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:

Hidden London - angular graphic showing London boroughs

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 600 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 ravens of the Tower, London’s projected 10-​​year population growth, being on one’s Jack Jones and all you need to know about the Knowledge.

Royal Hospital - Chelsea

New in the Gazetteer section: highlights from the history of Chelsea

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, an annotated map of London’s boroughs, pages on the history and geography of London football and links to other useful websites.
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These are some of the latest additions and updates on Hidden London:

  • Normansfield Theatre is a unique Victorian survivor in an unlikely setting
  • Hidden London visits Sutton House, a Tudor courtier’s country home in Hackney
  • Little histories of Honor Oak and Honor Oak Park
  • Mitcham: the Canons, the common, the cricket green, the church and the clock tower
  • The story of Upton (Newham), where the father of antiseptic surgery, Joseph Lister, was born in the house shown in the water­colour below

Upton House, Upton Lane, birthpace of Joseph Lister – image credit: Wellcome Images

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