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 Carlton House Terrace, Chalk Farm’s Marine Ices, Centre Point (and the plans for its conversion to apartments) and the Routemaster bus.
And never mind the witches of Eastwick. What about Hackney and Hampton Wicks, Aldwych, Chiswick, Greenwich and Woolwich? What’s the meaning of all these wicks and wiches in London?
ArtFund, the national fundraising charity for art, has announced its shortlist for Museum of the Year 2013. The finalists include three excellent London institutions: Dulwich Picture Gallery, Walthamstow’s William Morris Gallery and the Horniman Museum & Gardens in Forest Hill. The winner will be announced on June 4th.
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 to the pages of Hidden London:
- Got an hour to spare before your Eurostar departure? Take a walk on the wild side at Camley Street Natural Park.
- The story of Wennington, the last marshland village in London.
- The Eleanor Cross in the courtyard of Charing Cross station (detail shown above left) commemorates a beloved queen who certainly didn’t murder the lord mayor of London’s wife.
- The remarkably eventful history of Taggs Island (shown below), a Thames atoll near Hampton Court.
- Plus potted histories of localities as obscure as Marling Park, Hazelwood and Parson’s Pightle.
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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.