England’s proud capital, London, is home to many celebrated and famous sights; Big Ben, the London Eye and the beautiful River Thames to name but a few. Jewelled in fabulous attractions, this location is certainly a dazzling place to visit. Amongst its many attractions, London also boasts a whole series of hidden, usual activities simply waiting to be discovered. Here are five unique and rather unusual things to do whilst visiting this amazing city.
1) Jack the Ripper Tour
An unusual tour like no other, this Jack the Ripper tour is ideal for those who have a fascination with crime. Taking visitors through East London’s darkest and dingiest streets, visitors will learn all about the vicious murders committed in the 1880’s by the terrifying yet unidentified Jack the Ripper. For two hours, visitors will be transported to a dark and horrifying world, seeing gory crime scene photos and visiting the very spots where the murders took place. A perfect tour for those with a love for macabre details, visitors will have been brave and fearless if they want to fully participate in this adventure.
2) iPilot Flight Simulator
For those who have always dreamed of flying, now is the time! With London’s iPilot Flight Simulator, visitors can take to the air on a fun-filled virtual journey. This flight simulator will trick participants into thinking they really are up in the clouds. With its seemingly authentic motions and mock controls, visitors will fly over Austria’s stunning mountains as well as the sun-kissed Atlantic ocean. With qualified instructors standing by to help, this attraction is perfect for those who want to experience the pilot life. With starting prices from £49, this truly is the cheapest way to take to the wing!
3) Sherlock Holmes Museum
Situated at the fictional home of Sherlock Holmes himself, 221b Baker Street, this museum is both weird and wonderful. Visitors can submerge themselves in the fictional life of this detective hero and see Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s genius creations expressed in real life. With tours around the museum available, detective fiction lovers can marvel at the unusual Victorian items and household objects that lay around the museum. For those wanting to take away a souvenir to remember this great experience by, the museum boasts a gift shop selling many enchanting and strange things…
4) Alternative London Tour
Art enthusiasts will love this unique tour around the streets of London. Witnessing the work of street artists such as the famous Banksy and many more, visitors will see a superb selection of the city’s finest, contemporary art work. With guides providing commentary, tourists will learn about specific sights and locations in London such as the celebrated Brick Lane and the well known Spitalfields. A two hour tour packed with adventure and fun, this is a great and unique way to see London.
5) The Thames Rib Experience
Adventure-seekers are in luck as this activity provides a non-stop, adrenaline-filled experience. This speed boat trip on the famous and spectacular River Thames will show visitors the marvellous sights of London from a view like no other. With different packages available, visitors can choose between a 50 minute or 75 minute trip. A great, if not slightly dizzying, way to see the city, this activity is truly one of a kind.
6) Cooking Courses
During your trip to London why not book on a cooking course such as the one offered by Atelier Des Chefs? A wide variety of courses are available including curries, French, bread making, pasta, sushi, Italian and many more. These courses are ideal for beginners and advanced cooks alike. Have some fun and take friends/family with you.
These five great activities are ideal for those who have a love for the unusual. From enjoying an adrenaline-fuelled speed-boat ride on the water to taking to the clouds in the iPilot simulator, these activities offer exhilarating experiences unique to London. So, next time visitors take a holiday to this beautiful city, remember there is much more to do than meets the eye.
By Maria Hubbard.