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10 Obscure Things to Do in London 2019
Things To Do In London -04-Jan-2019
London is packed with weird and wonderful things to do. This makes it perfect for people who like to get off the beaten path and explore some of the more obscure things to do in London.
If you've seen all the museums and galleries, enjoyed the West End and shopped up and down Oxford Street and are hungry for more, we've got some suggestions for you!
We've scoured the capital for some of the most unusual things to see and do to help you plan a truly unique city break.
1. Dennis Severs' House
We discovered Dennis Severs' House last year when we teamed up with them at Halloween. Our friends at this unique experience have created a feast for the senses that takes you on a journey through history.
Its creator was Dennis Severs, an artist who used his visitors’ imaginations as his canvas and who lived in the house in much the same way as its original occupants might have done in the early 18th Century. This he did for his own personal enjoyment as well as for the harvest of an atmosphere, which he then employed to provide visitors with an extraordinary experience.
No list of obscure London activities would be complete without mentioning Dennis Severs' House and when you visit, you'll discover why…
2. The Whispering Gallery
You don't have to travel far to find something unusual in London. Right on our very own doorstep at St Paul's, you'll discover a rare architectural treat.
Climb 259 steps up the dome and you will find its famous Whispering Gallery, which runs around the interior of the iconic dome. It gets its name from a charming quirk in its construction. If you whisper against its walls, you can hear the sound on the opposite side! This strange, yet wonderful piece of magic is one of the most unique experiences you'll get in London.
3. Twinings' Historic Tea Shop
If all that whispering has made you thirsty, why not stop by 216 Strand for a refreshing pot of tea in London's premier 300 year old tea shop? Twinings Tea Shop has been in business since it was first opened by Thomas Twining in 1706.
Here at the oldest tea shop in London, you can shop for Twinings blends and gifts, sample new flavours at their state of the art Loose Tea Bar and enjoy a tea masterclass from world tea experts.
4. The Churchill War Rooms
Hidden beneath the bustling streets of Westminster, you'll find one of the most secret and most secure sites in the country. During the second world war, while the Blitz raged overhead, Prime Minister Sir Winston Churchill and his war cabinet used a series of secret bunkers to plan the defence of the nation.
Immaculately preserved by the Imperial War Museum, the underground headquarters look just as they did when the rooms were bricked up in 1945. It's a fascinating exploration of the stage upon which the fate of the world was decided.
5. Leake Street Graffiti Tunnel
If you head out of a seldom-used exit from Waterloo Station (the one at the back, by the M&S), you'll soon find yourself in an unusual display of graffiti art. The Leake Street Tunnel is the site of the first ever Cans Festival, a celebration of street art hosted by Banksy in 2008.
Today, you can explore a panorama of street art from some of the most talented artists and maybe even catch some of them at work.
6. Euston's Lost Tunnels
Available only through limited bookings, the London Transport Museum offers one of the most unusual things to do in London. Travel into the bowels of the Earth in an exploration of Euston's underground mysteries.
You’ll discover a labyrinth of dark and dusty passageways, which were once used by the travelling public. Located beneath the station you'll even find a gallery of preserved vintage advertising poster fragments that have been concealed for over 50 years.
These strange wonders of the Underground won't be around forever. The HS2 rail project will soon transform Euston into the terminus of the new high-speed railway, so check it out before it's too late!
7. The 7 Noses of Soho
Possibly the most unusual things you'll see in London is the noses. That's right, noses! If you look carefully around Soho, you might be lucky enough to find some strange plaster noses hidden on some of the buildings.
Installed in secret by artist Rich Buckley, the noses represent a defiant stand against the surveillance state that Buckley saw arising in late-90s London. Over time, mystery and legend has begun to surround the strange noses.
Some claim that if you're able to find all seven of the Soho Noses, you'll discover a fabulous treasure! Will you be lucky enough to find all seven? Even now, they aren't all accounted for…
8. King's Cross Ice Well
The last of our underground obscurities is the ice repository beneath King's Cross Station. Relics from a time before refrigeration, these cunningly conceived ice wells were able to store ice in the heart of the city even at the height of summer.
The site has since been transformed into the London Canal Museum, who offer visitors a chance to check out these startling feats of architecture up close.
9. London Zoo After Dark
If you fancy an unusual night out in London, rather than a day trip, why not go to the zoo? London Zoo runs late night tours and adults-only evening tours in summer. But right now you can even sleep among the lions (if you dare!).
A night at the zoo gives you an all-new view of the animals that make their home there. You get to explore their strange nocturnal habits and learn more about the grisly side of the predators, insects and creeping creatures of the night.
10. The Morpeth Arms
Finally, it's time to go to the pub. Or rather, go straight to Jail (do not pass Go etc.). The Morpeth Arms is a wonderfully creepy old pub and former prison with a colourful past.
Used as a transfer facility for Millbank penitentiary and later a holding centre for criminals awaiting transportation sentences to Australia, this prison-turned-pub has retained many of its original features.
In the cellar, you'll find the cells, complete with their dark and creeping sense of dread. Upstairs, the pub sports an old fashioned "spying room", with binoculars looking out upon the British Intelligence Service building. If you're looking for an unusual pub in London with an even more unusual past, the Morpeth Arms is the pub for you!
London is packed full of unusual things to see and do and this list is just the tip of the iceberg. If you want to explore the Capital's strange secrets and hidden places, book a stay at Grange today. Our hotels are right in the heart of London, making them perfect for a city stay.