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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Discover more of London's hidden side
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.
Lady Chastity's Reserve, Hackney
This marvellously silly immersive team puzzle (a sort of cross between an escape game and the 'Mumsy' challenge in 'The Crystal Maze') has already spooked and amused many a team at its original venue in Battersea, but will now be challenging the people of Hackney from a dark corner of the People's Park Tavern. It's from the Handmade Mysteries team that does this kind of thing at venues across London. They know what they're doing. Expect plenty of surreal slants to challenges that can be pretty, well, challenging, and don't be surprised to be surprised either - we're told the immersive elements can be pretty interesting. They promise to let you out - or help you out - if you get really stuck but still, it might be best to bring some brains and leave your dumbass friends out of it.
Venue says: “Venture through an hour of hilarious clue-solving as you and your team attempt to win Chastity's fabled aphrodisiac wine.”