The Atlas Obscura Guide To London
481 Cool, Hidden, and Unusual Things to Do in London, England
Updated November 21, 2023
Layers and layers of history are the hallmark of London, and you never know what amazing stories are hiding around each corner, from the buried remains of a street visible through a sewer grate to the actual painting that produced Monty Pythonʼs iconic squishing foot.
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Hidden Trafalgar Square
Wedged between Charing Cross and Leicester Square, Trafalgar Square is known for the throngs of people flocking to its famous attractions. Weave around the tourists on the National Gallery stairs and dodge the crowds clogging the street corners. Instead, duck down dreamy alleys and pop into unique, overlooked museums and shops. There, a secret side of this busy area waits to reveal itself.
Recent London Activity
Stories About London
A Haunted Chamber, a Quivering Blade, and Other Spooky Science Experiments
Podcast: The Complaint Tablet of Ea-Nasir
How a Threadbare 'Bag of Secrets' Led to Guy Fawkes's Gruesome Execution
Podcast: Freud Museum London
Podcast: The Mail Rail
Was This King Charles I’s Death Vest?
Descend Into the Sewers With London’s Fatberg-Busters
Lists Featuring London
The 11 Best Places to Visit Near Buckingham Palace for Curious Travelers
Including The Royal Philatelic Collection, Lock & Co. , and The Embassy of the Republic of Texas
London's Top 8 Wonders in 2018
The strange and unusual places Atlas Obscura readers wanted to visit most in “The Old Smoke” in 2018.
Including The Viktor Wynd Museum of Curiosities, Fine Art & Natural History, God's Own Junkyard, and Leadenhall Market
Novus Ordo Seclorum: 14 Places to Unearth Masonic Secrets
Your best bets for gaining insight into the real history of Freemasonry.
Including Zedekiah's Cave, Masonic Lodge of the Andaz Hotel, and House of the Temple
9 Favorite Children's Book Characters, Immortalized in Bronze
Visit Paddington Bear, Ramona Quimby, and other childhood heroes in person.
Including Paddington Bear Statue , Alice in Wonderland Statue, and Make Way for Ducklings Statue
Historic Cemeteries in London
Fascinating old graveyards to visit in the English capital.
Including Highgate Cemetery, Bunhill Fields, and Nunhead Cemetery
The Best British Pubs to Get Drunk on History
A 14-stop bar tour through Great Britain's past.
Including Ye Olde Trip to Jerusalem, The Star Tavern, and The Eagle
9 Cool Shops in London
Wonderfully unique stores to visit in the English capital.
Including Twinings Tea Shop, The Old Curiosity Shop, and The Burlington Arcade Beadles