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The Guide

A new(ish) project from Hidden London


Sèvres vases and covers at the Wallace Collection
Sèvres vas­es and cov­ers at the Wal­lace Col­lec­tion

The aim of Hid­den Lon­don: The Guide is to intro­duce the more adven­tur­ous Lon­don explor­er to a selec­tion of inter­est­ing places to vis­it and attrac­tive or curi­ous sights to see, all of which avoid the well-worn paths to tourist hotspots like the world-famous gal­leries, the great cathe­drals, the Lon­don Eye, Big Ben and Madame Tus­sauds.

Each list­ed attrac­tion has some kind of sto­ry behind it – and a short arti­cle inter­weaves this back­ground with a descrip­tion of the present-day char­ac­ter of the place, accom­pa­nied by an enlight­en­ing pho­to­graph or two.

At the bot­tom of each page you’ll find detailed infor­ma­tion to help you plan a vis­it to the place in ques­tion. If you click the pic­ture at the top right of any page in The Guide an area map will open in a new win­dow or tab.

This sec­tion of the pop­u­lar and long estab­lished Hid­den Lon­don web­site is in its infan­cy, but as it grows it will fea­ture a wide vari­ety of attrac­tions all across Greater Lon­don, includ­ing:

  • pub­licly acces­si­ble build­ings (his­toric hous­es, for­mer indus­tri­al build­ings, muse­ums, gal­leries, arts spaces, per­for­mance venues, places of wor­ship, etc.)
  • his­toric shops and mar­kets, pubs, cafés and the like
  • parks, gar­dens and oth­er open spaces
  • sculp­tures and curiosi­ties sit­u­at­ed in or vis­i­ble from the pub­lic domain
  • some paired attrac­tions locat­ed close to each oth­er
  • recur­ring spe­cial events of a dis­tinc­tive char­ac­ter (whether reg­u­lar­ly timetabled or not)

A small pro­por­tion of the fea­tured places are not reg­u­lar­ly open to the pub­lic but can be viewed on spe­cial occa­sions (such as Lon­don Open House week­end) or by appoint­ment, or are avail­able for hire.

For almost every­one who knows Lon­don well, some of the attrac­tions fea­tured in this web­site may not be ‘hid­den’ at all – but these will dif­fer accord­ing to the parts and aspects of Lon­don with which the site user is espe­cial­ly famil­iar.

To sug­gest an attrac­tion for inclu­sion in The Guide, please use the form on the Con­tact page.


Attractions by area

West and North-west
Ace Café, North Circular Road
Ben Uri Gallery, St John’s Wood
Carlyle’s House, Chelsea
Hogarth’s House, Chiswick
Hoover Building, Perivale
Kempton Steam Museum, Feltham
Leighton House, Holland Park
Normansfield Theatre, Teddington / Hampton Wick
London Motorcycle Museum, Greenford

North and North-east
Arnos Grove station
Estorick Collection, Canonbury
Fenton House, Hampstead
Forty Hall, Enfield
Keats House, Hampstead
Myddelton House Gardens, Enfield
Walthamstow Village
William Morris Gallery, Walthamstow

East
Constable’s Dues Ceremony, Tower of London
Geffrye Museum, Hoxton
Redbridge Museum, Ilford
Sutton House, Homerton

South-east
Caledonian Market, Bermondsey
Cutty Sark, Greenwich
Fan Museum, Greenwich
Painted Hall, Greenwich

South
Bethlem Museum, Beckenham
Dulwich Picture Gallery
Horniman Museum, Forest Hill
Nunhead Cemetery
Wimbledon Windmill Museum

Central
All Saints church, Margaret Street
Camley Street Natural Park, King’s Cross / St Pancras
Charles II’s statue in Soho Square
Cornhill Devils, City
Denmark Street, Charing Cross Road
Florence Nightingale Museum, St Thomas’ Hospital, Lambeth
Fox of St James’s
Golden Boy of Pye Corner, Smithfield
Grant Museum, Gower Street
James Smith, New Oxford Street
Jewel Tower, Westminster
John Betjeman’s statue at St Pancras
Lamb and Flag, Covent Garden
Leadenhall Market, City
Lock & Co., St James’s
Panyer Boy, St Paul’s
Petrie Museum, Bloomsbury
‘Roman’ Bath, Strand Lane
Royal Academy of Music Museum, Marylebone Road
St Olave Hart Street, City
South Bank Lion, Westminster Bridge
Twinings, Strand
Wallace Collection, Marylebone
Wellcome Collection, Euston