Past the tourist attractions, London is brimming with fascinating places to visit…
London is packed full of little gems, hidden in every nook and cranny of the city… if only you know where to look. From beautiful gardens to tucked-away boutiques, here are some of our favourite places to go…
Japanese Kyoto Garden
This garden was opened in 1991 as a gift from japan to commemorate the long lasting friendship between japan and Great Britain. The garden is incredibly peaceful, it was designed specifically to reflect the key traits of all Japanese gardens including waterfalls, koi carp and lanterns. If you look carefully, you may spot a peacock of two there as they tend to roam the park.
Open from 7:30am until dusk.
Neal’s Yard, seven dials
A wonderful hidden courtyard bursting with cosmetic and skincare shops. It is far less crowded than its neighbour, Covent Garden and has a lovely village feel to it with its cobbled streets. You wouldn’t expect this to be right in the heart of London. Be sure to check out Neal’s Yard Remedies for natural skincare products and remedies.
Daunt Books Marylebone
This wonderful old Edwardian book shop sells a variety of topographical books as well as philosophy, historical, educational and many crime books. This bookshop features oak balconies, conservatory ceiling and a stained glass window.
House of Hackney Boutique
As you take a step into the shop, you are surrounded by vibrant prints, polished floors and quirky furniture. It has been ‘the’ place to go for home décor since 2010.
Expect roll papers, cushions, fabrics, throws, lamps and fashion. House of Hackney have also collaborated with brands such as Puma and William Morris. Their collections are all about colour and texture.
Anna- Luxury ladies Boutique
There are six of Anna’s boutiques dotted across the southeast including two in London.
The boutique stocks a selection of women’s clothing, footwear, accessories and handbags. This is the place to go for any clothes lovers out there.
These are just some of the brands that you can find:
- Lola Rose
- By Marlene Birger
The Secret Cinema
This London based Cinema Company, ‘Future Cinema’ specialises in brining back classic films to life. They do so by a number of different improvised performances, live actors and quirky sets. You can see films such as Grease and Ghost Busters. (Check out London’s top quirky cinemas here)
Where do you most like to visit in London? Let us know your hidden gems below!