London is well known for having many famous tourist attractions, however the city also has a reputation for unique and quirky spots that can be found off the beaten track! Once you’ve checked Big Ben and the Tower of London off your list, try visiting some of these hidden gems!
- Postman’s Park
This urban park is located at St Martin’s Le-Grand, with access from King Edward Street. What makes it one of our quirky spots is its tiled wall of plaques dedicated to those who lost their lives in self sacrifice. This Memorial to Heroic Self Sacrifice was unveiled in 1900 and contains unique and touching tributes. The park is a pretty and quiet spot to reflect and stroll within the City of London.
- Neal’s Yard
This small, hidden alley is full of vibrant colours and cute shops! The entrance is easy enough to miss, but a quick visit is well worth it. Located in Covent Garden, with access off of Monmouth St or Shorts Gardens, you can find shopping and good eats in this (very instagrammable) plaza.
- Sky Garden
While the Sky Garden might not be so hidden (it’s 34 stories high), it is one of London’s many quirky spots! It’s free to access the top of the building and visit the Sky Garden, which is three stories high in itself, and have a 360 degree look around London in the gardens and open-air terrace. The space is a public park with a serious view. Just remember to book yourself in online first!
If you’ve ever dreamed of going to a secret underground bar in the 1940s during prohibition where you need a password to enter, look no further than Cahoots! This spot is built to look like it occupies an abandoned underground station, complete with a tube carriage and ‘to the train’ signs. Dressing up in your most dapper 1940s style is highly encouraged. Pssssst! Here’s a tip: it’s located in Kingly Court!
- Sir John Soane Museum
Possibly the most unique and quirky museum in London, a visit to the John Soane museum is not only free but highly worth a gander. Sir John Soane was an architect and collector, and his extensive and oddball collections (including an ancient Egyptian sarcophagus covered in hieroglyphs worthy of the British Museum) were all left in his home and nearly untouched after he died.
- Camden’s Stables Market
Camden is known for being edgy and alternative. It boasts many markets, including the Stables Market (or the Horse Tunnel Market), which is housed in a former horse stables and horse hospital. The entrance leads you underground past a relief of frenzied horses. What could be quirkier?
If any of these quirky spots have caught your interest, feel free to contact one of our Advisors to learn more about studying in the UK!
Sky Garden: https://skygarden.london/
Sir John Soane Museum: http://thevanderlust.com/en/city/london/artandculture/1132.html
Camden’s Stables Market: https://londoncanals.uk/2010/01/02/camden-market-the-horse-tunnels/