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Climb the staircase to heaven..at London's most unusual attractions

Published: Monday 30th of September 2013

If you have ever wondered what it was like to climb a staircase to heaven, then come on over to London and you may just find out.

The Tate Modern gallery in the capital has a temporary exhibition which will literally allow visitors to climb a temporary staircase to the sky. 

This mind blowing and somewhat dizzying staircase is four times the size of Big Ben. The staircase has been designed by architectural practice dRMM and will be one of the masterpieces on show during the London Design Festival 2013.

The structure is the same height as a three-storey building and composed of interlocking staircases, inspired by the drawings of M.C. Escher.

It also gives amazing views of both the Tate Modern and the River Thames.

But the endless staircase is not the only unusual place in London. There are a number of museums and attractions across the city which are out-of-the-ordinary.

The Camden Catacombs is a good example of that - although not currently open to visitors. This long-forgotten labyrinth of tunnels and vaults is part of London's rich and varied history and were originally built for horses and pit ponies that were used to shunt railway wagons.

But an even better attraction that is open to visitors is Camden Market. This highly popular market is home to just about all of the alternative clothing and memorabilia that you can think of and is a shining testament to the city's multicultural heritage.

There are also a number of unusual and themed museums in the city to suit virtually any taste.

The Fan Museum is a good example of that. Did you know that it is the only museum in the world dedicated entirely to fans?

Currently, the museum is home to over 3,500 fans and the vast majority are antique. Some of them even date back as early as the 11th century. Temporary exhibitions change approximately every four months although there are permanent exhibitions as well.

Old Operating Theatre, London Bridge

This is perhaps one of the most unusual museums in London. It is one of the oldest museums in Europe and is based in the Herb Garret of St Thomas Church, and was part of old St Thomas Hospital.

It gives visitors an interesting (if terrifying) insight into the history of medicine, and the contribution that surgeons and scientists have made to medicine today.

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