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101 Non-Touristy / Unique Things To Do in London

101 Non-Touristy / Unique Things To Do in London

Keep reading to discover 101 Non-Touristy / Unique Things To Do in London.

When people talk to me about visiting London the same few questions always come up. ‘Where’s a great place for breakfast?’ and ‘What sights should I see?’ are probably two of the most popular things I’m asked.

However, more and more readers are asking for recommendations of non-touristy and unique things to do in London. It seems like between the London Eye and Tower of London you’re keen to experience something less main stream and something more unique. Great news for you because there are tons and tons of fun things to do in London that don’t include seeing Buckingham Palace.  What about a wander around a local neighbourhood market? Perhaps a drink at a secret underground bar? or a look around a museum dedicated to Vaginas? Now I have your attention!

Here are 101 Non-Touristy / Unique Things To Do in London

1. Eat at The Clink, a restaurant within a working prison

2. Stay on a superyacht at the Sunborn Yacht Hotel

3. See a cabaret show at the Phoenix Art Club

4. Eat epic sandwiches at Max’s Sandwich Shop

5. Visit the second site of the London Transport Museum Depot in West London

6. See a unique view of St Paul’s from secret rooftop, One New Change

7. Do an East London Street Art tour

8. Fly over London on a giant zipline

9. Have drinks at retro bar Bobby Fitzpatrick

10. Challenge friends to boozy ping pong at Bounce

11. Explore the Photographers Gallery

12. Bring your own cocktails at BYOC Camden

3. Admire the graffiti at Leake Street Tunnels

14. Stay in a Harry Potter themed room at the Georgian House Hotel

15. Visit Draughts, London’s only board game cafe.

16. Explore Bermondsey Street

17. Spend an afternoon on Camden Passage

18. Go to a silent disco in The Shard

19. Spend a Sunday at Alexandra Palace Farmers Market

20. Swim in an outdoor lido

21. Wander around Hampstead Village

22. Take a walk in Hampstead Heath

23. Eat in Bloomsbury Arcade.

24. See the deer in Richmond Park

25. Walk along the Regent’s Canal from King’s Cross to Little Venice


101 Non-Touristy / Unique Things To Do in London
101 Non-Touristy / Unique Things To Do in London

26. Visit Neon Light Paradise Gods Own Junkyard

27. Relax in the ruins of St Dunstan in the East

28.  Have drinks at detective bar, Evans and Peel

29.Eat unusual meats at Archipelago 

30. Eat a good ol’ English breakfast at classic cafe Regency Cafe

31. See a film at Backyard Cinema

32. Play musical bingo at Dabbers

33. Watch free comedy at the Angel Comedy Show

34. Experience the thermal baths at AIRE Ancient Baths

35. Walk along the Thames Path

36. Shop for local produce in Spa Terminus

37. Drink in a 19th Century candlelit wine bar , Gordon’s wine bar

38. Have a look around London’s quirky museums

39. Hang out in Coal Drops Yard

40. Eat a cheap dinner at the Indian YMCA

41. Do a Look Up London tour

42. Explore London on private black cab tour

43.Eat at the cheese conveyor belt

44. Have a roast in a ‘local’ pub like the Pig & Butcher

45. Go Axe Throwing at Whistle Punks

46. Eat world cuisine in Brixton Village

47. Explore Tooting Market

48. Wander around Netil Market

49. Ride the ArcelorMittal Orbit

50. Climb over the O2 with Up at the O2

51. Have drinks at secret bar, Discount Suit Company

52. Shop for vintage clothes at ATIKA

53. Play games and drink cocktails at Roof East

54. Eat delicious street food at Box Park

55. Have traditional pie and mash at M Manze

56. Drink coffee at HOST cafe, a hidden coffee shop inside a working church

57. Explore St Katherines Dock

58. Drink craft beer at Howling Hops

59. Spend a Saturday at Broadway Market

60. Dine in London’s 5* food court at The Ned

61. Have drinks at the Mayor of Scarred Cat Town

62. Eat baked goods at hidden bakery, Dusty Knuckle Bakery

63. Listen to jazz at Ronnie Scott’s

64. Buy a book at the Bookshop on the Water

65. Have a classic English breakfast experience at Norman’s

66. Explore Mercato Mayfair, an Italian food market inside a church

67.Drink cocktails over-looking London on the Bussey Bar rooftop

68. Have brunch at Aussie cafe Brunswick East

69. Have lunch at White Cross Market

70. Play darts at Flight Club

71. Explore Chelsea Psychic Garden

72. Have drinks on a rooftop car park at Frank’s

73. Eat in complete darkness at Dans Le Noir

74. Hire an igloo at the Coppa Club

75. Do the Bermondsey beer mile


101 Non-Touristy / Unique Things To Do in London
101 Non-Touristy / Unique Things To Do in London

76. Drink at Cahoots, a 1940’s vintage-style speakeasy set in a disused underground station.

77. Explore the famous Highgate Cemetery or Brompton Cemetery.

78. Go a sightseeing speed boat tour with the Thames Rockets

79. Hire your own Go Boat and sail down the Regent’s Canal

80. Hire a photographer to take iconic London photos of you.

81. Paddleboard down the Regent’s Canal

82. Do a ‘Secret Old London’ tour of London.

83. Explore London’s hidden pubs with an expert tour guide

84. Try your hand at pottery at a London pottery workshop

85. Enjoy the plants at Barbican Conservatory

86. See a film at vintage cinema, Electric Cinema

87. Kayak down a London canal

88. See a quirky film at the Prince Charles Cinema

89. Ride the train at the Postal Museum

90. Do a unique tour of the London underground with TFL Hidden Tours

91. Dine in an abandoned tube carriage with Supperclub.Tube

92. Have an immersive dining experience with the Gingerline

93. Visit the Mediatheque, the world’s greatest and most diverse archive of film and television.

94. See the sad history of Postman Park

95. Do a backstage tour of one of London’s Theatres

96. Visit London’s Roman Ampitheatre

97. Drink champagne at Bob Bob Ricard

98. Shop at Hoxton Street Monster Supplies

99. Learn to trapeze at the Gorilla Park trapeze school

100. Walk underneath the Thames along the Greenwich foot tunnel

101. Stay in a London Zoo lodge

I hope you enjoyed 101 Non-Touristy / Unique Things To Do in London.

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