Big Ben, St Paul’s Cathedral, Buckingham Palace… Here are some classic places known by everyone. In this article, we propose you to discover other places, more atypical, that you probably didn’t know in London.
- Little Ben
Everyone knows Big Ben, which is one of the most famous clocks in the world. But did you know that this one has a little brother named Little Ben? Placed near the Victoria station, it welcomes people getting off the train. The peculiarity of this clock is that it is constantly at the summer hour, thus it gives the French hour in winter and the English hour in summer.
Address: Victoria Street, Victoria, London SW1E 5EA
- The freedom of speech
We noticed two atypical places. First, the Speakers’ Corner in Hyde Park. Everyone can speak freely in front of the present person. This place exists since the XIXth century and was launched after the request of the population which wished to lead free discussions.
Then, there is the Banksy tunnel, next to the Waterloo station. The amateur or confirmed artists in graffiti are used to make some graffiti in this tunnel of 300 meters long. Street art atmosphere which guaranties an entire disconnection with the classic London.
Address Speakers’ Corner: Hyde Park, Hyde Park, London W2 2UH
Address The Banksy tunnel: Leake Street, Lambeth, London SE1 7NN
- Have a walk under the Thames
396 meters long, this tunnel was dug to allow the ground traffic to be more flowing freely. Come to visit the vestiges by going in the Grand Entrance Hell, situated under the Thames. You can intend to hear trains and imagine how this place could look like in 1830. (Brunel Tunnel)
- The mass of the clowns
Three times a year, in the Church Holy Trinity (Great Portland), a mass is organized in the memory of Joseph Grimaldi, a famous clown died in 1837. His colleagues the red noses attend this tribute in their most beautiful suit of mime. You can also attend this strange ceremony!
Address: Sloane Street, London SW1X 9BZ
- The vintage magazine shop
Here is a non-common shop: it proposes a lot of ideas of gifts in a rock and vintage style. We advise you to go downstairs in this shop where you would be able to leaf through old magazines, sometimes even older than you! Dive back into a universe which can wake memories!
Address: 39-43 Brewer St, London W1F 9UD
- The Hunterian Museum
Sensitive soul, refrains! Situated in the royal academy of the surgeons, this museum is a cabinet of macabre curiosities where are exposed skeletons, jars in strange contents and tools of surgery collected by doctor John Hunter in the XVIIIth century.
Address: 35-43 Lincoln’s Inn Fields, Londres WC2A 3PE
London is also waiting for you in these unusual places, even if they constituted only a little part of the curiosities that London hides us! 😉