Hidden Gems in London

Hidden Gems London - Unknown places / off the beaten track

London is huge and full of world famous tourist attractions. But there are also a lot of hidden gems that are well-worth visiting. This is why I would like to introduce some of my favourite "off the beaten track places" in this blog post. I am sure you will love at least a few of these unknown spots as much as I do.


Hidden Gems in London

Hidden Gems London: St Dunstan in the East

St Dunstan in the East used to be a church but it was destroyed long ago. Today, the ruin is a beautiful quiet garden in the City of London. The remaining walls are overgrown with plants which creates an idyllic atmosphere. Moreover, some nice wooden benches invite you to rest for a while.

Next Tube Station:

  • Monument (Circle or District Line)

Next bus stop:

  • Great Tower Street (Bus No. 15)

Tourist attractions close to St.  Dunstan in the East:

  • The Monument
  • Tower of London
  • London Bridge
  • Sky Garden
  • Leadenhall Market
  • The Gherkin
Hidden Gems London - St Dunstan in the East
Hidden Gems London - St Dunstan in the East


Hidden Gems London: Highgate Cemetery

Highgate Cemetery is a Victorian graveyard from the 19th century in North London. There are numerous extraordinary tombs and statues. The cemetery is divided into two parts; East Cemetery and West Cemetery. You can visit the eastern part for 4 GBP on your own. The most famous tomb there is probably the one of Karl Marx. At the entrance you will get a free map, so that you can find the tomb easily. The western part can only be visited with a guide. The tour takes approx. 70 minutes and costs 12 GBP per person. George Michael’s tomb is not part of the tour. But vampire and Harry Potter fans will love this tour because the western part was used fo filming the movies Dracula with Christopher Lee and fantastic beasts 2.

Next Tube Station:

  • Archway (Northern Line)

Next bus stops: 

  • Parliament Hill Fields (Bus No. 214)
  • Brookfield Park (Bus No. C11)

Tourist attractions close to Highgate Cemetery:

  • Hampstead Heath Park (Parliament Hill Viewpoint, Kenwood House)

Hidden Gems London: Kyoto Garden

Kyoto Garden is part of Holland Park and located close to Notting Hill. The small park opened in 1991. It was a present from the city Kyoto to celebrate the long friendship between Japan and Great Britain. Inside the beautiful Japanese garden is a beautiful pond with many koi carp, a waterfall, stone lanterns, maple trees and peacocks. The perfect location for a nice walk in London away from the typical tourist attractions.

Next Tube Stations:

  • Holland Park (Central Line)
  • High Street Kensington (Circle or District Line)

Next bus stop:

  • Holland Park (Bus No. 31, 94, 148, 228)

Tourust attractions close to Kyoto Garden:

  • Notting Hill
  • Kensington Palace
  • Natural History Museum

Hidden Gems London: Neal´s Yard

Neal´s Yard is a colourful backyard close to Covent Gardens. This  backyard is a perfect photo spot. Moreover, there are some nice restaurants and cafes like the vegan Wild Food Café, the African restaurant "The Barbary" or the bakery St. John. Also you will find a nail spa, a hairdresser, a yogastudio and a shop for organic beauty products at Neil’s Yard.

Next Tube Stations:

  • Covent Garden (Piccadilly Line)
  • Tottenham Court Road (Central and Northern Line)

Tourist attractions close to Neal´s Yard: 

  • Covent Garden
  • London Transport Museum
  • Leicester Square
  • China Town
  • Many theatres, shops, bars and restaurants
Hidden Gems London - Neal´s Yard
Hidden Gems London - Neal´s Yard


Hidden Gems London: Backyard at Brick Lane in Shoreditch

Brick Lane in Shoreditch is well known when it comes to street art. Who wants to explore the area on its own, should not miss a hidden backyard close to Brick Lane number 53. This extraordinary backyard is full of great, colourful artworks. A must see location for art fans and an amazing photo spot.

