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5 unusual things to do in London
1. Head to Old Operating Theatre and Herb Garrett. This is the only 19th century theatre for operations which survived. It is hidden in the rooftop of the church for more than 300 years. This place was used somewhere between 1821 and 1862. Those were the days before antiseptic and anesthetic surgery. You can see a variety of sharp instruments which were used to ‘help’ the patients who were completely desperate. This place is not for people with bad stomach so if you can’t handle blood and guts don’t go here.
2. Horseman Sunday is a special ceremony in Hyde Park in front of church of St. John’s. this is probably the only place in the world where you will see horses being blessed. The vicar of the church rides a horse and blesses more than 100 horses. This ceremony is being held for more than 40 years. The stables in Hyde Park were in danger to be closed 40 years ago and this was a way to people see the problems of the stables and help. Now it is a Sunday tradition.
3. London has been famous for its music scene and you can still find old shops selling records from years and years back and you can find something really rare that you like of you look deep enough. Cheapo Cheapo records in Rupert Street is still opened for work or head to chaotic Aladdin’s Cave. It is a place where you will find second-hand records, CDs and DVDs. This place has weird working hours: from 1pm until the owner wants to stay open. You will find this place in Soho and it is well known as a ramshackle mix of old cardboard boxes full with vinyl records and bags full of rubble.
4. University College in London has an interesting person living there. Jeremy Bentham, famous philosopher asked in his will for his body to be preserved and left in his office at college. His family and college respected his will so now you can go there and chat with him. He is not going to tell much but this is probably one life time experience to talk to a dead person who is actually sitting in his chair.
5. Kids can get friends card of British museum for 20 pounds a year and with it they can explore the museum in the night on a guided tours or on their own and once a year the bravest one’s can sleep in the museum in Egyptian section next to the mummies. You would be surprised how much a child in sleeping bag looks like a mummy. The nights when kids stay in the museum are always well organized so there is no fear that kids can hurt themselves or break something. Unfortunately this is only for kids up to 15 years old. We hope soon this chance will be given to older than 15. This is really special experience if your kids are up for it.