LONDON – METROPOLIS PARADISE.

What can I say about London that hasn’t already been said?
Yes, it’s expensive.
Yes, there are people EVERYWHERE.
And YES, it quite possibly has every single thing you’d ever want to do in a big city…. I mean a large city.
A Huge city.
A Gigantic Metropolis!!!

Houses Of Parliament.
Houses Of Parliament.

The 1st time I went to London I thought “OK, this is gonna be a journey all in itself just to find my hostel.
I’ll ring for help once I’ve been lost for 36 hours.
However that was not the case.
Rather I was surprised and relieved at how easy it was to get around such an enormous place.

I arrived at a decent time(NOT rush hour), so getting into the The Underground(or the Tube as some call it) and understanding the lay of the land wasn’t that difficult.
Even though there’s 15 different lines around the city The Underground is very easy to figure out.
All the major attractions have stops named after them.
The stations with connection to other lines are usually not more than a few stops away.
Therefore making it very easy to get from one side of the city to the other within an hour or less.

Diversity.

The 1st thing I noticed once I was on board was the diversity of the people.
In my train car alone there had to be at least 8 different nationalities.
Once I emerged onto the street of my hostel I probably heard more languages in that 15 minute walk then I did in my previous 2 months of travel combined.
This place really does have everything, including all the different people.

Aside from the people and languages what else would a place like this have?
Well I’m glad you asked:

History.

I don’t even need to begin with all the history that has and still takes place in this great city.
I’ll leave that up to all the museums throughout the city.
Many of which are actually FREE(British Museum, Victoria and Albert Museum, Natural History Museum, Science Museum, Imperial War Museum).
You can also do guided tours through the city that focus a lot on the history aspect of London as well.

Tower Bridge.
Tower Bridge.

A Mix of Old with the New.

One of my favorite things about London is walking down a street to see a building or monument that is hundreds of years old then turning around and seeing a modern contemporary building right across the street.
London embraces its past and mixes in the future very nicely.
One of the best examples of this is standing at Tower Of London(built in the 11th Century) and looking south across the River Thames at the glass City Hall building and The Shard.
It definitely makes a stroll through the streets very interesting.

The Shard across the River Thames from the Tower of London.
The Shard across the River Thames from the Tower of London.

Skyscrapers.

They’re everywhere.
In 2012 London finished construction on the tallest building in all of the European Union. The Shard.
The 87 story skyscraper stands 1,014 feet high(309 meters) and has an observation deck on the 72nd floor at a height of 802 feet(244.3 meters).
The rest of the building contains offices, residences, a business school, 3 restaurants, and a hotel(19 of the floors).

Parks.

Even though London is certainly a city of brick, glass and metal; Londoners have made sure not to be 100% Concrete Jungle.
There are extremely nice parks throughout the city to put your mind at ease and relax you from the hustle and bustle of the big city living.
You can see my Top 4 favorite parks Here.

Gorgeously designed parks.
Gorgeously designed parks.

A Variety of Different Cuisines.

In a city with so many nationalities you’re certainly going to find a variety of different food around every corner.
This could not make me happier.
Of course I love going to a country and eating their authentic food.
On the contrary I don’t want to live off Fish & Chips or Bangers & Mash during my whole visit in London.
Because lets face the truth: England isn’t really known for their culinary excellence.
So by all means indulge in your favorite food while you’re here.
Whether it’s Indian, Chinese, or Italian food the options are plenty.
INDULGE!

Theaters/Entertainment.

London has so much going on in their theater scene that they pretty much have a whole area dedicated to it.
The West End between Piccadilly and Covent Garden, all around Leicester Square is where you’ll find your Musicals, Dramas, Shakespeare, etc.
This is one of liveliest places in London after dark.
Even if you’re not going to an Opera or a Play it’s a great area to hang out and enjoy some late night people watching.

Camden Town.

If you’re looking for Music Venues and Concert Halls you have to go a bit farther north past Regent’s Park into Camden Town.
There you will find many different venues big and small.
Places like Roundhouse, Electric Ballroom, Underworld, and Koko are located off of Camden High Street.
They’re all very easy to get to especially if you’re staying at St. Christopher’s Inn Camden which is conveniently located between Koko and Underworld.
Just a few streets away from there you can also find The Garage and O2 Academy along with a whole bunch of smaller indie venues and bars.
If live music is your thing then Camden Town is the place to be.

