4 hidden gems in London you have to visit

London is a must-do for anyone who loves getting lost in a big, modern-day metropolis. It’s home to some of the best live performances in the world, gastronomic greats that host celebrity chefs and countless historical landmarks that everyone wants a picture beside.  


After you’ve checked out Big Ben, Buckingham Palace and Tower Bridge, maybe you want a break from all the tourist crowds. Luckily, there are plenty of hidden gems where you can get to know the real city behind the landmarks. 

Leadenhall Market 

Just across the river from London Bridge Station is Leadenhall Market. It’s a beautifully curated market in the City of London with a whole range of boutiques, shops, restaurants and bars.  

Housed in a historic building, you can also gaze at the resplendent architecture and meander through the gilded archways. With indoor and outdoor spaces too, you can wine and dine in the sunshine or shelter from the rain.  

Mercato Mayfair 

For something with a touch of luxury, Mercato Mayfair is a culinary hub beloved by those who want to explore new cuisines from countries around the world.  

It’s a mecca for foodies. With two floors that serve worldwide food which is prepared sustainably, guests can enjoy their meal on the rooftop terrace or indoor community space before perusing the wine cellar for something delicious to drink.  

Eltham Gardens 

Anyone who has had enough of the sensory overload of the city will love Eltham Palace. A historical manor house with pristine gardens attached, it was once a beloved Tudor residence and has since been transformed by Stephen and Virginia Courtauld.  

It’s a great spot for kids too. Not only is there the chance to invade the costume cupboard and try on a whole range of extravagant dresses and outfits, but you can also follow the family trail together and learn more about the Medieval era. 

Kyoto Garden 

It might seem strange to come to London only to learn more about Japanese culture, but Kyoto Garden in Holland Park is a must-see for garden-lovers everywhere. The garden itself revels in all the traditional hallmarks of Japanese gardens with tiered waterfalls, carefully sculpted ponds full of koi carp and intricately designed stone paths. If you’re lucky, you might even spot a peacock! 

The garden also has historical significance. Given as a gift from the city of Kyoto to Great Britain as a symbol of the fruitful relationship between the countries, it’s also a symbol of peace and strength. 


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