An alternative tour guide to London

by Laurene Mondet
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If you have already visited Big Ben, Westminster Abbey and Madame Tussaud and would like to experience unique moments in unusual places, here is a selection of the quirkiest places in London for a leading city getaway in the capital.

You can also find our alternative tour guide to Paris.

The museum of Brands, Packaging and Advertising

If you are passing by Portobello Road, you can’t miss the the museum of Brands, Packaging and Advertising. It is a real Aladdin’s cave full from floor to ceiling with packs, posters and toys that reveal the history of consumer culture from Victorian times to the present day. Experience a special city break in England and discover how well-loved brands evolved through their creative use of packaging and advertising.

Pollock’s Toy museum

The Toy Museum has been a family-owned business for three generations. This delightful collection of toys is housed in a pair of 18th and 19th century buildings off Tottenham Court Road. This museum is perfect if you want to enjoy the best family getaway in London.

Garlic and Shots

If you do not like garlic, this is absolutely not an activity for you! Garlic&Shots is a true garlic lovers paradise where no dishes are served without it - even dessert! You can also taste one of their garlicky shots in the unusual establishment where heavy rock music roars in the background. Experience a night out at Garlic&Shots for the best gastronomy break in London.

Open air cinema

If you are a cinephile and visiting London between May and August, enjoy a movie in one of London’s finest rooftops for a leading culture break in the capital. You can eat fabulous food, drink cold beer and watch your favourite movie at the same time. Rooftop Film Club program’s includes Bridesmaids, Lost in Translation, Breakfast at Tiffanys or Cool Runnings to name just a few. No time to lose! Check online the availability for the films you are interested in and book a ticket for this unusual activity.

Evening chocolate tour

If you are a chocoholic, you are going to love this! Chocolate Ecstasy Tours run guided walks around Chelsea and Mayfair. Along the way you will step inside magical chocolate shops to taste the finest chocolates, ice creams and even cocktails. If chocolate is a way of life you won’t be disappointed by this activity on your luxury gastronomy break in London.

Ice climbing

Have you ever climbed steep ice before? If not, it is time to try! Vertical Chill in Covent Garden offers private session for a special weekend getaway in London. The session lasts for an hour and all the equipment is provided. A great team awaits you in central London where it feels like the French Alps.

Pie-making class

Have you fallen in love with the famous British pies and are dying to learn how to bake them? Here is the solution: Marika’s Kitchen and its three hour pie-making course. The classes take place in her kitchen where she uses only the freshest ingredients from local green grocers, fish mongers and butchers to bake delicious steak and Guinness or fruit pies. She also offers cooking classes for couples to enjoy a luxury romantic break in London.

Roller skiing in London

Roller skiing is cross-country skiing without snow and the ultimate fitness sport. The roller ski consists of a shaft with two wheels, one at either end. Believe it or not, it uses 90% of the body’s muscles and is suitable for all ages and abilities. If you want to experience a special nature break in England this is the perfect activity for you.

Where to stay?

The Capital, located in Knightsbridge, is the perfect place to enjoy a 5 star romantic getaway in London. The hotel provides comfortable and charming accommodation, offers a fine personalised service and boasts an awarded restaurant which has earned an enviable reputation for excellence. The Capital is the perfect place to relax after an exhausting day in London.

If you are planning a trip to Spain, you can find our alternative tour guide to Barcelona.

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