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Quirky and unusual things to do in London

Let our pick of the best unusual things to do in London surprise and delight you

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Roll up and step this way for the most quirky, weird and unusual things to do in London. If you collect selfies at attractions like they’re Pokémon cards, if you've found yourself hanging around the same top ten museums and have already been to all the new exhibitions in London, you might find yourself wondering what else this city has got to delight you with. Here's our list of the best quirky and unusual things going on around town. So get out there and get inspired, you quirky little trailblazer, you.

The best unusual things to do in London

ArcelorMittal Orbit Slide

Belgian artist Carsten Höller (who set up a pair of spiral slides outside the Hayward Gallery as part of his 2015 exhibition) has designed this new addition to the Olympic Park's sculpture-cum-attraction. Guests will be able to fly down the world's longest and tallest slide.

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ArcelorMittal Orbit , Stratford Until Saturday December 31 2016

Gir Lion Lodge

Wake not a sleeping lion unless you want a very nerve-wracking night's sleep at the zoo's new Land of the Lions development. Book into the Gir Lion Lodge for the night and you and your chosen companion will bed in just next door to the resident big cats. As well as your stay in the private cabin the experience includes a two-course dinner, an exclusive evening tour of the zoo, breakfast and a morning tour, after which you're free to revisit your new favourite animals. Family-friendly nights are also available.

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Until Saturday December 31 2016

Embark on treasure hunts and immersive games

The whole city is your playground with these immersive games and London treasure hunts which use top attractions and London areas as the setting for your adventure.

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By: Ashleigh Arnott

Take on the rapids at Lee Valley White Water Centre

This London 2012 Olympic Games venue is open to the public for adrenalin-fuelled white-water rafting, canoeing and kayaking sessions – riding the rapids that challenged the world's best makes for an action-packed experience. On the centre's raft adventure, you'll be high-siding, spinning and nose dunking on the Olympic Standard Competition course before you know it.

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Be grossed out at the Hunterian Museum

The Hunterian Museum houses one of the oldest collections of anatomical, pathological and zoological specimens in the UK and comprises of more than 3,500 anatomical and pathological preparations, fossils, paintings and drawings and also includes specimens donated by Edward Jenner and Sir Joseph Banks.

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Holborn

Drink cocktails in a loo

Getting drunk in a bathroom was never top of our to do list. Until now. London is fit to bursting with bars (and coffee shops) in former public lavatories. Here are a few to engage with.

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By: Laura Richards

Visit the Puppet Theatre Barge

Moored at lovely Little Venice, this intimate water-borne theatre is the setting for quality puppet shows that put a modern twist on traditional tales and kids’ classics. Movingstage, a touring puppet company established in 1979, anchored here in 1982 and has since produced critically acclaimed marionette and animation shows for a mini 55-seat audience.

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Maida Vale

Make a splash at King's Cross Pond Club

Technically an art installation, this man-made fresh water public swimming bath was designed to give visitors a fresh perspective on the urban area in its vicinity. The 40-metre pool is in a natural oval shape and surrounded by hard and soft landscaping and planting that will evolve with age. Changing rooms, loos, showers and lockers are available and a life guard will be on hand to keep visitors safe. Space is limited so make sure to book in advance.

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King's Cross

Learn to ski like a pro

Perfect your technique in Fulham Broadway before heading off to the Alps to show off your stuff with seasoned skiers. Sessions at this centre take place on revolving astro turf mats which are adjusted to match the ability of participants in each session and tuition, boots, skis and helmets are all included in the price. Classes are suitable for over-5s and discounts are available when booking multiple sessions.

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Walham Green

Eat at one of London's coolest supper clubs

Supper clubs have been around for donkey's years, so anyone who wants theirs to make a mark on Londoners’ consciousness these days has to have a pretty awesome USP. Luckily, the capital continues to provide a wild night out with a side order of delicious dishes and cocktails. Here are ten envelope-pushing London supper clubs with a difference, all offering a lot more than food.

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By: Nicola Arencibia
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Secret London

Don’t get us wrong, we’re huge fans the big London museums, the major art galleries and London’s best restaurants. But sometimes what you need is a bit of tranquility – a few hours somewhere where you’re guaranteed not to be asked for directions to Piccadilly Circus or whacked with a selfie stick.

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By: David Clack

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