In London there are many famous places and tourist attractions that I’m sure you’re familiar with – London Eye, Sky Garden, Houses of Parliament, St Paul’s Cathedral and Big Ben to name just a few. But what are some of the less well-known places in London that are worth visiting? I’ve included below a few of my personal recommendations. I hope when you come to London you will try and experience some of these places – enjoy!
God’s Own Junkyard, Walthamstow
This is a workshop based in East London where you can see hundreds of neon signs that are made in the workshop. Some of these neon signs were used in Hollywood films such as The Dark Knight, Superman and Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. There is also a small cafe which serves very nice tea and cake!
Dinosaur Park, Crystal Palace
This is a large park located in South East London which has life-size dinosaurs among the trees and plants. A great Instagram opportunity!
Leadenhall Market, Liverpool Street
A beautiful indoor market quite near to Liverpool Street station. It is worth a visit just to admire the beautiful architecture. When you go inside, you feel like you’ve just arrived in a Harry Potter film. Here you will find boutique retailers, restaurants, cafes and pubs
Highgate Cemetery, Highgate
You might think this is a strange recommendation but the cemetery and surrounding area is beautiful and you can visit the graves of famous people such as Karl Marx and Malcolm McLaren
Brick Lane, East London
This is a very trendy area with lots of shops, bars and restaurants. If you like Indian Curry, this is the best place to go as the road is filled with Indian restaurants and they are all very good. I also recommend the indoor market for second hand goods and the Bagel Shop for a cheap snack at the end of the lane.
London Aquatic Centre, Stratford
I love going for a swim here as its an Olympic sized swimming pool and the design as you can see is beautiful. In addition, its just for adults so you don’t need to contend with splashing children. The price is £5 for a swim and you don’t need to be a member.
Barbican Centre, Barbican
I love the 1960s concrete buildings that dominate this area. The Barbican Centre usually has some really good exhibitions and the cafe is good. If you visit this area, explore the walkways above road level. There are some nice seating areas where you can relax and enjoy the planting.
Upper Street, Angel
One of my favourite areas in London and great if you are looking for a restaurant – there are many here. The shopping here is also good – a mixture of chains and small boutique shops.
Fortnum & Mason, Piccadilly
This department store in Central London isn’t really a hidden gem, but what people don’t know is the afternoon tea here is excellent and in my opinion one of the best in London. Although its quite expensive, they offer all you can eat cakes and tea which is great for somebody greedy like me!
Primrose Hill, Chalk Farm
This is a great place to go if you want to get a good view of the city. The surrounding area is very nice and lots of Hollywood celebrities live here so you might recognise some of them when you visit!