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 diverse languages spoken by London’s workers, being on one’s Jack Jones and all you need to know about the Knowledge.
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.
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 and links to other useful websites.
— Hidden London (@hidden_london) July 22, 2014
These are some of the latest additions and updates on Hidden London:
- The Italianate dome in the photo above used to surmount the Angel picture theatre. Now there’s a Starbucks down below.
- Canning Town was a bit rough in the past but a £3.7 billion regeneration scheme is presently under way.
- Can a place be in London and yet not in London? Yes, and it’s called Sewardstone.
- Philip Fenton got rich in Riga and his Hampstead home is now a national treasure.
- Canada Water was a Rotherhithe dock. Now it’s a whole new town centre with a stunning library and culture space.
- The highly exclusive Blackheath Park estate has a church with a spire that was nicknamed ‘the Needle of Kent’.
- Garden walks were a novelty when Francis Bacon introduced them to Gray’s Inn (shown below) in 1606.
You can receive alerts about new and enhanced pages (plus other London titbits) on Twitter. The tweet on the left is a recent example.
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.