London has had a fascinating, turbulent 2,000-year history, during which it has been burnt down several times, rebuilt, bombed in two world wars and rebuilt again. Of course, London has enough world-famous attractions to keep the average visitor occupied for a month of Sundays, which are more than adequately covered in a plethora of standard guide books. What London’s Hidden Secrets does is take you off the beaten path – avoiding the city’s tourist-clogged attractions – to seek out its more unusual attractions and discover its more esoteric, mysterious side.
Like volume one of London’s Hidden Secrets, researching and writing this second volume has been a pleasure and a labour of love. It contains a wealth of superb interesting sights that we were unable to include in the original book due to lack of space; in fact the more research we did the more treasures we found, until a second volume was inevitable. We have both lived and worked in various districts throughout the city and like most people who have lived in London for many years, we thought we knew it pretty well. However, we were surprised to find just how many little-known delights London has to offer – not only had we previously no visited many of the ‘secret’ places covered in this book, we hadn’t even heard of many of them!
Inside you'll discover a wealth of historic churches and other ancient buildings; secret gardens and long 'lost' cemeteries; fascinating small museums and galleries; atmospheric pubs and stunning hotels; cutting-edge art and design, and much more. A total of 140 destinations in all corners of the city.
London’s Hidden Secrets isn’t intended as a walking guide, although many of the places covered are close to each other in central London – notably in the hubs of Westminster and the City – where you can easily stroll between them, while some are further out in the suburbs. However, all are close to public transport links and relatively easy to get to. What’s more the vast majority are free, so there’s no excuse for not getting out there and exploring.
With a copy of London’s Hidden Secrets to hand to inspire you, you need never be bored of London (or life). We hope you enjoy discovering the hidden secrets of London as much as we did.