London is the kind of place where you can find something new every day, creating inside you an insatiable appetite for the extraordinary which can sometimes become a negative. The fact that you are always bombarded with new experiences means that you’ll find yourself desensitised to them, a constant reminder that we are greedy beings, always needing slightly more than we did before. To make sure that guests at the London City Suites Barbican and beyond are wide eyed as opposed to dull eyed, we’ve compiled a few new experiences that you wouldn’t expect from London.
Located underneath Camden Town, the catacombs are a creepy maze of underground passages and located partly under the Camden Markets. These came into existence in the 19th century and are in part owned by the Network Rail services. Unlike catacombs that entomb dead bodies, this underground area was previously used to house horses and ponies who would work on building the railway. The catacombs are a perfect resting spot for the old canal boats, pools being built in to store the river transports. People can visit the Catacombs on certain days and despite the creepy atmosphere and general feeling in underground tunnels, are unlikely to find any occult goings on.
There is no way you can be bored in Legoland. Built on the site of what used to be the Windsor Safari Park and dedicated to and a celebration of the world of Lego, this theme park will entertain children and adults alike. With classic rollercoasters such as Pirate Falls and the Dragon Knight throwing you into the various fantasy worlds of Lego, you’ll also find plenty of child friendly rides as well as plenty of gift opportunities based around, you guessed it, Lego. One of the best attractions at Legoland is the village of miniature cities, replicas of London city centre and Paris’s Eiffel Tower alongside many others.
Another Underground novelty, Cahoots Bar in Kingsly Court is an underground swing bar dedicated to the spirit of 40’s Britain and swing. Even though the Blitz may have been almost 80 years ago, the fighting spirit of London is still kept alive in the Cahoots bar. The bar itself is located in a disused underground station making it an atmospheric place to dance to talented DJ’s and see your drinks mixed in front of you by professional mixologists.
The Horniman Museum was founded by Frederick Horniman, a tea entrepreneur whose fortune meant that he could indulge his passion for collecting musical instruments from across the world. This area is great for children and adults alike, with its stellar exhibits of old animal skeletons and ancient artefacts, all collected by Frederick Horniman and housed within his unique estate in Forest Hill. The gardens around the Horniman Museum are also of merit and worth a visit on a sunny day due to its expansive collection of vegetation, a grade II listed conservatory and beautiful bandstand, introduced in 1912.
Museum of London Docklands
A lesser known museum in the city of London, this museum was put together in 1985 using archives and artefacts collected by the port of London Authority. The Museum follows, in chronological order, the use of the river Thames, dating back to the Roman times when London was first established as an area of interest. The museum also covers how the river led to architectural developments and contributed to the commercial and economic wealth of the city. The museum therefore, gives a rare look into a part of London rarely explored, making it one of the more unique and absorbing experiences for all the family.