Places like St. Paul’s Cathedral, Hyde Park, Westminster Abbey and Buckingham Palace are always on a tourist’s checklist when they visit the nation’s capital.
London is a big place and you need inexpensive accommodation if you want to visit all its popular destinations during your trip, as getting around the city is not cheap. You need to factor in your meals, souvenirs and fees for this trip.
Did you know that London is also home to many unusual sights? Try going against the current and visit these places instead.
The Viktor Wynd Museum of Curiosities, Fine Art & Natural History
Viktor Wynd’s Little Shop of Horrors – commonly known as the Last Tuesday Society gallery shop – is located in East London. The gallery shop describes the items on display as ‘an attempt to recreate or reinterpret, within 21st-century sensibilities, a 17th century Wunderkabinett’.
Their collection consists of taxidermied specimens, skeletons contained in domes, modern art, erotica and books. They have a display of anatomical anomalies, a few mermaids, vintage speculums, winged creature sculptures.
Potterheads, have you ever wondered where they shot the Diagon Alley and The Leaky Cauldron scenes from the Harry Potter series? Look no further as you can visit the site in the historic centre of London’s financial district. Considered as one of the oldest markets in London, people started selling fish and meat here since the 14th century.
The Ruins of St. Dunstan-in-the-East
For 900 years, St. Dunstan-in-the-East’s church has gone through many historic feats, including the Great Fire of London back in 1666.
It remains as one of London’s many secret gardens – wall climbing flowers on ruins, trees and ivy in abundance, the place is a distant memory of the horrors of the Blitz, as well as a testament to London’s resilience.
Royal London Hospital Museum
The neighbourhood where the hospital is located was once the centre of attention because of the Whitechapel Murders of 1888 – popularly known as the doings of Jack the Ripper.
The collection found here includes archival materials and artefacts relating to major medical figures, such as Florence Nightingale and Edith Cavell. They also house materials pertaining to Jack the Ripper and the Elephant Man, Joseph Merrick.
After familiarising yourself with the usual tourist hunting grounds in London, try visiting these places for a new experience. See London from a new perspective – who knows? You might even enjoy it more than the popular tourist destinations.