London’s Hidden Gems

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Think you know all about the UK capital? Think again! London is filled with weird and wonderful attractions and landmarks that are worth adding to your city itinerary. Take a look at our top picks and look forward to a fun (albeit unusual) few days…

Lady Dinah’s Cat Emporium

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Friendly felines? Check. Themed areas? Check. Delicious food? Check. Welcome to the wonderful world of Lady Dinah’s Cat Emporium. The attraction is a Tripadvisor 2017 Certificate of Excellence award winner, and it’s easy to see why.  Sit back and enjoy some quality time with these cute creatures, before treating yourself to a souvenir in the cat gift shop.

Silver Vaults

Whether you fancy adding to your silver collection or just fancy a mooch surrounded by shiny stuff, there’s plenty to be impressed by at London’s Silver Vaults. The vaults offer a range of silverware, from cutlery to jewellery, and showcase collections from eras including Art Deco, Georgian and Victorian.

House of Dreams

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Stephen Wright’s house is extraordinary. Filled with trinkets, paraphernalia, art installations and poetry-filled walls, ‘Dream House’ is something to behold and should certainly be at the top of everyone’s visit list while in the capital. From dolls heads to buttons, vinyl to beads… seeing this unorthodox work of art is sure to be memorable.

Chelsea Physic Garden

Explore London’s oldest botanical garden and see over 5,000 varieties of plants in all their glory. With plenty of events happening throughout the calendar year, it’s always a great time to visit.

The Mayor of Scaredy Cat Town

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‘That’s just a fridge door’ I hear you cry… or is it? Walk through a restaurant, step into the fridge (yes, really) and ask for ‘The Mayor’. Your reward? A mysterious speakeasy serving delicious cocktails and tempting dishes. What’s more, walk-ins are welcome, so there’s no excuse not to visit!

Moo Canoes

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Canoeing in the middle of the capital? We had no idea either! There’s plenty of waterways to choose from, as well as the option of a standard canoe or kayak. If you’ve got an afternoon spare to gently float along the river, or you fancy competing against your friends, Moo Canoes are on hand to make your day memorable.

Soho’s Secret Tea Room

Self-proclaimed as ‘London’s Best Kept Secret’, Soho’s Secret Tea Room is a treat for all the senses. Tuck into their delectable afternoon tea with friends and be sure to take a camera – their cakes are picture-perfect.

ArcelorMittal Orbit

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The world’s longest and highest tunnel slide in the heart of Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park = all of our childhood dreams have come true! After enjoying the sights of London from the viewing platform, you’ll have the chance to experience the exhilarating thrill of the slide as you whizz down the building in 40 seconds… this is not for the faint- hearted.

Museum of Brands, Packaging & Advertising

Fond of a certain brand? Have a particular advert that makes you feel nostalgic? Maybe it’s special packaging that you remember from years gone by. You’ll find it all at this unique museum, located near the iconic Portobello Road. Whether you’re a history buff or a culture junkie, this is most definitely the London attraction for you.

HipChips

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A restaurant entirely dedicated to freshly-made crisps and dips? Don’t mind if we do. Nestled in the centre of Soho, HipChips is revolutionising the humble crisp. Gone be the days of your standard salt and vinegar or your mediocre ready salted… here you can find a range of tasty (if a little strange) accompaniments, from fragrant Moroccan yoghurt to indulgent lemon tart & raspberries dip. Prepare for a taste sensation like no other.

Eel Pie Island

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Sometimes a bit of piece and quiet away from the bustling city is all you need. The ‘Eel Pie’ moniker derived from the 19th century, where the unusual snacks where served from the inn on the island. Visit this quaint oasis, located in Twickenham, by boat or footbridge, and discover the small businesses and artists’ studios that call it home.

For more city inspiration, take a peek at our dedicated Visit London Page and discover new and exciting break ideas.

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