The UK’s capital is known for its variety, whether you’re looking for a family day out, a night on the tiles or uncovering the history of the city. When organising exciting coach trips or private minibus outings, it’s exciting to step out of the box. Luckily, London has a plethora of hidden gems to explore. Here’s just a few of the spots to seek out.
If you’re organising walking group coach travel for your local club, why not try something a little different? One of the London routes not to be missed is that along Little Venice. This riverside walk takes places along quaint, tree-lined canals, accessed from locations such as Camden and Paddington. There are lots of places you can stop along the way, including tea rooms and little cafés, and you can even take this path if you want to visit Regent’s Park. Other less known walking spots include the London Outer Orbital Path and some of the more extended routes along the Thames Path.
If you love coach trips to National Trust gardens, there are some alternative options which many tourists don’t know about scattered across London locations. One of the most tranquil offerings is Kyoto Gardens in Holland Park in Kensington, giving visitors a taste of Japan in this quiet oasis. Other interesting gardens and outdoor spots to explore include the Chelsea Physic Garden, the Nomadic Community Gardens of Brick Lane and Isabella Plantation in Richmond Park.
Secret bars and speakeasies are becoming more popular, so try some of these hidden spots before they become more well-known. Make sure you research them beforehand, as some have secret entrances (e.g. through a fridge or behind a bookcase!), passwords or require booking. There’s the Vault of Soho, Blinder (First Aid Box) in Herne Hill and the Natural Philosopher in Hackney Road for a more low-key evening. Or if you’re looking for a really unique experience, try Evans and Peel Detective Agency in Earl’s Court or The Mayor of Scaredy Cat Town in Spitalfields, the latter of which is attached to the Breakfast Club.
London is known for its amazing architecture, but if you’re looking for a true hidden gem, head north of Tower Bridge to Saint Dunstan in the East. This medieval church was partly destroyed in World War II, with the surviving walls being used as part of a relaxing garden area where visitors can come for some time out. It’s located between London Bridge and the Tower of London, offering a perfect pocket away from the busy city streets.
While we often enjoy London from the ground, go a little higher and find some fantastic views from a different perspective. A great place to start is Sky Garden on Fenchurch Street. This unique public space spans three storeys with 360-degree views of the city. It’s completely free, but it’s best to book before you go as walk-in places are limited. However, for some natural views from an outside spot, few compare to those found on Primrose Hill. Not only should you explore this quirky neighbourhood, but you can see a fantastic skyline of the city.