London is filled with fantastic sights, history around every corner, and a thriving cultural scene wherever you go. But while all the major attractions are always fun, you’ll find that there is a lot more to discover in this great city, beyond what you might find in your average tour guide. Head off the beaten track to unearth some truly special secrets from the heart of the city. Check out these stunning hidden gems in London – read on to find out more.
While the V&A Museum is on the top of every tourist guide, make sure you take some time to enjoy their beautiful tea room too! The V&A tea room is a part of history itself, as the world’s first museum restaurant. Book yourself into one of the luxury hotels in London near by, and enjoy a relaxing afternoon with delicious treats in this beautiful haven.
Burlington Arcade dates back to the Victorian Era, and gives you a glimpse back into London’s past. This great London must see is situated in the heart of Mayfair, with a small covered mall of exclusive boutique shops. While the Arcade itself is worth visiting in itself, the real attraction is in the Arcade’s unique police force, the Beadles. You’ll see them around in place of modern police officers and security guards, and they’re easy to spot, dressed in their Victorian frock coats and top hats. The Beadles follow a strict code of conduct from the Regency period, and humming, singing and whistling are all banned!
Getting in and around London is pretty easy these days, with cheap flights to London whenever you want one. But back in medieval times, a trip to London would involve crossing the Thames River, and ferrymen would wait on the banks to take their fares across. The last remaining example of a Ferryman’s Seat, the medieval equivalent to a modern taxi rank, is still standing on the south side of the Thames near Bankside. See if you can spot it!
Big Ben, and its iconic booming bell, is one of the most recognisable images of London, but did you know where the bell came from? The Whitechapel Bell Foundry is the original manufacturer of Big Ben’s bell, as well as the Liberty Bell in the U.S. The company is also one of the oldest in the UK, and you can buy a piece of history for yourself by taking home a bell of your own. Located over in Whitechapel, it’s worth getting a car hire from London Luton to make getting around easier, so you can enjoy the full scope of the city.
Once you’ve seen the sights that central London has to offer, take some time out and head to Richmond Park for some serene natural beauty and quiet. This beautiful 40 acre garden is a magical space within the Royal Parks, featuring lovely ponds and streams, evergreen florals and plants, as well as a variety of rare and exotic plants from all over the world. First planted in the 1830s, it still retains all of its charm, and is great to visit throughout the year. The best way to get to it is by car, so get a car hire from London Stansted and make your way down. With cheap hotels in London available close by, it’s a great way of enjoying a very different side of the city.
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