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 Guide, which has 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.

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).

shuffle button

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?” There are also 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 Keston, a Kentish village that has some Roman history, though not as much as it likes to pretend.

Also, the pages on Havering-atte-Bower and Old Southgate have been enhanced with more inform­ation and photos. There’s also a new slideshow on the Guide page devoted to the remarkable Normansfield Theatre.