London might be known for its world-famous sights and attractions, but there are many more things to see and do if you want to explore off-the-beaten-track. We’ve put together a guide to help you find the many hidden gems in the capital and make your trip truly unique.
Camden Passage, Islington
Nearest Tube Station: Angel
The picturesque pedestrianised street is teeming with some of the finest antique shops in London. As you walk the cobbles, you’ll find everything from clothing and designer jewellery through to outdoor coffee shops and restaurants, making it a paradise for shoppers. Since the 1960’s the area has been known as one of the best places for antique shopping in London, so it’s a must-see for those who enjoy finding hidden gems in an area that’s a hidden gem of its own.
Daunt Books, Marylebone
Nearest Tube Station: Baker Street
A visit to Daunt Books in Marylebone is like stepping back in time. This Edwardian-style bookstore features decadent oak galleries bursting with a whole manner of books. From modern fiction to the classics of literature, Daunt Books doors hold the key to a world of literary exploration within the most stunning surroundings. This hidden gem is a dream for lovers of reading and sits within walking distance of our Great Cumberland Place hotel.
Wilton’s Music Hall, Whitechapel
Nearest Tube Station: Tower Hill
Wilton’s Music Hall holds the title of the oldest grand music hall in the world. This Grade II listed building still delights crowds to this day, with over 300 performances and 80 productions each year. At over 160 years old, Wilton’s Music Hall is a fascinating insight into the history of London’s East End, retaining many of its original features. Guided tours are held in the hall throughout the year, enabling you to learn about the history of Wilton’s Music Hall whilst exploring this unique building.
Sky Garden, City of London
Nearest Tube Station: Monument
Housed on the roof of London’s famous ‘walkie-talkie’ building is London’s highest public garden, with captivating views across the capital. The Sky Garden houses a rooftop bar and restaurant, where you can enjoy fantastic food and drinks whilst taking in the beautiful sights of the London skyline. Sky Garden is just a 10-minute walk from our Tower Hotel.
Postman’s Park, City of London
Nearest Tube Station: St. Paul’s
This quaint spot near St Paul’s Cathedral is perfect for a break from the hustle and bustle of London. The park is named after the postal workers from the old General Post Office who once descended into the park for their daily lunch. The Watt’s Memorial provides the park with its centrepiece, paying respects to those who’ve lost their lives to acts of bravery.
The Painted Hall, Greenwich
Nearest Tube Station: North Greenwich
Located at the Greenwich Old Royal Naval College, the Painted Hall is sometimes referred to as London’s answer to the great Sistine Chapel. Dating back to 1726, the hall was painted by British artist Sir James Thornhill and took nineteen years to complete. The hall is also steeped in history and was the place were Lord Nelson laid in state after his death in 1806.
The Thames Path
Nearest Tube Station: N/A
At 40 miles long, it’s unlikely you’ll want to explore the full length of the Thames Path, but renting a bicycle and taking in a stretch of this hidden gem will uncover some of London’s best-kept secrets. Along the path, you’ll find public beaches, making the perfect rest stop for a warm summer’s day, as well as a selection of pubs. Why not stop off for a drink at The Prospect of Whitby along the path, famous for being one of Charles Dickens’ favourite public houses.
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