We know that as a recent graduate you are probably keen to get 'out and about’ and explore what the great city of London has to offer outside of your new recruitment job's working hours; don’t forget that there is much more to see than simply the variety of pubs and bars located around London.
Included in this blog is a of mix of top tourist style attractions, as well as some intriguing, unique spots that you won’t necessarily find straight away when planning your weekends. Explore our many recommended activities like abseiling, our favourite quirky cafes and simply some must see places.
‘God’s Own Junkyard’…
God’s Own Junkyard is a psychedelic paradise of neon lights and vintage signs, all hidden inside an unassuming warehouse in Walthamstow. Late owner Chris Bracey, the ‘Neon Man’, got his start by making signs for Soho’s strip clubs and houses of ill repute before his talents were spotted by Hollywood, where he began fashioning props for star directors such as Tim Burton. Feel free to ogle away at the bright signs but be warned; they will leave a slight dent in your pocket if you choose to purchase one of these intriguing art pieces. Also be sure to check out the on site cafe, ‘The Rolling Scones’.
Unit 12, Ravenswood Industrial Estate, Shernhall St, Walthamstow, London E17 9HQ
Your very own ‘Night at the Museum’…
Dino Snores, for Grown-ups, is an unforgettable night inside one of London's most impressive buildings; the Natural History Museum. It's the perfect experience for a group of friends with drinks included on arrival, as well as a three-course dinner or a hot breakfast. Unfortunately this is a slightly pricey experience so it may have to be one for the ‘London bucket list’ and be sure to book well in advance.
Cromwell Rd, South Kensington, London SW7 5BD
Take a street art tour…
London has one of the biggest and best collections of street art in the world. Local and international artists have decorated the streets of London with a staggering array of creative works, with possibly the most famous street artist to grace our walls being the anonymous Banksy, whose distinctive artwork has regularly appeared in London for more than a decade often making a hard-hitting political point. Explore his, and an array of other street artists work around London on either a payed or self guided tour.
Cereal Killer Cafe…
Cereal Killer Cafe is the Worlds first International Cereal Cafe and is perfect if you are obsessed with everything cereal. They sell over 100 different types of cereal from around the world, if they can source it, they will sell it. Make your perfect bowl of cereal by choosing from 30 different varieties of milk and 20 different toppings.
Brick Lane Address: 192a Brick Ln, London E1 6SA
An usual place to stop for coffee…
The Attendant; located in the heart of Fitzrovia and just a five minutes walk from Oxford Street, this former Victorian toilet has been transformed into one of London’s top speciality coffee & brunch cafes. The original ‘Doulton & Co’ porcelain urinals have become an inspired line with green seating to match the original Victorian floor tiles.
27A Foley St, Fitzrovia, London W1W 6DY
Drop from 262 feet…
Experience the UK’s highest free-fall abseil from the UK’s ArcelorMittal orb; the UK’s tallest sculpture. This is a fun, adrenaline-fuelled way to see London but if your scared of heights, this is probably not the activity for you. Not fancying dangling from a rope 262 feet above the city? Try the world’s longest tunnel slide instead.
Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, 5 Thornton Street, London E20 2AD
Go to a movie with a twist…
On the rooftops of London - the Rooftop Film Club present several open-air cinema showings throughout the warmer months. Keep an eye on their website for their outdoor cinema summer schedule and get ready for iconic films and new releases.
Kayak the Thames if your feeling adventurous…
Kayak on one of the world’s most iconic stretches of water with a group of friends and see London from a new, alternative viewpoint. Depending on which tour you choose to take, you will be able to see all of London’s famous landmarks in an extremely unique way. You may even be interesting in doing a night tour?
Gingerline’s immersive dining experience…
Gingerline is a group of clandestine dining adventurers that have been creating secret immersive dining experiences in hidden locations around London since 2010. They offer out-of-this-world, secret dining experiences, which fuse together art, performance, food, drink and design, and take intrepid diners on an absurdist adventure like no other. It is the original nomadic theatrical supper club, popping up in various hidden locations along the East London Line currently hosting brave Aeronauts at ‘The Grand Expedition’. There aren’t many supper clubs where you get the chance to eat your way around the world, accompanied by stunning visuals and amazing acrobats.
Take a leap at the trapeze school…
Book in advance the flying trapeze school that sets up camp in the north-west side of Regent’s Park each summer with expert acrobats teaching all sorts of fancy tricks on the highly strung bars. Even beginners aim to be ‘caught’ by the hands of a trustworthy instructor by the end of a two-hour session.