Unusual ways to spend a day if you have just 24 hours in London


Millions of people flock to London every day to see all the famous sights and experience the culture, art, food, entertainment and fashion that defines the capital. There are many reasons to visit, maybe for business, perhaps for a city break or even to enjoy a weekend’s shopping at the hundreds of high street megastores. Whatever your own reasons, making the most out of your London trip calls for some organisation and forward planning, especially if you only have a day or so to explore.

With the non-stop nature of the city, it can be easy to get caught up in the hustle and bustle, and miss out on some of the wonderful attractions and destinations available. If you only have 24 hours in the city, read on to discover our unusual suggestions for filling your time and maximising your small window of opportunity.

Send in the clowns

If you’re not afraid of clowns then this is a unique way to get an inside look at the lives of Britain’s most famous colourful entertainers. You may already know about the unspoken rule between clowns regarding how they paint their faces, but it goes deeper than you might think. This exhibit is open to the public on the first Friday of every month, displaying photographs, costumes and props.

Neon junkyard

London is teeming with unusual and quirky artistry and this exhibit is a great example of the creative talent that the city inspires. God’s Own Junkyard is an instalment by artist Chris Bracey. Hosted in an old salvage yard in Walthamstow, this unique exhibit showcases Bracey’s collection of neon creations.

Moo Canoes

A city is not usually a place you would think to go boating but if you fancy floating down the Thames then don’t miss this chance to see the sights of London from a unique perspective. Your Moo Canoe vessel will be a two or three person canoe painted in cow print. You can set off from Hackney or Limehouse Basin and make your way down the river, mooing noises are optional.

Low tide walk

London is home to one of the UK’s last surviving natural creeks. At low tide, you can walk through a natural haven in the middle of the concrete jungle. The creek is home to over 120 species of wild flowers, along with a variety of different animals. This is a perfect escape from city life if you need to reset and relax.

Olympic Village

If you really want to get a feel for London then there’s no better place than the Olympic Village. Host of the 2012 Olympic Games, the park is an embodiment of London spirit. Just looking around at the breath-taking structures is entertainment in itself. If you really want to have some fun though, there are a number of activities that you can take part in. Tennis, football, biking and rafting are all on offer.

Making the most out of your London trip means making time to do the things that you’re really going to enjoy. These unusual attractions make for a fun alternative to some of the busier sights, so they’re the perfect way to ensure you have a really memorable trip.