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 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.

Firepower – The Royal Artillery Museum

New in The Guide: Firepower – The Royal Artillery Museum (shown above) – will be leaving London at the end of 2016. Catch it while you can.

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.
You can receive alerts about new and enhanced pages – plus other London titbits – on Twitter. The tweet below is a recent example.

1930s kitchen

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

  • In the 1930s Woodford cyclists added hazardously ornate floral decor­ations to their bikes. The scene in the photograph above is a Redbridge Museum re-​​creation.
  • The London Motorcycle Museum is the capital’s focus for Britain’s biking history.
  • William Hogarth’s ‘little country box’ in Chiswick is now a museum of his life and a gallery of his work.
  • Hidden London visits the Florence Nightingale Museum – and gets distracted by the stuffed creatures.
  • The story of Fulham (shown below), from a medieval Danish invasion through Victorian indus­tri­al­isation to present-​​day gentrification.

Jerdan Place

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