Discover local hidden gems in London

Discover 203 local hidden gems in London

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Unwined – With a glass of wine

As an independent wine bar their focus is on stocking wines from smaller producers, lesser known regions and grape varieties, and also female winemakers.

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Bars
restaurants
Restaurants
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Snacks

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Angelina

Ivanova

The Lookout – Views without the queues

Here, you’ll be able to enjoy sweeping views of London’s most famous landmarks: Tower Bridge, the Shard and St. Paul’s Cathedral, to name just a few.

relaxing
Relaxing

By

Madeline

Gowers

Espresso Base – Coffee the Italian way

Anyone who wishes to indulge their sweet tooth without punishment will have to do so the Italian way, with a cioccolata calda or an amaretto biscuit.

coffee&tea
Coffee & tea
relaxing
Relaxing
snacks
Snacks

By

Madeline

Gowers

Hollyhock Café – London’s fairytale paradise

All year round, Hollyhock Café offers a wholesome selection of vegetarian and vegan dishes, all made from fair trade and/or locally sourced ingredients.

coffee&tea
Coffee & tea
restaurants
Restaurants
snacks
Snacks

By

Madeline

Gowers

Brunei Gallery – Art from across the globe

Past topics include tent-making in Islamic Cairo, recycling methods in Japan and underground pop culture in ‘50s to ‘80s Ghana.

arts&culture
Art & culture

By

Madeline

Gowers

House of Hodge – Books, books and more books

It was set up in 2009 by Highbury resident and cat enthusiast Doreen Rolph, as a place to raise funds for local animal welfare organisations.

arts&culture
Art & culture
shopping
Shopping

By

Madeline

Gowers

London Review Bookshop – A must for book lovers

Twice a week, all the tables are pushed to one side, and the bookshop is transformed into an intimate venue for author talks, film screenings and debates.

arts&culture
Art & culture
coffee&tea
Coffee & tea
shopping
Shopping

By

Madeline

Gowers

Fitzrovia Chapel – An architectural masterpiece

Aside from its compelling history, what really sets Fitzrovia Chapel apart is its extraordinary gold mosaic ceiling. So don't forget to look up!

arts&culture
Art & culture

By

Madeline

Gowers

Woburn Walk – A taste of Regency London

Designed in 1822 by Thomas Cubitt (the architect behind large parts of Belgravia & Pimlico), Woburn Walk retains many of its original Georgian shopfronts.

coffee&tea
Coffee & tea
shopping
Shopping

By

Madeline

Gowers

Book 28 Library – A tiny queer utopia

What really sets Book 28 apart, is their commitment to sourcing intersectional literature that would be unlikely to appear in your average public library.

arts&culture
Art & culture
relaxing
Relaxing

By

Madeline

Gowers

Strawberry Hill House – London’s Gothic castle

Walpole spent most of his life transforming the building into his own ‘little Gothic castle’, with battlements, arched doorways and stained glass windows.

arts&culture
Art & culture
coffee&tea
Coffee & tea

By

Madeline

Gowers

Alba Caffè – A taste of the Mediterranean

Savour your food, indulge in good conversation and when you’ve scraped your plate clean, go out onto the patio for a long, drawn-out coffee in the sun.

bars
Bars
coffee&tea
Coffee & tea
restaurants
Restaurants

By

Madeline

Gowers

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