The strangest sights of London

Posted by on May 1, 2014

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You have already seen the Big Ben, you’ve walked the neighborhoods of Soho, you have shopped from Oxford and Regent Street and you drank beer in one of the many pubs of London. If you want to discover a more special side of London, we suggest the following strange sights that can be found in various areas of the city. Mark them on your list and visit them the next time you travel to the British capital.

Greenwich Foot Tunnel

How would you feel if you took a walk under the Thames? Not upon Thames, with a tourist boat, but really under the river! The tunnel Greenwich Foot Tunnel opened in 1902, so residents of south London can go walking to work, on the docks of the Isle of Dogs. Designed by Sir Alexander Binnie and has a length of 370 meters, connecting gardens Cutty Sark Gardens with Tower Hamlets. In leaving the Island Gardens you can enjoy a wonderful view of the Maritime Greenwich.

Greenwich Foot Tunnel

Greenwich Foot Tunnel

Traffic Light Tree

The sculpture of Frenchman Pierre Vivant entitled «Traffic Light Tree» is located in the roundabout Isle of Dogs, but according to a report on a famous website, it is shortly about to be moved to East London at the roundabout near Trafalgar Way Billingsgate Market.

Traffic Light Tree

Traffic Light Tree

Ripley’s Believe It Or Not!

For the ultimate odd tour in the British capital you should not miss a visit to the home of absurd, the «Ripley’s Believe It Or Not!». There are hosted more than 700 odd items from around the world as an elaborate of the Indian costume Mardi Gras, authentic shrunken heads from Ecuador and a prehistoric turtle shell over 215 million years. You can’t miss it!

Ripley's Believe It Or Not!

Ripley’s Believe It Or Not!

Highgate Cemetery

Highgate Cemetery is not just any cemetery. The most famous rents is the Karl Marx, whose tomb draws many visitors from around the world. The George Eliot, Christina Rossetti and Douglas Adams are some more famous Londoners who are buried here. You can only visit with a guide and in the weekends while you should take care to make your reservations early.

Highgate Cemetery

Highgate Cemetery

Farting Lane lamp

It is the only lamp left in London, which still works and burns all day. Located near the Hotel Savoy Hotel and operated by methane from the waste sewerage network. At the end of 1800 they had placed dozens of such lamps, but soon their popularity fell sharply due to the stench and the occasional explosions that occured. The locals changed the name of the street from Carting Lane to Farting Lane.

Farting Lane lamp

Farting Lane lamp

View more here: Six things to do in London, Romance in London.

By Nicole P.

Sights of London photos: IanVisits, (Benny), Edna Breese, sandxr, Dave Gorman.

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