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Unexplored Places In London

1. St Dunstan’s in the East
2. The Tulip Staircase at The Queens House, Greenwich
3. The Vaults
4. Sir John Soane’s Museum
5. London’s Silver Vaults
6. The Churchill Arms
7. The Royal Exchange
8. Leadenhall Market
9. Postman’s Park
10. The Painted Hall.

Besides the main landmarks and attractions that the city is home to, there are many off-the-beat hidden places in London that you must visit. Tucked away in the historic corners of the city, are some of the most picturesque, yet unexplored places that don’t typically appear on the traditional tourist map of London. However, these places, such as the Leadenhall Market, The Churchill Arms, and more, offer visitors a more unique and local experience of the city.

With uniqueness these unexplored places in London, offer one of the most aesthetic and raw photographic backdrops. These include the St. Dunstan’s in the East, a medieval church from the 11th and 12th centuries, which was partially destroyed in WWII. Don’t forget to visit The Vaults, which are hidden underground tunnels located beneath the Waterloo Station in Central London. The Postman’s Park, which is home to George Frederic Watts Memorial to Heroic Self Sacrifice, are among other places that are hidden between this amazing city’s architecture.

Here are some of the best hidden places to visit in London:

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St Dunstan’s in the East

  • One of the best hidden places in London, St. Dunstan’s in the East was once a grand church, which was originally built between the 11th and 12th centuries.
  • While the only original part that remains of this medieval church is its spire, the rest of the structure was renovated numerous times after its partial destruction during the second World War.
  • The remnants of the church have now been transformed into a beautiful garden, located right in the heart of London.
  • Surrounded by towering skyscrapers and other landmarks of the city, the church is the best place to visit if you are seeking serenity and tranquillity.
Location: St Dunstan's Hill, London EC3R 5DD, United Kingdom

Timings
: 08:00 a.m. to 07:00 p.m.

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The Tulip Staircase at The Queens House, Greenwich

  • Another one of the top unexplored places in London is The Tulip Staircase, located inside the 17th century Queen’s House in Greenwich.
  • Considered to be amongst the most aesthetically pleasing structures in the city, this staircase also ranks as one of the most beautiful spiral staircases in the whole world.
  • The unique part of the Tulip Staircase is that it was the first ever staircase in England which was built without a central support.
  • The blue-coloured wrought-iron railings of the stairs have flowers made on them, which resemble tulips, and gives it the name of the place as Tulip Staircase. 
Location: Romney Rd, Greater, London SE10 9NF, United Kingdom

Timings
: 10:00 a.m. to 05:00 p.m.

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03

The Vaults

  • Also known as the Waterloo Vaults, the Vaults are some of the best and most unique hidden London places, located deep under the popular Waterloo Station in Central London.
  • These are underground tunnels which have become the hub of beautiful and impressive street art and all things quirky.
  • You can find many local artists painting on the walls and ceilings of the main tunnel here, in addition many people visit here to indulge in photography.
  • The Vaults is also used as a place for concerts, theatre performances, private events and more.
Location: Leake St, London SE1 7NN, United Kingdom

Timings
: 05:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m. (Sundays to Tuesdays); 05:00 p/m. to 12:00 a.m. (Wednesdays and Thursdays); 05:00 p.m. to 02:00 a.m. (Fridays and Saturdays)

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04

Sir John Soane’s Museum

  • Situated at Lincoln’s Inn Fields is the small but beautiful Sir John Soane’s Museum, one of the best hidden places in London.
  • It is a house museum, which was once the home of the 19th century architect and collector, Sir John Soane, and was transformed into a museum post his death. 
  • You can find over 45,000 unique displays and exhibits of art, classical history and other artefacts of London from the 18th and 19th centuries here. 
  • The narrow corridors and rooms of the museum also boast of impressive sculptures, paintings and a wide array of other decorative objects. 
Location: 13 Lincoln's Inn Fields, London WC2A 3BP, United Kingdom

