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The alternative guide to London’s alternative quarters

23rd August 2019

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What if there were parts of East London that would satisfy your thirst for underrated culture and quirkiness?

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Well, guess what...we’ve tracked a few of them down:

Dead Good Museum

Dating back to the 1800s and only a 10-minute walk from both Farringdon, this is definitely London's most morbid museum.

After a spectacular renovation, the incredible collection of human remains is now accessible to see for special events. The over 5,000 medical specimens on display are an eclectic collection curated by Subhadra Das, allowing “people to explore the principles of pathology and the basics of what happens when things go wrong with the body”.

The museum has programmed a very diverse series of events all year long, most recently about faces, from an art exhibition made up of paintings of patients who have had reconstructive facial surgery. Not for the faint-hearted.

Latest events are published on EventBrite.

Bingo for Little Monsters

If you already spend all your weekends at The Glory, we’ve found you a new spot a stones-throw from Old Street.

Rascals have a zero policy for "straight backs and polite small talk", so they say. And it looks like they also have a policy for going different, with London’s first Lady Gaga bingo every Thursday night, regular Kiki with Drag Queens events, and a comedy bottomless brunch gameshow feat drag guest stars (yes, those are the actual names of the events!)

Have a bonkers evening with pizza, cocktails, games and your fave drag artists whilst bonkers bingo meets a game show extravaganza that’s been updated for 2018. It definitely will make you want to cheer like Lady Gaga on November 7th 2012:

A different type of lunch box

St Bride Foundation hosts one world’s largest and most significant collections of type specimens. It’s the perfect space to learn from some of London’s best designers, printmakers and typographers with their workshops and events.

It was established in 1981 in a Grade II listed building and also hots the Bridewell Theatre, and Bridewell Bar (in the old laundry room) where you’ll be able to enjoy plays, comedy, music and exhibitions all year round.

They specialise in ‘Lunchbox Theatre’ and with a prompt start at 1pm and running for 45 minutes, it’s the perfect break from a long day at the library.

Lunchbox theatre tickets are available from 12pm at the Theatre box office. Check out their evening performances and activities here.

Small and hidden

Only 5 minutes away from Fabric are hidden some historic gems. Perfect for a lunch-break getaway (yes, that’s a thing), St John Priory Church gardens are very cute (romantic?) and secluded spots away from the noise of London.

Nearby is The Museum of the Order of St John - free to visit and open all year round, it will tell you all the things you didn't know you wanted to know about the international charity.

Image credit: Paul Hudson

And once done, head to one of the quirkiest pubs (listed as one of the 25 Pubs You Must Drink In Before You Die by BuzzFeed) which has a strong antiquarian feel and a very fireplace. They also sometimes hang paintings by local artists upstairs on the mezzanine. The Jerusalem Tavern is St. Peter's brewery's one and only pub and conveniently enough serves some gluten-free beverages certified by the Celiac Society.

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