London is a city built on icons.
Over its 2,000 year history there have been many incredible structures that are known around the world, from Buckingham Palace and The London Eye, to Tower Bridge and the Gherkin- there are plenty of incredible spots that attract around 30 million tourists every year.
But what about the parts of the city that remain relatively undiscovered? Enjoy the secrets of London and book a room in the Signature Townhouse London Hyde Park Hotel for a perfectly central stay.
Now let’s take a look at some of the most amazing undiscovered spots you can enjoy in London.
Tucked away in Covent Garden, Neal’s Yard is a hidden gem that’s full of charm and character.
This colourful courtyard is home to a variety of independent shops, cafes, and restaurants, and is a great place to escape the crowds and enjoy a bit of peace and quiet- it’s hard to believe that a few years ago this magical spot was a dumping ground!
The Covent Garden area is easy to reach from your hotel near Hyde Park, just a short tube ride away in fact!
St. Dunstan in the East
Located in the heart of the City of London, St. Dunstan in the East is a hidden gem that’s often overlooked by visitors.
This church was destroyed during World War II, and the ruins have been transformed into a beautiful garden that’s perfect for a peaceful stroll or a picnic.
Columbia Road Flower Market
Located in the trendy neighbourhood of Shoreditch, Columbia Road Flower Market is a hidden gem that’s full of colour and fragrance.
Every Sunday, the street is transformed into a bustling market where vendors sell a variety of flowers, plants, and gardening supplies- and you can always snag a bargain.
The Leake Street Tunnel
Located in the Waterloo neighbourhood, the Leake Street Tunnel is a hidden gem that’s full of street art and graffiti, and rose to popularity after Banksy himself held a street art festival here.
This pedestrian tunnel is completely covered in colourful murals and is a great place to see some of London’s best street art.
The Old Operating Theatre Museum and Herb Garret
Tucked away in the attic of St. Thomas’ Church in Southwark, the Old Operating Theatre Museum and Herb Garret is a hidden gem that’s not to be missed.
This museum offers a glimpse into the gruesome history of surgery before the advent of anaesthesia. The museum’s highlight is the original operating theatre, which dates back to the 19th century.
The Viktor Wynd Museum of Curiosities, Fine Art & Natural History
Located in the trendy neighbourhood of Hackney, the Viktor Wynd Museum of Curiosities, Fine Art & Natural History is a hidden gem that’s full of surprises.
This museum is a quirky and eclectic collection of curiosities, art, and natural history specimens, ranging from taxidermy animals to preserved human remains. It’s a unique and fascinating experience that’s not to be missed.
So there you have it, some of the best secrets that London hides within its streets- only to be revealed by those who are willing to explore!
Make the most of your fantastic hotel near Hyde Park and the central location it gives to explore this fantastic city.