Other London Activities

Variety is the spice of life, here you can find the bits that are too good to miss, and so individual these other London activities can’t be categorised

Kew Gardens

Kew Gardens is a botanic garden in southwest London and is a World Heritage Site.  What more do you need to know?

St Dunstan Church Garden

A church largely destroyed in WWII, the ruins are now a public garden.  Named for St Dunstan

Leake Street Graffiti Tunnel

Under Waterloo station runs a 300 metre long tunnel where graffiti is allowed to happen

Ride The Postal Museum Mail Rail

The hidden network below London built in the early 1900s that kept London mail on track

Crossness Pumping Station

The ‘Cathedral of Sewage’ built in 1865 as an answer to ‘The Great Stink’ of 1858


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Kew Gardens

Founded in 1840 largest it houses the most diverse botanical and fungi collections in the world.  It has 27,000 living examples and over 8.5 million preserved plants and fungal specimens within its herbarium

And as if that wasn’t enough it also has own police force, Kew Constabulary, which has been in operation since 1847

Roam the vast gardens with different themes and atmospheres that are often cited as one of the most romantic places in London and the location of many particularly lavish marriage proposals

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Address

Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, Richmond, TW9 3AE

Hours

Weekdays – 10am to 6pm
Weekends – 10am to 7pm

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St Dunstan in the East Church Garden

St Dunstan Church Garden

The tenth century monk St Dustan had a colourful past. He survived the black magic, leprosy, and the Devil

The church itself was first built around the year 1100 before being damaged in the Great Fire of London in 1666, then again in the Blitz of 1941. After deciding not to rebuild the church for a 3rd time it site was opened as a public garden in 1970 to the public

Today you can visit the gardens and the remains of the historic church for a piece of quiet contemplation or just to have a picnic while taking in some of Britain’s lesser known medieval history. You can even hire the entire grounds for a particularly unique event!

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Address

St Dunstan’s Hill, London EC3R 5DD

Hours

Weekdays – 8am to 7pm
Weekends – 8am to 7pm

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Leake Street Graffiti Tunnel

Leake Street Graffiti Tunnel

Created in May 2008 by the artist Banksy with the ‘Injured Buddha’

Since then it has become a celebration of street art and artists amongst a myriad of bars and shops

You can even get involved yourself with street are and graffiti actively encouraged on the walls of the tunnel themselves within the reserved area where this normally prohibited activity is allowed

With new are being created all the time you won’t see the same tunnel twice

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Address

Leake St, London SE1 7NN

Hours

Open 24/7

Location

Mail Rail Postal Museum

The Mail Rail

Closed for service in 2003 you can explore this subterranean postal gem that transported mail for 22hrs every day

Now you can be the mail and ride the trains yourself! With new people-friendly carriages added to the train line with full visibility wrap-around windows, you can see the exhibit which is covering the walls throughout

There are even interactive postal-related activities for children including sorting mail in a travelling post office as well as celebrating some of the ingenuous inventions that made it all possible

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Address

15-20 Phoenix Pl, London WC1X 0DL

Hours

Weekends – 10am to 5pm
Wed to Sat – 10:30am to 5pm
Mon/Tues – Closed

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Crossness Pumping Station

Crossness Pumping Station

The Romanesque Revival architecture of the place known as the ‘Cathedral of Sewage’ is surprisingly gorgeous given its original function!

In fact, surprising is the word of the day here, with many visitors being surprised at how fascinating and entertaining the venue and feats of Victorian engineering in the “ballet of rods and pistons”

Run by enthusiastic volunteers, the same passion exudes from the “cathedral” today as it did back in 1865 as a spectacular part of the redevelopment of London’s sewerage system

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Address

Bazalgette Way, Abbey Wood, London SE2 9AQ

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