Sightseeing in London is, of course, a must as there is so much to see, do and visit. You’ve got your traditional Houses of Parliament, London Eye, Buckingham Palace, Hyde Park, Tower Bridge etc. This article, however, will give you an insight into the more fun and quirky things to do in London.
Being uni students, we often spend so much time holed up in our rooms studying (or in my case, watching Netflix) that we don’t really make the time to venture out and explore London. With so many opportunities right at our doorstep, take some time this year to try out some of these places.
1. Junkyard Golf
From the minute that you step into this crazy golf course, you can already see and feel the lively atmosphere. You will not only be transfixed by the unique and quirky golf courses, but also by the trendy and hipster décor. Junkyard Golf consists of Bozo, inspired by a circus theme, Gary with a scrapyard theme, Pablo with a jungle theme and finally Bruce which has been inspired by movies. The holes start easy and become increasingly more challenging but overall this made the game more fun and adventurous. This would be the perfect place to take a partner on a date or even bring your friends for a little bit of friendly competition. The Junkyard Golf course even provides alcoholic drinks and snacks to satisfy your appetite while waiting for your slot.
Tickets are £11.50 and can be bought at: https://www.junkyardgolfclub.co.uk/london/
Nearest Stations: Liverpool Street, Old Street and Shoreditch High Street (Overground)
2. Milk Train
This Instagram worthy ice-cream is a must if you are in London. In fact, this hotspot in London is so popular that often there are queues outside the store, but it is definitely worth the wait. Milk Train serves ice cream but with a candy floss twist. There are a variety of flavours and toppings that can be added to this sweet delicacy to create the perfect combination. I opted for a vanilla ice-cream topped with popping candy and Oreo pieces which was mouth-watering. Not only did it look good, but it also tasted heavenly!
I would definitely recommend sitting in the café to enjoy the fusion of flavours and savour each aspect of this unique ice cream.
Nearest Stations: Charing Cross, Leicester Square and Covent Garden
3. Cereal Killer Cafe
Cereal Killer Cafe was the first cafe in the UK to be cereal themed, first opening in 2014. Stepping into the Cereal Killer Cafe (with its retro-themed décor) made me feel like a child again. The plethora of cereals was so astonishing that it made me want to try all of them. Alongside the cereal, they also sell coffee, milkshakes, toast and a variety of pop tarts. One of the highlights of the Cereal Killer Cafe (besides the cereal) was the showcase of antique toys which my friends and I had played with when we were younger; it brought back so many childhood memories. There are currently two cafes in London one of which is in Shoreditch and the other in Camden. Head down to Cereal Killer Cafe for your fix of sugary goodness.
Nearest stations: Camden Town, Chalk Farm (Northern Line) or Shoreditch High Street (Overground)
4. The Alchemist
The Alchemist is a popular cocktail bar situated near Liverpool Street. It has a vintage-modern décor creating an alchemy theme. The bar combines chemistry and alcohol with a touch of mystery to create their mind-blowing cocktails. In fact, some of the drinks are so mesmerising that you almost don’t want to drink them but rather admire the cocktails and savour the experience. The best part of The Alchemist is that you are a part of the process of making the cocktails, as some of them require you to pour a drink from one glass to another in order to create the desired reaction. They use scientific equipment such as beakers, Bunsen burners and pipettes to create a surreal and mystical experience. Personally, I have been to The Alchemist three times already and am planning on returning once again.
You can book at: https://thealchemist.uk.com/venues/bevis-marks-london/
Nearest Stations: Aldgate, Aldgate East and Liverpool Street
5. Ice Bar
I have always been so fascinated by the hotels in Sweden that would be made entirely of Ice. When I heard that there would be an Ice Bar opening in London, I just had to visit, and I have to admit it was definitely one of the coolest experiences I have had. Every so often they change the theme of the bar. When I visited there was a rock and roll theme, but now they have recently changed their theme again and, fittingly, the theme is London. The drinks are served in glasses that are made purely from ice (which means an icy cold drink is always at hand). If you prefer a non-alcoholic beverage, there are mocktails instead. If you want more drinks after the session, there is an (ordinary) bar outside as well as a restaurant which can be booked in advance. The Ice Bar is adorned with magnificent ice sculptures so be sure to take your camera for those extraordinary pictures.
Tickets start from £13.50 which includes your first drink and the thermal capes.
Nearest Stations: Oxford Circus and Piccadilly Circus