Below you will find a list of 14 curious and not very touristy places in London , ideal to visit if you have already been to the city more than once and want to discover new and different places .
Do you like alternative tourism ? If you are an intrepid traveler and you like to visit places other than the main tourist attractions of the cities you visit, this article may be useful for you.
At the bottom of the page you will find a map with the mentioned sites , so that you can locate them easily . Shall we start?
WILTON’S MUSIC HALL
We have decided to start with this fantastic pub that does not enjoy much popularity and that is very striking given its appeal. In it you can enjoy a fabulous night. Have a drink, watch a movie, enjoy a concert, everything is possible at Wilton’s Music Hall. In addition, it is very close to the Tower of London , so it will not be difficult to find it. Find out at # 1 Graces Alley, in the Whitechapel neighborhood. A curiosity? The Wilton is the oldest Grand Music Hall in the world. For over 300 years the building has evolved past the Victorian Sailors Pub that was originally a warehouse and eventually falling into the derelict before reopening as the place it is today.
JACK THE RIPPER HIDEOUTS
This is a tour that you should not miss if you want to discover a different London. It is a tour through the different places where the famous murderer walked while you imagine or recreate those stories that you have read or seen. Without a doubt, this experience will renew your vision of the city and help you enjoy it in a different way. Here you can find more information about this tour .
If you want to get lost in a really charming place, you must visit Neal’s Yard alley, which, although popular with natives, is not very relevant on a tourist level. It is full of vintage style restaurants where you can find various vegetarians, magical shops where oil, clothing and decoration items are sold, in a street full of green and flowers. It is undoubtedly a different and very attractive London, so we recommend that you do not miss it. You will find it a few meters from another charming neighborhood of the city, Covent Garden .
MARX’S GRAVE AND VICTORIAN CEMETERY
This is one of our favorite walks in London , the visit to Highgate Cemetery . Among the most interesting things to see in it is the tomb where one of the fundamental thinkers of the 19th century, Carl Marx, is buried. It is a green space, full of tombstones that have been traversed by life (with plants that twist around the slabs and crosses) and with birds and squirrels . And there, in the middle of a place that seems abandoned (many tombstones are broken and crooked) you can discover the tomb of curious figures. Do you dare to discover who is buried in this cemetery? You can find it near the Archway tube station (on the black line). In the same enclosure there is a Victorian cemetery, which you have to pay to access (4 pounds approx.)
SHERLOCK HOLMES LONDON
Another walk you can do in London to enjoy its lesser-known corners is a tour through the places popularized by Sherlock Holmes . Go ahead and live this experience! Explore the locations featured in the books, the actual sites that inspired Arthur Conan Doyle, and the highlights of the various film and television adaptations of the detective’s great adventures. Here you can find more information about this itinerary
HYDE PARK PET CEMETERY
Although it is located in one of the most important parks in London, the Hyde Park Pet Cemetery is not very popular with tourists ; however, it is a place that you should visit if you like these animals. If you want more information about him you can visit this section where we tell you his story .
THE ISLE OF DOGS
If you are a fan of James Bond movies, you should not miss this place; present in his film “The World is Not Enough” and also in other films such as “Batman Begins”, “The Order of the Phoenix” and “28 weeks later”, to name a few. You can find it in Canary Wharf , a very interesting area to see in London, by the way.
Although this place is not at all unknown, it does not enjoy the tourist prestige that other corners of London have. Here you can visit an amazing park in an old neighborhood full of trees and a pleasant climate . And in the midst of that beautiful setting a beautiful and spacious palace, the Kenwood House. Don’t miss it, in the heart of Hampstead.
For the more underground travelers, it won’t be easy to find the London graffiti tunnel. Tucked under the Waterloo station platform, a five-minute walk from the main station exit is Leake Street (just off York Street). On the map that you will find at the end of the page we have marked the place for you. It is a dark tunnel full of murals and graffiti . The area was first used by Banksy in 2008for an art exhibition with the aim of “transforming a forgotten and dirty dark hole” into “an oasis of beautiful art”. The place was kept a secret until the opening and since then it has been a canvas for anyone wanting to paint murals. From the outside, it may be a bit scary to enter, but we recommend you visit it , for us it is one of the most incredible secret places in London .
ST. DUNSTAN’S CHURCH
In reality it is not a church but what remains of it: a Gothic structure that has been embraced by vegetation . It is a magical place lost in the city; ideal to take a break on your walk. You can find it on the hill on the hill of the same name that is halfway between the Tower of London and London Bridge .
If you are planning an alternative trip to London, you cannot miss “Little Venice”. The streets located next to the canal is home to several cafes, pubs and restaurants. It is a little known place on a tourist level . If you travel to London in summer, you will see how the whole area comes to life filled with small boats and Londoners who walk near the river. If you like to visit different places, here you will be exposed to industrial landscapes and some of the largest and most extravagant houses in the city. Be sure to stop at the black arched bridge that will allow you to see Camden Lock , an area just north of the canal. Little Venice is located near Camden , in Regent’s Park.
Tucked away from the hustle and bustle of the Angel tube stop , Camden Passage is a beautiful place to discover. There is a street market, as well as several antique shops, independent cafes, and restaurants. If you want to visit this secret place , we recommend doing it on a Wednesday or Saturday, which are the days when there is the market. Other interesting days are Thursdays and Fridays, when there is a book market at the Pierrepont Arcade.
DENNIS SEVERS HOUSE
Imagine that you can go back in time . This is the experience that you will have at Dennis Severs’ house . Located on Folgate Street in Spitalfields, this curious place recreates the life of a silk weaver named Huguenote and his family (a fictional character). Created by Dennis Severs, who lived here from 1979 to 1999, this Georgian home offers several rooms inspired by 18th and 19th century styles. Mobile phones and photos are not allowed, and if visiting the place during the afternoon, the tour is done by candlelight .
If you are an underground traveler, don’t miss the Maltby Street market, open on Saturdays and Sundays. Located under rail arches in Bermondsey, just a few minutes walk from Tower Bridge. You will discover a not very touristy place but very popular among Londoners, basically for its discreet atmosphere . This is a place to enjoy street food, so it is advisable to go at lunchtime. With that said, there are some great food producers and craft brewers in the area, like Southwark Brewing Co. Meanwhile, Lassco is the perfect place to browse antique furniture or relax in the cafeteria.