A city that has a long-standing history is the perfect amalgamation of old-world charm and modern serenity. Places like Hyde Park, Oxford Street, London Bridge, Madame Tussauds, London Eye, St Paul’s Cathedral and The National Gallery are popular spots that are on every tourist’s wish list. But these unexplored gems deserve a spotlight too as they are one the best-hidden spots in the city that are a must-visit.
- Kew Gardens
This botanical garden is situated in southwest London and is a well maintained open space, tastefully curated with beautiful glasshouses which are one of the biggest in the world. The 200 mixed-use buildings are scattered at a distance which poses as a long walk but reveals the sheer magnitude of the place. Each herbarium has a different range of plants and fungi from all over the world. Some plant species which were on the brink of extinction have been restored like the Slipper orchid, rubber tree, African oil tree, the world’s smallest water lilies and more.
- Little Venice
If you want to enjoy the canals of Venice in London, then this is the place for you. Located near central London, and can be viewed from Camden Town and Paddington, this safe haven is lined with lush trees and colourful boats floating all around. Small cafes and tearooms make for the perfect brunch spots where you can take a gondola boat and delve into the tranquillity of the place.
- Primrose Hill
A small walk from Camden Town, this hill gives the most awestruck view of the London Skyline from a different angle. A small and fun uphill trek, you can take a picnic basket and enjoy the quiet and vast open space while admiring London’s exquisite buildings in your own leisure time. People often come here during the sunny days to bask in the sunlight and spend time with friends and family.
A colourful retreat for the eyes in an urban dwelling space where graffitis of all sizes and shapes have popped up over the years. This makes the locality a must-visit place for all art lovers as they can walk along the carefully curated trail whilst admiring the art of various artists. Brick Lane is just a short walk away and this whole path has art ranging from big murals to small stickers.
- Leadenhall Market
One of the oldest markets in London that is embellished with a magnificent baroque roof with arching columns and glass panels. The high ceiling and sprawling shops make it a perfect spot to take pictures. This market can be missed as it emerges after a narrow lane in Gracechurch Street, so you need to have a map at all times. Also, all the Harry Potter fans will love this market as it served as an entrance to Diagon Alley in the movies.
- Kyoto Garden
If you have always wanted to visit a Japanese Garden that is structured and balanced, then this place tops the list. Spread over 20 hectares of land situated around the Holland House, this garden promises to make you unwind from the hustle-bustle of the city. Birds like peacocks and herons can be seen frolicking and you can witness flowers in full bloom in spring, greenery in summers and beautiful orange hues in Autumn.
- Sky Garden
London’s best-kept secret can be often missed by onlookers, this place gives an excellent bird’s eye view of the city’s skyline and is overlooking the Thames River and London Bridge. Though it is on the rooftop of a building, you feel that you are amidst a garden in the sky literally. Boasting a botanical garden too, Sky Garden has amazing cocktails that you can enjoy while replenishing your mind.