London is pretty huge. There’s so much to do and see, it can be a little overwhelming deciding where to head. If you’ve explored the main tourist attractions before and want to see some of the lesser-known spots, you’ll be glad to hear there’s plenty of them. Here, we explore five hidden gems across London that are well worth a visit.
This is a spot truly unlike anywhere else in the city. Little Venice is a waterway home to colourful canal boats – many of which are restaurants, cafes and pubs. You can hop on board for afternoon tea or a tipple or walk the treelined paths that feel a million miles from the bustling city centre.
How to get there? Hop on the tube and get off at Warwick Avenue, it’s a five-minute walk from there.
Kyoto Gardens in Holland Park
Sat in the Borough of Kensington and Chelsea is Holland Park – a beautiful and serene spot where woodland and wildlife can be discovered. Inside the park you’ll find the unique Kyoto Gardens which make a great place for rest and relaxation. It’s a traditional Japanese garden with waterfalls, ponds, lanterns, maple trees and lots of colourful plants.
How to get there? There’s Holland Park tube station to the north of the park which is two minutes’ walk away.
This beautiful walkway in Islington is full of quirky antique shops, vintage stores, delightful cafes, characterful pubs and more. Head there at the weekend if you want to experience the bustling market before eating al fresco at one of the great restaurants.
How to get there? There are many trains to Highbury and Islington throughout the day as well as tubes to Angel station – you can walk from either.
In Greenwich you’ll find the awe-inspiring Eltham Palace, an English Heritage Site. Originally a medieval palace, it has been transformed into an ultra-modern Art Deco style mansion by the current owners. Explore the unique interiors before heading outside into the 19 acres of award-winning gardens.
How to get there? You can travel by train to Mottingham station which is a 10-minute walk away, or drive via the A20.
This hidden gem is sat in one of the most popular tourist destinations in London, Trafalgar Square, yet it remains relatively unexplored. It’s a beautiful English Anglican church with impressive architectural features – a must-see is the striking St. Martin’s window.
How to get there? Its central location makes it easily accessible by foot in London or take the tube or train to Charing Cross.
Which of these hidden gems will you head to first?