5 unusual things to do in London
At Days Out Guide, we’re not only interested in the big attractions. We’re always striving to look for quirky experiences to add to your box of magical memories. So here’s a few unusual things to do in London that will make your day.
Learn all about the human body at London's oldest museum of anatomy and pathology. Find out about the surgeon John Hunter (1728-1793) as you go through his unique collection of specimens, fossils and manuscripts. And don't miss Winston Churchill's dentures - carefully designed to ensure the great orator retained his characteristically slurred diction. Entry to the museum is free, but get a 2FOR1 discount on audio tours
Museum of Brands, Packaging and Advertising
Looking at packaging may not sound very unusual. But if you like design, retro stuff and cultural history then this 12,000-strong collection will delight you. It’s a decade-by-decade look at what appeals to British consumers and what tricks of the trades are used to make us part with our cash. At the very least you’ll recognise lots of things from your childhood and feel all warm and nostalgic.
Golden Hinde II
Sandwiched in between two buildings in Bankside is this full replica of the Golden Hinde II - the ship that Sir Francis Drake used to circumnavigate the globe between 1577-80. Interactive tours include costumed actors to transport you back to Tudor times as they tell you about life on board. There will be plenty of gruesome stories to keep you entertained.
Sir Christopher Wren’s Monument is a permanent reminder and tribute to London and its survival after the Great Fire of 1666. Climbing 50 metres, up 311 spiral steps, may sound slightly insane, but get to the top and you’ll be rewarded with exhilarating 360 degree views of the capital.
Housed in two elegant Greenwich townhouses, the collection dates from the 11th century and includes a late 19th century fan leaf painted by Paul Gauguin. Traditional afternoon teas are served on Tuesday and Sunday from 3pm and fan-making workshops are held on the first Saturday of each month. Booking is advised for both. Contact the Museum for further details.
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