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Hidden gems in London

London is one of the largest and most visited cities in Europe. As it is an English speaking country, it's easier for tourists to get around which makes it an ideal destination for many. The most popular tourist attractions in London are perhaps Big Ben, Tower of London, Waterloo and Buckingham Palace, but there are way more to see in this huge international city! This is our hidden gems list of London. Brick lane's graffiti area and food market: In the east part of London, located close to Whitechapel, Aldgate and Shoreditch, you'll find a hip area called Brick Lane.

In parts of the area, there are interesting street graffiti made by various artists. Each Sunday, the food market is open for anyone who would like to eat dishes from all around the world. You name the food from any country and you will most likely find it there! The Vault in Soho: Soho is the most popular nightlife district in central London. You'll find plenty of nightclubs, pubs and restaurants.

"Milroy's" is the name of one of London's oldest whiskey bars and is located in Soho. When entering the bar, walk straight forward to the end and you'll be surrounded by bookshelves. Turn to your right and start to push the bookshelves which in fact is a door. This will lead you to a hidden secret that is called "The Vault". This is also a whiskey bar, but unknown to most. Its cosy ambiance and great drinks makes it a popular spot by locals. You need to make a reservation however or you will most likely not be able to get a seat. Oxford Circus and Tottenham Court Road are the closest underground stations. The smallest police station in London: This tiny police station was constructed so that the police could observe protests in Trafalgar Square. It's no longer in use, but it makes a very interesting sight to see when you are in Trafalgar Square.


The nearest underground station is Charing Cross.

Skylight Tobacco Dock: This great rooftop bar in east of London is not known by most tourists, and it's a secret even by some locals. Eat good street food, have a cold drink and play the traditional British lawn game, pétanque, ping-pong or shuffle board just to name a few examples. Enjoy your time no matter the weather as the venue also offers an indoor bar where you can eat, drink and play.

The nearest station to Skylight Tobacco Dock is, Wapping DLR station. Shopping at the 02 Arena

Oxford Street is the most popular shopping area in London. This street is often packed with tourists who are unaware of other good alternatives. Want to escape the crowds of tourists? Visit Icon Outlet which is the name of the shopping area that is located in the O2 arena.


The arena is mostly known for hosting concerts and sporting events, but few tourists are aware of the great number of outlet-shops where you can add pieces to your wardrobe for discounted prices! Adidas, Nike, Asics, Tommy Hilfiger, Hacket and Ted Baker are just a few of the many brands that have opened shops there.


North Greenwich is the closest underground station.

London has so many amazing spots that we can add to our hidden gem list, but these are our top 5 picks. Interested in more alternatives? Send us a message and we'll be more than happy to give you tips!