Top 5 Weirdest Things To Do In London

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Think you know all there is to know about London? Or maybe you are planning on travelling to the capital and are looking for something a bit different to do. If that’s the case then check out our pick of 5 of the weirdest things that you can do in the capital right now!

Attend An Early Morning Rave

Rave your way into the day! This is the slogan for the new craze that is spreading across the world. Morning Gloryville holds morning raves across 3 different areas of London. They throw immersive morning dance parties to get you live and kicking for the day ahead. Starting at 6.30 they last for 4 hours and offer a smoothie bar, an organic coffee kiosk and a wake up massage station. They throw the ultimate party to get you energised for the day and have even had acts including Fatboy Slim and Basement Jaxx get involved.

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Stuff Animals

Ever fancied your hand at some taxidermy? The Last Tuesday Society offer a range of classes depending on your skill and you get to stuff a number of different animals as you progress through the course. Prices are around £50 per person and they even allow you to take your artwork home and show it off to everyone.

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Drink Coffee In A Toilet

Formerly a Victorian toilet, the Attendant has transformed this space into a cosy café. The urinals have become a seating area and a café bar has been put in. Apart from this much of the interior has been preserved and just updated to give the café a Victorian feel. Having won best London coffee shop in 2013 this place is well worth a look.

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Listen To Naked Boys Read

If you fancy spending your evening doing something truly different then look no further than the naked boys reading events that happen in different venues across London. It’s all in the name, at these events people sit around and listen as one by one naked men take it in turns to read sections from different books to the audience. Each evening has a different literary theme and tickets are usually around £5 in advance. Head over to their Facebook page for a list of upcoming events.

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Cage Dive With Sharks

Yes that’s right, you can actually cage dive with sharks in London! If you don’t fancy travelling to do this experience then head over to the London Sealife Aquarium where for £25 you will be lowered into a tank of 15 sharks for 15 minutes. If you think that’s a bit steep then why not save some money with the family package and give the kids a truly terrifying experience that they will never forget!

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Know someone who has a birthday coming up? Or are you looking to do something a bit different this year for your own birthday celebration? Shareagift provides an easy way to collect money online with friends for the ultimate day out, evening meal or birthday surprise. Show someone you really care by saving for a group gift that they will always remember or do something wacky to raise money for a worthy cause and use Shareagift to keep on top of all your donations.

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Top 5 Weird Food Festivals

Food does have its share of spontaneity and adventure to it. Pay a visit to these weird food festivals and taste the popular local delights. You never know what you might end up tasting!

1. RoadKill Cook-off, West Virginia

Squirrel gravy biscuits, tacos filled with armadillo and various other specialties have made the roadkill cook-off popular. Dishes are prepared with animals that often meet their end in traffic accidents. Similar versions of this food festival have been started in several countries. The winner of the cook-off is awarded the Roadkill title.

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2. BugFest, North Carolina

Last year’s theme was stinkbugs and the festival hosted more than 35,000 visitors. Insect delicacies like Quivering Wax Worm Quiche sell out quickly. Insect dishes prepared by local chefs, competitions like Roach Races and other insect displays are some of the attractions at the festival.

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3. Testicle festival, Montana

An adult-only feast, special delicacies include the Rocky Mountain Oysters, which are deep fried bull testicles. The testicle festival also involves oil wrestling and wet t-shirt competitions. The testicle festival is growing popular and has been started in several other countries for the lasting taste that the bull testicles have.

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4. L’Aplec del Caragol, Spain

12,000 snail club members and 25,000 visitors eat 12 tonnes of snail at this annual snail festival. Along with the fireworks and music playing around the clock, new snail dishes are on the menu every year. A tourist attraction as well, the snails do offer incredible variety to your palate.

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5. Fellsmere Frog Leg Festival, Florida

Fellsmere calls itself as the Frog Leg Capital of the World and holds the Guinness World Record for the most number of frog legs served in one day. Around 7,000 pounds of frog legs are served to over 80,000 visitors. The festival began as a fundraiser but it has gained so much popularity that even Barack Obama attended it!

