Who hasn’t heard or known about London? It’s one of the most famous cities in the world and there are tons of activities in London. London (a.k.a The City of Love) is known for its iconic landmarks like Big Ben, British Museum, and the London Eye. But the city has more to offer! From taking a romantic boat ride at the Little Venice to strolling around the colorful facades at Neal’s Yard – there are some other interesting hidden gems worth exploring in the city.
London is popular for its high-fashion, urban streets. But did you know that somewhere in the city you will find a beautiful sanctuary where you can enjoy a peaceful boat ride? The tree-lined canals spanning from Hyde Park to Warwick Avenue is often called Little Venice. You also get to enjoy the waterside cafes, pubs, and restaurants, some even serve afternoon tea or brunch to tourists taking boat rides.
In Richmond Park, you will find one of the most stunning woodland gardens in London. The 40-acre plantation first opened in the 1950s. Until now, it is admired by both tourists and locals in the city. This is the place for certified nature lovers. You will find native plants along with exotic foliage throughout the plantation. There are also areas planted with fruit-bearing trees and native nectar to provide food and shelter for birds, insects, and other animals.
Spitalfields and Brick Lane
This beautiful spot is just a walking distance from Liverpool Street Station. It’s a relatively new place but is becoming a popular tourist attraction. This hidden gem boasts of eye-popping street art, vintage shops, and mouth-watering street foods. If you’re traveling with your children, you can take them to one of the best chocolate shops in London. And since this is the Jack The Ripper territory, you’ll get to know more about this world-famous serial killer in some of the old English pubs he used to visit. You can arrange a tour with an online travel agency MustGo to learn about the fascinating stories of Jack the Ripper, Sherlock Holmes, and the Haunted London.
The Painted Hall
This hidden gem can be found inside the Old Royal Naval College in Greenwich. Not many tourists know about it but the Painted Hall is called ‘Britain’s Sistine Chapel’. It’s surely one of the most breathtaking views you will see. The 3700 square-foot hall was hand-painted by James Thornhill between 1707 and 1726. As you step foot in this majestic place, you will surely be in awe. If you plan to visit the Painted Hall, consider scheduling it on the first Wednesday of the month because they have this ‘Pay as you wish Wednesday’ when visitors can pay whatever they can afford. No need for booking. Just turn up on the day.
St Dunstan’s in the East
The ruined church transcends a 900-year history. It was destroyed during the Great Fire of London in 1666 but its beauty remained. It has become an enchanting public garden. You will be amazed by the beautiful Gothic architecture of St Dunstan’s. The place is truly one of the best-kept secrets of London – a little oasis near the heart of the city.
Tucked away down in one of the tiny streets of London is a secret treasure: Neal’s Yard. It’s one of the city’s prettiest streets featuring colorful facades of health food shops, restaurants, and cafés. This micro-village has everything you’d like to experience in London – from pizzas and ice creams to organic cheese, wine, and beauty products. What makes these businesses unique is that all of them are committed to sustainable and eco-friendly practices.
Also called the Waterloo Vaults, these are underground tunnels featuring graffiti art. If you are a fan of street art, you will love to be in this place. The tunnel on Leake Street is open to the public and can be visited anytime. The Vaults is also a place for theater performances, concerts, parties, and other fun events.
There is truly so much more to see and experience in London. So on your first or nth visit, be sure to check out these hidden gems for an unforgettable trip.
Richard Cole is a Marketing and Content Manager at MustGo.com and working in Digital Marketing industry since 2002. He writes about marketing, lifestyle, travel and everything else in between. As a conversion driven marketer, he is passionate about helping businesses expand their online visibility and reach their goals.