Welcome fellow geeks!
As you might know if you read me, the time at which I move to London aproaches. I’ve got the academic side mostly sorted out, so now it’s time to start writing down places I want to go see. And what better place to do that than here, where all of you can benefit from my list?
However, be warned, this isn’t your typical list. It doesn’t hold the main touristy places to vsit, but rather geeky haunts that, if you’re anything like me, you won’t want to miss! Without further ado, here are my 10 must-visit geeky spots around London. Allons-y!
- 221b Baker Street: I’m going to cheat a little and include both the actual 221 Baker Street (where there’s a Sherlock Holmes Museum) and 187 North Gower Street, where BBC’s Sherlock was filmed (next to which is a sandwich shop with Sherlock-themed rolls).
- The Globe: Not only is it a must-see for literature and theatre lovers, it also has definite ties with Sherlock and is the place where the Doctor’s showdown against the carrionites took place. Expelliarmus!
- London Tower: This attraction falls nicely into both the traditional and geeky categories of places to visit in London. If you walk down to the waterfront, you can take some nice pictures of UNIT’s new secret headquarters as seen in Doctor Who, or go see the place where Moriarty decided to let his drama queen show and try on the crown jewels. You can also find the spot on the waterfront where Amy and the Doctor had their touching conversation about the end of Amy’s time on the TARDIS.
- Blackfriar’s Bridge: The end of Cassandra Clare’s Clockwork Princess is one of the few things I’ve read that has actually made me cry. [SPOILER ALERT – Skip to next geeky spot if you haven’t finished the book] I’m dying to go stand in the place where Jem would meet Tessa every year, so I can imagine how the view would change every time they met.
- The TARDIS: Outside Earl’s Court Tube Station stands one of the last blue telephone boxes you’ll see around. Not only is it an awesome place to snap a few pictures, but if you look it up on google maps and click the X that’s next to it, you will have access to a virtual tour of the TARDIS’ inside!
- Platform 9 3/4: It doesn’t look much like the films and it’s actually positioned between platform 8 and 9 of King’s Cross Station, but it’s a must for Harry Potter fans. If you’re willing to brave the queue, you can have your photo taken pushing your trolley through the barrier. There’s also a Harry Potter shop right next to it.
Places to Eat
- Mad Hatter Pub: A short walk from the Southwark tube stop lies this little treasure, with John Tenniel illustrations all over the ceiling and, from what I hear, delicious cheesy chips!
- Draughts: This board game cafe and bar in east London offers every kind of game, from Hungry Hippos to Cards Against Humanity; from Backgammon to Game of Thrones. Grab a game, a drink and a playing partner and get to it!
- Forbidden Planet: Forbidden Planet isn’t technically a sight-seeing destination… it’s a geek megastore. This place is filled with merchandise of every fandom you can think of. Clothes, figurines, board games… and the basement is stuffed with comics and books to boot. There’s also events like meet-ups and book signings, so check out the calendar on their web page if you’re planning to visit!
- The Who Shop: Yep, there is a Doctor Who Shop and Museum in east London. The Who Shop sells Doctor Who merchandise and the museum has props and costumes.You can only reach the museum from inside The Who Shop but good luck spotting an entrance door or a museum sign to show you where it is as there are no clues. Go to the cash till and ask to buy a museum ticket and all will be revealed. You will given a key and led over to a TARDIS and bam, not only is it bigger on the inside, but there’s the museum!
And that’s the end of my list! Do you know any other geeky locations I should visit? Which one of these is your favourite? Help me decide what order I should visit them in!
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