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Unusual things to do in London

Let our pick of weird, wonderful and unusual things to do in London surprise and delight you

© Rob Greig

Roll up and step this way for the weirdest, freakiest and most unusual things to do in London. If you've been hanging around the same ten museums all your life, if you collect selfies at attractions like they’re Pokémon, or if you've already seen all of the new exhibitions in town, you might find yourself wondering what else this city has to surprise you with. Here's our list of the best unusual things going on around London – now go get out there, you quirky little trailblazer, you.

The best unusual things to do in London

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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The Sherlock Holmes Experience

Once upon a time, the basement of Madame Tussauds was home to the Chamber of Horrors. The wax likenesses of murderers and criminals have made way for a Sherlock Holmes-themed interactive experience, which brings the world of the fictional detective to life for a walk-through adventure. See Holmes's drawing room, walk along a lamp-lit Victorian street and search for the infamous 'demon' hound on a dark moor.

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Madame Tussauds , Regent's Park Until Saturday July 15 2017

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

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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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

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

Discover more of London's hidden side

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: Time Out London Things To Do


Julie B
Julie B

Can anyone tell me where the photo was taken at the top of this page? It looks amazing!

Charlotte M
Charlotte M

Yes and it is.

It's a museum someone made in their house. It's called The House if Dreams and it's in Peckham and I think it's only open a few times a year, but definitely worth a visit. You can email the owner to book in. He started collecting things years ago and it's just mushroomed into this spectacular collage of the kitsch, the abandoned and the bizarre. Enjoy!