The long Easter weekend is nearly here, which means time…
Do you feel you have seen and done all there is to see and do in London? Do you believe that this extraordinary capital possesses no treasures left for you to uncover? This is simply not the case. London, perhaps more so than any city in the world, teems with unusual, eclectic and altogether atypical things to do.
1. London Duck Tour
A London Duck Tour is so much more than a conventional sightseeing tour. Board an exceptional amphibious craft, first used in the D-Day landings in World War Two. You will sweep by such renowned London landmarks as regal Buckingham Palace, spectacular Westminster Abbey, the alluring London Eye and eminent Trafalgar Square. Sounds like a standard sightseeing tour? Well, a surprise lays in store for you. Your tour will be completed with an exhilarating, theatrical launch into the River Thames.
2. Floatation Experience
A floatation experience is tranquil, peaceful, and, above all, enchanting to indulge in. You will lie down in salt-water solution which is heated to skin temperature (35.5°C). Once you are settled, it will be nigh impossible to tell which parts of your body are in the water and which are not. You will even believe that you’re floating in mid air. The soothing quiet and darkness will give your mind the chance to slide into a profoundly relaxed state.
3. Sir John Soane Museum
Sir John Soane was one of England’s supreme architects. Soane designed his own house on Lincoln’s Inn Fields. This structure is idiosyncratic; he furnished it innovatively and very creatively. Enticing and unanticipated artefacts abound in each and every room of this labyrinthine house, and the walls of the Hogarth room can even be opened up. Certainly far from the usual museum experience.
4. Dennis Severs House
Severs said of this house: ‘I worked inside out to create what turned out to be a collection of atmospheres: moods that harbour the light and the spirit of various ages’.
Each of the ten rooms of the house were decorated by him in a range of diverse styles harking back to the past. The rooms are arranged uniquely, as if they are in use and the occupants have only just left.
Painter David Hockney described the house as ‘one of the world’s greatest works of opera’. What further recommendation do you need to explore this house, which is as strange as it is captivating?
5. Lounge Bohemia
As far from an average bar as you can get. Lounge Bohemia, hidden away in Shoreditch, is an enticing place to uncover indeed. Enjoy some intensely distinctive cocktails (such as pepper martinis) served in old bibles and Czech novels, for a truly singular experience. Ensure you book: entry is via booking only.