Keep calm & carry on drinking at Cahoots
This hidden watering hole was originally a WWII air raid shelter, but nowadays you can climb down here to bomb some stiff drinks instead. It’s incredibly cozy inside, with a sleek midcentury feel -- and yes, there are secret drinks. For the list, find an envelope with “Do Not Open” written on it.
This big-city farm actually has its own café, where you can kick back and enjoy a glass of wine until the cows (quite literally) come home. If you’re looking to get even more pastoral, there’s also an edible garden, a pottery studio, and even beekeeping classes.
Mudlark along the banks of the Thames
London is old, and its history is rich. Fortunately, much of its storied past has been preserved in the mud of the placid Thames; enthusiasts call looking for these artifacts along the riverbanks “mudlarking.” You might find ancient coins from Roman occupation, or ornate ivory tobacco pipes from the Elizabethan Era -- or maybe you’ll just find a really shiny rock. Either way, worth it.