London is filled with weird and wonderful tourist attractions, with lots to see and do throughout the city even if you want something a little removed from the norm. If you’d rather stay off the beaten track during your own visit, this guide should help you uncover London’s must unusual attraction…
Many people are afraid of clowns but if you’re not one of them, then a trip to this unique tourist destination might just make the cut. It’s a lesser known rule of clown etiquette that no two clowns can have exactly the same make-up, and so here, at the Clowns Gallery, you’ll find recreations of the most popular clown make-up displayed on small figurines on the walls. Each one is unique, and if you can get past the inherent creepiness of being confronted with a wall of faces, then this is a great way to see something truly unusual during your stay at the M by Montcalm Shoreditch.
Eel Pie Island
You might not have even heard of Eel Pie Island, but it’s nonetheless an intriguing part of the city. Situated along the Thames, here you’ll find one of the larger islands populated by artists and a nature reserve. The island has had several incarnations over the years, and during the 1960s it was a noted recording studio and site for numerous gigs. Today, we recommend finding parking in Shoreditch and going exploring during one of the open days held throughout the year.
Dennis Severs’ House
This house acts as a form of time capsule, catapulting the visitor back through the history of London’s home décor. With rooms decorated in styles which were popular from the 1700s right up to 1914, Dennis Severs’ House is a real treat for design buffs while staying at the M by Montcalm Shoreditch. There are ten rooms to explore, each with their own individual flair and era to represent. The house is open at various times throughout the week, so be sure to check the official website when planning your visit.
God’s Own Junkyard
A trip to God’s Own Junkyard provides a unique look at the inner workings of a creative mind and it’s arguably one of London’s quirkiest attractions. The space showcases work by neon artist Chris Bracey within a salvage yard, and includes pieces the artist salvaged during the 1960s as well as work created for numerous films he’s worked on. There’s a cafe on-site, and plenty of opportunities to grab some artful photos during your visit.
Grant Museum of Zoology
The only museum of its kind in London, Grant Museum of Zoology has a wide range of gruesome finds, including lots which date from the Victorian era. From taxidermy and animal skeletons to peculiar items sourced from around the world, the museum opens at 1pm from Monday to Saturday, and while it is not one for the squeamish or those unprepared to react with shock at some of the pieces on display, the museum provides an afternoon of curious experiences during your time in the city.