Next Tube Stations:

  • Aldgate East (District und Hammersmith & City Line)
  • Liverpool Street (Central, Circle, Hammersmith & City or Metropolitan Line)
  • Shoreditch High Street (Overground)

Next bus stop:

  • Brushfield Street (Bus No. 67)

Tourist attractions close to Brick Lane:

  • Brick Lane Market
  • Old Spitalfields Market
  • Columbia Road Flower Market

Hidden Gems London: FC Fulham football stadium

Football fans may think of Arsenal, Tottenham or Chelsea when thinking of football clubs in London. But I would like to recommend the football stadium of FC Fulham to you because for me it’s the most interesting and charming football stadium in London. The old building “Craven Cottage” is unique in the world of football. It is located inside a residential area next to the Thames. Long time ago there used to be a forest and a hunting lodge in this area. This 200 years old lodge is still there and today it is used as a VIP area. Moreover the stadium has the oldest stand of English professional football. Tickets for a football match are pretty cheap and not difficult to get compared to other clubs (from approx. 25 GBP). When there is no match you can also book a guided stadium tour (15 GBP per person). 

Next Tube Station:

  • Putney Bridge (District Line)

Next bus stops:

  • Kingwood Road or Lambrook Terrace (Bus No. 74, 220, 430)

Tourist attraction close to Craven Cottage:

  • Fulham Palace
Hidden Gems London - FC Fulham Stadium Craven Cottage

Hidden Gems London: Greenwich Foot Tunnel

For me Greenwich is an area that too many London tourists miss and I have no idea why. This beautiful neighbourhood is listed on the UNESCO world heritage list and offers many interesting museums. Furthermore the Greenwich Market is one of the most beautiful markets in London and Greenwich Park offers an amazing  view over London. A nice hidden gem there is the Greenwich food tunnel. This pedestrian tunnel was opened in 1902 and gives you the opportunity to walk under the Thames at a depth of 15 meters. The entrance in Greenwich is directly next to the national maritime museum. After approximately 370 meters you will reach the northern riverbank. There you can catch the DLR (station: island gardens) to go to the City of London (20 minutes).

Next Tube Station:

  • Greenwich or Island Gardens (DLR)

Next bus stop:

  • Greenwich Town Centre / Cutty Sark (Bus No. 129, 177, 180, 188, 286, 386)

Tourist attractions in Greenwich:

  • Greenwich Market
  • Cutty Sark
  • Peter Harrison Planetarium
  • Zero Meridian
  • Greenwich Park
  • National Maritime Museum

Hidden Gems London: Roof of the Shopping Centre One New Change close to St Pauls

Hidden Gems London - Rooftop of the Shopping Mall One New Change (St Pauls Cathedral)

I guess many tourists will visit St. Pauls Cathedral in London. Who wants to enjoy a great view at the huge church should visit the roof terrace of the shopping centre One New Change as well. It is located directly next to St. Paul’s. At the terrace there is a nice restaurant / bar called Madison where you can enjoy a cocktail in an amazing atmosphere or have brunch, lunch and dinner. Another tip regarding St. Paul’s: attending the evening song is free of charge and a great experience.

 

Next Tube Station:

  • St Pauls (Central Line)

Next bus stops:

  • New Change Cannon Street (Bus No. 4, 15, 17, 26, 76, 388, 521)
  • St Paul´s Station (Bus No. 8, 25, 242)

Tourist attractions close to this shopping mall:

  • St Pauls Cathedral
  • Millennium Bridge
  • Museum of London

Hidden Gems London: Peter Pan Statue at Kensington Gardens

Hidden Gems London - Peter Pan Statue Kensington Garden

In London’s parks there are many hidden gems. My favourite one is the Peter Pan statue at Kensington Gardens. It was build in 1912 at the place where the story of Peter Pans begins. In the book "The little white bird" from J.M. Barrie the fictional character Peter Pan was born. The story is about a young boy named Peter who flies from his children’s room in London to Kensington Gardens. When Peter wants to go back home his window is closed and his parents have a new baby. The Peter Pan chapters from "The little white bird" were so successful that a new book was made out of it which is well known to every child today. 

Fans of the boy who never grew up should not miss this hidden gem when walking through Kensington Gardens or Hyde Park. Like you can see in the picture above the statue shows Peter Pan playing the flute on a tree trunk surrounded by fairies, rabbits and squirrels.

