London is adored by tourists worldwide for good reason – it’s brimming with culture, eateries, bars, parks and attractions. And as well as the likes of Buckingham Palace, the London Eye, Tower of London, Big Ben and the West End, there are a littering of hidden gems. Here, we reveal some of the best kept secrets of the capital.
This quaint little corner of the capital can be found in Islington, tucked right behind Upper Street. It’s a real treasure trove where you’ll be able to find funky one-off party outfits and markets selling antique memorabilia from both World Wars. The littering of independent boutiques, vintage shops and cute cafes make for hours of endless exploring.
Admittedly, you can find a “Little Venice” in several major cities but London’s is truly something special. This sleepy spot is a series of tree-lined canals that many tourists overlook during their visit to the capital. Little Venice spans from Hyde Park to Warwick Avenue, and as it’s so close to the centre of the city, it’s easy to fit in alongside other attractions. Little Venice is like nowhere else in London – colourful canal boats dominate the waterways, and the many tearooms and cafes make for the ultimate pit stop. The Dorsett Hotel in Shepherd’s Bush is also a short tube ride away, for the pit stop of all pit stops.
Leadenhall Market, Gracechurch Street
Leadenhall Market is best to visit right after breakfast. The beautiful Victorian architecture is worth a visit alone. The terracotta tones of the buildings are mesmerising, while its authentic Roman heritage is clear for all to see. Like Camden Passage, the unique vintage boutiques and independent shops can make for hours of endless fun. Plus, if you’re a movie buff you’ll notice that this passage of London appeared in Harry Potter. And, if you’re a history buff, the trading and market stalls here can be dated all the way back to the 14th century!
Spitalfields and Brick Lane
Perhaps the coolest corner of London. The sheer rawness of Brick Lane, married with the exotic smells of the infamous curry houses is unrivalled. You won’t be able to help but wander – the salted beef bagels of the Jewish delis are highly recommended. And once you’ve grabbed your salivating treat, the street art is well worth checking out. You can also find the best chocolate shop in London here, Dark Sugars is truly one of a kind.
If you’re after some amazing views and a quirky neighbourhood, look no further. Primrose Hill is one of six protected viewpoints in London, and from its peak, you can see the entirety of the capital laid out before your very eyes. The Shard, the London Eye and the Houses of Parliament are all in view!