15 Unusual Places to Visit in London: 2022 Updated Edition
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Offbeat Places to Visit in London

The Magnificent Seven, The Attendant (Victorian Toilet), The Leake Street Tunnel, Leighton House Museum, Hampstead Heath ponds, The Thames Path, Dennis Severs' House, The BAPS Shri Swaminarayan Mandir, The Cartoon Museum, and many more.

London, being the world's most popular tourist destination, is a home for a list of famous attractions. But very few know about some of
the unusual places to visit in London that will blow your mind for sure. Certain places like the Dennis Severs' House which will take you back in history, the cartoon museum which displays innovation and imagination through comics, exhibitions and books, offer some of the most unforgettable tours. Moving forward, a trip to London will also let you witness the Leake Street Tunnel as unusual and exotic as it appears on screen.

Filled with diversity in terms of people and culture, more than 300 languages are spoken in the region, thus making language not a barrier. Every year London attracts over 15.3 million international tourists who enjoy a fun and joy filled trip to the offbeat places to visit in London with their friends and families. Each of the locations mentioned here will take you to unconventional and unorthodox sites which are worth a visit.

Here are some of the unusual places to visit in London:

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01

The Magnificent Seven

The Magnificent Seven is the name given to the seven large private cemeteries in London. Built from 1832 onwards to lower the burden of overcrowding in the burial grounds, these private cemeteries were a work of art in themselves. The Magnificent Seven is one of the few unusual places to visit in London, that is popular among the tourists from around the world. The seven cemeteries were:

1. Kensal Green Cemetery.

Location
: 1832 Harrow Rd, London, W10 4RA.

2. West Norwood Cemetery, 1836

Location
: Norwood Rd, West Norwood, London SE27
Timing: 8:00 AM to 6PM.

3. Highgate Cemetery

Location
: 1839 Swain's Lane LondonN6 6PJ.
Entry fee:
-East Cemetery: £4, under-18s free;
-West Cemetery: £12, £6 under-18s
Opening hours: 10am-5pm.

4. Abney Park Cemetery

Location
: 1840 Stoke Newington High St London N16 0LH.

5. Nunhead Cemetery

Location
: 1840 Linden Rd London SE15 3LP.

6. Brompton Cemetery

Location
: 1840 Fulham Road London SW10 9UG.

7. Tower Hamlets Cemetery

Location
: Southern Grove, Mile End, London E3 4PX, United Kingdom.

The park is open 24 hours every day.

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02

The Attendant (Victorian Toilet)

Looking for some offbeat places to visit in London, then Attendant – the Victorian Toilet tops the list. Originally this place was toilets for men but they were closed in the 1960s, and the ironwork shell was left and was transformed into an amazing place to enjoy food.

Built in the late 19th century, this place is now a cafe. Around 100,000 euros were spent on the interior, and then it was changed and re-opened in its current state. The café serves delicious cakes and pastries from Bittersweet bakers along with American and British cuisines.

Location
: 27a Foley Street, London W1W 6DY.

Timing
:
-Mon – Fri 8am to 6 pm
-Sat – 9 am to 6pm
-Sun – 10 am to 5:30pm.

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03

The Leake Street Tunnel

The Leake Street tunnel is a part of the Leake Street Arches, and it is London's largest legal street-art area. Since the last few years, it has become one of the offbeat places to visit in London and has attracted numerous tourists from all around.

The major original artwork here is by Banksy and the Can Festival in 2008 was hosted here which got 30 artists together who turned it into an artistic marvel. Filled with bars, restaurants, cafes, and creative centers this place is now a hub for fun. It is a 300 meters long street, which runs off York Road and under the platforms and tracks of Waterloo Station.

Location
: Leake St, Bishop's, London SE1 7NN, United Kingdom.

Timing
: Open 24 hour.

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04

Leighton House Museum

Holding a rich history, this museum is recognized for its elaborate orientalist and aesthetic interiors. Leighton House Museum was Frederic Leighton’s home. He commissioned the architect and designer George Aitchison to build a  combined home and studio.

This place is among the unusual places to visit in London and is a must-visit place for ancient history and culture enthusiasts. Some of the rare collections include The Death of Brunelleschi, Charles Edward Perugini, Professor Giovanni Costa, Alexandra Sutherland etc.

Location
: Holland park area of the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea in west London.

Timing
: 10 am to 5:30 pm.

Entry Fee
:
-Adult £9.00 per ticket,
Entry for children below eighteen years of age is free.

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05

Hampstead Heath Ponds

Hampstead Heath area has thirty ponds located adjacent to each other. These ponds were dug in the 17th and the 18th century. The main purpose of these ponds at that time was to meet London's growing water demand by creating the reservoirs around here.

These ponds are divided into two groups – the three Hampstead ponds on the west side and eight on the east side. The mixed bathing pond is in the center of the Heath. This is one of the offbeat places to visit in London and must be included in your list if you want to explore something different.

Location:
Parliament Hill Fields, Fields Hampstead Heath, Highgate Road.

Timing
: 7 am to 8:30 pm.

