Guest Post: Unusual Activities in London during the Olympics
London as with many other capital cities plays host to a number of weird and wonderful experiences which are usually reserved for the locals ‘in the know’. This guide will highlight some unusual activities you can experience in London during the Olympics games this summer.
Keep your cool
If you need to find shelter during the warmer summer weather, but still keep things sporty, then why not climb the Saab ice wall. Forget iced lattes, a fully functional wall of ice inside the Ellis Brigham climbing store in Covent Garden allows you to experience the ‘big chill’ in the heart of the capital.
Operated by Vertical Chill, the 8 metre wall of solid ice is frozen at a steady -7 degrees, meaning you will need to work hard to keep the blood flowing.
Stay in someone else’s home
London based vacation rental company onefinestay are taking on the traditional hotel room, allowing you to rent a Londoner’s home whilst they are out of town. The service works similarly to a hotel, in that you get fresh linens, fluffy towels and a concierge service, but with the added comfort and character of a real home. onefinestay even provide guest with an iPhone, loaded with tips for the local area, giving you an insight to the weird and wonderful activities in your locale.
Rely on your senses
For a sensory busting culinary experience, you can’t go wrong with Dans le Noir in Clerkenwell, for something a little out of the ordinary. The restaurant idea, founded in Paris, sits diners around a table in complete darkness, where waiters serve a secret menu consisting mainly of French cuisine with a few ‘twists’ to alert the taste buds. Your servers are blind, so can find their way around the darkness without a hitch to assist you if needed. The set menu consists of a number of varied dishes to challenge your tasting skills, so make a reservation as space is limited.
For a good political debate
If you are in London over a Sunday, be sure to visit Hyde Park for Speaker’s corner, where you will find lots of passionate people talking about politics, the government, their beliefs and everything in-between. In 1872, the British Parliament allowed public speaking in the corner of this Central London park, which was duly taken up by activists over the capital. Be sure to stop by and join in with the discussions.
By: Scott Wood