Timings
: 10: 00 a.m. to 05:00 p.m. (Closed on Mondays and Tuesdays)

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05

London’s Silver Vaults

  • Another one of the unique unexplored places in London are the Silver Vaults, which remain hidden deep under the grounds of Chancery Lane.
  • Just as the name suggests, these are highly secured vaults that are filled with silver, and are home to the largest retail selection of silver in the world.
  • Doubling up as a kind of an underground market for the rich and the elite of the city, the Silver Vaults were built back in 1876 as a storage place.
  • You can find and purchase numerous silverwares here, ranging from jewellery and silver trays, to silver dining sets, lamps and a lot more. 
Location: 53-64 Chancery Ln, London WC2A 1QS, United Kingdom

Timings
: 09:00 a.m. to 05:30 p.m. (except Sundays and Bank Holidays)

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06

The Churchill Arms

  • Amongst the top hidden London places that not many people know of is The Churchill Arms, located in the Notting Hill area of the city.
  • It is a serene pub which boasts of some of the most beautiful displays of floral decorations that you will ever see.
  • It is also one of the most photographed pubs in the city, where you can enjoy witnessing flowers of many different kinds, arranged in hanging baskets, vases or even in glasses on the tables.
Location: 119 Kensington Church St, London W8 7LN, United Kingdom

Timings
: 11:00 a.m. to 11:00 p.m.

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07

The Royal Exchange

  • One of the most popular hidden places in London is The Royal Exchange, where you can see how the modern life of the city has blended with its historical past.
  • Dating back, the Royal Exchange was first established as a place for stock trading in the city.
  • It is also the place where traditionally, the reign of the new monarch is announced to the people.
  • Besides being home to some parts from the times gone by, this building now also has several boutique shops, fine dining establishments and offices. 
Location:  Royal Exchange, London EC3V 3LR, United Kingdom

Timings
: 09:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. (Closed on Saturday and Sundays)

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08

Leadenhall Market

  • Amongst the most offbeat and unique markets of the city is the Leadenhall Market, known predominantly for its stunning Victorian architecture, glass windows and beautiful roof.
  • Dating back to the 19th century, this market has been built on the site of the original Roman heart of Londinium, which makes it one of the oldest markets in London.
  • The covered market has several places and areas which are great for indulging in photography, along with vintage boutiques and other shops.
  • It has also been featured in some scenes of Harry Potter, including the location for one of the entrances of the Diagon Alley.
Location: Gracechurch St, London EC3V 1LT, United Kingdom

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09

Postman’s Park

  • Located a short walk from St. Paul’s Cathedral is the Postman’s Park, a charming little garden quite unknown to people.
  • The park gets its name due to its popularity amongst the postal workers of the old General Post Office, who used to come here during their lunchtime.
  • The park is also home to George Frederic Watts’ Memorial to Heroic Self Sacrifice, which was built to commemorate the ordinary people who died trying to save the lives of others.
  • There are many plagues in the park, each of which tell the stories of these people, who died during the 1800s and 1900s.
Location: King Edward St, London EC1A 7BT, United Kingdom

Timings
: 08:00 a.m. to 07:00 p.m. 

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10

The Painted Hall

  • The Painted Hall is one of the best hidden gems of London, located in the Old Royal Naval College in Greenwich.
  • A part of the UNESCO World Heritage Site, The Painted Hall was painted between 1707 and 1726 by James Thornhill, and is said to be a masterpiece of the English Baroque style of art.
  • Spread over 3,700 square metres, the entire hall is painted by hand, and displays the power of Britain to the world. 
  • It is also one of the best examples of the traditional Baroque style of architecture in all of Europe.
Location: King William Walk, London SE10 9NN, United Kingdom

Timings
: 10:00 a.m. to 05:00 p.m. 

