Top Secret: Things to Do in London

Still a place where you may spot the odd Scientologist, this impressive Georgian house is now a museum dedicated to Hubbard and his legacy, with four floors of exhibitions relaying his works, ideas and photography.

Fitzroy House

When admission is by email invite only, you know this is a place that’s trying to stay quietly secret. Once home to writer and playwright George Bernard Shaw, Fitzroy House was eventually home to the infamous Scientology author, L Ron Hubbard.

Still a place where you may spot the odd Scientologist, this impressive Georgian house is now a museum dedicated to Hubbard and his legacy, with four floors of exhibitions relaying his works, ideas and photography.

 

London Cru Urban Winery

London Cru is the first Central London winery, but it is small and relatively unknown so makes for a great secret day out.

Only a short walk from Earl’s Court, the winery is housed in a converted 19th century gin distillery and is run by two young, passionate viticulturists who have worked with some of the top wine production companies in the world. The founders run tours of the winery and offer tastings at the end, which is really what wine tours are all about, aren’t they?

Photo courtesy of Peter Sigrist

Brixton Windmill

Being so close to the centre of London, a windmill in the heart of Brixton is certainly not what you’d expect. Yet, in the 1880s, this once-green area of South London used to be heavily involved in flour production to meet the demands of the growing – and hungry – population.

Now beautifully-restored, the windmill stands as testament to Brixton’s strong milling history; it’s sails able to turn once again. Discover more about the windmill’s history and surrounds on a free tour, which must be pre-booked.

 

Hunterian Museum

If you have a hidden love of the macabre, then you’ll love this weird, but wonderful museum based within the Royal College of Surgeons. Not for the faint-hearted, this mesmerizing museum holds around 3,000 human and specimens ensconced in glass jars and behind glass walls, alongside a huge collection of surgical instruments – many of which make the mind boggle. Make sure you pack your iron stomach when you go.

 

The Old Operating Theatre and Herb Garrett

Just in case you miss out on the Hunterian, or need more fuel for your strange fire, then head over to St Thomas’ Church in Southwark, on the old St Thomas’ Hospital site.

For over 100 years, this old operating theatre in the roof of the church was locked and blocked off. Now a museum, visitors can only imagine what it must have been like for patients treated here in the 19th century – a time when operations and amputations were done with no anaesthetic or antiseptic.

 

Secret Cinema

For a truly memorable movie experience, the Secret Cinema is appeals to our love of the unexpected. Once you’ve signed up to find out more, you’ll be told when the next film will be showing, and where. You won’t know what you’re going to see until the night, and when you turn up you’ll be in for a real immersive treat.

An earlier showing of The Shawshank Redemption saw movie-goers given a jail suit and the full inmate treatment in an empty school in Hackney. Who knows where you’ll be transported to on the night, but it’s sure to be fun.

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