Harry and Meghan’s wedding might be over, but there’s still plenty to see and do in London! With our top 10 unusual places to visit, explore royal buildings, temples of fashion and culture and veritable shrines to British food and drink. Enjoy yourself!
Sketch is the very epitome of British style. Set in a stunning house which dates back to the eighteenth century, enjoy 3-star meals, sip on truly creative cocktails or treat yourself to afternoon tea. You’ll love this townhouse with its artistic decor, outstanding service and delicious offerings!
Sketch - 9 Conduit Street - London
It seems to contradict the country’s reputation somewhat: it’s always said that England is particularly rainy. So challenge the weather gods and book tickets to an outdoor theatre! The Open Air Theatre in the heart of the magnificent Regent’s Park has been putting on plays since 1932. It’s only open in summer (to limit the chance of bad weather, of course).
The entry to the theatre is in Queen Mary’s Garden (in Regent’s Park).
Got a soft spot for the British monarchy? Did you shed a tear at Prince Harry's wedding? Buckingham Palace and Kensington Palace are incredibly popular with tourists, so why not head to Kew? Kew Palace is a real gem: its magnificent gardens are home to an incredible pagoda!
Kew Palace - Royal Botanic Gardens - Kew - Richmond (get off at Kew Gardens station)
Nobody needs to be reminded that London is the home of the unforgettable 007! Now it’s your turn: channel James Bond and put all your sleuthing skills to use as you take part in this crazy escape game. Have you always dreamed of being part of a secret international organisation? This game will be a dream come true – for one hour only!
ClueQuest - 169-171 Caledonian Road - London - www.cluequest.co.uk
Holidays can be the perfect opportunity to try something mad. The more adventurous among you should head straight to the Gorilla Circus where you can try your hand at everyone’s favourite circus art: the flying trapeze! Don’t worry: you begin with some stretching before you fly. Classes are for anyone aged 8 to 78 years old (the current record!). It’s a great activity to try with friends - why not opt for a private lesson?
Gorilla Circus - Outer Circle - Regent’s Park - London
London is one of the world’s most fashion-forward cities. You’ll find the best vintage clothes and accessories at Judy’s Vintage Fair. These fairs, where clothes are sold by the kilo, are becoming increasingly popular. It’s the place to be for any fashionista looking for rare finds!
See dates and places: http://www.judysvintagefair.co.uk
Film fans will love the Electric Cinema - it’s bound to be your favourite unusual place to visit in London. In the heart of Notting Hill, this cinema opened in 1911. Today, customers can enjoy its bar, along with its 65 comfortable leather seats, sofas and even a few beds in the front row! For a truly luxury trip to the cinema.
Electric Cinema - 191 Portobello Road - Notting Hill - London
Thought that lavender fields were only to be found in the south of France? Not in fact! Enjoy the incredible sight of these beautiful purple flowers, just an hour away from London. The Mayfield Lavender Farm is open from 1st June to 16th September. Head off on a walk, have lunch, buy some lavender products and take a few photos of the purple landscape!
Mayfield Lavender Farm - 1 Carshalton Road - Banstead
Are you a fan of high-end cocktails? We’ve got just the place for you. Hidden underground, Mark’s Bar in Hix Soho is the perfect place to enjoy a delicious drink with an oh so British feel: English products are the star of the show here. Treat yourself to a Two Shakes of a Lamb’s Tail which includes asparagus from the Wye Valley!
Mark’s Bar - Hix Soho - 66-70 Brewer Street – London
The beautiful and imposing Palace of Westminster is full of surprises. After admiring the House of Commons, the House of Lords and the building’s incredible libraries, it’s high time to enjoy a cup of tea with a few sweet and savoury delicacies. So typically British — and with a bonus view of the Thames too!
Book your visit and afternoon tea on the website of the Palace of Westminster.
After visiting some of London’s unusual spots, round off your trip to the capital with a visit to a must-see attraction.
This huge Ferris wheel is now a key part of London’s skyline. The London Eye was built on the banks of the Thames opposite Big Ben in 2000 and has quickly become one of the capital’s most popular tourist attractions. Our advice? Book a private capsule for you and your other half, your friends or your family: it’s the perfect opportunity to admire the amazing panorama below!
London Eye - Riverside Building - County Hall - Westminster Bridge Road – London