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London’s Unusual Evening Activities

jhggMost residents and other people visiting London indulge in activities such as shopping, seeing the various attractions, going to a night club, seeing a movie, going to a theatre, eating out, enjoying in a pub and clubbing. All these activities provide a lot of fun but those who want to do something unusual or quirky in the evening can also find many such activities. You can indulge in these quirky and more unusual activities either alone or in the company of your friends or family and you can follow up by going to the clubs.

Join the Jack the Ripper Tour

One of the quirkiest things to do is to take a night-time terror walk through Whitechapel and the East End which was the location of Jack the Ripper’s macabre murders. A two-hour tour that is available 7 days a week will provide more information regarding the grisly past of the most infamous of all London criminals. The tour starts outside exit 4 of Aldgate East tube station at 19:00 and costs 9 pounds per person.

Spot the Stars at Hampstead Heath

In order to do stargazing, there is no other place in London that offers better views than Hampstead Heath basically because it is at the highest point in the city. If you wish to see the celestial bodies for an even closer look through a telescope, you can do so for no cost at the Hampstead Observatory which offers this facility every Friday and Saturday from September to April from 20:00 to 22:00 hours.

Watch Nocturnal Mammals at Hyde Park

At Hyde Park, which is one of the eight Royal Parks in London, there are a number of attractions such as the Speakers’ Corner, Diana, Princess of Wales Memorial Fountain, Diana, Princes of Wales Memorial Playground, Serpentine Lake, Serpentine Gallery, Serpentine Solar Shuttle and Peter Pan statue. Besides seeing these attractions, you can also see Europe’s smallest species of bat, the Pipistrelle as also Britain’s largest bat, the Noctule. You can see these flying mammals at dusk at the Serpentine Lake darting across the water and looking for their evening meal of bugs and midges. During the summer months, the London Bat Group offers events such as public bat walks and surveys that will give you more information regarding bats in the city.

Up at The O2

If you wish to see the London panorama and get a 360 degree view of the city, you should clamber over the O2 arena at sunset or twilight to get an unforgettable viewing experience. For going Up at The O2, you will be fitted with a safety harness before climbing right across the centre of this iconic landmark, in the company of other like-minded people. You must remember to take your camera with you as you can get some fantastic shots.

Adventure on Skates

If you wish to pump adrenaline in your veins, you can join the London Street Skate event which takes place every Friday night when hundreds of skaters assemble to follow a marshaled street skate around the centre of London. The London Friday Night Skate meets at 20:00 at the Wellington Arch at Hyde Park Corner and anyone can join in free provided he/she has basic control on wheels such as being able to stop, turn and control your speed on hills. Every week, it follows a different route and is totally free.

Enjoy a Total Sensory Culinary Experience

If you wish to have a unique experience of dining in the dark, you should visit Dans Le Noir located at Clerkenwell, which is a restaurant with a difference. It provides a completely different culinary experience as it is in complete darkness and is staffed by blind guides who gently help you get this exciting gastronomic experience. As the menus are all surprise menus, guests have no idea as to what they will be eating although they are informed about the category of food they can expect. The menus are regularly changed and created to complement special events and the seasons of the year.

Attend Evening Events at Highgate Cemetery

This cemetery is unlike others as it is designated grade I on the English Heritage Register of Parks and Gardens of Special Historic Interest in England. Many different evening events are held at this cemetery throughout the year including talks by authors and artists. As the evening events are extremely popular, you may need to book your ticket in advance that costs 10 pounds per person.

Enjoy Outdoor Movies

At different places in London, films are screened outdoors during the summer months as many people enjoy this experience. For example, Backyard Cinema in Camden screens classic films whereas Rooftop Film Club screens different films at their different locations throughout the city. To get information regarding their locations and tickets, you should sign up to their newsletter. The Rooftop Film Club offers screenings on 5 nights a week and provides ultra comfortable seats and wireless headphones so that you have a wonderful evening.

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