Make your time in London particularly memorable with one of these activities or events.
When it comes to crazy things, London has its fair share of contenders. Where else in the world can you slurp down a cocktail in a public loo or enjoy a meal in prison without committing a crime? So, if at the end of the day you want to leave one of the best serviced apartments in London saying you’ve done something truly extraordinary, read on…
Pop into a bar in a public toilet
We all know that space is at a premium in the capital and this means people have to get inventive, using whatever square footage is available. In recent years, this has led to barkeeps opening up establishments in former public toilets below ground. While it may sound a little unhygienic, renovations making features from some of the original tiles and installing bars means sipping on a cocktail in what was once the men’s stalls couldn’t seem more natural.
Check out Ladies & Gentleman in Kentish Town; Attendant in Fitzrovia; and Bermondsey Art Club in Bermondsey.
Attend an early morning rave
No, not a rave that goes on until the early hours of the morning after an epic night out, but one that starts at 6.30am and gives you a proper dance workout before heading to the meeting of the day. There’s an on-site smoothie bar and free massages, as well as all the music and glow sticks you would associate with a rave.
The next Morning Gloryville event will be at Oval Space on June 1st and will feature a special guest DJ.
Brave Tower Bridge’s glass floor
Standing 42 metres above the River Thames with seemingly nothing below your feet is quite an experience and one thrill-seekers should not miss out on. The glass floor that has been fitted across Tower Bridge’s high-level walkway measures 11 metres in length and is 1.8 metres wide. You get a great view of London from here and can see the boats passing below, with the luckiest people even watching as the bascules open underneath for the largest vessels.
Dine at HMP Brixton
Not only is eating a meal at HMP Brixton an unusual experience, but it also helps to rehabilitate prisoners through hospitality training. It’s all organised by The Clink charity, which has been praised for its innovative work. The restaurant is located within the category C prison and those serving you have committed crimes but are looking towards a brighter future with City & Guilds NVQs in Hospitality & Catering and Customer Service.
Why not book at table on The Clink’s website?
Experience London Zoo after dark
Starting with a Sunset Safari, London Zoo’s adult only events allow visitors to explore the famous attraction after dark. As well as seeing the animals, such as lions and lemurs, there will be carnival acts and activities, all topped off with a bar. If you think that all sounds a little grown-up, then you could always get your face painted to represent your favourite creature.
The Sunset Safari events will be taking place on Friday evenings between 6pm and 10pm from June 3rd to July 15th.
Skate your Friday night away
If visiting animals at the zoo doesn’t sound like your idea of a wild Friday night, then perhaps roller-skating around The City is more your cup of tea. Setting off from Wellington Arch at Hyde Park Corner (when weather permits), London Friday Night Skate is a marshalled mass skate around the capital. The route changes every week and anyone able to control their speed and stop on skates is invited.
Check the website a few hours in advance for weather conditions, or look outside. Then meet at 8pm with your skates.
Dine on the Ginger Line
For an evening truly full of the unexpected, try and bag yourself an elusive ticket for a Gingerline event. These clandestine dining experiences happen on the London Overground system, which is denoted with a distinct shade of orange on public transport maps. Once you’ve got a spot, you just need to head to a station on the ginger line, probably the closest one to your serviced apartment, for 6pm. A text message will arrive telling you which station to get off at, where there will be markers to help you on your way…