Written by Mackenzie - 13/05/2021
London is known for many famous tourist attractions. However, the city also has a reputation for unique and quirky spots that can be found off the beaten track! Once you’ve checked Westminster Abbey and the Tower of London off your list, try these 6 unique spots to visit!
This urban park is located at St Martin's Le-Grand, with access from King Edward Street. To demonstrate, what makes it a unique spot to visit is the tiled wall of plaques dedicated to those who lost their lives in self sacrifice. This Memorial to Heroic Self Sacrifice was unveiled in 1900 and contains many unique and touching tributes. All in all, the park is a pretty and quiet spot to reflect and stroll within the City of London.
This small, hidden alley is full of vibrant colours and cute shops! For this reason, finding your way in is well worth it even though the entrances are easy to miss. Just north of Covent Garden, with access off of Monmouth St or Shorts Gardens, you can find shopping and good eats in this (very instagrammable) plaza.
The Sky Garden might not be so hidden (it’s 34 stories high), but it is a cool and unique spot to visit in London! It is free to access the top of the building and visit the Sky Garden, which is three stories high in itself. While you're up there, have a 360 degree look around London in the gardens and open-air terrace. In essence, the space is a public park with a serious view. Just remember to book yourself in online first!
If you’ve ever dreamed of going to a secret underground bar in the 1940s during prohibition where you need a password to enter, look no further than Cahoots! This spot is built to look like it occupies an abandoned underground station, complete with a tube carriage and ‘to the train’ signs. Consequently, dressing up in your most dapper 1940s style is highly encouraged. Pssssst! Here’s a tip: it’s located in Kingly Court!
The John Soane Museum is possibly the most unique and quirky museum in London. Not only is it free, but it's also highly worth a gander. Sir John Soane was an architect and collector. Thus, the museum collections are extensive and definitely quirky. For example, there is an ancient Egyptian sarcophagus covered in hieroglyphs. Soane's pieces were all left in his home, nearly untouched, after he died.
Camden is known for being edgy and alternative. Additionally, it boasts many markets, including the Stables Market (or the Horse Tunnel Market), which is housed in a former horse stables and horse hospital. One entrance leads you underground past a relief of frenzied horses. What could be more unique?
If any of these quirky spots have caught your interest, feel free to contact one of our Advisors to learn more about studying in the UK!
All photos without sources are by Mackenzie Glachan