London is famous for its sights; Buckingham Palace, Westminster Abbey and the London Eye are some of the most iconic places in the world and attract millions of tourists every year. While these are absolute must-sees, London has a huge amount of hidden sights that make it the amazing, eclectic city we know today.
This guide looks at several of the places that are considered to be the hidden treasures of London which are within walking or public transport distance to the Shaftesbury Hyde Park International.
Little Venice is situated near the Hotel Paddington and is the London equivalent of the beautiful Italian city. It is a wonderful place to explore with its array of restaurants, cafes and pubs that are along the waterside whatever the season, however, it is the summer that sees this quaint little place come alive with a huge influx of colourful canal boats and locals enjoying a pint in the sunshine.
The Camden Passage is in Islington, a short trek from the Park Grand Hyde Park London and is another little nook of London that is filled with quaint cafes, boutiques and shops selling vintage clothing and accessories. If you like to buy that one- off piece that no one else will own, this is the perfect place as well as finding those perfect antiques and furniture for your home.
The Thames Path
The Thames was once the most important part of London as it was the way that England traded with the rest of the world as well as being its major form of transport. Today, the Thames is still used but mainly for tourists who can take trips up and down the river to see London from a different angle. There are many interesting sites along the Thames and, at 40 miles long, the Thames Path has many things to see including pebble beaches, Shakespeare’s Globe and The Prospect of Whitby which was Dickens’s favourite pub. If you take a walk along the path, you will even see people with metal detectors trying to find some of the city’s hidden treasure.
Kyoto Gardens in Holland Park
A short trip away from the Shaftesbury Hotel lies one of the most beautiful gardens in the city, Kyoto Gardens. This Japanese inspired garden is filled with tranquillity in the form of peacocks, statues, fountains, an orangery, Koi carp and an opera house. It is the perfect place to go if you feel that you need a breather from the chaos of the city.
Dennis Severs’ House
If you’re looking for a truly unique attraction, then the Dennis Severs’ House is it. It is an incredible place that is set up to give the feeling that a family from the 1700’s has just left the premises. It has a dining room with half-eaten food on the table, a wig on the back of the chair and chattering sounds coming from the next room, making you feel as if you have just missed the inhabitants. It is incredible clever and a truly memorable experience.