5 brilliantly weird things to do in London with friends
1) Do the London Bridge Experience & Tombs
We think the last part of the title may well have given the main appeal of this one away. Yes, it’s scary. The UK’s scariest attraction, in fact. So, if you love to be thrilled and terrified in equal measure, this will be right up your street.
The London Bridge Experience is a walking tour that explores 2000 years of history beneath the city’s most famous bridge. You’ll witness alarmingly detailed reconstructions of past events, like Jack the Ripper’s killings and the Great Fire of London.
The tombs part, meanwhile, is billed as an ‘unimaginable scare maze’. It’s safe to say this isn’t one for the faint-hearted.
2) Go umbrella shopping at James Smith & Sons
For something rather more sedate, take a trip to the world-famous umbrella shop of James Smith & Sons. Established in 1830, this family-run business still produces umbrellas, sticks and canes today.
Step inside the old-school interior and you’ll feel like you’ve stepped straight back into Victorian times – everything from the shop fittings to the products on sale are a testament to craftsmanship.
You’ll find the shop at 53 New Oxford Street, close to Tottenham Court Road Underground station and the British Museum. Just bear in mind that it’s closed on Sundays.
3) Tee off at Junkyard Golf
This is crazy golf on a whole new level, and in truly bizarre surroundings. There’s a trio of nine-hole courses to choose from at Junkyard Golf, intriguingly named Frank, Pedro and Helga. They feature a combination of obstacles including spa pools, UV lighting and even speed boats.
But that’s not all. Themed cocktails are sold in Junkyard Golf’s four bars, while street food is served by Bart’s Dog Kart and Big Grillie Style. And it’s open every day of the week until late, with kids allowed before 19:00 Sunday to Wednesday.
The venue’s motto is ‘taking golf back to the streets’ – though to be honest, we’re not sure if it was ever actually ON the streets...
4) Eat dinner in the pitch black at Dans le Noir?
If your French language skills have dimmed since schooldays, ‘Dans le Noir’ translates as ‘In the Dark’ – and dinner at this restaurant is one of London’s most talked-about food experiences.
You’ll dine in complete darkness, and by that we really do mean it’s pitch black. You can’t see your hand in front of your face. The result is a sensory journey as you tuck in to dinner with guidance – and safe-passage to the loos – provided by blind servers.
You’ll find it in Clerkenwell, close to Farringdon station, and it’s brilliant fun as part of a group.
5) Try the Zombie Experience London
Yes, it’s another scary one, but this time action is the name of the game. For £115 each, participants are provided with training, equipment, make-up and props, then sent to battle it out in the Zombie Bunker. Think 28 Days Later and The Walking Dead rolled into one super-scary day out.
It’s great for groups, hen and stag dos, and corporate team building activities. The whole thing takes about 3.5 hours and you’ll find it in Greenwich.
But that's just a snapshot of what you can do in London. Find out what else is on offer in our handy city guide.