London has a lot of stand out favourites. Whether it’s the glittering river views from the South Bank, the iconic London Eye or the majestic Buckingham Palace, there are a lot of sites being flogged to tourists daily from their hotels. If you’re staying at Hotels near Queensway then you’re perfectly placed for a great range of off grid London events. Whether it be a quirky market, a hidden museum or some underground live events. Below are some of the best hidden sights and events in the city, giving you the chance to see London in a way that only the locals know about.
London is well known for tis plethora of green spaces. There are many hidden nooks and crannies dotted around the city, some located in some very surprising spaces. Take Dalston’s curve garden as an example, a bar come allotment which brings environmentally minded locals down every weekend. For tranquillity, try the Japanese rooftop garden for some minimalist peace, or some rare plant life in the Isabella Plantation hidden in the depths of Richmond Park.
Museums you missed
London isn’t all museum row and Tate museums, there’s plenty more to find if you know where to look. The Newport Street Gallery is owned by Damien Hirst and shows the best in contemporary art, and all for free. On top of this, the quirky Horniman Museum holds a great collection of historic musical instruments and taxidermy animals. Dennis Severs House in Shoreditch is a unique specimen, in that it combines history with still life art, creating a hybrid time capsule into 17th century city life and sound installation.
East London’s hidden boroughs
East London has a long spanning history through the Victorian hunting grounds of Jack the Ripper all the way to the London communal spirit of the Blitz. The history of this unique area of London has seeped into the modern day, and you can find a hotbed of diverse culture, street art, and entertainment lining almost every street. Whether you’re looking for a bite to eat or a canal walk to take, there’s plenty to take advantage of in Dalston and Hackney, whilst the Walthamstow, stretched at the end of the Victoria Line is home to some of the best wilderness reservations in the form of the Walthamstow Wetlands, alongside being this years London Borough of culture. There’s plenty to see in East London, simply pick up a map and pick a spot to explore.
Little Venice canal walks
If you would like to stay in the safe embrace of the Shaftesbury Notting Hill, in the comfort of West London, then you don’t have to go far to find some secret spots for you to explore. Little Venice’s warren of canals make space for canal side cafes and pubs alongside a puppet theatre barge and plenty of beautiful Notting Hill public gardens.
Looking for a show to see? Why not head underground to the Vault under Waterloo Station for cabaret, comedy and new writing theatre. If it’s new music you’re after head down to Herne Hill to Off The Cuff for open mic nights or to DIY space in Peckham for some of the best in experimental and live acts.