London and Travel

Weird and Macabre London

And the upside of solo travel.

Elan Cassandra
Jan 5 · 10 min read
London graffiti — photo by author

Day 1

I arrived at Heathrow Airport early the first morning and took the train toward the center of London, passing what looked to my uneducated eye like the countryside — cute cottages and everything I associate with UK crime dramas.

Natural History Museum and Darwin Centre

My first stop was at the Natural History Museum at South Kensington, although, by the time I’d gotten there, I couldn’t remember why I’d put it on my list…

Natural History Museum South Kensington — photos by author
Darwin Centre — photos by author

The Postal Museum

My next stop was an entirely different kind of museum: The Postal Museum.

The Postal Museum — photos by author

Royal London Hospital Medical Museum

After my postal stop, I took another train and walked to the Royal London Hospital Museum in Whitechapel, which is housed in the crypt of a nineteenth-century church.

Royal London Hospital Museum — photos by author
Royal London Hospital Museum — photo by author

Cereal Killer Cafe

After stopping at the Airbnb and changing into something nicer, I needed a snack, and there was no way I was not going to go to a place called the Cereal Killer Cafe.

Cereal Killer Cafe — photos by author

Museum of Childhood

From the cafe, I walked to the V&A Museum of Childhood, which “cares for the nation’s National Collection of Childhood [with its] 33,000 objects and 61 archival collections that span 400 years, from 1600 to the present day.”

Museum of Childhood — photo by author

The Last Tuesday Society

After the (mostly boring) toys, I walked to The Last Tuesday Society, a darkly atmospheric cocktail bar and curiosity shop.

Wynd’s Museum of Curiosities at The Last Tuesday Society — photos by author

Day 2

On my second and last day in London, I wanted to do as much as possible before heading to the airport to fly to Hamburg.

Hastings — photos by author

True Crime Museum

Okay, so the True Crime Museum wasn’t as big as I had hoped. Still, it had cool exhibits and was absolutely worth the visit.

True Crime Museum — photos by author
True Crime Museum — photos by author

The Clink Prison Museum

From Hastings, I caught a train back into the center of London, and my first stop back in the city was in some ways the earlier history version of my previous true crime destination.

The Clink Prison Museum — photos by author
London — photos by author

London Mithraeum

My last stop in London was the London Mithraeum, the remains of a Roman Temple of Mithras found in the early 1950s during post-war construction.

London Mithraeum — photos by author

Looking back

One of the underappreciated aspects of traveling solo is not just the ability to go do and see whatever you feel like, but also the requirement that you figure out what that might be.

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Elan Cassandra

Written by

Writer and Writing Mentor. Screenwriter. Honest. Human. She/Her. @elancassandra on Instagram, @ElanCDuensing on Twitter. https://linktr.ee/elancassandra

World Traveler’s Blog

A collaborative project from a diverse group of adventurers and digital nomads sharing the world through inspiring stories. The more you know, the better you travel!

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