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5 Unusual Things To Do In London

March 19, 2017

I love how my friends in England have a list of things for us to check out whenever I’m in town. So although I no longer live in England, I feel like I’m an insider whenever I visit. Here’s a list of new discoveries you might want to add to your London list:

Hidden City

See London in a whole new light as Hidden City guides you through the capital by texting clues to your phone. The trail requires a few hours of walking and leads you to obscure places you may never have noticed before. Designed for families and small groups, this active head-scratcher will engage everyone in your party.

Portrait Restaurant and Bar

A spectacular backdrop of iconic London landmarks can be viewed from the Portrait Restaurant in the National Portrait Gallery (Free)

Word On The Water

If you read The Little Paris Bookshop, you will understand why I sought out this book barge moored near Kings Cross Station in Granary Square. With the slogan “We sell interesting books”, Word On The Water is London’s only floating bookstore. Complete with new and used books, jazz concerts, a friendly dog, and a gangplank to walk across, this 1920s Dutch barge is a must-see for every bibliophile.

Book Barge London

Ye Old Mitre Pub

Finding this ancient, tucked-away tavern is half the fun! Although located in the middle of London, technically it is in Cambridgeshire. Therefore, local police may enter by invitation only.  Ye Old Mitre was built in 1546 and is next to the oldest Catholic Church in England, St. Ethelreda’s. Oozing with character, the wood-paneled pub is surrounded by an enclosed courtyard and winding alleyways.

YeOldeMitre

Tacos El Pastór

Although I live in California, nothing tastes as delicious as the street tacos I find in London. Go figure. My new favorite is Tacos El Pastor with its scrumptious fresh Mexican food. You’ll find it on the edge of London’s oldest food market, Borough Market, which is a little slice of foodie heaven.

 

Milk Train

London is famous for being an incubator for unusual culinary experiments. Milk Train certainly is no exception with soft serve ice cream surrounded by cotton candy.

Ice Cream dessert at Milk Train

What are your favorite quirky finds in London?

Read more: 21 Unique Things To Do In London

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