Entry Fee
: £12

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Not an experience that you get to have every day. From all the places I visited in London on my tour, this had a distinct feel to it. I didn't expect a lot of tourists there but to my surprise, I found there was a great line for ticket booking. The entire museum had a very offbeat feel to it. It really made me feel like I was in a war room preparing for some kind of a battle.
18 November 2019
Excellent
Even though the building looks a little ancient the overall feel of the place is very futuristic. It is not something that we get to see everyday. The kids are also going to love it. A good place to learn and have some fun! Must visit.
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Always wonder where the word GMT came from. Haha! My trip to the Royal Observatory in Greenwich was extraordinary. I got to discover a lot and it was an insightful tour. The tickets I got were from Thrillophilia. I did a lot of cool stuff like standing right on the meridian line and also took a lot of photos with my friends. Overall, a blissful experience providing a rich learning opportunity to people like me. I would definitely want every holidaymaker to visit this place.
12 September 2019
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The best way I can describe my entire experience starting with getting my tickets from Thrillophilia to touring around St. Paul's Cathedral would be to the day that it was simply amazing. The place was so quiet and soothing, it was the kind of thing I wanted towards the end of my first-day tour in London. A side note, Just make sure you have a valid ID proof along with the tickets, it is important.
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I had a great time at St. Paul's Cathedral. The experience was sublime and I loved every bit of it. The place was amazing and we got a chance to just relax and enjoy some peace in the Cathedral. It is a definite recommendation from my end to every tourist visiting London. Trust me, advance booking your tickets take a load off of you.
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  1. Which are the best places to visit in London?

    London Eye: This is one of the most iconic places to visit in London. Said to be one of the most famous Ferris Wheel in the world, the London Eye has stunning glass capsules, which rise up to more than 400 feet above the river Thames, and offer some of the most spectacular views of the London cityscape. 

    Westminster Abbey
    : Of all the unexplored places in London, Westminster Abbey is probably the most famous one. This iconic site has been in existence since the 7th century, and has been the place of many royal coronations, burials as well as royal weddings. 

    London Dungeon
    : Amongst the hidden places in London, and also one of the best places to visit in the city, the London Dungeon is where you can get a chance to witness the 1000 years of the city’s history. Live action interactive shows are organised here, which transport you back to some of the most famous historical events in the city’s past, where you can also meet infamous characters like Jack the Ripper, Sweeney Todd and more.

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  2. Which are the best places to visit in East London?

    Museum of London Docklands: Located inside a 200-year-old warehouse, this museum is the best place in east London to learn about the rich history of the region. From the times of Roman rule, right till the years when the Canary Wharf was established, all can be seen here.

    The Castle Cinema
    : Amongst the best hidden places in London, the Castle Cinema is a restored, boutique cinema, which also boasts of having an art deco bar. This place has also been the site of a bingo hall, a snooker club as well as a shoe factory in the past.

    Victoria Park
    : Known as the “People’s Park,” Victoria Park is amongst the most popular parks in East London. In addition to being a perfect place for a fun-filled picnic under the shades of the trees here, the park is also the site of stunning fireworks displays during the different events and festivals held here.

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  3. How to reach London?

    By Air: The best way to reach London is by air. The Heathrow Airport in London connects the city to most of the major cities of the world. Direct as well as connecting flights arrive in London from around the world. From India, airlines like Air India, British Airways, Emirates, etc. operate to London on a regular basis.

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  4. What is the best time to visit London?

    The best time to visit London is from September to May, when the weather here is pleasant. With sunny days, and cooler nights, these months make it perfect to not just explore London and its iconic landmarks, but also indulge in several outdoor and adventure activities here.
  5. What is London famous for?

    London is famous for being a melting pot of cultures, traditions, languages and people. It is home to people from many different nationalities and religions. It is also one of the oldest cities in the world, and has a rich and vibrant history. The home of the royal family, London also boasts of stunning architectural wonder, from the Buckingham Palace and London Eye, to the Big Ben, Natural History Museum, Covent Garden, Tower Bridge, the Canary Wharf and more.

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