 

Next Tube Station:

  • Lancaster Gate (Central Line)

Next bus stop:

  • Lancaster Gate (Bus No. 94, 148)

Tourist attractions close to the Peter Pan Statue:

  • Hyde Park
  • Italian Garden
  • Kensington Palace
  • Diana Memorial Playground

Hidden Gems London: Camden Passage in Islington

Camden Passage is a pedestrian zone in Islington (North London) where many beautiful small shops sell extraordinary cloth and accessories as well as antiques, Japanese art prints or vinyl records. Additional to these shops there are many cosy restaurants, cafés and bars. My favourite one is Kipferl Cafe & Kitchen. The Austrian café offers delicious Austrian food like Kaiserschmarren, Wiener Schnitzel or Käsespätzle. Sometimes, a small market takes place at Camden Passsade as well. The so called Camden Passage Market is known amongst London experts as the best place for vintage clothing and antiques. Opening hours: Wednesday and Saturday 9 am to 6 pm / Friday 10 am to 6 pm and Sunday 11am to 6 pm. 

Next Tube Station:

  • Angel (Northern Line)

Next bus stop:

  • Islington Green (Bus No. 38, 56, 73, 341, 476)

Tourist attractions close to Camden Passage:

  • Angel Comedy Club
  • Kings Cross
  • Many nice shops, cafes and restaurants

Hidden Gems London: Leadenhall Market

Leadenhall Market is not a typical market because there are no street stalls which sell street food, cloth or artworks. Leadenhall Market is a beautiful Victorian hall with different shops, restaurants and pubs inside. The architecture is very impressive and well-woth seeing. I guess this is why the "market" was chosen as a film location for the Harry Potter movies. For example, in "Harry Potter and the philosopher´s stone" you can see Harry and Hagrid walking through Leadenhall Market to Diagon Alley.

Next Tube Stations:

  • Monument (Circle or District Line)
  • Bank (Central or Northern Line)

Next bus stops: 

  • St Mary Axe (Bus No. 25)
  • Fenchurch Street (Bus No. 35, 47, 48, 149, 344)
  • Road Lane (Bus No. 40) 

Tourist attractions close to Leadenhall Market: 

  • Monument
  • Tower of London
  • The Gherkin
  • Sky Garden
  • St Dunstan in the East

Hidden Gems London: Sky Garden

Do you love viewpoints? Then you have to visit Sky Garden. This viewing platform is located in one of the uppermost floors of the Walkie Talkie building in the City of London. And the best is the skyscraper at Fenchurch Street is completely free of charge. But book your free ticket in advance. Otherwise, you will miss the great 360° view and the beautiful garden with many nice plants.

Next Tube Station:

  • Monument (Circle and District Line)

Next bus stops: 

  • Road Lane (Bus No. 40)
  • Monument (Bus No. 15)

Tourist attractions close to Sky Garden: 

  • The Monument
  • Leadenhall Market
  • St Dunstan in the East
  • London Bridge

Hidden gems in London I haven´t visited yet:

  1. Neasden Temple - one of the largest Hindu temple outside of India
  2. Wilton´s Music Hall - a historically protected event hall
  3. Daunt Books - a beautiful book store
  4. Little Venice - a beautiful neighbourhood in London, that looks like Venice in Italy
  5. Cross Bones Graveyard - an old graveyard for prostitutes and homeless people close to Borough Market
  6. The Garden at 120 - a new, free viewpoint in the City of London 
  7. Guildhall Yard - a beautiful square in the City of London. Today the town hall of the city is located there. Inside the building is the Guildhall Art Gallery. In early times an amphitheater was located at the square.

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Kommentare: 5
  • #1

    Nina | Lemons and Luggage (Samstag, 09 Mai 2020 12:07)

    I had actually planned to go to London before COVID-19 hit, so I loved this opportunity to find out more about some of the less famous spots in the city. Hope to be able to go there soon!

  • #2

    Elina (Samstag, 09 Mai 2020 14:31)

    I used to live in London for three years but I have only visited a handful of the above places! I need to add them to my list as well!

  • #3

    Cosette (Samstag, 09 Mai 2020 23:20)

    Love the hidden gems, have been to London a few times, but only got to see the Peter Pan statue from these hidden gems.

  • #4

    Iuliya (Sonntag, 10 Mai 2020 06:28)

    Funnily enough, after living in London for so many years, there are still plenty of places I haven't been to!! Time to put them on my bucket list :)

  • #5

    Laura (Sonntag, 10 Mai 2020 10:56)

    Love your list! I need to tick some of these off!