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:
The London Gazetteer, which has more than 600 potted histories of the capital’s diverse districts and localities, with an emphasis on lesser-known places throughout Greater London. Most of them are listed in the Index.
Using the search facility – by clicking the magnifying glass icon – will reveal even more articles than are shown on the Index page (which would grow to an unmanageable length if every place was included). Or you can move around the site at random by clicking the ‘shuffle button’ that appears on most pages.
Hidden London also has a Miscellany section – for content that doesn’t fit anywhere else – and some of its pages are among the site’s most popular. These include the articles on the boroughs of London, the geography of London football and how to pronounce a wide variety of London place names.
New pages are added in fits and starts – sometimes two or three in a week, sometimes only one a month. Please check back from time to time to find more. You could even use the contact form to suggest an article you’d like to see included.
The newest pages to have been added to Hidden London are the stories of Islington, arguably London’s most gentrified district of modern times, and Haggerston, birthplace of one of the most illustrious names in the history of British astronomy.
Also, the page on Havering-atte-Bower has recently been enhanced with more information and a slideshow. Though its best buildings aren’t open to the public, this London village on the edge of the Essex countryside is a pleasant place for a stroll on a spring or summer day.