Secret London

We all know the famous London landmarks like Tower Bridge, Big Ben and London Eye.
If you have been to London before you have most likely visited Piccadilly Circus, Leicester Square and Covent Garden. 

London is ever changing and there are always new up and coming hot-spots and neighbourhoods. And after a while secret places are not so secret anymore.

Keep reading to find out about London’s secret hideaways and hidden gems.

Kyoto Gardens

Everybody visits Hyde Park, but just 1 mile to the west is Holland Park.
The park is 22.5 hectares, compared to Hyde Parks 142 hectares.
Within Holland Park you will this little gem; Kyoto Gardens. A beautiful Japanese garden with a waterfall and friendly peacocks and squirrels.

Entry: FREE.
Website: www.rbkc.gov.uk/leisure-and-culture/parks/holland-park
Nearest underground: Holland Park on the Central Line or High Street Kensington on the District and Circle Line.


Neils Yard

If you are going to visit the ever popular Covent Garden do not miss out on Neils Yard.  This little hidden alley in London is just a few steps away.
Neils Yard is a colourful courtyard with lovely restaurants, cafes and shops. A great place to have a drink and indulge in a nice meal.

Entry: FREE.
Nearest underground: Covent Garden on the Piccadilly Line.


Highgate Cemetery

Step back into time and get lost between the tomb stones. You can even visit the grave of Karl Marx or Tom Saywer. There are over 300 graves and tomb stones, most are over a 100 years old. It is still open to burials this day.

Entry: Choose between the east (admission £4) or west (guided tours only, £12) cemetery graves. Both offer unique tombs and overgrown graves.
Website: www.highgatecemetery.org
Nearest underground: Archway on the Northern Line.


Wetlands

Do you need a break of the hustle and bustle of London? A visit to the London Wetlands will make you feel like you are far away from the craziness of the city. A beautiful nature reserve with lots of lakes, gardens and wildlife.

Entry: £13 per adult.
Website: www.wwt.org.uk/wetland-centres/london/
Nearest underground: Hammersmith, on the Piccadilly, District, Circle and Hammersmith & City line. It is a 30 minute walk from there. Or take the bus 33, 72 or 209 stop nearby (alight at the Red Lion stop, approximately 100 metres walk from the wetland center).


St Dunstan in the East

Just around the corner of the Tower Bridge, these remains of an old church are a photographers dream.
It was badly damaged by the Great Fire of London in 1966 and the bombings in World War II in 1941. It was never rebuild and the remains are now overgrown by plants and trees. Now a public garden, this peaceful and charming church is worth a visit.

Entry: FREE.
Website: www.cityoflondon.gov.uk/things-to-do/green-spaces/city-gardens/visitor-information/Pages/St-Dunstan-in-the-East.aspx
Nearest underground: Tower Hill or Monument on the District and Circle Line.


Monument

The Monument to the Great Fire of London, as it is officially called, offers 360-degree views of London. It is 62 m (202 ft) tall and 62 m from the spot in Pudding Lane where the Great Fire started in 1666.
A steep climb of 311 steps on a narrow and winding staircase will take you to the top. You will be rewarded with spectacular view of the London skyline.
You will receive a certificate on completion.

Entry: £4 per adult (cash payments only). And you get a certificate!
Website: www.themonument.info
Nearest Underground: Monument on the District and Circle Line.

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