If you’re looking for experiences to try in London that involve the Tower of London, Harry Potter, or something else that’s quite obvious, this is not the article for you. A huge part of experiencing London like you live here (the Love and London motto) is experiencing things that Londoners love to do… things that give the city the buzz you will understand when you get here. These types of experiences are the ones you will remember the most, above a typical tour of Westminster Abbey or Changing the Guard at Buckingham Palace.

Here are some of the city’s most unique experiences to try in London.

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**The experiences in this list are not all tried-and-true by the Love and London team. To see what we personally recommend, visit the London Tours I Recommend page, or get the 3-Day London Itinerary.

1. Unique classes and experiences at Neal’s Yard Dairy

Do you like…. Cheese? My favourite’s Gouda!

Now that we got that movie reference out of the way, let’s talk cheese. Neal’s Yard Dairy is one of the city’s most famous cheesemongers (what cheese sellers are called in the UK.) If you are a cheese buff, this is the place to go. They offer classes that talk through things like the history of British cheese, in addition to hosting cheese-filled lunch and dinner experiences.

See Neal’s Yard Dairy’s upcoming events and classes.

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2. London Helicopter Tour

Helicopter tours are very exclusive in London, and I believe there is only one company that has a license to do sky-high tours. See the most iconic London sights from the sky, all the way from Battersea to Canary Wharf.

Because it’s a fairly exclusive experience, you usually want to try to book this about eight weeks in advance. This makes for a fab gift, which you can buy a voucher for on Virgin Experience Days.

Buy it on Virgin Experience Days

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3. Paint and drink with Brush and Bubbles

Two Londoner artists had an idea to combine learning to paint with Prosecco, and came up with their now-booming-business called Brush and Bubbles. Book onto a class and you’ll be guided step-by-step through painting a certain masterpiece, although you’re free to go totally rogue. My whale tail painting is sitting on my mantlepiece right now, looking more diva-cup-like than tail… but I’m still flipping proud of that thing!

All materials are provided and canvases are small enough to stick in your checked bag to bring home.

Book a class with Brush and Bubbles

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4. Get a custom suit on Saville Row

Savile Row, located in Mayfair, is world-famous for being lined with some of the best suit tailors in the world. If you’re after something extra special from your trip, a semi-custom suit might be the right fit (lolz, get it). Jasper Littman, a Savile Row tailor with over 20 years experience, will be there through the process to help you choose the perfect fabrics, get the right fit, and more.

You’ll need to be available to go back for two fittings so this experience is best for men who plan to return to London a couple more times in the following few months.

Book a Savile Row Tailoring Experience on Virgin Experiences

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5. Experience a guest chef at Carousel

Carousel, located in Marylebone, is a creative space and restaurant that has a rotation of guest chefs from all around the world serving up dinner to the lucky few foodies who book in for the once-nightly seating. Tables are family-style, so it’s more like a dinner party than a restaurant. They’re able to accommodate for many food allergies if you let them know in advance, so don’t let that hold you back from this experience.

See which chefs are cooking at Carousel next.

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6. Make your own wedding bands in the jewellery quarter

Hatton Garden is an area that’s most famous for its jewellery shops and producers, so if you’re getting married sometime after your trip to London, it would be really special to get bespoke wedding bands made on your trip.

On top of creating your very own bands in whatever style you’d like, this experience also includes champagne and a two-course meal at French restaurant Bleeding Heart Bistro.

Find out more about making your own wedding bands experience

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7. Watch a film on one of London’s rooftops

If you’re visiting London in the warmer months then you can book tickets to watch a film al fresco and on a rooftop while the sun sets in the background. You’ll be given headsets (to hear the film), popcorn, rain poncho (just in case) and a lounge chair to enjoy the classic film of choice that night.

The Rooftop Film Club has locations at Roof East (Stratford), the Bussey Building (Peckham) and the Queen of Hoxton (Shoreditch).

See which films are on when you’re in London

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8. Cycle in an Olympic stadium… with an Olympian

As far as unique experiences to try in London go, this is probably the most special and unique.

You can cycle in the Velodrome, where many Olympians cycled during the 2012 London Olympics. But that’s not it… afterward, you’ll have a Q&A and photo session with one of the Team GM Olympian (medal-winning) cyclists, while having a buffet lunch. Pretty awesome.

Find out more about the Velodrome Cycling Experience

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9. Join a dinner party at The Little Blue Door

The Little Blue Door is a bar in Fulham that sits quietly behind a discreet blue door (duh.) Make it inside and there’s a bar that feels like you’re in someone’s home. Every Thursday and Friday night, they host a supper club, which feels a bit like a dinner party at your friend’s house, complete with games and communal tables.

The food wasn’t anything ground-breaking when I went, but it was great for meeting other Londoners and was good fun.

See available dates for The Little Blue Door’s dinner parties

10. Get professional photos taken to commemorate your trip

Most of us can relate to going on a fantastic trip somewhere, and then realizing once you get home that you have pretty much NO good photos of you and whoever you were traveling with.

To make sure you get some incredible photos of your trip that you’re actually in, and that looks beautiful (even if you’re not a natural in front of the camera), book in for a London Photo Session, where a professional photographer will take you around London’s sights, capturing beautiful candid and posed moments that you can appreciate for years to come when you get your edited photos back just a few days later.

Find out more about London Photo Sessions

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11. Indulge at a luxury spa, lunch and wine included

One of the most lovely experiences you can do in London, no matter the weather, is a luxurious spa treatment. The 5-star Langham Hotel has one of the most special spas in the city, and they offer a special experience bundle that covers the works for an incredibly indulgent day. This includes two hours of spa access, a 25-minute back massage, a three-course lunch at Roux at The Landau, and a glass of wine. What a treatttttt….

Book the luxury spa treatment at The Langham on Virgin Experience Days

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12. Go to a Secret Cinema experience

This is absolutely one of the hottest tickets in town, and one of the most unique experiences to try in London for tourists. Secret Cinema is an interactive movie experience, and ticket holders not only get to watch the film of choice in a secret location, but they also dress up as their assigned characters (it’s mandatory and people go all out) and there’s a theatrical performance related to the film before it begins. Every single person I know who’s been says it was absolutely so much fun.

Tickets always sell out so make sure you check early on for your travel dates to see if you can snag any.

Check Secret Cinema dates

These aren’t the only unique experiences to try in London, but this list will get you off to a great start to experiencing once-in-a-lifetime moments on your trip that will make it a million times better.

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Jessica Dante

Jessica Dante

Jess is the founder of Love and London, an online travel guide that helps London tourists to visit London like they live there. She's been featured in Refinery29, Forbes, BBC Radio 2, HuffPost, and more. Jess is also a sustainable and ethical travel advocate.