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Possibly the largest Alternative/Fetish Scene in the world.

This might not be something that pops up on many peoples itinerary for things to see and do in a city…. but it should be.
If you want to experience something new, interesting, and exciting; Fetish events are definitely one way to do that.
I’ve seen numerous Flesh Hook Suspensions, Flogging, Fire Performers, Go Go Dancers, Sword Swallowers, and people living out their fantasies at these events and it’s always entertaining.

Let Your Freak Flag Fly.

The British are not ones to shy away from letting their kinky freak flags fly and there are many places in London that cater to them.
A lot of people think that there’s going to be a bunch of tits and ass running around and they’re exactly right.
However, people aren’t going to be having sex in the corners and no one will try to shove something in your face without asking you first.
What you will experience is friendly people dancing and drinking, just like at any other club,
Except these people are probably wearing less or have really extravagant outfits.

All of these events have very well mannered people at them and any type of touching has to be consensual.
There is Zero Tolerance for unwanted touching.
So maybe next time you’re in London and you wanna see something a little darker, a little sexier, you can go out to some of these clubs.

Clubs/Venues/Events.

All of the places listed below have strong Dress Codes, No Cameras, and No (Solo)Wanking policies.

CLUB RUBwww.club-rub.com
Club Rub has monthly events at The Garage. 10:30pm-4am.

CLUB ANTICHRISTwww.clubantichrist.com
Events run every other month at Electrowerkz.
Doors open at 8pm, last entry is at 2:30am, and the club closes at 6am.

TORTURE GARDENwww.torturegarden.com
TG is the Largest Fetish/Body Art Club in the world.
They have their events at many different venues(so check their website for locations), toured throughout the world, and have had guests such as Masuimi Max, Dita Von Teese, Marilyn Manson, and Boy George appear at their events.
Event times vary depending on the venue.

CLUB SUBVERSIONwww.clubsubversion.com
They have events every other month at different locations.
Doors are usually open at 10pm-5am.

Salvador Dali art display near the London Eye.
Salvador Dali art display near the London Eye.

Other Random Finds.

London has a lot to offer, but some of them you have to do some extra searching.
There’s hidden gems all throughout this great city.

Do you want to Ice Climb in the middle of summer?
London has you covered.
Vertical Chill Indoor Ice Climbing at Ellis Brigham’s London Covent Garden store.
There’s different prices for different levels of experience and each session is 1 hour long. Expect to get a runny nose and a workout all in one.
More info can be found at www.vertical-chill.com

Offbeat Restaurants.

Maybe you’re looking to eat and not partake in something so demanding.
Perhaps you like Garlic on everything you eat and  you want to wash it down with Vodka.
Well if that’s the case, I have just the place for you.

Garlic And Shots.

Everyone of their cantina-style dishes comes with garlic on it and they also have over 100 different flavored Vodka shots.
They’re famous for their Bloodshot – Vodka, Chili, and Garlic.
Try finding someone to make-out with after having a few of those.
Garlic And Shots is located in SOHO in between Soho Square and Leicester Square.
www.garlicandshots.com

Have you ever wanted to have dinner and drinks in the middle of a circus performance?
Yeah me too.
Luckily for us a place like CIRCUS exists.

Circus.

Located in Covent Garden, so you can take a guess that this place isn’t going to be very cheap.
If you’re looking for a unique experience and you want to really splurge on one night give this place a try.
The restaurant serves a Pan-Asian cuisine and cocktails.
However the main attraction is definitely the performances that are happening that night.
They never announce the performances in advance and instead choose to surprise the guests.
Some things you might see are Cabaret, Aerial Acrobatics, Fire Eating, and Hula Hooping, among other circus acts.
Reservations are highly recommended either on the phone or through their website at www.circus-london.co.uk

In conclusion I have yet to go to a city that has as much to offer as London.
Castles, Opera, Royalty, and Leather Ass-less Chaps.
I told you London has everything!!!

Do you have any London recommendations or stories you’d like to share?
Feel free to comment about them below.

Jeremiah Cooper

Jeremiah Cooper

Welcome to Live Life Extreme, a travel blog about thrill-seeking, adventurous travel through some of the largest cities to off the beaten path getaways.

My name is Jeremiah and I'm an Arizona desert rat in search of the next adrenaline pumping adventure.
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