Hidden London takes an informative, histor­ically inclined look at a variety of the capital’s more obscure attractions, curiosities, districts and localities. The two main sections are:

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The GuideIn-​​depth, illus­trated articles featuring relatively recherché attractions with qualities that make them worth visiting – or at least stopping to admire on your way past.

More than 500 potted histories of the capital’s diverse districts and localities, with an emphasis on lesser-​​known places throughout Greater London. They’re listed in the Index.


Nuggets is a new section with brief articles on subjects as varied as the City of London dragons, the church of St Clement Danes, once-​​famous quack Dr Katerfelto and all you need to know about the Knowledge.

Geffrye Museum home page strip

New in The Guide: the past, present and future of the Geffrye Museum (shown above) – which features domestic interiors from the past 400 years in the rooms of converted almshouses.

Kensington Gardens snowdrop

To find a specific place, please consult the Index or use the search box, top right. To cruise Hidden London at random, you’ll find this button at the top of the sidebar on most pages:
visit a random pageHidden London also includes some appetising extracts from Brewer’s Dictionary of London Phrase & Fable, a map of London’s boroughs, pages on the history and geography of London football, a selection of recom­mended London books and links to other useful websites.

These are some of the latest additions and updates on Hidden London:

  • According to an 18th-​​century fable, the first snowdrop grew in what is now Kensington Gardens (shown left).
  • How does a place with no royal connections get called Seven Kings? And why was it later nicknamed Klondike?
  • Myddelton House Gardens are a plantsman’s paradise in far north London.
  • The interwoven story of the aviator Claude Grahame-​​White, Colindale’s Grahame Park estate and London’s Royal Air Force Museum.
  • With its wealth of history, the Holwood estate (shown below) is a wonderful place to explore – if you’re happy to commit trespass.

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View of Holwood mansion

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