Ok, so London is a pretty neat place to visit with plenty of iconic site seeing treasures for all who visit. It has something for everyone. But after you’ve seen Big Ben, Buckingham Palace and Westminster Abbey, what next? Here are my top 5 alternative adventures in London.
This magnificent structure was built to commemorate the Great Fire of London in 1666. It’s 63 meters high, meaning if you pushed it over it the tip would land exactly where the fire started on Pudding Lane. What a lot of visitors don’t know is that you can actually climb up inside it to the top. If you are feeling rather energetic, its only 311 steps to the top where you will be treated to one of the best skyline views in all of London.
1 NEW CHANGE
Paying a visit to a shopping centre might seem like a very strange recommendation, however One New Change has a rather impressive hidden rooftop bar and restaurant which gives a stunning view of St Paul’s Cathedral but there is an amazing view of St Paul’s Cathedral. The roof is accessed by a glass elevator which takes you up the side of the iconic London structure and as-well as St Paul’s, you get an awesome glimpse of the London skyline. I recommend going there just before nightfall and capturing that gorgeous red sky as it turns slowly into night.
JACK THE RIPPER TOUR
You may spend a week looking at what’s good about London, but you really need to explore the dark side of the City too. There’s no better way to do this than with a Jack the Ripper tour. Learning about the world’s most infamous unknown serial killer might not seem your cup of tea but the bonus is you get to see some amazing parts of the Victorian East End of London, as well as a night of creepy entertainment at a much more cost-effective price than a West End theatre ticket. Check out this website for one of the best Jack the Ripper tours currently running every night.
LUXURY NIGHTCLUBBING EXPERIENCE
There are some awesome VIP clubs in London, it’s just knowing where they are and which ones you should visit. One example is the Toy Room which is a members-only boutique club located in Mayfair. With a fun, easy-going environment and luxurious décor, Toy Room is open until from 10pm until 7am on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays. Dress code and entry policy are super strict, so make sure you dress to impress.
EAST LONDON STREET ART
London’s East End is well known as the hub of the graffiti and street art scene of the city. All around Shoreditch and the famous Brick Lane you will find plenty of inspirational and iconic pieces of art from some of the top street artists in the UK. The beauty of these areas is the art changes almost on a daily basis, which means each time you visit you see something new. Keep your eyes peeled for unusual pieces of art in the strangest of places along the route.
THE PHOENIX ARTIST CLUB
Regarded as the best little basement bar in the West End of London, the Phoenix Artist Club is located underneath the theatre of the same name on Charring Cross Road. Although plugged as a members-only bar, the public can easily enter the premises before 8pm and stay as long as you like. Best suited for those who love a bit of singalong cabaret and fine wine. One of the selling points of this bar is its packed with novelty theatre style furnishings, such as spotlights, movie posters and airliner seating.