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Hidden London isn’t a tourist site and doesn’t aim to provide a sightseeing guide.
But if that’s what you’re looking for and you found yourself here by accident,
here are some less obvious places to consider visiting.

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West Brompton

London has many beautiful and overgrown cemeteries. This one holds a special treat for lovers of the tales of Beatrix Potter.

New Malden

Most of us have been for a dim sum in Chinatown, but how many Londoners know that their city has a Korea Town too? This different kind of oriental experience is tucked away in a remote corner of south-west London.

Kew Bridge

London’s specialist museums are just as likely to delight an enthusiast as anything South Kensington has to offer. This one is dedicated to the power of steam.

Syon Park

An extensive park beside the Thames with an historic stately home, and a conservatory that outshines it architecturally.


Better known than most localities in Hidden London, Blackheath has open spaces, handsome buildings and bijou shops and restaurants.


Way, way out of the city centre, Charles Darwin’s former home is one of London’s greatest scientific shrines.

Upper Woodcote

Down in the far south of London lies a paradise of residential gardens, created by a horticultural pioneer. Wander the leafy avenues and decide which home you’ll buy when you win the lottery.

Ruislip Common

Ride a miniature railway or laze on the beach where Cliff Richard once cavorted and gaze at the tranquil waters that sank the Titanic.


Admirers of suburban curiosities and architectural follies may enjoy a walk through the streets of this otherwise ordinary corner of north-west London, observing the whimsical creations of EG Trobridge.


Hidden London is even less of a restaurant guide than a tourism site, but this is the café to stop at if you’re on the North Circular Road. And it’s not just for bikers.

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