London is a huge city; we all know that. The fact that there are 11 tube liens covering over 400 kilometres and 270 stations just goes to show how extensive the city is. There are probably very few, if any people who can claim to have been to every tube stop in the capital, and whilst the city may be one of the best places to find limitless fun, there comes with that privilege an overwhelming concentration of activities in the UK capital. This means that for tourists and London first-timers staying in Budget Hotels in Bayswater Tube station and beyond, finding those hidden gems can be harder, and with the winding streets and sprawling boroughs of the city all bringing with them a unique charm, it’s hard to sift through to find that needle in a haystack experience. Below are just some of London’s best guarded secrets, and how you can find them.
V&A Café and afternoon tea
The V&A café is based within the iconic Victoria and Albert Museum of Design, itself a treat which is often overshadowed by its South Kensington free museum counterparts, the Science Museum and the Natural History Museum. With barista-made coffee and pastries, the café serves a range of lunch and breakfast menus, whilst the speciality teas served all day are as uplifting and refreshing as the James Gamble designed décor. Whether you’re sitting in the courtyard or the grand café, this hidden gem of a café is perfect for anyone looking to relax and unwind in one of the cities best and most unique museums.
Daunt Books is one of the oldest bookshops in city and dates to the year 1912. This unique book shop has grown from its original starting point in Marylebone and has spread to branches across the city and beyond. In 2012, the bookshop even began publishing its own books.
It goes without saying that this travel writing specialising bookshop has grown to inspire minds across the world, and if you’re capitalising on London Hotel offers, you’ll have even more reason to invest in a good travel book. If you enter the original Baker Street branch, you’ll be able to see why. Whether you’re in for a browse or to drink in the beautiful panel windows and Georgian interior décor, Daunt Books is a book lovers dream.
The Camden Passage is a pedestrian Street near Camden which is famous for it’s beautiful antique market and shops as well as other independent and high street retailers. The passage is small and quaint, dating back to 1767 when it was built as an alley off the high street. With the antique market dating back to the 1960’s, there is now an extensive antiques arcade, made of 2 floors of antique dealer shops. The Grade II listed building is home to weekend antique markets and its history can be followed, as with much of London, through its degeneration and regeneration through the years.
Camley Street Natural park
Although currently closed, the Camley Street Natural Park is a little haven off Kings Cross which acts as a beautiful nature reserve which holds ponds, wetland, amphibian habitats and a wide range of vibrant plant life.