People all over the world want to visit London. It’s seen as one of the most impressive and interesting cities in the world, thanks in large part to a mix of history and modernity. From monuments and burial sites of historical figures to football matches in iconic stadiums, the spectrum of things to do and see sometimes seems to cover just about everything you could ask for. Here we’re going to take a look at five fun attractions that you might be surprised to learn you can find in the city.
The ArcelorMittal Orbit
London is particularly famous for a glorified carnival ride. It’s probably fair to say that the London Eye, the giant Ferris wheel situated near the River Thames, has become one of the most recognisable elements of the city’s skyline. What you probably don’t realise is that it’s not the only ride towering over London. Built in 2012, and featured on a very entertaining list of offbeat things to do in London, the ArcelorMittal Orbit is a sort of sculpture that doubles as the world’s highest slide. You can visit it either to slide down (it takes about 40 seconds) or stand at the top and look out over the city.
The Lion Lodges
It’s not quite a safari in Africa, but a night at the Gir Lion Lodges at the London Zoo might be the next best thing. These are pretty much exactly what they sound like. The small cabins at the zoo are situated in close proximity to the lion enclosure (as well as other interesting animals). The full experience includes an evening tour during which you get a more intimate look at the animals than you would during an ordinary daytime visit, and then you get to hunker down for the night and imagine the lions stalking past your door.
The Casino At The Empire
At this point, the UK is better known for its online casino culture than for real life venues. The sites online offer all the most popular table games and slots and theoretically make it unnecessary to visit a brick-and-mortar casino. It also just so happens that London is home to one of the biggest such venues in all of Europe. The Casino at the Empire was built in an old Victorian music hall and is supported by Caesars Entertainment (which is responsible for many of the world’s best casinos). It has all the glitz and glamour you expect of a major casino, with virtually limitless gaming options and plenty to keep you entertained.
Jack The Ripper Tours
It’s a little bit creepy, but the legend of Jack the Ripper is London lore, and it’s something that intrigues a lot of tourists travelling to the area. Thus, many might be interested to know that you can book a Jack the Ripper tour. It’s not just a spooky journey through the locations where the infamous serial killer conquered his victims though. It’s also a historical examination of the whole tale that allows you to more or less play the part of a detective.
The Roof Gardens
Many of the world’s great cities are home to hidden gardens and secret areas of natural beauty, and London is no exception. Situated overlooking the famous Kensington High Street, the gardens include numerous beautiful plant species, flamingos that are free to wander around, and a picturesque restaurant where you can dine casually or host an event. It’s a stunning venue to find in the middle of a busy, modern city, and it’s well worth a look if you have a free afternoon about London.