London is a city full of tourist attractions, you can probably list off the obvious ones without a second thought but if you want to avoid the busy tourist scene, then these little-known hidden treasures may be perfect for you.
Little Venice is a small series of canals and waterways located to the North of Paddington. There is an abundance of waterside cafes, pubs and restaurants, as well as various boat trips that can take you all the way to Camden and beyond, not to mention the various puppet shows and other attractions that can be found along these tranquil canals.
Kyoto Garden, Holland Park
Kyoto Japanese Garden is located in Holland Park, Kensington. This park has a whole host of wildlife – including peacocks – as well as statues, peacocks, an opera house and an orangery. This peaceful park is often overlooked as it is so close to Hyde Park and much smaller but is not one to be missed.
Southbank Book Market
Whether you are an avid reader or are looking for a gift for someone you know, take a walk down to London’s best antique book market. Located in Southbank, this is already a popular place for tourists but many people are unaware that the market even exists. The market is open every day under Waterloo Bridge.
If you fancy a drink and want to avoid the busy pubs and bars dotted around London, then you may be interested in finding one of London’s secret bars. There are many to choose from and for some, you need to book an appointment to even get in. This is great for a drinking experience that you aren’t likely to get too often. There are secret bars dotted around London, from Mayfair to Notting Hill and Earl’s Court to Spitalfields.
Chelsea Physic Garden
Chelsea Physic Garden is the oldest Botanic Garden in London and is home to over 5,000 plants, some of which are edible, useful, medicinal and historic. This park is located close to The River Thames and makes for a great day out, whether you’re going for the history or just to take time, walk around and soak up the scenery.
You’ve probably never heard of Eltham Palace as it is overshadowed by the more popular Buckingham Palace. But if you’re looking to soak up some of London’s royal history but don’t want to put up with the mobs of tourists and be confined to seeing the palace through the fence, then Eltham Palace may be the place for you. This mansion, which was the childhood home of Henry VIII, sits on beautiful grounds with a mixture between medieval and art deco interior. It was renovated and expanded in 2015, giving you 5 more rooms to explore.