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A trip to these weird food festivals will surely make for a great dinner with friends and family. Have some better ideas for hosting a dinner party? Use Shareagift to collect money online from friends and satisfy the foodie in you by experimenting with new food. Start a page on Shareagift today and never forget to explore.

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Top 5 Madly Insane Spanish Festivals

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Spain recently celebrated its La Tomatina festival, which saw thousands of tourists and locals flock to the little town of Bunol to throw tomatoes at each other! If you think that is weird check out our pick of the strangest festivals that Spain throws each year, some of them are just downright disturbing!

5 – Entrodia

Kicking off our top 5 is the Entroida festival, which happens in the town of Laza in northern Spain. This festival sees people flocking to the streets and throwing muddy rags at each other in the attempt to cover each other in mud. A selection of young men then head to the mountains to collect fire ants in sacks and then bring them back to the town where they cover them in vinegar to rile them up and then run round throwing them in people’s faces.

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4 – Fiesta De Santa Marta de Ribarteme (Festival of the near death experience)

This festival in northwest Spain sees those who have had near death experiences carried through the town in coffins to the Santa Marta de Ribarteme church. After this the procession heads on to the cemetery, and then to a shrine, where friends of those in coffins will offer financial tokens of gratitude for their loved ones surviving their near death experience.

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3 – Goat Throwing Festival

Every year in the village of Manganses de la Polvorosa, in honour of Saint Vincent, a goat was carried to the top of the village church tower and thrown into the crowd below who would catch the falling animal with a canvas sheet. The goat would then be paraded through the town and cheered by onlookers. However, due to animal rights groups demanding the end of the festival the goat throwing was banned in 2002. The festival still goes ahead today but a toy goat is used rather than a live one.

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2 – El Colacho

Once a year in Castrillo de Murcia the international baby jumping festival takes place. This involves men dressed as the devil jumping over babies that were born over the previous 12 months. The ritual is thought to bless newborn babies and remove any sin preparing them for a life with God. Babies are set in rows of two and up to ten children can be leapt over in one jump!

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1 – The Running Of The Bulls

One of the most popular festivals in Spain is the Fiesta San Fermin and the running of the bulls part of the festival sees bulls let loose in the streets where they charge at runners for 825 meters into the bullring. The run usually lasts between 3 and 4 minutes and as long as you are over 18 and sober you are allowed to participate!

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If you liked the look of any of these or know someone that would love a trip to Spain, then why not use Shareagift to group fund the perfect trip. Alternatively this may have given you an idea for a fundraising event for a cause that is close to your heart. With Shareagift you can collect money online with others to support those in need. We have also seen Shareagift used to fund local projects and events, why not fund your own event and put your town on the map!

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Top 5 Weirdest Fundraising Campaigns From Across The World!

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We have a lot of people use Shareagift to collect funds online for fundraising events which range from sponsored cycles to skydives. If you are looking for something a bit different to do in order to raise money then check out the following 5 weird and wonderful fundraising campaigns for some inspiration.

Naked Ziplining

Four years ago the ‘Bare in the Air’ campaign was launched in Canada to raise money for Breast Cancer Research. Four years later and the campaign is still going strong! Each year women have taken to the skies in a naked ziplining event which sees them fly across the forest in barely anything! This event has become a tradition in Peachland, Canada with more and more women flocking to the event each year.

Bacon-Fest

This annual event raises money for the Rehabilitation Institute of Kansas City. For the past seven years the bacon-fest has seen people from across America attend this event for all things bacon. There are a number of bacon themed contests which include the best bacon themed t-shirt, who can eat the most bacon and who can cook the best bacon themed recipe!

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Condon Couture

This fundraising campaign raises money for the Boulder Valley Women’s Health Centre in America and is a fashion show featuring clothing made entirely of condoms. In it’s third year the show tries to creatively promote awareness of sexual and reproductive health. This year the outfits are Hollywood themed and they are even throwing an exclusive VIP pre and after party. Let’s just hope the dresses stay intact!

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Spider Cage

Nick Le Souef decided that he was going to live in a shop window for three weeks with 400 spiders to raise money for a children’s charity in Australia. He was trapped in with redbacks, bird eating spiders, black house spiders and some white tailed spiders to name but a few of the breeds. After spending three weeks in a snake pit and a shark tank he saw this as the next step on his fear factor journey!

