A London vacation can be relaxing, revitalizing and enlightening, but there’s just something about a visit to the London Tower, a ride on The Eye or a river cruise down the Thames that can make a truly adventurous traveller yawn in unabated boredom. Well bore no more oh mighty intrepid one, for we have scoured London’s darkest nooks to find the most interesting, weird and outright abhorrent attractions in town. Book a holiday in London and take your senses (all 235 of them) on a vacation they’ll never forget.
Hunt for your appetite at Dans le Noir?
Are you bored of the same old restaurant outing and looking for a once in a lifetime titillating dining experience? Then head to Dans Le Noir Restaurant and discover just how freaky it is to dine in pitch black darkness. At Dans Le Noir? you’ll be greeted and escorted to your table by blind waiters, across a dining room draped in darkness. The waiters may be exceptionally trained at dodging the various items of furniture, but you won’t be…and that’s when the fun really begins.
This “dining in darkness” concept is the ingenuous brainchild of two budding philosophers who wanted to see what would happen if our main sense, our sight, is taken away. Would all the others jump in overdrive? Would we smell more, taste more and appreciate more? Would we experience life, and this world, in a whole new different way? You bet! This concept has now franchised all over the world and includes restaurants, health spas and random social events; all aimed at raising awareness of the challenges faced by the physically disabled.
The guys running Dans Le Noir? assure us that the restaurant boasts an extensive and varied menu, but we actually wouldn’t have a clue. We also don’t quite remember what we ate, but we distinctly remember every mouthful savoured…the delicious feeling of accomplishment and relief at having the fork actually reach our mouths made for quite a memorable experience. A dining experience at le Noir is a fantastic conversation starter and an unforgettable sensory experience.
Dans le Noir? is located in trendy Farringdon and booking is essential!
Lose your appetite at the Hunterian Museum
Whatever wonders Dans Le Noir? may do for your appetite, it will all be undone in just a few minutes at this most grisly of London Museums.
The Hunterian is a branch of the College of Surgeons and appears to act as a spare part disposal unit for the college. A myriad of body parts is on show here, some better preserved than others. The museum curator has done a marvellous job of tagging and labelling each item, so the guessing game only lasts a minute or so. Some of these human spare parts are over 400 years old, so let’s all give thanks to whoever invented sealed jars and formaldehyde. Well done you.
If the Hunterian Museum leaves you wondering how on earth these parts were even ‘taken out’, then you should probably head to the Old Operating Theatre in Southwark as well. The oldest European operating theatre was once part of St Thomas’ hospital as is now a superlative museum showcasing all sorts of torturous devices once known as bona-fide operating instruments. A trip down memory lane will take you through what must’ve been charming and delightful 19th century operating techniques. Instructional talks are regularly given, and you too can learn all about speedy amputation sans modern anaesthesia.
Join a Jack the Ripper Tour
For a tour of a more sinister kind, why not join a Jack the Ripper tour and discover all the grisly details of this most infamous of all serial killers? Head to London’s East End where Jack hunted down his victims and brutally killed them. Your 3.5hr tour will also include a visit to the haunted Drury Lane Theatre and Fleet Street, where the demon barber lived. Channel your inner Sherlock Holmes and come help solve some of the most gruesome crimes in London’s history. Tours are just £29.00, start 7pm every day and are assured to give you the hibbie-jibbies. Enjoy!