In a city which spans over 15,000 square kilometres, it’s not surprising that there are enough activities to keep you occupied for years on end, let alone a shorter stay at the Park Grand London Heathrow. You’ll easily find the main attractions advertised all over the city but if you’re feeling a little more adventurous then we have compiled a list of some of the more unusual things to do in the city. Because it’s easy to find that famous museum and popular West End Show, but for the truly memorable experiences a trip off the beaten track is sometimes necessary.
Fun and Free
When staying in Hotels near Hounslow Central station, you’ll find great affordable transport links all across the city. On days when money just isn’t growing on trees, this means you can still visit some at the Walkie-talkie buildings Sky Garden, offering a brilliant view of London as well as lush greenery. Alternatively, book a free tour of Big Ben or if you’d like to explore on a more independent basis, then a walk along the South Bank will no doubt find you spoilt for choice. The South Bank Centre itself is host to many free art installations and events every week. If you would like to travel further afield than the River Thames, then a trip to one of the city farms may be for you. Yes, London even has farmland! You can feed ducks at the business award winning Vauxhall City Farm, have a bite to eat at the trendy Hackney City Farm’s café Frizzante, and visit the horses at the 32 acre Mudchute Park and farm. Other free and slightly unusual outings include the Bank of England’s museum and Ukulele lessons at the Queen of Hoxton’s “Hoxton Ukulele Hootenanny”.
Bargains off the beaten track
For those who have a little bit of cash to flash, Greenwich’s Cutty Sark has museum has a raised platform underneath it, which allows visitors to view the ship’s hull. On top of that, the legendary 19th century sailing ship has within it a theatre which plays host to top notch theatre and comedy nights. The London Transport Museum is a must for those who know their trams from their trains and has a range of educational workshops and offers historical insights into London’s Underground system. There are also cheap tours of the countless London breweries. The Camden Town Brewery is of particular note, lasting between 90 and 120 minutes. If you are mad for the macabre, then a tour of Soho’s Murder Mile is worth a gander. With tours from seasoned professionals, murder mile walks offer an insight into 18 murderers in a heart stopping two hours. If you would like to stay outdoors then why not try an Urban Wide Game, great for groups, players can engage in a variety of games which encourage you to explore the city and solve puzzles in the process. If you’d rather stay inside then groups can book a whole range of Puzzle games, from Lockd, created by two Russian Physicists to the terrifying Escape from a room with Zombies, which, unsurprisingly, does exactly what it says on the tin.