8 amazing secret spots in London

Posted October 27, 2017

If you come to London but you don’t like the typical touristy plans, this is the ultimate list of places that you have to visit:

POSTMAN’S PARK

Postman’s Park or the park of the heroes is a hidden park between the skyscrapers of  ‘the city’. This small park tells us the stories of the heroes of London. Inside, we can find the Watt’s memorial, a plaques gallery that introduce us to people that lost the life in a heroic way.

~ Soloman Galaman ~ "Mother I saved him but I could not save myself" 💔 Postman's Park opened in 1880 at the site of a former churchyard. In 1887, George Frederic Watt's (A British artist) decided to honour the lives of ordinary folk who had perished, in the ultimate heroic act of saving another life. Initially, he had proposed that this would be to commemorate Queen Victoria's Golden Jubilee, but the proposal was rejected. It was the Vicar of St Botolph's Aldersgate church that suggested the memorial could be built at Postman's Park, and in 1900 the unfinished memorial wall was unveiled. The ceramic tiles outlined the hero's deeds so that they would never be forgotten. Sadly only four memorials were placed during his Watt's life. When he died in 1904, he was hailed as "The last great Victorian". Amazingly you can download an app that details the 54 incidents (thanks to @lancelotprudence for informing me of this!) #atlasobscura

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WILTON’S MUSIC HALL

The Wilton’s Music Hall is a concert hall from 1859, located 10 minutes walking from Tower Bridge. The building also survived the Second World War and nowadays we can go and enjoy a drink in the first and second floor, in the Mahogany Bar or join one of the tours that runs every Monday at six in the evening. To do it we’ll need to book online.

4 shows to go! #theterribleinfants @wiltonsmusichall . . #actormusician #tenorsaxophone #newtheatre

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HUNTERIAN MUSEUM

The Hunterian Museum is the creepiest museum in London, located inside the surgeon’s college of United Kingdom in Holborn, London.

The peculiarity about this place is that it contains the oldest anatomic preparations collection made in formalin. This collection belonged to the surgeon Hunter. The entry is free but we will need a visitor card that we can get inside the building.


CROSS BONES GRAVEYARD

The Cross Bones Graveyard or the cemetery of the forgotten people is located in Southbank, near the London Bridge, the Shard building, the Borough Market and ten minutes walking from the Thames.

We can find a fence with colourful objects, toys, letters and a plaque that says ‘The Outcast dead. RIP.”

No one knows the date about this place become a cemetery, but in 1598 John Stow wrote about it calling it “The single women’s cemetery”

This cemetery was closed in 1853 when it was full, and between 1991 and 1998, during the excavation for the Jubilee line, they found around 15000 skeletons in the area. A big percentage of the bodies were babies and kids under one year old, and the most part of the adults were women over 36.


NEASDEN TEMPLE

At the northwest of the city, we can find the BAPS Shri Swaminarayan Mandir, also known as Neasden Temple.

This place is a Hindu temple considered as the biggest Hindu temple out of India in 2000 and it’s also the first authentic and traditional Hindu temple in Europe.


LEADENHALL MARKET

Leadenhall Market is an old roman market dated from XIV century located in the centre of London.

At the beginning, it used to be used as a meet market. Nowadays we can find different types of stores and bars and it’s been also used in some movies like Harry Potter.

 


ST DUNSTAN IN THE EAST

St Dunstan is a unique garden set in the ruins of a bombed medieval church. The church was almost destroyed during the Second World War.

This place is located halfway between London Bridge and the Tower of London.


PARLIAMENT HILL

Parliament Hill is an area of open parkland in the southeast corner of Hampstead Heath. We can find the best panoramic view s of the London’s skyline.


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