As I said, there are a number of different walking tours in and around London proper – but one that stands out for many is walking the streets of Whitechapel reliving it’s gory history. That’s right – there are (quite a few) Jack the Ripper walking tours.
While it is quite a niche tour and isn’t the best idea if you’re looking for an introduction to the city of London, it is a great way to really experience all the sordid history of the city.
Go Off On Your Own
But if walking tours are not your cup of tea and you have a great internal navigation system, plus you love to get out and adventure, there are perhaps a surprising number of things that you can do in London that you probably didn’t think would be options in an urban setting.
And then of course, there is the traditional – the cabbie. One thing that you will always be able to do in London is enjoy a chat with your cabbie and get a mini guided tour (assuming that your cabbie is open to playing tour guide for however long it takes to get to your destination). If you don’t want to risk an angry cabbie, you can always hire your own personal guided tour in whatever form you wish.
But back to the unique and interesting and unusual. Did you know that you can kayak on the Thames? Or that you can go ice climbing? Neither did I!
What about the fact that the largest outdoor fruiting olive tree is at the Chelsea Physic Garden? Or that you can go on a pedal-powered pub crawl of London with you and 9 of your closest friends?
Whatever you are interested in doing in London (assuming it’s legal) if you look had enough I’m sure you will be able to find something. And hey, you might enjoy London enough that the next time you come to London it will be with a man and van to move in permanently!