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06

The Thames Path

The river Thames is the most beautiful part of London which has a long-stretched pathway alongside it called "The Thames Path".Numerous historical sights, which attracts many travelers, can be enjoyed along the Thames path. Starting from the Cotswolds, it covers all major points like Cricklade, Oxford, Windsor, and extends till London City and creates a path of 185 miles.

The path was constructed in the late 20th century and was finally open for the people in 1996. The path is extremely safe and accommodated with serenity and nature love. This is a must from the list of offbeat places to visit in London.

Location
: It starts from Kemble in Gloucestershire to the Thames Barrier at Charlton, south east London.

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Dennis Severs' House

Dennis Severs' house will take you back in the historical time of what life would have been like for a family of Huguenot silk weavers. It is a Grade II listed Georgian terraced house in the East end of central London. Dennis Severs lived in the house from 1979 to 1999 and slowly recreated the rooms in the style of former centuries.

After 1999, Dennis Severs' House was opened to the public for visit. This surely comes in the list of unusual places to visit in London as it is quite different from the usual tourists' spots.

Location
: Folgate Street, London, 141 meters away from the Shoreditch High Street Station.

Timing
12-4 pm (Last admission 3:15 pm (Every Sunday).

Entry Fee
:
-£10 per person (adult)
-£5 per person (concessions).

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08

The BAPS Shri Swaminarayan Mandir

BAPS Shri Swaminarayan Mandir is surely one of the unusual places to visit in London. Built using traditional methods and is considered to be Britain's first authentic Hindu temple. The temple was inaugurated on 20 August 1995 by Pramukh Swami Maharaj, who is the spiritual leader of BAPS.

The entire temple area represents an act of faith and collective effort. There are more than 1000 volunteers working in the building, and many more have contributed to organizing sponsored walks and other activities over the years. Children also help in work to raise money by collecting aluminum cans and foil for recycling.

Location
: 105-119 Brentfield Road, London.

Timing
: 9 am to 6 pm.

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09

The Cartoon Museum

The Cartoon Museum is a devoted dometic for British cartoons, caricatures, comedian strips and activities and was possessed and operated by the cartoon craftsmanship trust. The huge library contains over  5000 books and 4000 comics. The museum issues catalogs and features from more than 250 exhibits.

The cartoon craftsmanship trust has also established a museum with a gallery and innovative exhibitions to make the creativity of cartoon art past and present, accessible to all for the purpose of education, research, and enjoyment.

Location:
63 Wells St, Fitzrovia, London.

Timing:
-Monday to Saturday 10:30 am till 5:30 pm,
-Thursday: Open till 8 pm and
-Sunday: 12 to 4 pm.

Entry Fee
:
-£8.00 per ticket (adult ticket),
-£3.00 to £5.00 per ticket (Concession ticket).

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Daunt Books

Daunt Books is a chain of bookshops in London which was founded by James Daunt. Earlier it was famous for travel-related books only, but then in 2010, it began publishing other genres too. The first branch of Daunt Books was opened in 1912 in Marylebone which possessed to be the first custom-built bookshop in the world.

Having more than 10 branches now, this book store is the best if you want to indulge in some reading.  It is one of the unusual places to visit in London for all the book lovers, as this site will tickle your reading nerves.

Timing
:
-Monday to Saturday from 9 am to 7:30 pm and
-Sunday: 11 am to 6 pm.

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11

Neal's Yard

Neal’s Yard is a small alley in London’s Covent Garden between Shorts and Monmouth Street which is named after the 17th century developer, Thomas Neale. In 1976, Nicholas Saunders started the bulk Whole Food Warehouse for £7,000 and then it was transformed into a great and successful business as it is today.

The tourists can enjoy the delicacies of London here in a unique style along with the theatre activities, which will surely take you to the authentic London drama field. For those interested in shopping, this 64 m long path holds many local vendors from where you can shop for souvenirs and handmade items. A large number of authentic and chic cafes await you as you enter this street.

Location:
Between Shorts Gardens and Monmouth Street.

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12

God's Own Junkyard

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If you get fascinated with the neon lights, vintage signs, and artwork, then this is one of the unusual places to visit in London for you.  The Neon Man, Chris Bracey started this by making signs for Solo's strip clubs and brothels. Soon he moved to Hollywood and began fashioning props for directors such as Stanley Kubrick, Tim Burton, and Christopher Nolan.

This place is now a free gallery and an Instagrammable location for the tourists with the many colourful signs at display and has now opened the Rolling scones café for drinks and food throughout the weekend.

Location
: Unit 12 Ravenswood Industrial Estate on the Shernhall Street.

Timing
:
-11 am to 9 pm on weekdays and
-11am to 6 pm on sunday.

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Kayak at Thames

Kayaking is a common water activity but if that is in the river Thames, you will surely be left mesmerized with the beauty of the surroundings. The river above Putney is benign, and most of the water activities are conducted there only.

This trip is perfect for a group of friends, colleagues, couples, and even individuals, and you need not be a good swimmer for this adventure. While kayaking, you can see the Tata Gallery, Lambeth Palace, Palace of Westminster, Big Ben, and the famous bridges and enjoy the views of Canaletto, Turner, and Wordsworth, etc.

