Hidden Gems: Not Your Usual London Guide


Bored of being told to head to Big Ben, the London Eye and Buckingham Palace? Well, so am I! That is why I came up with this alternative guide of hidden gems and fun things to do while you are in the Big Smoke. Read on to find out more.


Places to see

London, as a city of over 22 million people has a vast range of activities on offer. However, here we will focus on things that are a little out of the ordinary. For example, if you are looking for somewhere to take the best Instagram photos ever then God’s Own Junkyard is a must see!

Located in Shernhall St, it’s a monument dedicated to handmade neon signs, and if you are a lover of color or design you will be in hog’s heaven!

Then there’s the House of Dreams located in Melbourne Grove, East Dulwich. A place that is part shrine to kitsch, and part rainbow psychedelic dream, put together by the textile designer Steven Wright. Expect color and chaos is this strange and wonderful place.



Things to do

Of course, other attractions will capture your imagination in the big smoke as well. One, in particular, being the ever beckoning call of the West and London’s theatre district. Don’t think it’s all about big budget musicals either as there are plenty of London theatre options to choose from, including classics such as Mamma Mia but also some real original gems such as Dust.

Alternatively, if you would like to engage in something both active an educational, but also slighting odd and thrilling, why not take the Ripper walk in East London? There you will be able to visit all of the places where the famous serial killer did his foul ‘work’ as well as learn about how the jurisdiction issues of the police caused problems in his capture. Some walks also offer dramatic projected reactions of the action as well. Just to make it even more terrifying!


You have more time to visit London? Then check out this 3 days in London itinerary with recommendations on what to see and what to eat.


Where to eat

Last, of all, let’s deal with food. Of course, it not hard to get something to eat in London because every time you turn a corner, you will be greeted with restaurants, sandwich shops, and takeaways. However, what we are really concerned with here is those hidden gems that too few people know about.

In particular, why not treat yourself to an old English favorite of pie and mash and jellied eels? Yup, you read that right, Jellied eels. A delicacy you can partake of in the East End. Then there is the Bangladeshi inspired curries available in Brick Lane, Shoreditch. A hearty treat that comes that is both spicy and delicious.

Lastly, don’t forget Sketch, the modern and artsy cards alternative to the Ritz. Yes, OK it may not be that hidden, but it is undoubtedly a gem where you can dine on a refined afternoon tea in a room where everything is decorated in baby pink. Chic art lines the walls, and there are even egg-shaped toilets, poised to amuse you when you use the facilities as well. Weird, but truly a wonderful gem that is not to be missed!



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  1. London is such an amazing place isn’t it – I love that you have shared some of it’s hidden secrets as there is so much to do and see off the beaten path! I’d love to try the ripper walk.

  2. Oooooooh now I want to go to London! Thanks for these hidden gems. I’m always looking for new ways to experience new places!

  3. I have spent some time in London and I must say it is a great place not only to live in but also to explore. However it is great to see you mentioning about places which travels often miss out.

  4. I eould love to visit London one day soon! Thank you so much for not sharing the traditional places and for looking for something different! This was very helpful!

  5. This is great!! I lived in NY for 5yrs and found some serious hidden gems to see other than the usual “tourist” things. I’ll keep this in mind for my next London trip

  6. You are right, House of Dream is a hidden gem. When I watch the wonderful youtube, I wanted so much to see this house of diary. It has all the vibrant colors and love the floor so fun.

  7. I love off the path places in London because it gets crowded and its such an expensive city. You have to go with the locals, so thanks. As far as food, its gotten better in the last few years, but the curries are always top notch.

  8. I really think it’s a bucket list trip for my daughter and me. Maybe one day. It’s awesome getting off the beaten path insights.

  9. Thanks for this. I would like to visit London one day. It’s good that there are hidden gems out there. I will definitely check them out when I visit.

  10. I have been to London several times myself. I always end up doing more touristy stuff. This is a great idea to add to the next time I visit the city.

  11. london is one of those places that i really wish i could go to. i’m fascinated by the culture especially the way locals speak. i hope i could visit one day. would keep your recommendations in mind.

  12. I have been to London and wish I had read your post before I went. But I will have to write these down so I ensure I go visit on my next visit. I like to go to the hidden gems and not just the tourist attractions. Great post.

  13. Such great tips! I’ve never been to London before, but I want to go and see what there is to see. Definitely going to have to keep your recommendations in mind.

  14. London is always such a wonderful place, you could never be bored there. I recently went to Gordon Ramsey’s Street Pizza restaurant and I highly recommend it, it’s definitely different.

  15. When I travel, I like visiting the historic areas of a city. If I ever get to go to London, I’m going to do as much research as possibly to make sure I get to most if not all of them so I can experience the history of the city.

  16. I have never been to London but it’s on the list for next year. I definitely want to check out God’s Own Junkyard in addition to the normal touristy things!

  17. Oh London! Very beautiful the London Eye is!That art i just so amazing! But even though I’ve heard of London’s beauty, I don’t think I’ll get tired of hearing that till I get there.

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