God's Own Junkyard
God's Own Junkyard is a neon wonderland hidden inside of a warehouse in London's suburbia, where every inch of space is drenched in rainbow lighting. Restored signs from 60's Soho - when it encompassed all things sex, drugs and rock'n'roll - hang high and low. There is hardly a free space on any of the walls, which is perhaps why there are signs hanging from the ceiling as well.
The artist, Chris Bracey, has a cult following. His work has been featured in films such as 'Captain America', 'Eyes Wide Shut', 'Byzantium', 'Bladerunner' and four Batman films. His commissioned pieces hang sanwhiched between the timeless relics of seedy Soho.
Inside this overwhelming neon playground there is a cafe, the hilariously named 'Rolling Scones' and a fully licensed bar. This must be the funkiest place to have a drink in all of Soho. Grab a drink and soak in some of London's most iconic art.
Opening Times: Friday - Sunday 11am - 9pm
Address: Unit 12, Ravenswood Industrial Estate, Shernhall St, London E17 9HQ. Click here for the location on google maps.
Nearest Tube Stope: Walthamstow Central
Last Days of Shoreditch
Last Days of Shoreditch ticks all the boxes of an exciting and unusual find. It has the essential 3 b's of any summer event - Beach, Beats and Bars and it doesn't stop there. This unconventional gem is street food market heaven, it has fresh pasta that the Italians would be proud of, delicious burgers for the meat eaters, and an avocado bar that is dying to be on your instagram.
Oh, and I forgot to mention it has an adult slide... an adult slide. A one-storey-adult-slide! After a few drinks I promise you'll find it as exciting as I do.
Get some mouth watering food, then choose one of 5 bars to get everything from craft beers to tropical cocktails and wait for the music to really get going. Some of the most entertaining DJ's in London come here to blast their music.
Approach the dace floor with caution because once you get on it you won't leave. At the end of every song you'll think, lets go get a breath of fresh air, let's get a drink, then BAM! another great banger is on. You'll be a slave to the dance floor until midnight when the DJ's pack up and go home.
The atmosphere is electric, the food is delicious and the music will make you want to dance all night long. What more could you ask for?
Opening Times: Thursday 17:00-23:30 Friday 17:00-00:00 Saturday 15:00-00:00
Address: 288 Old Street, London, EC1V 9LA. Click here for the location on google maps.
Nearest Tube Stop: Old Street Station
If you love films, and love a funky independent cinema then Backyard Cinema should be your next stop. It developed from humble beginnings, a group of friends in a garden watching films projected on to a bed sheet, and has become the most unique, quirky, independent cinema in London.
Backyard Cinema offers you an experience rather than just a film. I went and watched 21 Jump Street (what a classic) and the whole cinema was set up to feel like you were in Miami. Complete with a beach, palm trees, free flip flops, cute cocktails, bean bags, blankets and a bar. It had the potential to miss the mark and feel tacky but these people know what they were doing and pulled it off brilliantly.
What's even cooler about this venue is that they change the cinema set depending on the theme of the films they are playing. In the past you have had to walk through the wardrobe in Narnia to get through to the cinema, jungle themed for the Jungle Book and even built wooden church as the entrance.
It's a little piece of Miami in London for now, but who knows what's next for Backyard Cinema?
Address: 42 Newington Causeway, London SE1 6DR. Click here for the location on google maps.
Nearest Tube Stop: Elephant and Castle
Project Mayhem is a secret interactive theatre experience run by Secret Studio Lab. Secret locations, passwords, violent set pieces and ambitious story telling is what you can expect. What you wont expect is how real it feels (there was one point I honestly thought I was going to have to fight someone). Forget the outside world and get fully immersed in this underground world.
No longer do you get shepherded around, you are left alone to explore and create your own unique story line. No one leaves with the same experience, and that's what makes it a realistic and unique event.
At the moment it is based off of 'Fight Club', in the past they have riffed 'From Dusk Till Dawn' and 'Se7en'. That should give you an idea of the type of pieces they do, bold, violent and intense. This is immersive theatre at its finest.
I don't want to give too much away because half the fun is all the secrecy - which explains why I have no photos of it.
I'll keep adding to this list, so bookmark it for the most unique things to do in London - and don't forget to pack a toothbrush!