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Secret London: a guide to London's cultural gems including quirky, historical and unusual places that tourists don't always see.

London Best Tour Guides

London’s Best Tour Guides

Last updated on April 27th, 2021 at 04:35 amAre you looking for the best tour guide in London? Hiring a private tour guide or joining a public tour in London can be one of the best ways to experience the capital as a tourist, or even as a Londoner. You might be looking for an…

17 quiet and scenic picnic spots in London

Last updated on March 12th, 2021 at 10:35 amHaving trouble finding a quiet picnic spot in London, courtesy of lockdown and with restaurants off the menu? We all know the usual al fresco hangouts: Regent’s, Hyde Park, Richmond and St James’s Parks, as well as Hampstead Heath, Primrose Hill and Kew Gardens. But there are…

what to do in London after lockdown

London After Lockdown: the first thing these Londoners will do

As our capital eases out of slumber, it’s time to start planning what to do in London after lockdown. Parks, schools and offices are slowly reopening, and non-essential shops, cinemas and museums are poised to follow suit. Picnic mania may have hit the capital, but many of us are yearning for our restaurants and pubs,…

Things to do in Kew Gardens when it rains

12 things to do in Kew Gardens when it rains

Last updated on August 16th, 2020 at 07:11 amMy love affair with Kew Gardens began in the rain. It was one of those typical British summertime days, one which promised soggy jeans and the inevitable squelching through mud. A picnic was off the menu and so was lazing around in the summery aroma of freshly-cut…

must-see London, must-see things in London, cultural things to do

Must-see London by London Bloggers

Last updated on February 18th, 2021 at 12:18 pmI asked some of London’s top bloggers to come up with that one place that should be on every visitor’s radar – a must-see London gem. Imagine you only had half a day to spare in the city…here’s a curated list from those in the London know….

Neasden Temple, London

Visiting the Neasden Temple in London

Last updated on May 11th, 2021 at 11:21 amShri Swaminarayan Mandir. I know, you won’t be able to pronounce the name, so just refer to it as the Neasden Temple. Yes, you read that right. Neasden. This divine temple, which you would expect to see in Agra, actually resides in north west London. It’s a…

Eltham Palace

Eltham Palace | Where Medieval meets Art Deco London

Last updated on March 1st, 2021 at 09:53 pmEltham Palace is one of London’s unique gems, a historic venue where Art Deco London is living it up with its medieval ancestors.  Imagine a hotsy-totsy sleepover with both Henry VIII and Hercule Poirot. You have a coupe de champagne in one hand, and the ivories tinker…

London Season, Social Season, summer,

The London Summer Social Season

Last updated on June 30th, 2021 at 06:35 pmThe Chelsea Flower Show may officially kick-start the London Social Season, but for me, it’s the Summer Exhibition at the Royal Academy that gets summer in London off to a rip-roaring start. The world’s largest open submission art exhibition signals a tee off for strawberries and cream,…

Fitzrovia Chapel

Fitzrovia Chapel | Byztantine Bling in London

Last updated on August 16th, 2020 at 08:23 amThere are some places in London that simply take your breath away. The Arab Hall in Leighton House is one of those. The Soane Museum is another, as is Two Temple Place. Then I visited Fitzrovia Chapel where every square inch screams of bling without a Swarovski…

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