When you think of London you immediately think of the famous landmarks, like Big Ben, The London Eye, The Tower of London… but what about the underrated locations lying down the quiet streets? We give you a list of some of the cities perhaps unconventional yet fun places to visit when you are in London!
Cereal Killer Café, Brick Lane
Cereal Killer Café is the world’s first cereal café, selling bowls of any breakfast cereal imaginable all day long. The quirky café also offers the option to add their custom-made Cereal Milk ice cream to any bowl and has a savoury menu to choose from. There is also a full bar menu provided with some yummy cereal inspired cocktails, with a weekend Happy Hour deal of two cocktails for £10 every Friday & Saturday from 6pm – 8pm!
Cahoots is a fun cocktail bar that features a quirky 1940’s tube theme and aims to keep the Blitz spirit alive. Venture down to the bar via old-fashioned wooden escalators where the drinks of your choice can be drunk out of old teacups, hip flasks, vintage milk bottles and tins. Keeping in with the theme, you can expect to hear jazz, swing and lindy hop, and electro-swing comes later in the night.
Ballie Ballerson, Shoreditch
Relive your youth at Ballie Ballerson, a ball pit cocktail bar that provides the ultimate adult playground. With over one million balls, a 70 metre glowing UV mural that twists around the walls of the venue and retro sweetie cocktails, Ballie Ballerson provides you and your friends with huge amounts of space to have fun and enjoy the nostalgia. There is a main glowing ball pit, or alternatively, there is an option to book a private pit that overlooks the street outside on two sides. There is also a VIP golden put for VIP ballers who choose to book a table. This is an ideal location for a memorable night out!
God’s Own Junkyard, Upper Walthamstow
God’s Own Junkyard is a stunning glowing paradise in North East London. Though it’s not open every day, it’s definitely worth making the time to go and visit. Home to Europe’s largest collection of vintage neon signs and light, this reasonably small venue is one that you can spend hours in.
Dans Le Noir?, Clerkenwell
Dans Le Noir literally translates to ‘In The Dark?’, and that’s exactly what it is! This restaurant awakens the senses where guests dine in complete darkness. There are four different ‘Suprise Menus’ for you to choose from. The White Menu puts your faith entirely in the Chef, who will put together an exotic selection of both seafood and meat. The Red Menu will include a variety of meat-based dishes. The Blue Menu provides a pescatarian option with a selection of seafood and shellfish based dishes. The Green Menu is a vegetarian menu, which can also cater for vegans. After you have eaten your meal, you will be shown the surprise menu of the day that you chose. Who knows – you might eat something you never thought you would!
Evans & Peel Detective Agency, Earls Court
If you’re looking for a fun night out that is a bit different with your friends then this is the ideal place for you to visit. This bar masquerades as a detective agency online, and to make your reservation you have to submit a ‘case’, which the ‘detective’ (the doorman), will question you about upon your arrival at the venue. You will then be taken through an exciting secret bookcase and into an eccentric candle-lit 1920s style bar.
Aldwych Underground Station Tour, Aldwych
This fascinating location is filled with rich and varied history, having opened for public use in 1907 but having to close in 1994 after it hadn’t reached its desired potential. The venue was used during the Blitz as a shelter for Londoners and has been used as a backdrop for productions such as V for Vendetta, The Krays, Sherlock and many more. This tour is an extremely rare opportunity and are available on a very limited basis.
Lady Dinah’s Cat Emporium, Shoreditch
Lady Dinah’s is London’s first cat café and is a wonderland for those that can’t get enough of these furry friends. All the cats within the café are rescues, and the team there always try and encourage their guests to consider adopting their next kitty from a shelter, instead of buying them. Enjoy the friendly service in the company of these feline friends and make sure you have a look around their gift shop before you leave, which includes a range of gifts for both cats and cat-lovers!