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:
In-depth, illustrated articles featuring relatively recherché attractions with qualities that make them worth visiting – or at least stopping to admire on your way past.
Nuggets is a new section with brief articles on subjects as varied as the City of London dragons, the church of St Clement Danes (its origins and its oranges) and an in-depth report on the conversion of Centre Point to residential use.
New this week 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.
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:
Hidden 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:
- How does a place with no royal connections get called Seven Kings? And why was it later nicknamed Klondike?
- A brief history of Clerkenwell’s Mount Pleasant, from Coldbath prison to Mount Pleasant sorting office (shown above left).
- Myddelton House Gardens are a plantsman’s paradise in far north London.
- With its wealth of history, the Holwood estate (shown below) is a wonderful place to explore – if you’re happy to commit trespass.
- The page on the geography of London football has been updated for the 2013–14 season.
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A one-bedroom Arabic palace of Victorian art in Kensington.
An unexpected treat in an undistinguished district.
London’s most dazzling church interior.
This ‘town within a city’ is a magnet for military history buffs.
Browse among dishes, decanters, candlesticks and cutlery.
Explore London’s countryside and grab lunch in a historic pub.