Travelling abroad to discover new places is an amazing experience, but did you know there are also some hidden gems right on your doorstep? London has so many exciting places to visit that not many tourists have heard of. Whether you’re looking for places to eat or thrilling attractions, there’s something on this list for you! If you’re travelling to London, make sure you include some of these hidden gems on your itinerary!
Camden Passage – Islington
Filled with vintage shops, outdoor markets and artisan cafes, Camden Passage is an interesting place to explore on your London travels. It’s got an array of antique, contemporary and vintage shops for you to wander around. Whether you’re looking for gifts, stylish fashion or a new perfume, Camden Passage has it all. It’s a car-free hidden gem which you can spend hours at. There’s so much to explore, and so many gorgeous things to buy. I’d highly recommend visiting this passage if you’re looking for antiques, things to resell or a vintage outfit to flaunt!
Diana Memorial Grounds – Kensington and Chelsea
If you’re exploring the city with children, the Diana Memorial Playpark is an amazing place to take a pitstop. There’s so much to discover in this park, but the most eye-catching features is what my family call “The Peter Pan Pirate Ship”. In the middle of a sandpit is a giant wooden pirate ship for you to play on. With ropes to climb, water cannons to fire and sensory trails to explore, this playpark is perfect for a family day out. You can bring in a picnic and enjoy a whole day in the sun. The grounds are quite expansive, so feel free to take a walk around!
Little Venice (West London)
If you’re a lover of travel, Little Venice is almost an exact replica of Italy itself! From canal boat rides to puppet shows, there are lots of relaxing things to do in this quiet area of London. If your trip to Italy has been cancelled, I’d recommend visiting Little Venice. There are lots of little riverside cafes to dine at. There’s also the option to take a canal boat down the waterways. It’s a beautiful part of London, and not many people know about it. It’s quiet and relaxing, the perfect afternoon out in the city!
Hunt For The Cheshire Cat – Covent Garden Market (West End, Central London)
If you’re looking for an exciting way to explore the city, there’s a virtual trail that you can follow! Inspired by Alice in Wonderland, this imaginative interpretation has you running around the city, answering cryptic clues from your phone. You start at the National Portrait Gallery and will be on the trail for around 3 hours. You can let your childish side run wild while channelling your inner Sherlock! I am yet to try this virtual hunt, but it sounds like a unique adventure for you to add to your London itinerary!
You can find out more here: https://cheshirecat.inthehiddencity.com/
The Mayor Of Scaredy Cat Town – Spitalfields
Did you know there is a range of hidden bars around London? The Mayor Of Scaredy Cat Town is one of the most notorious hidden bars in London. When you first arrive, you’ll end up at a cafe called “The Breakfast Club”, another amazing hidden gem for you to visit. If you ask about the bar, you’ll be taken to a fridge which opens up to reveal the bar! You may be asked for a password, but the website will give you all the details you need! The owners of this hidden bar also offer 5 other Instagram-worthy bars and cafes for you to enjoy!
Hoxton Street Monster Supplies – Hackney (North East London)
If you’re like me, then you love quirky takes on everyday items. This hidden gem is a must for lovers of horror, Halloween and fun twists on essentials. This shop is fun and whimsical. It makes you giggle reading “human earwax” on the side of a fudge box. It would be a great shop to visit, especially around Halloween time. Imagine giving the trick or treaters “toasted bone chunks” instead of a crunchie bar! They also sell a range of home decor items which are always fun gifts to bring back to your family.
Chin Chin Ice Cream (Stores in Soho, Camden, and Dinerama Shoreditch)
Made with liquid nitrogen, Chin Chin makes some of the best ice creams you’ll ever try. With gourmet ingredients and flavours, you need to stop by Chin Chin Ice Cream on your travels. They also have created a selection of delicious cakes for you to order. I thought some of their treats were quite expensive, but the flavours are divine. You can even get little desserts like vegan cookie dough and ice cream sandwiches! You won’t be disappointed if you stop by this ice cream parlour!
Pop Brixton (South London)
Pop Brixton was originally created to turn unused land into something amazing. It now thrives with independent businesses such as food stalls, barbers, a community garden and even a record shop! Now with over 55 members, you need to add Pop Brixton to your list of places to visit. I love supporting small businesses, and if you do too, this place should be top of your to-do list. There are so many “little guys with big ideas” who would be so grateful for your support. Pop Brixton is all about the community and even holds events throughout the year! Keep an eye out for upcoming concerts that tickle your fancy!
Saint Aymes (Central London)
If you love updating your Instagram feed with amazing days out and tasty treats, you need to book an afternoon tea at Saint Aymes. Whether you’re a lover of pink or desserts, Saint Aymes is the place you need to be. Described as the “prettiest cafe in London”, you can treat yourself to cocktails, milkshakes, cake and more at this hidden gem. There are so many mouthwatering treats that you can try at this cafe. Did you know, they’re also offering a manicure every Friday where you can have “nails and cocktails” for as little as £35!?
These are just some of my favourite hidden gems. The city is full of unique attractions and independent restaurants to discover. I loved exploring London, and it makes for a great weekend away now that travel is limited. There are endless amounts of things you can do when you’re in the city! What are your favourite London hidden gems? Have you been to any that are on the list? I’d love to hear what funky, Instagrammable places you’ve found on your adventures!
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