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Hidden Gems – 10 Secret Attractions to Explore While Staying at Top London Hotels

Updated on July 9, 2013

Secret London

London is an incredible city packed full of amazing history and culture. You will find plenty of hidden gems in the capital where you can spend wonderful time on your vacation. This city features numerous attractions displaying the quirkier side of London. Hidden down the side streets and tucked away in backwaters, you will see a collection of fascinating and unusual attractions.

To see these sights more closely, you can book an accommodation with best London hotels. These hotels provide you exceptional amenities and services to keep you happy on holidays. Pick a top hotel according to your budget and get ready to see some extraordinary delights in the capital.

Here are the best places to go for secret sightseeing in London:

Horniman Museum
Horniman Museum

Horniman Museum

Situated in Forest Hill, South London this site offers free access to view collections on natural history, anthropology, and musical instruments. Horniman Museum is an ideal site in the city, hosting number of special festivals, exhibitions, events, concerts, shows, workshops, and activities. Founded by Frederick John Horniman, this museum is known for a huge collection of stuffed animals. It features a distinctive aquarium, noted especially for its fantastic layout. Come here and you will just love this new aquarium, colossal overstuffed walrus, and the café.

Dennis Severs' House

Dennis Severs' House
Dennis Severs' House

Dennis Severs’ House

Dennis Severs’ House is a beautiful Georgian structure on the south side of Folgate Street in Spitalfields. Dennis Severs, the famous designer and performer transformed each room in this terraced house into tableaux vivants. It was the home of Huguenot silk weavers and you can still see candlelit rooms scattered with their possessions. On Monday evenings, you can go on ‘Silent Night’ tours to explore sounds and sensations in each tableau.

Temple Church
Temple Church

Temple Church

Between the Fleet Street and the Thames River, you will find a 12th century Temple Church, built for and by Knights Templar. Presently, two Inns of Court, the Inner Temple and the Middle Temple use this beautiful church. Featured in the Da Vinci Code, this London church boasts few holiest and hoariest medieval treasures. This church is known for the unusual circular nave called ‘The Round’ and ‘The Chancel’. In ‘The Round’ church, you will see the famed effigy tombs of Knights Templar while the Gothic Chancel of the church was added to accommodate the tomb of King Henry III.

Chinese Pagoda
Chinese Pagoda

Chinese Pagoda Kew Gardens

Built in 1762, the Chinese Pagoda in Kew Gardens is a brainchild of famous designer Sir Williams Chambers. It is a 50 metre tall, ten storey octagonal structure that cannot be usually climbed but can be adored from outside. But, if you climb the Pagoda, you will panoramic view of Canary Wharf and new Wembley Arch. It has been refurbished several times mainly on its roof while the original colours and dragons can still be seen here.

Brixton Windmill
Brixton Windmill

Brixton Windmill

Halfway up the Brixton Hill, in a little park behind few Victorian houses, you can see the old Brixton Windmill. It windmill was built in 1816 and was in service until 1934. In 2011, this windmill has been reopened for the public after a refurbishment of over £600,000. You will see refitted sails and machinery along with few steep stairs on the site. From April to October, this windmill remains open in afternoons usually on weekends. Kids can visit this site, but due to vertical ladders, they cannot go above the initial floor.

Estorick Collection of Modern Italian Art
Estorick Collection of Modern Italian Art

Estorick Collection of Modern Italian Art

Opened in London in 1998, Estorick Collection of Modern Italian Art boasts some Futurist works and sculptures dating back between 1890 and 1950. It is one of sole museums in London’s district of Islington, which is devoted to modern Italian art. In the late 20th century, American sociologist Eric Estorick complied artworks at this site due to his passion of modern Italian art. The core artists famed for their Futurist works include Giorgio Morandi, Mario Sironi, Carlo Carra, Luigi Rossolo, and Umberto Boccinni. If you book a stay at hotels in Islington London, then you explore both permanent and temporary exhibitions at this site.

Chelsea Physic Garden
Chelsea Physic Garden

Chelsea Physic Garden

In the heart of London, you will find an odd living collection of 5,000 edible and useful medicinal plants at Chelsea Physic Garden. This garden offers an oasis of peace and calmness along with a bookshop and an award-winning café. It is the oldest botanic garden in London, which was founded by Worshipful Society of Apothecaries in 1673. The main purpose of founding this garden was to train apprentice about identifying these historical plants.

So, London has a scattered collection of some unknown historic sites that depict the unfamiliar side of the city.

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