London is home to some of the most iconic tourist destinations in the world – yes, we’re looking at you Big Ben and Buckingham Palace – but what if you want to visit somewhere a little different than your usual tourist hotspots?
Make sure to take advantage of all the weird and wonderful hidden away things to do in London during your next visit. From immersive museum experiences, to strange art exhibitions, to sacred churches, London is brimming with cultural wonders ready to be savoured and enjoyed.
Here’s a quick guide to some of London’s best hidden attractions.
Chin Chin Labs
Located in Camden Market, in North London, this ice cream emporium looks more like a science lab then an ice cream shop. With an exciting menu of experimental flavours and a fascinating conceptual look, Chin Chin Labs is an ice cream emporium like no other.
What makes this ice cream parlor even more unique is the fact that the ice cream is made with liquid nitrogen right in front of you. After choosing from a wide range of unusual flavours, all you have to do is sit back and watch as whirls of spinning liquid nitrogen make your delectable creamy treat within minutes.
Chin Chin Labs is a hidden gem not to miss out on during your next trip to London. If you’re staying at accommodation near Brewery Road London City, Chin Chin Labs is only a quick bus ride away. What are you waiting for?
Seven Noses of Soho
When venturing through Soho, if you’re lucky, you may spot a few odd noses sticking out of the wall. These noses are elusive and often difficult to spot, but add undeniable quirk and charm to the Soho London region. Artist Rick Buckley came out in 2011 saying that he was the one who one sticking his plaster casts noses around London, saying they were an artistic representation about how CCTV cameras put their nose into everyone’s business, and how he was still able to make a statement against them under their noses. Keep your eyes peeled for a nose or two as your journey through London. Maybe there’s one hiding at The Montcalm at The Brewey London City! The Seven Noses of Soho is one of the many special attractions that makes London unique and one of a kind.
Dennis Severs House
What exactly is the Severs’ House Experience?
It’s not just a museum; it’s also a historical walk through adventure, an art installation, a time capsule, a quest…It’s quite hard to define Severs’ House as it is totally unique. What we can say is this; it’s an atmospheric adventure hidden away in Spitalfields, London.
This experience takes place in the home of the Huguenots, a silk-weaving family from the year 1724. Each room is an intimate portrait of a moment in time beautifully crafted to look like a rich oil painting. Follow the Huguenots from the 18th century all the way through to the early 20th century as you journey through eating parlours, smoking rooms and wine cellars. Tours are on throughout the week at a variety of times. Don’t miss out.
London’s Speakers’ Corner is one of the most famous public Soap Box speaking spots in the world.
Speaker’s Corner was first set up during the political tensions of the late 19th century to exercise the democratic right to freedom of speech. Famous revolutionary minds such as Winston Churchill, Karl Marx and George Orwell have previously used Speakers’ Corner in Hyde Park to express their political concerns to heaving crowds of people. Dive head first into a world of moral debate, political questioning and fiery discussion by visiting Speakers’ Corner in Hyde Park near Marble Arch.
The Viktor Wynd Museum of Curiosities
This gallery/museum/shop of oddities is located in East London near Cambridge Heath train station. Enter into a world of unusual taxidermy, modern art, dodo skeletons, prison inmate doodles and other weird and wonderful curiosities. This is a historical paradise of all things fascinating and horrific in equal measure.
The Viktor Wynd Musuem of Curiosities is not only a basement brimming with odd paraphernalia, but it is also home to intriguing art exhibitions. Until April 6th 2017, for example, you can see the work of surrealist mastermind Leonora Carrington. Viktor Wynd (yes, he’s actually a real guy and one of the founders of the Viktor Wynd Museum) has collected her work for many years and has now curated an exhibition celebrating her whimsical and otherworldly views on society.
The Hardy Tree
The Hardy Tree is a hidden gem tucked away behind St Pancras Station by the St Pancras Gardens.
Enter a cemetery by St. Pancras Old Church, and stroll through a serene churchyard adorned with curled vines and lush green English foliage. Centuries of worship anchor this churchyard in a state of eternal peace. You lose a sense of time and place when walking through here. This churchyard has many stories to tell, but one of its most famous oddities is the Hardy Tree. The Hardy Tree is an ash tree surrounded by hundreds and hundreds of archaic tombstones circling its trunk.
During the mid-1860s, a number of reburials had to take place as cemeteries were destroyed to make way for new rail lines to accommodate London’s rapid population growth. Where did the old headstones go? Before Thomas Hardy became an author (famous author of Far from the Madding Crowd) he was in charge of redistributing these headstones. He decided to ritualistically place them around an ash tree. Here, they would be safe from harm. Nowadays, the site feels even more sacred as nature and man collide into one. A beautiful site that not many people know about.
Whispering Gallery at St. Paul’s Cathedral
St. Paul’s Cathedral helps define London’s skyline with its impressive dome shape and is a must-visit destination. During your trip to this magnificent building you have to visit the Whispering Gallery. Famous architect Christopher Wren’s great dome has the strange ability to amplify and resonant the smallest sounds, meaning you can hear the faintest whisper over 100 ft away. How do you experience this? All you have to do is walk along the walkway that circles the inside of the dome (built in 1710) and speak. It is an experience not to be missed.