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5 Hidden Gems to Discover in London

5 Hidden Gems to Discover in London

5 Hidden Gems to Discover in London

London is a vibrant city, and there’s always somewhere new to explore or something to see, whether you’re a visitor or a resident. When you’re looking for a day out, you can find that you come across the same recommendations again and again, which can be very frustrating if you’re looking for something a bit more surprising. Rather than do all of the same old things that everyone else does, it’s fun to seek out those London hidden gems away from the tourist traps but familiar with the locals.

non Touristy Things to Do In London

St Dunstan in the East

St Dunstan In The East

St Dunstan in the East was once a parish church in the City of London. The ruins of the original church, which was badly damaged in the Blitz, are now a public garden that offers a tranquil oasis in the middle of a busy city.

Inside the St Dunstan In the East | arch window

Nature has reclaimed the beautiful ruins, with trees and plants growing around and through the brickwork and windows. The green spot has benches for resting and paths to walk, and it looks particularly good after it has just snowed.

St Dunstan in the East | St Dunstan’s Hill | London | EC3R 5DD | Website

Leake Street Graffiti Tunnel

Leake Street Graffiti Tunnel | London Street Art

London Street Art

A lot of people like to seek out street art when they’re exploring a city. It’s a great way to get a feel for what the city’s culture is really like, by stepping away from the beaten track to see some organic art (for free).

Leake Street Graffiti Tunnel | London Street Art

Underneath Waterloo Station is Leake Street Graffiti Tunnel, one of the best places to visit in London if you’re looking for street art. The 300-metre tunnel is one of the largest areas that legally allows street art in the city, so it’s a popular place for people to leave their mark. Made famous in 2008 after Banksy hosted the Cans Festival with 30 artists, the tunnel turned into an ever-changing art gallery.

Leake Street Graffiti Tunnel | Leake St | Lambeth | SE1 7NN | Website

Kyoto Garden

Kyoto Garden in Holland Park

For another place that’s perfect for relaxation and quiet reflection, Kyoto Garden in Holland Park is a stunning place to go. This Japanese-style garden is a calm spot to visit, with plenty of greenery, a pond full of koi and fountains. The garden is a celebration of the friendship between Britain and Japan, and was a gift from Kyoto in 1991.

Kyoto Garden in Holland Park | feeding a peacock

Holland Park is also home to about a dozen friendly if not slightly noisy peacocks strut around like the own the place. They have been part of the park’s charm for many years now and successful breeding has seen their numbers increasing annually.

Kyoto Garden | Holland Park, Holland Park Ave | W11 4UA | Website

Leadenhall Market

Leadenhall Market | outside

There’s no shortage of shopping opportunities in London, but not everyone wants to spend their time on Oxford Street. If you’re looking for something different, Leadenhall Market offers unique shopping and interesting architecture too.

Leadenhall Market architecture

The covered market dates back to the 14th century, and with its ornate roof and cobbled floors, you don’t even need to go into any of the shops to enjoy yourself at this central London hidden gem.

Leadenhall Market | Gracechurch St | London | EC3V 1LT | Website

Crossness Pumping Station

Crossness Pumping Station | unusual places to visit in London

A former sewage pumping station might seem like an odd place to visit, but Crossness Pumping Station is a great pick if you’re looking for some unusual architecture in London. It might have served a practical purpose, but the station has some of the best examples of Victorian ornamental ironwork in the city, some say even in the world.

Inside Crossness Pumping Station | unusual places to visit in London

While the station isn’t in operation any more, you can visit on open days and sometimes see the restored steam engine in operation, as well as go on a guided tour.

Crossness Pumping Station | Bazalgette Way |Abbey Wood| SE2 9AQ | Website

And Finally…

London is full of less visible places that you must to seek out if you’re looking for something different. Going beyond the usual sights I believe lets you get to know the real London.

I’d love to know some of your hidden gems in London. Let me know in the comments box below

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