London is an incredible city with a huge amount to see and do whether you are visiting or you live in the area. In terms of history, tourism, culture, food, and drink, London is hard to beat, and is easy to see why it is one of the most desirable cities in the world. There are many obvious attractions in the capital, so what are some hidden gems worth checking out?
Did you know that London has its small version of the romantic Italian city of Venice? Hidden between Hyde Park and Warwick Avenue, Little Venice consists of picturesque tree-lined canals with colourful boats (many of which serve as cafes). This is an area that feels completely different from the rest of London and remains somewhat of a hidden gem often missed by tourists.
The Painted Hall
The stunning Painted Hall in Greenwich was built in the early 18th century and decorated with incredible murals by Sir James Thornhill – if you look closely you will see that they depict many royal and mythological scenes. Today, it is the Old Royal Naval College and has recently been restored, which makes it the perfect time to visit. It is easy enough to jump on a train from London Bridge to Greenwich and you can then explore this lively area of South London.
Kyoto Garden is a great escape from the hustle and bustle of the city centre and a green area that remains a hidden gem. Originally opened in 1991 to celebrate the friendship between Japan and the UK, Kyoto Garden spreads over 20 hectares in Holland House and it is free to enter. Here you will find a peaceful Japanese-style garden complete with a Koi carp pond, stone carvings, beautiful trees, and peacocks and herons.
Columbia Road Flower Market
Hidden away in East London just a short stroll from the lively Brick Lane street you will find Columbia Road Flower Market, which is a fun and colourful way to spend a Sunday morning/afternoon on a self-care day. There are around 50 stalls selling all kinds of amazing flowers and plants as well as cool independent shops and busking musicians to create a fun atmosphere.
Sleepover With the Lions
If you are looking for a unique experience to enjoy as a family then an overnight stay at London Zoo is worth considering. This involves staying in comfy private lodges and tours that take place outside of opening hours, which will give you a fascinating look into the zoo that few people get to experience.
These are a few of the best-hidden gems in London that are worth checking out whether you are visiting the capital or you live in the area. There are many obvious highlights in London, but discovering the hidden gems can show you a different side of this amazing city.