There’s a reason certain attractions appear on every ‘must see’ lists of a destination. Let’s think about London. Buckingham Palace, Big Ben, Tower of London, Oxford Street, the London Eye, the Museums. They are all cool, iconic things to see! But what if maybe you are looking at a return visit and you’d like something more unusual to do in London? London is great for unique events but here I share 5 of my favourite (permanent) adventurous and unusual things to do in London!
Unusual Things To Do In London
Ride the Longest Tube Slide in the World!
The ArcelorMittal Orbit tower was built for the 2012 London Olympics. However, it is now home to the longest tube slide in the world. It stands at 76 metres high and is 178 metres in length. An average ride takes 40 seconds and you reach speeds of 15mph!
It certainly gives you an adrenaline kick, I heard grown men screaming! 15mph feels ridiculously fast when there’s only a mat between your bottom and the slide!! You also get access to the observation decks.
Tickets: Adult £15, Children £7
You can also abseil off the top of the ArcelorMittal Orbit on certain days throughout the year!
I’m obsessed with mini golf. Junkyard Golf originally started as a pop up business in the cool (full of street art!) Brick Lane area of London. Due to its popularity it’s still running now! Junkyard Golf has 4 themed indoor, 9 hole courses, literally made from old junk. The courses are really creative! My favourite hole included a structure complete with a slide that you knock the ball down first and then you follow it down the slide afterwards (with an area to hold your drink and club)!
Since my visit, the courses have changed (I know the slide is still part of one of them!) which is great because you could go back several times and play the different courses! And lets face it, it’s England, you’re bound to need a rainy day back up plan!
Entrance is £9.50 per person, per course. Find out more at www.junkyardgolfclub.co.uk
Stand on the roof of an Icon
The Millennium Dome was opened as a museum experience in 2000. When the museum closed down, the structure then became the O2 Arena, one of the biggest indoor music venues in London. In 2012, Up At The O2 opened, giving visitors the chance to walk up and over the top of the O2 Arena. The O2 looks like a giant tent, although you don’t walk directly on the building, the walk way is designed to make it feel as if you are walking on something that’s slightly springy!
At the top, you are temporarily taken off the harness system and allowed to wander around on the platform, read information about what you are seeing and take photos. Jon Bon Jovi was the first band to play up here, ON the roof of the O2, rather than on the stage inside the building!
Tickets cost between £30 – £40 depending on which day of the week you climb.
Take a trip on London’s Cable Car
While you’re at the O2 Arena in Greenwich. Why not take a trip on the Emirates Air Line cable car that goes over the Royal Docks?! It’s possible to just go one way, take a return trip or buy a ‘flight package’ which includes a guide on what you can see while on the cable car!
It’s incredible what you can find when you see something from a different perspective, for example, I never realised that there was a cable wake boarding park in the middle of London until I saw it from the Emirates Air Line!
Fairly often you and your party (even if it’s just the 2 of you!) will get a gondola to yourself unless it’s really busy such as during rush hour or if a show/convention at the Excel Exhibition Centre has just finished!
Spend the night on a boat
Sunborn London is a luxury yacht hotel that’s permanently docked in London’s Royal Docks. Even the basic rooms are surprisingly large and there’s no risk of feeling sea sick, win win! It’s smaller than some London hotels so rooms do book out. The hotel has conference space, a restaurant and bar, complete with an Afternoon Tea experience. I was won over by the free in-room hot chocolate and biscuits (easily pleased)!
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Have you found any interesting unique attractions in London or a different city? I’d love to hear your experiences, I’m always on the look out for unusual things to do in London!
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