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 650 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 (top right of the article on big screens, bottom right on small screens; much smaller than the one here).
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 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 Miscellany page to have been added to Hidden London declares a (slightly equivocal) verdict on the perennial headscratcher: “Which is the oldest pub in London?”
The latest Gazetteer page tells the story of Marsh Side, an extremely obscure locality in Edmonton. There are also newish histories of Sipson, where Charles Dickens is said to have found inspiration for the name of one his most famous characters; Green Park, the smallest of central London’s royal parks; and Nunhead, once a place people tried to stay clear of, now increasingly popular.
It’s not possible to amend every page of Hidden London while the coronavirus outbreak continues but for the time being please assume that all indoor attractions are closed. Many outdoor attractions are closed too, other than parks and similar open spaces. The reopening process will begin on July 4th.