Location:
Many locations around the Thames River.

Timing
: 10 am to 6 pm.

Price
:
-Full day: £45 per person
-Half day: £35 per person.

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Hidden Roman Temple

During a building's construction in 1954,the London Mithraeum, also known as the Temple of Mithras was discovered in Walbrook, a city of London. The temple has a history linked back in 300 AD when the cryptic organization was famous for merchants, soldiers, and imperial administrators.

The temple was constructed to give an image of a cave where Mithras once slayed a bull. This temple still depicts the essence of ancient times and you can easily re-live 300 AD through its ancient relics and marvellous architecture. It has the largest collection of artifacts that tell us about life in Roman London.

Location:
12 Walbrook, London EC4N 8AA.

Timing
: 10 am to 6 pm everyday.

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15

Sky Garden

  • Sky Garden is London's highest public garden, a bustling social place with panoramic views of the city's distinctive skyline. 
  • Every morning, you can eat breakfast in Sky Garden, which is 155 m above the city.
  • Fenchurch, Sky Garden's beautiful trademark restaurant, is hosting an exclusive evening with Hambledon Windery's well-known sparkling wine.
  • From this vantage point, you can take in the sights of London. 
  • Lush foliage, beautifully designed gardens, exploratory decks, and an open-air terrace are available.

Location
: 1, Sky Garden Walk, London EC3M 8AF

Timings
Mon: 10am - 12am
Tues – Thurs: 6:30am – 12am
Fri – Sat: 7.30am – 1am
Sun: 7.30am – 12am
Price: No entry fee

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People Also Ask About London

  1. What should you not miss in London?

    The famous places apart from the unusual places to visit in London, as mentioned above include:
    -Big Ben
    -Hyde Park
    -Churchill's War rooms
    -Buckingham Palace
    -The London Eye
    -Westminster Abbey
    -Tower of London
    -Trafalgar Square
    -The British Museum
    -Covent Garden
    -Piccadilly Circus
    -Tower Bridge.

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  2. How long should you spend in London?

    For first-time visitors, it is advised to spend a minimum of 4-5 days to cover all the major tourist areas and those who have already spent some time here, they can easily enjoy a fun filled trip in 2 to 3 days.
  3. What can you only buy in London?

    The list of souvenirs which you can buy only in London includes the following items:
    -An Umbrella from James Smith & Sons.
    -Tea from Fortnum & Mason
    -A Union Jack-Printed Item
    -A cup of Monmouth Coffee
    -M&Ms from M&M's World
    -An Oyster Card
    -A Houses of Commons Notebook
    -A Hat from Lock & Co.
    -Buckingham Palace Merchandise.

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  4. Is it safe to visit London?

    Yes, travelling to london is totally safe but it should be kept in mind that it is filled with tourists throughout the year and further becomes a hub for pickpockets and scam artists. On the famous tourists' spots and landmarks, it is important that you take care of your belongings too.

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03 February 2020
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Not an experience that you get to have every day. From all the places I visited in London on my tour, this had a distinct feel to it. I didn't expect a lot of tourists there but to my surprise, I found there was a great line for ticket booking. The entire museum had a very offbeat feel to it. It really made me feel like I was in a war room preparing for some kind of a battle.
18 November 2019
Excellent
Even though the building looks a little ancient the overall feel of the place is very futuristic. It is not something that we get to see everyday. The kids are also going to love it. A good place to learn and have some fun! Must visit.
09 January 2020
Excellent
Always wonder where the word GMT came from. Haha! My trip to the Royal Observatory in Greenwich was extraordinary. I got to discover a lot and it was an insightful tour. The tickets I got were from Thrillophilia. I did a lot of cool stuff like standing right on the meridian line and also took a lot of photos with my friends. Overall, a blissful experience providing a rich learning opportunity to people like me. I would definitely want every holidaymaker to visit this place.
12 September 2019
Excellent
The best way I can describe my entire experience starting with getting my tickets from Thrillophilia to touring around St. Paul's Cathedral would be to the day that it was simply amazing. The place was so quiet and soothing, it was the kind of thing I wanted towards the end of my first-day tour in London. A side note, Just make sure you have a valid ID proof along with the tickets, it is important.
12 February 2020
Excellent
I had a great time at St. Paul's Cathedral. The experience was sublime and I loved every bit of it. The place was amazing and we got a chance to just relax and enjoy some peace in the Cathedral. It is a definite recommendation from my end to every tourist visiting London. Trust me, advance booking your tickets take a load off of you.
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It is a royal palace with a distinct architectural design that is really beautiful for the visitors. I really admired the entire ambiance of the place and the tour was just perfect. I strongly recommend everyone to visit the place on their tour to London.
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The Kew Gardens was the perfect addition to my overall London trip. Upon reaching I visited the place towards the evening and I must tell you what a relaxing feeling it was. It was great sitting amidst the raw nature and enjoying some time in peace. We also took a lot of pictures and overall, we enjoyed the place very much.

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