London’s most unusual attractions
London is famous all over the world for its fascinating tourist attractions, such as Big Ben, British Museum, St Paul’s Cathedral and many others. However, there are plenty of lesser known but equally interesting attractions in the city if you ever wondered what else to do in London.
Stairway to Heaven, Tate Modern
If you have ever wanted to climb a stairway to heaven, then why not head on over to the city and you may just be able to do it. The Tate Modern art gallery on the South Bank of the River Thames has a new exhibition that literally allows visitors to climb an enormous temporary staircase.
The mind blowing and rather dizzying staircase is four times the height of Big Ben. The staircase was designed by architectural practice dRMM and will be one of the masterpieces on show during the city’s festival of design in 2013. The structure is the same height as a three storey building and is made up of interlocking staircases that were inspired by the drawings of M.C. Escher. There are spectacular views too, of the Tate Modern and the River Thames.
This huge staircase is not the only unusual attraction in the city. There are a numerous museums and attractions all over the city which are out of the ordinary.
The Camden Catacombs
The Camden Catacombs is a great example of the city’s more unusual attractions. This long forgotten network of vaults and tunnels is an important part of the city’s history, they were originally built for the pit ponies and horses that were used to shunt railway wagons. Another superb attraction for visitors that is close to the Catacombs is Camden Market. This market is extremely popular with Londoners and is a great place in which to buy alternative clothing and memorabilia.
The Fan Museum
There are also numerous unusual and themed museums in the city that will be fascinating for any visitor to experience. The Fan Museum is the only museum in the world that is dedicated entirely to fans. Currently, the museum houses over 3,500 fans, the vast majority of which are antique. Some of the fans date back as early as the 1000s. The museums exhibitions change approximately every four months; however, there are permanent exhibitions too.
The Old Operating Theatre
The Old Operating Theatre in the south of the city is possibly one of the most unusual museums in the city. It is one of the oldest museums in Europe and is situated inside the Herb Garret of St Thomas Church, which once was part of the old St Thomas’s Hospital. The museum gives visitors a fascinating insight into the history of medicine, and the contribution that various British surgeons and scientists have made to modern medicine.
London is an easy city to navigate as it has an extensive transport system. All of these attractions are situated close to an Underground station and bus stops. You can also pick up a London map at most newsagents and bookstores, which will make the attractions easier to find when you leave public transport and are on foot.