Bored of the same old trips to London's tourist traps? Get off the beaten track by trying one of these more original ideas for a day out in the British capital.
Angels is the most famous fancy dress and theatrical clothing shop in London but not many people know they offer tours of their incredible collection. The shop has been trading since 1840 and their costume warehouse contains two million items, stored on eight miles of hanging rails. Visitors can also see the tailoring and alterations departments where bespoke costumes are made to order for film, TV and theatre productions.
Another little known behind the scenes tour takes place at the offices of a much newer company, Innocent. The healthy drinks brand welcomes visitors to its building, known as Fruit Towers. They are given an insight into the unusually relaxed working environment, where employees are encouraged to play table tennis and share baby photos, but there's also an educational element as visitors learn how Innocent's products are invented and marketed.
The stars of Britain's Biggest Hoarders could not compete with Robert Opie, the man whose collection of packaging, adverts and toys has become a fascinating museum in Notting Hill. The Museum of Brands, Packaging and Advertising covers 120 years of British consumer culture. It's a great day out for nostalgia fans as anyone who grew up in the U.K. will be met with forgotten favourite foods, characters and TV ads that bring childhood memories flooding back.
End your alternative day out with a meal you'll never forget courtesy of the Gingerline. This company arranges themed meals at mystery locations along the East London train line. You won't find out where you're eating, what you're eating or what the theme will be until you arrive so this is not ideal for control freaks. However, if you're willing to be taken on an adventure then Gingerline's fantastic reputation suggests you can trust them for a great night out.
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