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.

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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.


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.



Angel, Islington domes

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.
  • Formerly best known for its ‘shopping city’, Wood Green’s cultural quarter may eventually live up to its name.
  • 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.


Gray's Inn Field

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