Looking for somewhere off the beaten path in London? I travel to the capital every couple of weeks, and these are my favourite hidden gems in the city.
1. The Museum of Brands
Situated in Notting Hill is the Museum of Brands. This quirky London museum has over 12,000 items on display, including toys, clothes, and household items.
The Museum of Brands showcases how brands evolved over the years. Seeing old adverts, packaging designs, and famous logos is fascinating and a nostalgic experience.
2. The Mayflower Pub
The Mayflower Pub was established in 1620, and as one of London’s oldest pubs, it has an impressive history. Hidden in Rotherhithe Village, the pub sits on the Thames riverbank with stunning views over the city.
Serving delicious traditional British dishes. This is the perfect place to try the likes of toad in the hole or fish and chips.
3. Little Venice
Little Venice is a picturesque area situated near Paddington. It’s easy to forget you’re in one of the busiest cities in the world here.
This area is lined with charming canals and colourful narrow boats. However, my favourite thing about Little Venice is the Puppet Theatre Barge, which offers marionette shows daily.
4. Chelsea Physic Garden
Founded in 1673, Chelsea Physic Garden is London’s oldest botanic garden. There are several gardens to explore here; however, my favourite is the Garden of Medicinal Plants. This area includes informative displays about each plant’s traditional and modern medicinal uses.
Budding budding botanists are sure to love the Glasshouses. This area houses rare and endangered plant species like the Jade Vine.
5. Pollock’s Toy Museum
If you love toys, you must visit Pollock’s Toy Museum. This hidden gem in London showcases vintage toys dating back to Victorian times.
Toys include board games, dolls, and puppet theatres that will spark nostalgia for older visitors. The museum’s building has charming features with a winding staircase and quirky decor.
6. St Martin-in-the-Fields
St Martin-in-the-Fields is one of the most famous churches in London. Situated in the bustling Trafalgar Square, this historic church has several unique features. Some of my favourites include:
- Free Lunchtime Concerts: Talented musicians perform classical pieces.
- Café in the Crypt: A unique café beneath the church.
- Art Exhibitions: Rotating art displays here mean there’s always something new to explore.
7. Warner Bros. Studio Tour
Situated 40 minutes outside of London is the Warner Bros. Studio Tour London – The Making of Harry Potter.
I have visited this attraction three times since it opened in 2012 and never left disappointed. Home to thousands of props and costumes, this tour will share hidden secrets of the Harry Potter franchise.
If you don’t have the time to visit the Warner Bros. Studio on your trip to London, consider exploring some other Harry Potter hidden gems in the city.
8. The Camden Watch Company
The Camden Watch Company is an independent London watch brand and store. Inspired by London’s iconic Camden Market, the store sells unique timepieces with a vintage flair.
The watches come in various designs, priced between £90 to £200. Limited Edition models are also available for those looking to add an exclusive feel to their watch collection.
9. Ye Olde Mitre
Tucked away in a narrow alley, you’ll find Ye Olde Mitre. This pub was first established in 1546 and has a fascinating history.
Inside, you’ll find a cosy, authentic London pub atmosphere with ancient cherry tree wooden beams and old pictures. Meanwhile, friendly staff serve a range of British ales and classic pub dishes.
10. The Royal Mews
Many people skip over The Royal Mews in favour of a visit to Buckingham Palace. However, if you are interested in the British monarchy, visiting here is worthwhile.
The Royal Mews is where the royal carriages and horses live, including the incredible Gold State Coach. Daily guided tours of The Royal Mews are available to maximise your visit.
11. Canada House
As a hidden gem in London, Canada House always offers something unique. Meanwhile, its magnificent interior design and architecture always impress.
Canada House features British and Canadian art, which provides a unique cultural experience. However, the venue also hosts regular events like film screenings or workshops.
12. Eltham Palace
Eltham Palace was once home to Henry VIII and features elegant interiors and captivating exhibitions.
Situated in Greenwich, this former royal residence has featured in several films and TV shows, including the Netflix hit The Crown.
13. The Almeida Theatre
The Almeida Theatre is small in Islington. With a capacity of just 325, it offers an intimate setting for plays and performances.
The theatre focuses on new writing and reinterpreting classics, showing fresh and exciting pieces. Some of the productions premiered here have moved on to the West End!
The productions are also incredibly affordable, making it perfect for me to enjoy the London theatre on a budget.