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Avoid Big Ben, here’s everything worth seeing in London

It’s no wonder that London is one of the most visited cities in Europe. The sprawling urban center retains its natural charm with an abundance of beautiful gardens. A melting pot of cultures comes to life in vibrant neighborhoods filled with art and diverse cuisine. History lives on in every street, uniting the past with the present in an unforgettable way.

It would be easy to spend a whole trip in London visiting the most visited tourist sites like Big Ben and Buckingham Palace. Travelers would be doing themselves a disservice by not exploring the unique places in London that often go unnoticed. From history and mystery to kitsch and pomp, the city is full of attractions worth getting excited about. Keep calm and continue with this list of hidden gems to visit in London.

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Immerse yourself in the creative side of London at God’s Own Junkyard. Both gallery and bar, the space is lit by illuminated signs designed by artist Chris Bracey. From brand new creations to reused items, every corner is illuminated with a cozy neon mist. Chris passed away in 2014, but visitors can feel his spirit and continue to admire his work in this trendy London location.

9 Brick path

Brick Lane ticks all the boxes for travelers looking for an authentic and modern London experience. Intricate and beautiful murals decorate the buildings. The smell of curry pours from the street stalls and fills the air. Vintage boutiques line the streets, filled with treasures waiting to be discovered by savvy connoisseurs. Locals and tourists alike love Brick Lane for its friendly and relaxed atmosphere, noting a vibe that cannot be found anywhere else in the city.

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8 Chelsea Physics Garden

In a city known for its beautiful gardens, visitors cannot miss the Chelsea Physic Garden. Located in a quiet corner near the River Thames, the park continues to flourish hundreds of years after its creation. It was originally opened in the 17th century as an apothecary to cultivate medicinal plants. It’s the oldest botanical garden in London, still cultivating more than 5,000 varieties of plants recognized for their healing properties.

Today, guests can wander the four hectares at their leisure, enjoying the restorative effects of being surrounded by nature. The on-site cafe serves fresh, seasonal dishes and delicious drinks, making the Chelsea Physic Garden a great place to spend a relaxing afternoon.


7 House of dreams

It might be hard to believe anyone can live in such chaos, but The House of Dreams owner Steven Wright feels right at home in his art gallery. The disillusioned former textile designer became fascinated by art brut and spent years filling every corner of his home with found objects, including false teeth, doll parts and wigs. The items are complemented by Wright’s memory cards, handwritten memories of significant moments in his life. The whimsical attraction is like stepping into Wright’s imagination and is sure to inspire guests to recall their own dreams and memories.


6 Daunt Books on Marylebone High Street

Book lovers and architecture enthusiasts will love exploring the Daunt Books, a whimsical bookstore serving up some serious Harry Potter vibes. Polished oak shelves filled with books line the walls of the Edwardian building, the slender skylight letting in just the right amount of natural light. Daunt Books specializes in travel, so visitors can expect to be inspired to plan their next vacation while browsing the store.


5 The Mayor of Scaredy Cat Town

Located in the East End of London, in the district of Spitalfields, is a trendy cafe called The Breakfast Club. If visitors play their cards right and inform staff that they are there to see the mayor, they will be directed to a refrigerator door that leads to a hidden underground bar. The Mayor of Scaredy Cat Town serves creative cocktails in a candlelit wonderland decorated with kitschy wall art and vintage furniture.

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4 Eltham Palace

It’s okay to redecorate after buying a new home, but millionaires Stephen and Virginia Courtauld have taken their redesign to the next level with Eltham Palace. As early as the 1300s, the palace was used as a residence and housed members of the royal family like Edward II and Henry VIII. After many years, large parts of the palace fell into disrepair, and the Courtaulds arrived.

In the 1930s, the couple rented the property and built a modern house, incorporating what they could of the original structure. The large medieval hall blends into the Renaissance palace, the interior is an eclectic mix of Art Deco and historical flair. Today, visitors can cross the original 15th-century bridge and admire views of award-winning gardens before exploring the halls of a palace steeped in history.




3 St. Dunstans in the East

There is something beautiful about the way nature thrives through the ruins of abandoned places, and St. Dunstans to the east is the perfect way to absorb the eerie yet mystical feeling. The Great Fire of London in 1666 and the Blitz of 1941 damaged old church, and the remains have since been transformed into a magnificent public garden.

Greenery covers the burnt walls and grape blossoms weave through the windows and around the arcades. St. Dunstans has grown in popularity in recent years, so guests are encouraged to come early to beat the Instagram crowds looking for the perfect place to pose.


2 Highgate Cemetery and Holly Village

It might seem a bit odd to walk through a cemetery on a trip to London, but Highgate Cemetery is a must-see for travelers looking for an adventure off the beaten path. The historic cemetery is beautifully overgrown and features several styles echoing the evolution of burial practices in England. You can walk through Egyptian-style tombs, visit Karl Marx’s tombstone, and admire intricately detailed statues and monuments.

A few steps from the cemetery is Holly village, a work of Gothic Revival architecture imagined by 19th-century Britain’s second richest woman, Angela Burdett-Coutts, and her good friends, writer Charles Dickens and architect Henry Darbishire. Several cottages are located behind the ornate closed arch to form a village within a village. Although Holly Village is privately owned, visitors can admire the beautiful statues and bricks that adorn the arch.


1 Ballie ballerson

Growing up doesn’t necessarily mean letting go of the best parts of childhood, like having a shameless good time. Ballie Ballerson encourages adults to live out their childhood dreams in a giant ball pool with their favorite cocktail in hand. The music is in full swing, the lights are flashing and the balls are flying. Right down to the decor, every aspect of the Ballie Ballersons begs its guests to let go of their inhibitions and have an unforgettable night.

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