My London: 5 Hidden Gems
As a lifelong Londoner, I’m always on the lookout for something new: something special, something unique, something off the beaten track. From secret gardens to hidden galleries, I’m passionate about sharing the city’s best-kept secrets with visitors and locals alike.
So, with that in mind, here are my top 5 picks for hidden gems in London that will have you exploring the city like a local.
1. Little Venice
If you’re looking for a peaceful oasis away from the hustle and bustle of the city, then Little Venice is the perfect spot. This charming little corner of London is located on the Grand Union Canal, surrounded by colourful boats and iconic bridges. It’s a great place to spend an afternoon, with plenty of spots for a leisurely picnic along the water’s edge.
2. St Dunstan in the East
This hidden gem is one of my personal favourites. St Dunstan in the East is a ruined church, located in the heart of the City of London. It was damaged in the Great Fire of London in 1666 but has been restored and transformed into a beautiful public garden. With its overgrown ivy and lush vegetation, it’s a great spot for a peaceful stroll.
3. The Cross Bones Graveyard
The Cross Bones Graveyard is a truly unique spot in the heart of London. It’s an old Victorian burial ground, where the remains of the ‘Outcast Dead’ are buried. The graveyard is now a memorial garden and a peaceful spot for reflection. Despite its dark history, it’s a surprisingly tranquil place, and a great spot to explore London’s past.
4. The Geffrye Museum
The Geffrye Museum is a hidden gem located in Shoreditch. It’s a great spot for art and history lovers, with a collection of beautiful period rooms that showcase the changing styles of English interiors over the past 400 years. The museum also has some beautiful gardens, perfect for a summer’s day visit.
5. The Queen’s House
The Queen’s House is a hidden gem, located in the heart of Greenwich. This beautiful building was originally built as a royal residence for Anne of Denmark and has been beautifully restored. It’s a great spot to explore the city’s history, with a collection of artworks and artefacts from the 16th and 17th centuries.
These are just a few of my favourite hidden gems in London. Whether you’re looking for a peaceful escape, a spot of history or a dose of culture, there’s something for everyone in this beautiful city. So why not explore and discover something new?