Think of London and you’ll most likely think of attractions such as Big Ben, Buckingham Palace or The Houses of Parliament. However, there’s a wealth of locations that don’t get the credit they deserve.
If you’ve never been to London before, then visiting the tourist destinations are a must. But for anyone who’s tired of the usual tourist attractions or just wants to explore more of London, check out the 5 London attractions you probably didn’t know existed, below:
THE OLD OPERATING THEATRE
During the 19th century, many churches would provide shelter and food for the poor. Occasionally they would provide medical services, but St. Thomas’s Church went even further – they had their very own operating theatre. The operating theatre has now been restored to its former glory, along with the actual operating table and surgical tools that were used at the time. And, if you ever wanted to find out the benefits of chloroform, or find a cure for the Black Death, make sure you visit the ever-so-slightly peculiar gift shop.
Closest station: London Bridge
Temple Church is one of the most underrated churches in all of London. Built in the 12th century by the Knights Templar, the church just oozes beauty and history. The church is made up of two separate areas: the Chancel and the Round. If you have the time, be sure to visit during a musical performance – the acoustics of the church will leave your spine tingling.
Closest station: Temple or Blackfriars
If you’ve ever got home from a trip and realised that your photos are about as interesting as some unknown celebrity’s love life, then this one is for you. The London Helicopter gives you the perfect opportunity to explore London from a completely different vantage point. Rides are available daily, for up to four people at a time.
Closest Station: Clapham Junction
THE WORLD'S SMALLEST POLICE STATION
You may be familiar with Trafalgar Square, but chances are you never knew about the world’s smallest police station. Although it’s no longer a working station, this is definitely worth checking out. The police station was so small it was only able to hold one police officer, along with a telephone connected to the main station. The purpose of the mini-station was to give a policeman the ability to keep an eye on marches, demonstrations and the occasional riot taking place in Trafalgar Square.
Closest Station: Charing Cross
The Archipelago restaurant is an experience like no other. Once you step inside, the outside world no longer seems to exist. It’s hard to imagine you’ve just entered the restaurant from some London sidewalk, as it could easily be just at home located in the Middle East. The menu will either fill you with glee or leave you looking for the closest exits. Highlights include wildebeest and crocodile, garlic crickets, and scorpion for desert. With its foreign and exotic plants and paraphernalia, the Archipelago is a strong contender for London’s weirdest restaurant.
Closest Station: Goodge Street
Joey Spencer recently quit his job as a broker working in Canary Wharf to pursue his true passion of writing and traveling. He is currently in the process of booking an 8-month expedition around the word, beginning next summer. He also likes to spend his spare time reading, writing and illustrating.