London is so vast and varied that it can be whatever you want. Most tourists to the UK capital tread a well-worn trail of attractions, ticking off all the must-see sights like Buckingham Palace, Big Ben and the London Eye.
While these are major, world-renowned locations, they’re not particularly different or inspired, so here we’ve picked out some of the most unique and kooky things you can get up to during your time in London.
Crazy golf is often regarded a clichéd staple of outdated resorts but Junkyard Golf updates the concept with bizarre results. As their slogan goes, ‘you ain’t never seen golf like this before’.
Over three nine-hole courses, you’ll have to navigate your ball through jacuzzis, speed boats, wendy houses, cows, treadmills and other odd obstacles. There are four bars dotted throughout, serving cocktails with novel names like Golf Lundgren and Who’s Your Caddy. You can also pick up a bite to eat at the Bart’s Dog Kart street food stand.
Booking is advised but they keep back a fifth of tickets every day for walk-ins so you shouldn’t have too much trouble if you just show up.
You’ll find Junkyard Golf at 91 Brick Lane, round the corner from Spitalfields Market. The nearest Tube Stations are Whitechapel on the District and Hammersmith & City Lines, and Liverpool Street on the Central, Circle and Metropolitan Lines.
Imagine if an evil genius used a shrink ray on London. Well, you don’t need to because you could just go and see New London Architecture’s super accurate 1:1500 scale model of the city.
The model covers the area from Paddington to Kings Cross, Battersea and the Royal London Docks and even includes major new proposed buildings and transport links, hinting at what the city could look like in a few years’ time.
If you haven’t started your sightseeing yet, it’s a novel way to plan where you’d like to go. The model is free to view at New London Architecture’s offices near Goodge Street between 9.30am and 6pm on weekdays and 10am and 5pm on Saturdays.
The traffic light tree
Ever thought something as mundane and ubiquitous as traffic lights could be visually arresting? If not, then check out the traffic light tree in Canary Wharf.
This eight-metre tall tree, created by French sculptor Pierre Vivant, is made up of 75 fully operational, computer-controlled traffic lights. It isn’t used to direct any road traffic but you’ll find it on the roundabout next to the famous Billingsgate fish market.
Dans Le Noir
If you’ve ever been accused of eating with your eyes, then Dans Le Noir – or ‘In The Dark’ if your French isn’t all that – is for you. It sees you dine in pitch black darkness and it’s one of London’s most talked-about food experiences.
Don’t worry about being fed anything nasty or gross, the idea is that your sense of taste is enhanced by essentially being blind. Menus change with the seasons and the servers won’t give you anything you can’t eat.
Find it at 30-31 Clerkenwell Green, near the Barbican Tube Station on the Circle, Metropolitan and Hammersmith & City Lines.
London Bridge Experience & Tombs
It’s not quite the London equivalent of the Catacombs in Paris, but this eerie walking tour covers 2,000 years of history beneath the city’s most famous bridge. It includes reconstructions of infamous events like the Great Fire of London and the murders of Jack the Ripper.
You’ll find it on 2-4 Tooley Street, close to the London Bridge Tube Station.