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 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 London plane tree, the diverse languages spoken by London’s workers, being on one’s Jack Jones and all you need to know about the Knowledge.

Wimbledon Windmill Museum home page strip

New in The Guide: get to grips with grain at Wimbledon Windmill Museum (shown above) – where you can find out how a windmill works and try your hand at milling.

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 and links to other useful websites.

Fox Hill, Upper Norwood, by Pissarro

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

  • Upper Norwood has played host to Camille Pissarro (whose painting of Fox Hill is shown above) and Émile Zola, among other refugees.
  • Hook and Southborough lie on either side of the Kingston bypass. One was home to Enid Blyton, the other to a racy roadhouse.
  • 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 story of Hammersmith (shown below), from Catherine of Braganza to Rik Mayall.

You can receive alerts about new and enhanced pages (plus other London titbits) on Twitter. The tweet on the left is a recent example.

Hammersmith Bridge and Lower Mall

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