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Flamingo Fields

To raise money for their youth ministry an American church came up with a great prank to help raise some much needed funds. They managed to get hold of 144 plastic flamingos and went around each night placing them all in a garden of a selected church member. In the morning they would turn up at the house and ask for donations and then move on to the next house. The idea was so popular that when the church had finished pranking its member’s people started making donations to hire the flamingos for the night to decorate their gardens when they were throwing parties or special events!

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If this has given you a great fundraising idea then head over to Shareagift and start raising money today! We provide an easy to use platform to help you collect money online for anything and everything from fundraising projects to events and group gifts.

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Top 5 Incredibly Random Pubs That You Must Try This Summer In Munich!

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If you’re headed to Munich this summer and are looking for something other than Oktoberfest, or if you are headed to Oktoberfest are looking to take a couple of days out to explore the city, don’t just head into the nearest place you find, look around and do a bit of exploring! These pubs will be right down your alley if you’re after something that is not going to break the bank and is a bit different than the usual German pub.

Drugstore

This quirky bar/café/restaurant sports wooden furniture, marvel tables, red leather coaches and hanging chandeliers. Surrounded by mainstream bars this place sticks out like a sore thumb and is well worth is visit if you’re looking for something out of the ordinary. Inside the bar you will also find a newsstand with comics, papers and all sorts of different reading material and there is also a theatre, which put on evening and weekend shows including cabaret, acoustic sessions and DJ sets.

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Laborbar

Located on the edge of Strachus square in central Munich, Laborbar is a science lab themed pub with the barmen dressed as scientists in lab coats and many of the drinks being served out of syringes into test tubes. Their shot menu ranges from toxic to radioactive and flammable and on Thursdays and most evenings you can get six shots for a mere 5€! They also hold a weekly beer pong competition every Thursday with first prize being €50 (or 60 shots!).

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Fox

This bar is a favourite amongst locals and has an ‘unfinished’ theme to the place. With lightbulbs hanging out the end of tube piping and tables and chairs with sides or legs missing, on first glance it would like like the place is in the middle of a refurbishment. With a great atmosphere and reasonably priced drinks the bar is certainly worth a look if your bored of the mainstream pubs that surround it.

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Niederlassung

Niederlassung (or branch) is a great hangout for those of you looking to put your feet up and relax to some indie and alternative music. The bar is an ensemble of odd and old-fashioned furniture, which makes the place look and feel like a weird apartment building that serves drinks! It’s a great place away from the crowds and loud sounds of Munich town, and after you’ve relaxed on one of the sofas it will feel like home in no time.

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Bar Sehnsucht

Described by many as the ‘bar for big boys’ this bar looks like a set from the TV show Sons Of Anarchy! The bar plays a selection of heavy metal music, has pictures of porn movies scattered across the walls and has bras hanging over the bar. With a selection of different beers, ales and ‘manly’ shots on offer, this is a go to place for bikers and rock n roll fans alike.

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Use Shareagift to collect money online with friends towards a birthday celebration, celebratory drinks, a weekend getaway or just a random night out. Shareagift makes it easy to pool money together and donate towards a birthday fund, a group gift, a meal or a few rounds of drinks. Start a campaign and plan towards the perfect summer day out today!

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Top 5 Cheap Eats In London

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It is not often easy to find somewhere cheap to grab a bite to eat in the capital that isn’t a McDonalds or a Wetherspoons. We have chosen our top 5 cheap eats across London for when you are low on cash and want to grab something cheap to eat or for if you are planning on going out for a birthday or office lunch and want to head somewhere everyone can afford.

Yalla Yalla

Area: Soho, Winsley Street, Greenwich

This Lebanese hub serves a wide range of top quality Lebanese dishes, which are very reasonable. The café serves as a popular lunch spot for local workers offering sit in and takeaway foods including falafels, grilled skewers and all day meze. The café is also open in the evenings and is a great place to meet and eat if you don’t want to spend loads on eating out.

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Silk Road

Area: Camberwell

This family run Chinese restaurant serves a number of cheap dishes including noodles, stuffed dumplings and stews. It has built up quite the reputation for being a hotspot for Chinese foodies who want to grab a cheap and quick bite. Bear in mind that the food is from the muslim region of Xingjiang, in the west of China and so many of the dishes are very spicy!

