London is without doubt one of the most exciting cities in the world, but where to go after you have exhausted the main tourist routes?
10 unusual places to try in London to whet everyone’s appetites include:
1. Little Venice
Minutes from Paddington Station is a small waterway, lined with bars and pubs and full of barges and houseboats. This oasis of calm in the middle of the city is a great place to walk, relax, drink and people watch!
2. Wine and cheese in a toilet?
The ‘WC’ near Clapham Common Tube Station may stand for ‘Wine and Charcuterie’ but is a former public toilet. Much classier than your average loo, the WC has a great drinking terrace and reasonably priced cheese boards.
3. Kyoto Gardens
This tiny piece of the Orient in London is home to statues, an opera house and an orangery in Kensington. The area backs onto a mansion, once frequented by Lord Byron.
4. Space invaders around the city
London streets dating back hundreds of years hold many secrets but some are much more recent than others. The French street artist, invader has ‘hidden’ 75 mosaic tiles around the city of 1980s video icons, Space Invaders. Some of his works have been sold for up to £250,000. Keep your eyes open!
5. The Crypt Gallery
The Crypt Gallery, situated in St Pancras Church, is not for the faint-hearted. This underground art gallery was previously used as an air-raid shelter and showcases the works of famous artists from across the world. It is also the final resting place of 557 19th century Londoners.
6. Find Wonderland
Hidden down a side street in Shoreditch is the Callooh Callay Bar. This is one of the area’s first real cocktail bars and the Alice in Wonderland theme features throughout from the name to the décor to the cocktails.
7. Hindu Temple
Beautiful garden surround the Hindu Temple in Neasden. Built over 20 years ago by volunteers, the Shri Swaminarayan Mandir is a masterpiece of Indian design in the heart of London.
8. Camden Passage Market
Situated behind Islington’s Upper Street is Camden Passage Market. Take your time to explore the artisan street markets, cafes and pubs in this vibrant area.
9. Covent Garden Ears
Artist Tim Fishlock installed ears into some of the paintwork in Floral Street, Covent Garden. Find the ears and enjoy one of the best shopping streets in London.
10. Beach Party
Enjoy Brixton’s rooftop beach boulevard with DJ’s, a party atmosphere and much more throughout the summer. Make the most of the summer beach without leaving the capital!
If you are looking for something different to do in London, or you want more information about accommodation, events and attractions in the capital, Eventful Stays has a wealth of city apartments to rent and event listings.