Friday, 11 July 2014

Bored of Buckingham? The Only Places You Should Be Visiting in London

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"When a man is tired of London, he is tired of life." 
There's nothing worse than trying to find a new place to visit in London - whether you've got a friend coming to visit that you want to impress or you're fed up with eating the same lunch day in, day out.
So stop Googling 'London attractions' or 'London places to go' and getting the usual Buckingham Palace and Science Museum (Yawn!) Look through our list and find out the coolest, slightly secret places to go in London that you may never have heard of.


East End London Food Tour
Meets close to Liverpool Street Station
Morning departures every day (except Sundays)

Eat your way around the East End on this guided walking tour. There's all manner of Cockney cuisine from cockels to pie and mash!

11 Plough Yard, EC2A 3LP
Games available to book every day.

Being trapped in a room might not sound like a great day out but ClueQuest locks you in a room full of puzzles, riddles and challenges. You and your team have got an hour to get out. Can you solve ClueQuest?

Museum of Brands, Packaging and Advertising
2 Colville Mews, W11 2AR
Tuesday-Saturday: 10am-6pm. Sunday: 11am-5pm. Closed Monday.

It's like playing the Logo Game outdoors! This London museum is not as well known as the others but it means you can look at the exhibits you want without having to crane over the heads of 20 others until it gets too much to bear and you have to resort to moderate tutting - we are in London after all.

Truefit & Hill
71 St James's Street, SW1A 1PH
Monday-Saturday: 8.30am-5.30pm. Closed Sunday.

Feel like a true London gentleman at the oldest barber shop in the world. Enjoy a luxury cut throat shave and hot towel - just make sure your barber isn't called Sweeney Todd...

Locations in Notting Hill, Chelsea, Soho, One New Change and Topshop Oxford Circus
Opening times vary by location.

Waxing definitely isn't something to get excited about but it is at Strip as their waxing is almost painless! The wax also smells amazing with choices including chocolate, vanilla and strawberry, you'll be smooth and good enough to eat.

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Secret Cinema
(Secret) Locations depend on event.
(Secret) Times vary by event.

The clue is in the name as is this cinema keeps the locations of their events on the hush-hush. Huge showings include the Shawshank Redemption shown in a make-shift prison and a viewing of The Grand Budapest Hotel in a fake Grand Budapest Hotel! Next up this Summer is Back to The Future and you can explore Hill Valley from 1955, 1985 and the very futuristic iteration of 2015. If you like to really get immersed in your films, here's where to do it.

1 Garrick Road, NW9 6AA
Times depend on tour.

Love exquisite and iconic costumes? They were probably made at Angels. Small tours are run around the premises, giving you a unique look at thousands upon thousands of intricately made costumes that you've only seen on the small or silver screen.

The Berkeley
Wilton Place, Knightsbridge, SW1X 7RL
1pm-5.30pm every day.

Afternoon tea for the fashion elite is here with cakes and desserts designed to look exactly like their catwalk counterparts. The menu even changes twice a year to reflect A/W and S/S trends! Expect Miu-Miu meringues and Chanel cookies.

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Soho's Secret Tea Room
Upstairs at the Coach & Horses, 29 Greek St, W1D 5DH
12-6pm every day.

A vintage tea room hidden away from bustling Soho will make you feel like you've discovered a sweet, scone covered gem.

Karaoke Box
Locations in Mayfair, Soho and Smithfield
Opening times vary by location.

Love to sing but hate crooning in front of a huge crowd? Try Karaoke Box, small rooms inspired by East Asia where you can blast out ballads with no-one to mock you - except your friends.

Scenario Bar & Loading Bar & London Game Space
97 Stoke Newington Road, Dalston, N16 8BX
Events and opening times vary.

Three venues squeezed into one makes for a great mix of events. London Game Space allows those in the games industry to mingle and co-work whilst Scenario and Loading provide amazing game themed cocktails - an amazing place to visit for techy types.

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Prince Charles Cinema
7 Leicester Pl, WC2H 7BY
Showing times and events vary.

Wish you could watch old films on the big screen? At Prince Charles Cinema you can watch anything from new releases to black and white classics with themed events available all the time. Pyjama sleepover horror movie marathon, anyone?

Wam Bam Club
The Bloomsbury Ballroom, Victoria House, Bloomsbury Sq, WC1B 4DA
Show every Saturday night, other events at varying times.

Burlesque is a huge trend right now and it shows no signs of faltering. An amazing mix of cabaret, comedy and, of course, a lot of tease - Wam Bam Club will fulfil your pin-up fantasies.

Hyper Japan
Earls Court One, Earls Court Exhibition Centre, Warwick Road, SW5 9TA
25-27 July 2014.

Japanese culture is so rich and varied, from its beautiful, traditional history to the futuristic Tokyo of today. Hyper Japan allows you to experience it all over just a day or an entire 3-day weekend by enjoying sushi tastings or trying your hand at dressing as an adorable Lolita.

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East End Thrift Store
Unit 1A, Assembly Passage, E1 4UT
Sunday-Wednesday: 11am-6pm. Thursday-Saturday: 11am-7pm.

An obsession with vintage can become incredibly expensive but East End Thrift Store allows you to Supermarket Sweep your way through clothes from the past. Pay for a bag, fill it up and off you go with several outfits crammed inside.


Locations in Soho and Camden
Opening times vary by location.

Bubble Tea is an interesting drink originating from Taiwan but it can be done poorly if you go to the wrong place. Try Mooboo and you can taste all kinds of delicious variations, with fruity and milky varieties available all including the famous 'bubbles' at the bottom.

Chin Chin Labs
49-50 Camden Lock Place, NW1 8AF
Open every day 12pm-7pm.

Even seen Heston Blumenthal blitz food using liquid nitrogen? That's how Chin Chin Labs make all their ice cream. Decked out to look like a lab, the ice cream is deliciously smooth thanks to the super quick freezing process.

2-10 Bethnal Green Rd, E1 6GY
Opening times vary by unit.

This pop-up mall features all kinds of shops, from Korean food to clothes. Get a taste of hipster-tastic Shoreditch in one convenient location.

Texted the location on the night, just make sure you're along the Ginger Line (London Overground)
Times and dates vary by event.

A secret event that changes theme every time. Sign up, make sure you're near a London Overground station and wait for your text telling you which station to meet at. Secret and very chic, you never know what will happens next - and we can't tell you!

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