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Herman Ze German

Area: Charing Cross, Soho, Fitzrovia

This small chain serves a number of German themed dishes and is renowned for their hotdogs. Their sausages are imported from the Schwarzwald and are high quality pork! Their top sellers include the minced beef and veal sausage, the smoked pork sausage and the chilli beef sausage. This is definitely one to check out if you are a hot dog lover and the best part is that the majority of their meals are under a tenner!

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Pizza Union

Area: Kings Cross, Spitalfields

This Pizza bar offers great pizzas at amazing prices and is a great place to stop and grab a bite if you are in a rush as the service is second to none. Pizzas are often cooked and out within ten minutes and the majority of their pizzas are under £6! If your looking for a cheap fast food pizza joint this is a must if you are in the area!

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Bonnington Café

Area: Vauxhall

This Café in the heart of Vauxhall offers cheap vegetarian meals cooked by a collection of member cooks. Chefs take it in turns to run the kitchen and the menu changes on a daily basis depending on which chef is in. If you are looking to try out a few different vegetarian options then this place is worth checking out and even coming back to as the food served can be anything from Japanese, Medieval, Italian or French.

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So there you have it, there’s no longer an excuse for you to not be able to afford to try something different the next time you’re in London. Shareagift can help you plan the perfect meal, night out or dinner party. You can use Shareagift to collect money online so that before you go out you have all the money together so it makes it easier to pay the bill at the end of the night, avoiding confusion or awkwardness. You can also use Shareagift to collect funds online for a group gift which could be a trip up to London with food and drinks.

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Top 5 Incredibly Random Pubs You Must Try This Summer In London!

Save With Shareagift Towards … A Day Out In London

As we coast through the summer the pubs get busier and busier with everyone looking for a spot in the sun to enjoy a nice cold beverage. We have put together a list of bars across London that you have to visit with friends this summer. From the top of the Gherkin to an old railway arch in Hackney, there’s something for everyone to enjoy.

1 – Moroccan Sky Riad – A Moroccan Skyline Getaway

This bar, which is situated in the top of the Gherkin building, overlooks the London skyline. Although this is a member’s only bar for most of the year, from the last week in July it will be available to the public for 7 weeks. The bar will offer traditional Marrakesh décor and an authentic Moroccan cuisine.

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2 – Midnight Apothecary – Marshmallows, Campfires And Cocktails

Every Saturday throughout the summer a secret rooftop garden opens up above Brunel’s Thames Tunnel in Rotherhithe. They offer a mixture of cocktails and with a campfire in the centre where you can toast marshmallows and watch the sun set over the river Thames, it’s the perfect end to any summer’s day in London.

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3 – The Toy Shop – Lego Ice Cubes And Revolving BBQ’s

This bright and playfully decorated cocktail bar in Putney offers a wide range of cocktails and food made to be shared with others. The menu has a number of toy and fun themed meals including their signature dish ‘The Toy Shop BBQ’ which is served on a revolving mini BBQ. The cocktails are even stranger with ice cube shaped lego pieces and the house cocktail served in a miniature house with smoking chimney and flashing lights!

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4 – Draughts – For Board Game Enthusiasts

This café/pub is located in Hackney and set in an old railway arch. They have a collection of over 500 playable board games to choose from and offer a range of organic and locally sourced meals and an assortment of drinks from fresh coffee to craft beers.

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5 – The Little Yellow Door – The Ultimate Living Room Experience

This is a lounge bar located in Notting Hill, styled around a living room. Events are held across the weekend with a Friday night ticketed dinner party and a Saturday night house party. They offer a wide range of cocktails including specials served in teacups, milk bottles and a wide range of other living room accessories. Perfect for groups looking for a more cosy and personalised night out.

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Don’t forget you can use Shareagift to collect money online with friends towards a birthday celebration, celebratory drinks or just a random night out. Shareagift makes it easy to pool money together and donate towards a birthday fund, a group gift, a meal or a few rounds of drinks. Start a campaign and plan towards the perfect summer day out today!

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