Sometimes the best attractions are the most unexpected ones. Alongside the compulsory London circuit – Houses Of Parliament, Big Ben, The London Eye and so on this wonderful city has an overabundance of alternative things to see that are most certainly not for the faint of heart.
These five landmarks will all show you a very different side to this wonderfully eclectic city and are all great places for lovers of the creepy and weird to witness all that London has on offer.
Tower Of London
Many cities require going underground to witness their dark side, but one of England’s most gory and controversial spaces is actually an extremely popular attraction. The Tower of London was long seen as the country’s most prolific and vicious prison spaces.
It was home to many famous inmates over the years and there are endless tales of gruesome torture and execution taking place within its walls. Perhaps most famously, this is the spot where Henry VIII beheaded two of his wives.
Aldwych Tube Station
You will have definitely spied this station before if you’ve seen any horror films that include an abandoned London subway as part of their setting. The Aldwych Tube station is an eerie and long abandoned location that now offers tours around its derelict and abandoned corridors.
During the Second World War, this ex-tube stop was closed off and used as an air raid shelter, its tunnels converted to store priceless artifacts from the British museum. It was opened again with limited service in later years, before closing its doors for good in 1994. Now it stands as a creepy and exiting tourist attraction for those looking for a good scare!
Ten Bells Pub
The Ten Bells pub is an old and peculiar public house that has been attracting visitors of the supernatural for decades. The bar was a well-known favorite of Jack The Ripper and one that he frequented regularly during his years of terror.
It was a particularly notable spot in regards to two of his victims: one was thought to have drunk at the pub and another was said to use the pavement outside to pick up clients. There have been many stories of the ghosts of these women visiting the building after dark. The site became so synonymous with the prolific killer that it briefly named itself after him, but was forced to change back after a campaign deemed it inappropriate to commemorate a murderer.
This interactive exhibit has become a must-see attraction in the city and has been a smash hit with visitors from all over the world. For over 40 years it has been terrifying and delighting audiences. The basic premise of the attraction is a combination of theatrical actors, special effects and rides, which create a truly jaw-dropping walkabout adventure.
The story in the exhibit tells over 1000 years of history. Throughout the two-hour duration of the attraction, you are led around by professional actors, who bring you up close and personal with some of the cities most notorious characters. Learn the stories of Jack the Ripper or Sweeny Todd and never see London in the same light again!
These are just a few of the many terrifying spots hidden in the streets of the British capital. Do you know of any other must-visit alternative attractions for thrill seekers in London? Be sure to leave a comment below with your ideas.
This is a guest post sponsored by The Corinthia Hotels and written by Steve Ewins. An avid Traveller and blogger who has visited more than 80 countries.
Whether you travel regularly with short little bursts around the country or are prone to long trips overseas to foreign markets, technology just made your life easier! How many times have you been in a new place and not understood the language or had no idea how to get to your destination and for some reason, needed a new hotel because the one you’d booked wasn’t to your liking or your reservation got lost in the shuffle? If you travel for business often, here are five apps every business traveler should have. As the old American Express slogan goes, “Don’t leave home without it!”
Not only is the Uber app a way to get a ‘taxi’ service cheaper than the typical city cabs in a number of countries around the globe, it is an app that you have on your phone that practically lets you control when you want to travel without being subjected to a dispatcher that either doesn’t speak the language or doesn’t care that you have a business meeting to attend. With Uber, you simply download the app to your mobile phone, follow the directions and within moments you’ve booked yourself a ride.
Then there is the language barrier in many cases. If you often travel to a foreign country and you don’t speak the first word of the language other than perhaps please and thank you, iTranslate will come in extremely handy. The client you are meeting with has a translator on site or they speak English fluently, but it’s the times in between meetings where you suffer the language barrier woes. This app is just for travelers like you.
One of the things that business travelers miss most when away from home is in having the ability to watch their favorite television shows. With a revolutionary new app, VIDGO TV, you can watch all your favorite shows no matter where you are as long as you have Internet access and a no-obligation pay-as-you-go VIDGO account. You can even watch local TV stations on VIDGO TV which means that you need never miss out on your favorite shows, even when in remote parts of the globe – that is, as long as you have a connection to the web.
Most of the time you will be working with a team back home or other remote workers as well. Evernote is a way you can keep notes in the Cloud so that you can refer to them later or team members in other locations can access them and jot notes to you as well. Working in the Cloud has become a way of life for travelers, but from scheduling to working with remote teams, Evernote keeps everyone on the same page, reading the same notes.
Then there are those times when you get halfway through your travels and find that you need to make a side trip or two. With TripIt you can plan your itinerary on the go because it is an app you can download to your cellphone and plot out every step of the way. From lodgings to dining, with TripIt you can plan your own way and then have it on hand to refer to as needed.
These are just five of the apps that every business traveler should have but they are five of the most useful you will encounter. From logistics to entertainment, everything you need to organize will be right there at your fingertips, making life a whole lot easier on the go. While you might also like a weather app or a GPS app, those are usually on your phone, factory installed so they aren’t entirely necessary. Looking forward to your next trip? Don’t leave home without these apps.
What Is It Like To Ride In A Supercar?
Driving in a high performance vehicle is an experience like no other. There are many types of supercar, and each of them have their own special characteristics. Curious about what it is like to ride in a supercar? Read on for a quick guide.
Supercars are vehicles that offer superior performance in terms of speed, power and precision. They can be classified into four key types and these are outlined below.
Think Rolls Royce and Mercedes-Benz. Think high powered vehicles created in limited editions. These supercars are often only around for a short while (one quirky example is the multi million dollar Batmobile limousine that was created, replete with Batman gadgets, in 2012 to commemorate the Batman movies and which is practically identical to that driven by Bruce Wayne on screen) so blink and you’ll miss them.
Some supercars are quite simply run of the mill vehicles that have been given new and more powerful engines or other additional features. The experience of driving one of these types of supercar can be pretty exhilarating. Your eyes tell you that you are just getting in to an ordinary Audi or Ford, but the power that you feel as you roar along the road and turn on a penny tells you something else…
Some manufacturers create supercars that are especially designed to appeal to supercar enthusiasts. Think engines with tiny little details that only the true aficionado will recognise. These kinds of supercars tend to be created by smaller manufacturers. Riding in one of these will excite your brain as well as your body!
These supercars are usually created by custom retrofitters. They tend to feature racing technology that is adapted for the street rather than the race track. As a result, these supercars are often the vehicle of choice for boy racers or anyone who wants to ramp up the power as they journey through the streets.
The feeling of driving a supercar
Driving a supercar can be described as a real adrenaline rush. Exhilaration, excitement and a sense of freedom will fill your mind as you experience the superior speed and accuracy of these vehicles. Be warned, though: once you have zoomed off into the distance in a supercar, your daily commute to work in your regular vehicle will seem even more boring than usual.
Why not take a super car for a spin yourself?
Don’t just take our word for it: why not see what it is like to drive a supercar yourself? With an Audi driving experience, you can drive a fantastic range of supercars around a race track for a small fee. These experiences also make brilliant gifts for car enthusiasts in your life.