All cities are filled with a range of hidden attractions that can be hard to find, so today we will be looking at some of the secret highlights and hidden attractions in London, England that are considered off the ‘tourist track’.
For a little culture, why not consider one of London’s best kept secrets, the Wilton’s music hall. Based near Tower Hill and Tower Gateway, Wilton’s is the oldest surviving Grand Music Hall in the world. The hall, which was originally built from 5 terraced houses by John Wilton has been used for a range of different things since its inception in 1858, including a rag warehouse, home to the missionaries and of course, a music hall.
With a diverse range of entertainment being hosted regularly, you could expect to see anything from a comedy show, to cabaret or the latest art-house cinema releases.
For something a little more relaxing, why not take a break in a relaxing garden to get away from the hustle and bustle of the city. The Kyoto Japanese Gardens in leafy Holland Park, West London was built in 1991 for a Japan centric festival and has been maintained by an expert team of Japanese gardening experts ever since. Why not sit by a waterfall, or watch the Koi carp swim by to while away the time on a mild Sunday afternoon.
For secret accommodation, why not live like a local with onefinestay. This company, a mix between a boutique hotel and holiday lettings company allows you to stay in other people’s homes whilst they are out of town. Based in central London, the service offers accommodation in smaller one bed homes to grand mansions further outside central London.
If you are feeling a little peckish, why not try an intriguing dining experience at Dans le Noir. Located in Clerkenwell, this dining room accommodates up to sixty people and the sensory deprivation found comes in the form of ‘dining in the dark’. All of your food, drinks and dining area are in complete darkness, leaving you to fumble and find your meal without any lights in the restaurant whatsoever.
This unique dining experience leaves you to use your other senses to aid the dining experience, notably your sense of taste and smell to decipher the menu.
With just a few new experiences under your belt, it is quite easy to get a taste for exploring more areas of ‘Secret London’.