Secret London… explore a totally different side of the city

Although we’re huge fans of London’s major tourist attractions, impressive museums and major art galleries there’s a side to the city that most are yet to uncover…

We’ve pulled together our ultimate guide to secret London, a treasure trove of alternative attractions that will keep you coming back for more.


Escape the crowds

Kyoto Japanese Gardens – Holland Park

Experience the tranquility of the Kyoto Japanese Gardens and the Fukushima Memorial Garden in the beautiful Holland Park. The Kyoto garden opened in 1991 and was gifted by Kyoto to commemorate the long-standing friendship between Japan and Great Britain. In the gardens you will find tiered waterfalls, Japanese Maple trees, a serene pond and if you’re lucky a Peacock or two. Entry is free and the park is open from 7.30am until dusk.

Barbican Conservatory

You wouldn’t think it from the outside, but this art centre has a beautiful leafy green heart. Head up to the third floor and you’ll find the glasshouse filled with over 2000 exotic plants and trees and hundreds of exotic fish. Entry is free and events run throughout the Summer, check out their website for the latest details.

Take time out

The Nordic Bakery

This Scandinavian inspired bakery is the perfect place for a coffee and chance to unwind. The Bakery describe themselves as ‘a beautiful Scandinavian café & peaceful meeting place in a frantic city’. All three bakeries located in Marylebone, Soho and Baker Street feel authentically Scandinavian and feature furniture from iconic Nordic designers. Make sure you don’t miss out on a traditional Scandinavian cinnamon bun and why not take one away for your journey.

Find a vintage gem


Atika in East London is a vast hub with an extensive number of vintage finds. You could get lost for hours amongst a treasure trove of clothing, books and furniture. You’ll find everything from high end Burberry to Adidas originals all under one roof.

Snap the skyline

Frank’s Café

Marvel at the London skyline, Campari cocktail in hand at this Peckham institution. The bar’s amazing sunset views draw in a huge crowd and the entirely pink staircase is perfect to snap your next Instagram post.

Be inspired

House of Dreams

Have you ever wondered what the inside of an artists’ house looks like? Well in the House of Dreams you can see just that. Open only a few days a year, this house belonging to artist Stephen Wright and is coveredfrom head to toe in kitschy mosaics. The house is only open a few days a year so be sure to book ahead,tickets from £5.

Gods Own Junk Yard

If you love Neon you will love Gods Own Junkyard. The brainchild of late artist Chris Bracey known as the‘Neon man’, the warehouse is filled to the brim with neon lights and vintage signs. Not only can you explore this treasure trove you can also buy some of the work as well. Why not visit the Rolling Scones café or theWild Card brewery just across the yard from the warehouse for a craft beer or two.


Our train travel secrets

Now you’ve discovered London’s hidden gems, here’s some top tips to get the cheapest tickets for your visit.

By booking in advance you can discover secret London time and time again without breaking the bank.You can book up to 12 weeks before your trip, and generally the earlier you book, the cheaper the tickets. Don’t forget to sign up to our best price ticket alerts, so you’re definitely in the know when our cheapest tickets become available.

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*Prices, dates and times for all attractions correct at the time of publishing in June 2018 and are subject to change.