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, once-famous quack Dr Katerfelto 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.
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:
- According to an 18th-century fable, the first snowdrop grew in what is now Kensington Gardens (shown left).
- How does a place with no royal connections get called Seven Kings? And why was it later nicknamed Klondike?
- Myddelton House Gardens are a plantsman’s paradise in far north London.
- The interwoven story of the aviator Claude Grahame-White, Colindale’s Grahame Park estate and London’s Royal Air Force Museum.
- With its wealth of history, the Holwood estate (shown below) is a wonderful place to explore – if you’re happy to commit trespass.
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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.