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Off the Beaten Track – Some Weird Things to See in London

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London is one of the most famous tourist destinations in the world. There are museums, great views, giant shopping venues, brilliant clubs and much more that thousands of people visit on a daily basis. But there are also some other things that are worth seeing; things that often don’t get a place in the guidebooks; weird things. Here are some of them:

Sir. John Soane’s Museum:

Let’s start with the fact the Sir John Soane was an architect so the building itself is quite a sight. He was also a collector of various pieces of art and antiquities so you can expect to see anything and everything from Egyptian items to renowned paintings. Despite the fact that Sir John Soane merged 3 houses to house his entire collection, everything is full so there is limited room for visitors. You might have to wait outside for a while, but it will be well worth it.

Dennis Severs’ House

A visit to this house truly classifies as an odd experience. It is like walking into a time capsule – the home of an 18th century family, as seen by Dennis Severs. When he bought the house in 1979, he decided not to renovate it, but to keep its original feel. He created an entire imaginary family – the family of Mr Isaac Jervis, and made a home for them. When you enter the house, you will first notice that there are no signs of modern life – no electricity, no modern flooring, etc. Instead, you will find a house that looks as though the family living in it has just stepped out for a second. There are candles lighting everything, a fire burning in the kitchen, fresh fruit on the table, a piece of clothing lying on a chair in one of the children’s rooms and so on. Describing the sense you will get is not easy – you just have to go there and feel it for yourself. If you have ever wondered how people lived in those days; if you have ever wanted to pay them a visit – this is your chance.

Hunterian Museum

Whether you call it weird or simply gruesome is up to you, but it is definitely worth a visit if you want to see something strange. The museum is focused on the life of John Hunter – a surgeon who lived and worked in London between 1728 and 1793. The museum is modern and well lit, but what you will see are neatly organized jars filed with… preserved human remains. One thing is for sure – this is not a place to bring the children.

Old Operating Theatre Museum

This museum takes what the Hunterian gives and brings it to a whole new level. It is not the displays that will horrify you, but rather the vividness of your imagination, telling you what these halls and instruments have seen. The operating theatre was built near the end of the 17th century and was used as a hospital and as an educating facility. Medical students would sit down and watch operations performed on people without anaesthetics and with the use of barbaric tools. When you think that the theatre was mostly used for trepanning procedures and amputations, that the patients were conscious at the time, and that surgeons would wash their hands after a procedure rather than before it, this museum could be one you remember forever.

The Clink Prison Museum

This is another museum that can give you a very weird feeling. It displays the actual living conditions and environment of prisoners in the 12th century. You can see various torture instruments used in the day, and you can even try on things like a ball and chains. Some of the cells have waxwork inhabitants that add to the realism of the entire place.

Rita Rova is a travel writer for the Lifestyle blog, by LoveMyVouchers.co.uk, where you can find the latest offers for top UK travel companies.