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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39 thoughts on “Hidden Gems: Not Your Usual London Guide

  1. Dalene Ekirapa says:

    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.

  2. Sarah says:

    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!

  3. Kesha says:

    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.

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