Are you looking for Secret Places in London to visit? Then read on to discover our favourite hidden gems in London. London’s famous attractions bring people from all over the world. No matter what time of year it is you will see tourists in front of Buckingham Palace, The Tower of London and Madame Tussauds. Most Londoners never visit these places, they prefer to visit secret spots in London that most travellers have never heard of.
We are the same, in the 20 years we have lived here we can honestly say that we have hardly visited the major attractions, preferring to see the hidden gems that London has to offer. Below are some of the best secret places in London. Just don’t tell anyone about them.
If you are wandering around Soho looking for a place to eat or drink have a look up. On some streets, you will see a nose protruding from the building. These noses are an art installation created by the artist Rick Buckley. They are plaster of Paris reproductions of his nose. He created them in protest of the amount of CCTV cameras put up in London.
If you really want to impress your friends back home why not take a selfie in front of Number 10 Downing street? Of course, you can’t actually do that but Number 10 Adam Street is your next best thing and most people won’t be able to tell the difference.
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f you fancy watching some fantastic music or theatre set in one of the world’s oldest music halls then Wilton’s Music Hall is the place for you. This 19th-century venue reopened in 2004 and has been packed out ever since.
Just up the road from Wapping is Shoreditch another very cool part of London. Check out these 23 things to do in Shoreditch to really discover the area.
If you love amazing cupcakes and want to eat them in one of London’s most instagrammable places then you must visit Peggy Porschen. The parlour opened in 2010 and since then Peggy has made cakes for the likes of Kate Moss, Elton John and Madonna.
Look away now Game of Thrones fans, it is not THAT John Snow. This John Snow discovered the source of the Cholera outbreak in London in 1854. The very pump where the Cholera outbreaks started is still in Soho on Broadwick Street. Don’t worry it is perfectly safe now.
If Soho has its hidden noses then Covent Garden has its Hidden Ears. Just like the noses in Soho these hidden ears are created by an artist. Tim Fishlock made casts of his own ears but nobody really knows why?
Both Londoners and visitors love Hyde Park. This huge green space in the centre of the city is busy in all four seasons, but did you know that Hyde Park has a pet cemetery? Hyde Park’s Pet Cemetery was started in 1881 by the gatekeeper at Victoria Lodge, a Mr Winbridge, who started burying dogs in the lodge’s garden. Apparently, the first dog to be buried there was a Maltese terrier called Cherry. It then became fashionable for London’s wealthy to bury their pets in Hyde Park, hence the cemetery.
When you think of windmills Holland instantly comes to mind. Would you be surprised if I told you that there was a windmill in Brixton London? It was built in 1816 and was used as a working windmill until 1862. Then it went into disrepair until a campaign to restore the mill started at the start of the Millennium. The windmill was officially reopened in 2011. Now you can tour this unique structure on most weekends.
Bunhill Fields is a former burial ground in Islington, North London. It is now a public garden and community space. The site was used as a burial ground from 1665 until 1854. 3 famous authors are buried there; John Bunyan, William Blake and Daniel Defoe. So if you want to see where the man who wrote Robinson Crusoe is buried then pop along to this peaceful garden.
Kings Cross has changed dramatically in the 20 years I have been in London. From a slightly dodgy area to a thriving entertainment hub it is a place on the move. But did you know there is a two-acre haven right in the heart of Kings Cross? Neither did we! This nature reserve is run by the London wildlife trust and is a haven for birds, butterflies and bats. Head there now for some r&r.
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