Finding stuff to do in London isn’t hard. The capital is one of the busiest, biggest cities in the world and that means there’s always something going on. However, sometimes you want to see a different side of London – the parts that are a little bit strange, a little bit different from the norm – and, happily, there’s a great deal of weirdness about.
So, with this in mind, let’s look at a few fun, strange and different things to see and do around the capital.
The former house of an eccentric Victorian artist – Lord Leighton – the Leighton Museum is a treasure trove of the strange and the bizarre.
The museum is home to a vast collection of paintings and sculptures – all created by Leighton and other artists of his period. The result is a plush, eclectic space that feels like it’s still inhabited by eccentric Victorians. Queen Victoria herself was a visitor to the site – which functioned as Leighton’s home and studio – and many of the leading lights of Victorian society were fixtures in Leighton’s beautiful home. And, even better, you won’t have far to travel from your room at the M by Montcalm.
As you move about the place, you’ll find a raft of different styles of décor, beautiful art and sculptures everywhere and the sense that you are in one the most unique, beautiful spaces in all of London.
Kayak Down the Thames
Being the tourist mecca it is, London has a huge range of different options for people to explore the city and take in the sights. Most people, however, don’t opt to Kayak alongside the Houses of Parliament. And that’s a shame, because whilst it is a little bit different from the usual open-top bus tour, a kayak offers a completely unique and stunning insight into the capital.
Kayaking London offers just this experience and it’s one you’ll never forget. There are a few different kayak tour options, covering everything from the beautiful Little Venice to a ‘Big Ben & Back’ option. Whatever you choose, it’ll be an unforgettable, amazingly fun experience and one that’s well outside the norm. Close to the M by Montcalm, you can collapse on your bed after a day of navigating the Thames.
The Last Tuesday Society
Billed as the only ‘Curiosity Museum’ in London, The Last Tuesday Society truly offers a an experience in the strange and the bizarre – and it’s within easy reaching distance of the M by Montcalm.
Think of this spot as the stranger, more eclectic cousin of places like Ripley’s Believe It or Not and you’ll have a good idea of what to expect. It’s a small place, but one that’s huge on character and interesting curios to see. The idea is that The Last Tuesday Society adheres to the pre-Victorian idea of museums – filled to the brim with the wonders of nature and human invention, and resistant to categorization.
The old and the new sit alongside one another here, and the aim is to create a sensory experience that underlines everything that’s weird and great about our world. It’s an amazing place and definitely one to check out if you have a taste for the bizarre.