London is full of incredible sights, delicious food, and quirky sights, and while all the obvious sights are a must-see, some of London's most exciting "gems" aren't as well-known as you'd expect.
Ever since I found out about St. Dunstan's to the east, which is in one of the most unexpected places in central London, I have been searching for more of London's hidden gems. Here are some of the amazing secret places you must see in London.
1- St. Dunstan to the east
I discovered this garden for the first time this year and one of the most surprising things about it is not its beautiful Gothic architecture or that it was designed by Christopher Wren, but how central it is.
I lived within walking distance of this garden for years and had no idea that there was such a thing here. It is truly one of London's best-kept secrets and an ideal location for photography and filming among today's intelligence officials.
Location: Between Monument and Tower Hill
2- The smallest police station in the UK
I don't even know who came up with this idea, but this station was built so that the police could monitor the protests in Trafalgar Square.
It's no longer actively used as a police station, of course, but it's quite an interesting sight if you're out and about in Trafalgar Square.
Location: Trafalgar Square
3- The seven noses
Scattered throughout Soho are 7 noses, created by artist Rick Buckley, that should be an interesting sight (and impressive "scavenger hunt") in London.
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4 - line station
Also known as Aldwych Station, this station is no longer in service, but it is an important part of London's history (for example, it was used to protect works of art in front of London museums during the war). Arrange a tour when you contact the London Transport Museum for more information. Get some inspired London gifts that remind you of the history of London.
5- San Martín Window
There are many reasons to visit St. Martin-in-the-Fields, especially the free evening concerts, but when you're around, check out the St. Martins Window, a unique window into an already impressive building.
Location: Trafalgar Square
6- The Whitechapel Bell Foundry
This is another little treasure that I only found out about because I stayed almost on the same street and decided to spend a day. Long story short, this is the same company that built the Big Ben Bell and the Liberty Bell (pictured above) in the US, which are iconic symbols of American independence.
The most impressive thing is that at almost 500 years old it is the oldest manufactory in the UK, and you can also buy a bell here, which is guaranteed to be one of the most exciting/historical souvenirs to buy in London (you can get it from online London souvenir shop or stop by the store in London)
7 - Isabella Plantation
This impressive garden is a sight to see in London. While you're here, try to hear King Henry's Mound, where you'll be rewarded with spectacular views of St. Paul's Cathedral.
Location: Richmond Park
8 - The hidden ears
Like the Seven Noses, these were created by another artist, Tim Fishlock, and can be found on Floral Street in Covent Garden.
Location: Covent Garden
9 - The bells of the Holy Sepulcher
The bell does not have a pleasant story. It was used for centuries to mark the execution of criminals at Newgate Prison (which no longer exists today). Also known as the Newgate Execution Bell, the bell is kept in a glass case in the nave of St Sepulcher Church without Newgate. Buy exciting London Keyrings & Magnets from the London merchandise shop, British Souvenir store now!
Location: Holborn Viaduct
10 - John Snow's Water Pump
And no, I don't mean the Game of Thrones character here, John Snow is a doctor who attributed the 1854 cholera outbreak in London to that very rooster. He is one of the founding fathers of epidemiology and his work has fundamentally changed the water systems in London.
It seems almost ironic that a gryphon that was actually at the centre of the spread of this disease should be named after him, but hey.
Location: Broadwick Street (behind Oxford Street)
11 - Adam Street 10
The main reason this is a pretty good find in London is because of its striking resemblance to 10 Downing Street, the home of the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom. Take a photo here and you can pretend (at least on Facebook and in your head) that you have a private audience with the Prime Minister.
Location: The beach
12 - Queen Elizabeth Roof Garden Bar & Café
Visiting at least one London rooftop bar is a must. If it weren't for drinks or a cool place to hang out with your friends, you can still enjoy the stunning views of London, especially at sunset. The roof garden bar at the South Bank Center is one of the places worth visiting in London.
Location: The south shore
Visiting all these historic places would give you a wonderful experience. Getting some cheap London souvenirs would add value to your memorable moments too. Get beautiful pieces from the choicest souvenir store in the UK, British Souvenirs.