London is a place where ideas freely flow, innovations always happen, and everyone can find the right spot no matter their background, gender or life experience. Despite the pandemic, one of the world’s most influential metropolises maintained its status and still holds a number of unique locations to visit. In this list, you will be presented with ten cool places to come to in London.
Address: Leatherhead Rd, Chessington, KT9 2NE.
The Chessington World of Adventures is a full-of-life resort that attracts people with the theme park of forty rides, the Zoo of more than a thousand animals, Sea Life Centre, a couple of themed hotels, a Glamping site and Go Ape. “Now open; Britain’s wildest adventure,” this is how Chessington World of Adventures describes itself on the official website. Zufari: Ride into Africa is also one of the many fascinating experiences of Chessington World of Adventures resort, where you will be able to closely glimpse at the wild animals. Besides the thrilling entertainment options, usually, the resort invites visitors to the events where they can also observe animals nearby. Plus, there are plenty of food hotspots at the Chessington World of Adventures, like tortillas, burgers, BBQ, pizzas and portions of pasta, and even custom hot dogs are on the site. Due to the coronavirus restrictions, indoor attractions plan to open their doors from the 17th of May 2021.
Address: 144 – 152 Bermondsey Street, London, SE1 3TQ.
White Cube is a modern art gallery that is a must-go location for those who are interested in the world of art. The work of creators such as Bronwyn Katz, Julie Curtiss and Takis is currently exhibited in the White Cube. “White Cube is pleased to present an exhibition of new works by South African artist Bronwyn Katz titled ‘I turn myself into a star and visit my loved ones in the sky.’ Her first solo show in London, it includes ten new sculptures that deal with materiality, narrative and social history and address how each of these are intrinsically interconnected.” Tickets have to be booked in advance to see the live exhibitions.
Address: Dickens Yard, Longfield Avenue, Ealing, London, W5 2UQ.
Navrtar is a spot that must be visited by sci-fi lovers, tech-nerds or just people who enjoy unconventional adventures, as it is the “UK’s first free-roam VR and bar experience”. Even though the pandemic made the venue pause for a while, visitors can finally pay a visit again from the 17 of May. At Navrtar, you will be able to decide between the virtual worlds of Overrun and Overrun 2, where you will have to combine forces together in a team to win against zombies, enter Strike Team Delta that will make your crew fight the extra-terrestrial invasion or resolve, endure and rescue at the escape room in The Heist. Navrtar’s rules say that a maximum of five people can play during the session; virtual experiences will be up to 60 minutes, including demo and food and drink options await.
Address: OTHERWORLD, 336 Acton Mews, Haggerston, London, E8 4EA.
“OTHERWORLD is London’s most exciting and innovative social entertainment concept.” This place offers a unique opportunity to dive into virtual reality, created through the multi-sensory virtual reality Immersion Room™ Technology that moved more than 50,000 people into the futuristic experience. This technology involves HTC Vive Pro headsets and extra-sensory effects that let to transport into the virtual island. “Using the power of heat, wind and rumble in 360 degrees, we heighten the realism of virtual worlds, giving you a new level of escape.” Participants are also able to decide between the four seasons: spring, summer, autumn and winter that allow picking different experiences and games.
Address: 95 Kingsland High Street, London, E8 2PB.
The Karaoke Hole is LGBTQ+ friendly place located in East London. There the best drag stars gather to amaze people with jaw-dropping shows. “We’ve handpicked some of London’s maddest drag creatures to host your special night of karaoke chaos!” At the moment, due to the pandemic, the Karaoke Hole is working as a cabaret and the theatre space and opens on Friday and Saturday evenings from 7 pm. Two exciting events: Queefy Cabaret: Queef in the Wind, and the Best of Crystal, are coming on the 21st and the 22nd of May.
Address: 152-154, Bethnal Green Rd, London E2 6DG
“At Lady Dinah’s you can forget about the outside world and take a well-deserved break from reality.” This cat café is established in 2014 and claims to be the longest operating cat café in the UK, and the first this type of place existing in London. Lady Dinah’s Cat Emporium adopted more than forty rescue cats, mostly from shelters since the start. “Lady Dinah’s was founded because we believe in the restorative powers of feline companionship.” From the 17th of May, visitors are allowed to come to this cafe of cosiness and feline nurturing.
Address: 5 Parkway, Camden, London, NW1 7PG.
Sometimes not only looks, but the title can also be deceiving, as The Jazz Café is not a regular café, but an immerse place where the live music floods London. There you will have a chance to enjoy a great-quality restaurant experience that will let to observe the action on the stage. The Jazz Café comes back from the 17th of May with a wide range of artists and genres, including Electronic, Pop or even Latin, and you won’t be disappointed by your visit, as the venue entertains with international rising and well-known musicians.
Address: The Castle Climbing Centre, Green Lanes, Stoke Newington, London, N4 2HA.
The Castle Climbing Centre was founded in 1995 and till now remains to be a popular place to visit and spend the time. This climbing site included sustainability into its business as well. Historically, the castle was built between 1852 and 1856 for the purpose of improvement of London’s water and had been refurbished a few times since then. “Starting in 2009, the site has undergone extensive landscaping with the development of an organic garden.” From 2012 to 2015 in The Castle Climbing Centre, the final improvements had been made, such as outdoor boulders, increased climbing capacity indoors and many energy efficiency measures.
Address: Leake St, London, SE1 7NN
Since 2008, the Leake Street Graffiti Tunnel that is 300-metre in length is considered to be a street art’s object. According to the London x London website, initially, the tunnel was an abandoned place where graffiti paintings had been illegal until a famous British street artist Banksy held the Cans Festival in Leake Street, where other well-known street artists showcased their skills and transformed the tunnel. Now Leake Street Graffiti Tunnel is a dynamic spot where street artists gather and constantly add new graffiti creations.
Address: Queen’s Walk, South Bank, London, SE1.
Between the Bridges is another entirely new place that will be this summer’s cherry on top for the beer fans that will open on the 27th of May. This place is a giant beer garden that takes 4,000 square and will seduce customers not only with fizzling beer but with intriguing street food choices, professional DJs, mini-golf, Colombian throwing game Tejo, themed markets and Drag Brunches with the legends of Ru Paul’s Drag Race such as Lawrence Chaney, Baga Chipz, Tayce and Ginny Lemon, according to Time Out.
This May gives us relief after a long period of literal isolation, uncertainty about the future and pessimism. Now we can slowly back to normal by visiting our local favourites or going to the innovative, artsy, lively or cosy cool London’s places.