If you have a chance to visit London but you want something a little less touristy to do while in the city perhaps some London’s odd destinations below will help you planning your itinerary.
Jeremy Bentham’s Skeleton
Perhaps the popular term about skeleton in the cabinet comes from Jeremy Bentham, who was a philosopher and one of the founder of London’s University College. In the main building of the university there’s a cabinet where the late of Jeremy Bentham was preserved. Don’t think it as a joke because though the skeleton is no longer able to be displayed but the head is the waxed of Bentham’s real skull. Scary or odd? You decide.
The Horse block of Duke of Wellington
Not significant attraction but if you are looking for the odd and unusual London’s attraction the horse block is one of the many London’s odd destinations you should visit. Located in the east side of St. James’s Waterloo Place you will find the white block which once used to assist anyone to mount their rides.
The Church Bell of St. Sepulchre
Back to the 17th up to 19th century when the clerk of St. Sepulchre will use a small hand bell in front of the prisoner cells to inform the prisoners of Newgate Prison that they will face their maker the next morning, the bigger church bell is responsible to announce that the execution throughout London.
John Snow’s Water Pump
When you reach Broadwick Street, W1, not far from Soho you will easily find a water pump well known as John Snow’s water pump. John Snow is a doctor who trace the source of cholera back in 1845. He traced that the epidemic was spread through water distributed through the water pump though in the end the result is not from the water but just miasma easily found in the air. Poor condition at that time just made the condition worse.
The Watergate that now you could find in Embankment Gardens was the only remaining of York House which was built in 1237 and the home of the first Duke of Buckingham after the house was razed in 1675. Still fancy but if you love the odds, visit this one as well.
The Roof Garden
Do you want to experience London in so much different level? Well, perhaps visiting The Roof Garden is one of the odd thing you could do in the London complete with the stream full of fish and wandering flamingos. Located in Kenshington High Street, W8, the garden is open for public.
The Old Operating Theater
You must be surprised to find the collection of odd things of tools which once used as medical equipment but looks like tools you saw in SAW. In the theater you are also able to check out some old memorabilia of how doctors performed surgery in 18th and 19th century. Scary? Check it yourself.
Looking for the odd of London, visit the Highgate Cemetery. Well, it is not like other cemeteries because here laid the last remains of some famous writers like George Elliot and Douglas Adams along with Karl Marx and Michael Faraday.
The Royal Observatory
Speaking of the oddest of London, visit The Royal Observatory to enter the real time machine because the observatory located in Greenwich or also well known as Greenwich Mean Time which the GMT is zero. Here, you will get the most peculiar experience when you are actually in the present, past and future at the same time.
London is not always glamorous because if you get closer, London is certainly odd in certain way those London’s odd destinations are just some recommendations. Take Mr. Bean as example since dark humor root spreading across London like spiderweb or Charles Dickens’ works, you will find that London has darkest side as well.