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Embrace Your Inner Geek: 11 Nerdy Things to Do in London

Updated: May 2



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London is a treasure trove for nerdy enthusiasts seeking to indulge in geeky adventures!


The first documented appearance of the word NERD was in the Dr. Suess book If I Ran the Zoo (1950). Gerald McGrew, the narrator, asserts that he would collect "a Nerkle, a Nerd, and a Seersucker too" for his imaginary zoo.


When the term spread into the mainstream, it was intended as a derogatory stereotype. But today, it's been reclaimed as a term of pride and group identity. The Merriam-Webster Dictionary defines a nerd as "a person devoted to intellectual, academic, or technical pursuits or interests." In that vein...here is a listicle highlighting the geeky, nerdy, and unconventional things to do in London.


 

ASTRONOMY NERD


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1. Royal Observatory Greenwich


Escape the urban hustle and bustle and get your geek on at the Royal Observatory in Greenwich. Explore astronomy at the Peter Harrison Planetarium. Learn about maritime history and navigation through educational exhibits. Gaze at the stars through the observatory's telescopes for a truly celestial experience. And stand on the Prime Meridian - the line between eastern and western hemispheres.


Address: Greenwich Park, Blackheath Ave, London SE10 8XJ, United Kingdom

Website Link: Royal Observatory

 

CRYPTOLOGY NERD


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2. Bletchley Park


History and code-breaking nerds will relish a trip to Bletchley Park, the top-secret site where Alan Turing and his team cracked the Enigma code during World War II. Explore the museum and enjoy fascinating tales of codebreaking. You can also learn about the birth of modern computing.


Address: The Mansion, Bletchley Park, Sherwood Dr, Bletchley, Milton Keynes MK3 6EB, United Kingdom. (Located within an easy walk of Bletchley train station. London Northwestern Railway offers direct services from London Euston - just a 40 minute trip.)


Website Link: Bletchley Park





 

GAMING NERD


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3. Loading Bar


One of the best nerdy experiences in London can be found at the Loading Bar where you can raise a glass to video games. Modelled on the gaming cafes of Tokyo, this unique venue is one of the first venues in the UK to offer gamers somewhere to drink, relax and play. Enjoy a drink while playing a wide selection of video games, from classic arcade titles to the latest releases, in a friendly and relaxed atmosphere.


Address: 129 Stoke Newington High St, London N16 0PH, United Kingdom

Website Link: The Loading Bar

 

HISTORY NERD


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4. British Museum


Partake on a nerdy adventure unearthing the ancient wonders of the world at the British Museum. Housing a vast collection of artifacts from civilizations across the globe, this iconic institution is a haven for history buffs. Marvel at the Rosetta Stone, explore the Egyptian mummies, gaze upon the famed Elgin Marbles, and immerse yourself in countless other artifacts from around the world.


Address: Great Russell St, London WC1B 3DG, United Kingdom

Website: British Museum

 

TIME TRAVEL NERD


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5. The Great Exhibition - 1851


The years, decades, centuries have fallen away, and here you are on the 1st of May 1851. Tens of Thousands of people have descended upon London’s Hyde Park. At nine o’clock the turnstiles will open, and you will find yourself at the opening day of The Great Exhibition, a vast, temporary glass museum.


The Crystal Palace, as it has been nicknamed, was built to house more than a hundred thousand exhibits of culture and industry from around the globe. You will behold all of Great Britain’s achievements and that of the countries surrounding it – machines and presses, taxidermy and clothwork, ceramics and ironmongery.


It is the first World’s Fair - the project of Queen Victoria's husband, Prince Albert. His reputation rides on its success or failure. The Queen is alive with excitement and will, of course, be in attendance.


Step back in time with BARDEUM's self-guided walking tour and witness this dazzling spectacle that was to become a symbol of the Victorian era.


NERDY PLUS: Visit the Victoria & Albert Museum after your stroll through Hyde Park to see exhibits that were on display at The Great Exhibition.


Address: Experience Begins at The Italian Gardens Cafe - Hyde Park



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CRIME SOLVING NERD


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6. Sherlock Holmes Museum


Channel your inner detective with a visit to the Sherlock Holmes Museum on Baker Street in London. This is a must stop for fans of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's legendary detective. Step into the fictional 221B Baker Street and experience the world of Sherlock Holmes and Dr. John Watson. The museum faithfully recreates the detective's famous residence, complete with period-appropriate furnishings and artifacts.


Address: 221b Baker St, London NW1 6XE, United Kingdom

Website Link: Sherlock Holmes Museum

 

ROALD DAHL NERD


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7. Roald Dahl Museum and Story Centre


Experience the whimsical world of Roald Dahl at the Roald Dahl Museum and Story Centre. Delight in the weird and wonky world of one of the England's most celebrated authors. Taking us on unexpected adventures, Dahl celebrated the power of youth in wonderful timeless stories.


Address: 81-83 High St, Great Missenden HP16 0AL, United Kingdom. (Located within an easy walk of Missenden train station. Direct 40 minute trip from Marylebone Station).

Website Link: Roald Dahl Museum

 

SHAKESPEARE NERD


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8. Royal Globe Theatre


To be or not to be, that is the question. Are thee Nerdy for Shakespeare?


If so, then booking tickets to a performance at Shakespeare's Royal Globe is a must. Experience his plays as spectators did in the late 16th century.


Address: 21 New Globe Walk, London SE1 9DT, United Kingdom

 

HARRY POTTER NERD


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9. Platform 9 and 3/4 at King's Cross


Hogwarts awaits at King's Cross Station where the magic of J.K. Rowling's wizarding world comes to life. Here you can find the iconic trolley disappearing into the wall and then pose for a photo. Potterheads can also satisfy their wizarding world cravings at the near by Harry Potter shop.


Address: King's Cross Station - Euston Rd., London N1C 4BU, United Kingdom

 

SCIENCE NERD


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10. Science Museum


The Science Museum is a playground for those nerds with a passion for all things scientific. Feed your curiosity among the treasure trove of interactive exhibits and cutting-edge technology. From space exploration to robotics and the history of mathematics, the museum offers a hands-on experience that will captivate both young and adult nerds alike.


Address: Exhibition Rd, South Kensington, London SW7 2DD, United Kingdom

Website: Science Museum

 

COMIC BOOK NERD


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11. Forbidden Planet


Geek Out at the Forbidden Planet Megastore - a mecca for comic book enthusiasts, science fiction lovers, and gamers. A nerdy paradise in the heart of London, one can find an extensive collection of comics, graphic novels, collectibles, and merchandise from your most beloved franchises. Perhaps you may even discover a new world of sci-fi or fantasy to make your geeky dreams come true.


Address: Endeavor House, 179 Shaftesbury Ave, London WC2H 8JR, United Kingdom


 

Being Nerdy can be a lot of fun.


 

BARDEUM offers self-guided audio/visual tours via mobile app. These immersive experiences are written by award-winning & bestselling authors, journalists, and historians.


Available in the App Store and Google Play.



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