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London's hidden gems

You don’t need an excuse to visit a city as fashionable, vibrant and colourful as London. But if you do, just think about its famous sights (Big Ben, the Tower of London, Buckingham Palace, London Eye…), its varied shopping scene and its cultural riches.

Do you know London like the back of your hand? Venture out beyond the city centre and you may find some of London’s amazing hidden gems...

Little Venice


Have you heard of London’s Little Venice? Located just north of Paddington, this picturesque area features tree-lined paths, original Georgian townhouses and waterfront restaurants and cafés. Stroll along the water, take a gondola ride or have a picnic while you soak up this scenic part of London.


Little Venice

London's colourful houses


London’s most colourful streets will bring a smile to your face no matter how rainy the weather may be. Sunflower yellow, pink, lime and mint green… You’ll find all the colours of the rainbow carefully hidden in back streets and side alleys: Chalcot Crescent near Camden Town, Bywater Street in Chelsea, Portobello Road… Don’t forget your camera!


London's colourful houses

Freemasons' Hall


Despite its location in central London, this Art Deco masterpiece is often left overlooked. If you enjoy architecture, Freemasons’ Hall is well worth a visit. Wander through the Grand Temple Room, the library and the museum or visit one of the fascinating exhibitions on masonry.


Freemasons' Hall

Sydenham Hill Wood


This historic nine-hectare ancient woodland is located in South London. If you need to get away from the crowds, this is the place to do it. Dense woodland, countless pathways, an old railway path… Sydenham Hill Wood is without a doubt one of the most atmospheric outdoor areas London has to offer.


Sydenham Hill Wood

Strawberry Hill House


Set in Twickenham, Strawberry Hill is Britain’s finest example of Gothic revival architecture. Splendid rooms with vaulted ceilings, gilded details, dramatic staircases, a magnificent garden… This eccentric hidden spot will make you fall in love at once. Don’t forget to check the house’s opening hours before you set off!


Strawberry Hill House

St. Katharine Docks


This picturesque marina is one of the best kept secrets in central London. The dock entrance is somewhat hidden, but if you take the pedestrian walkway from Tower Hill alongside the Tower of London, you’ll get there in no time. With its unique shops, cafés and exclusive yachts, the marina is the perfect place to unwind.


St. Katharine Docks