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London Date Spot: The Viktor Wynd Museum of Curiosities

The Viktor Wynd Museum of Curiosities

Are you looking for a really unique London date spot? Read on to learn all about one of the most unique London date activities I’ve done – exploring The Viktor Wynd Museum of Curiosities.

I love visiting London and experiencing all the unique, offbeat and unusual things you can do in the city. There are so many great things you can do as a really fun London date idea too, one of which is the bar-meets-museum, The Viktor Wynd Museum of Curiosities. Never heard of it? This hidden gem is underrated but well worth heading into Hackney for.

A mixture of curious collections at The Viktor Wynd Museum of Curiosities

The Viktor Wynd Museum of Curiosities, Fine Art & UnNatural History is a unique museum (and bar) that opened in 1901 by author, lecturer and impresario Wiktor Wynd. Both the bar and museum are in a building called The Last Tuesday Society, which is an organisation run by Viktor. The society holds lectures and seances, as well as a taxidermy academy and various events like Halloween balls.

A lovely cocktail in The Absinthe Parlour
A cute sign I spotted in the bathroom of The Last Tuesday Society bar

When visiting the museum, I’d highly recommend making a reservation for the cocktail bar – named the Absinthe Parlour – to extend your experience. Besides, you have to pass through the bar to get to the museum anyway!

The Absinthe Parlour offers unusual spirits and extraordinary elixirs in a dark but eccentric setting, which sets the scene for the museum below. The cocktails are just as creative as the bar’s decor.

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A sign pointing down the gold staircase that leads you into The Viktor Wynd Museum of Curiosities

Situated in the basement of the bar – accessible by a gold winding staircase – you’ll find a plethora of weird and wonderful things such as fairies, mermaids, unicorns, dead animals and more. Basically, it’s not for the faint-hearted: but if you love dark and unusual things, it’s the perfect location for a unique date.

Museum apartments include fine art, a cabinet of monsters, magick and the occult, erotica and surrealism. Though the museum is small, it packs a lot into its space with something to see on every shelf or at every corner. You can see a small collection of things that caught my eye below…

A curious collection of love potions and poisons in The Viktor Wynd Museum of Curiosities
Small, skeleton figurines in The Viktor Wynd Museum of Curiosities

This is the perfect spot for a unique date night, especially if you combine your visit with a few drinks in the bar too. They do also host various events and lectures at the bar and via zoom, to do with voodoo, witch trials and even séances.

Entry to the bar is free but costs £10 to enter the museum. You can also reserve a table at the bar beforehand (recommended) and receive a discounted £6 entry to the museum after a tipple for dutch courage!

Have you ever visited Viktor Wynd Museum of Curiosities? Do you have any other quirky date spot recommendations? Share your thoughts below!

The Viktor Wynd Museum of Curiosities
Victoria Buildings, 11 Mare St, London E8 4RP
£10 or £6 concession
Soft food and drink available to purchase, accessible toilet on-site and parking from 50p per hour.

Date type: Quirky, Vintage, Affordable.

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