Whether you have visited London a hundred times before or are considering your first glimpse into the nation’s capital, this city still has the capability to amaze you. There are thousands of attractions, from Big Ben to London Zoo, which will provide you with hours of entertainment. However, there are a lesser-known set of attractions that really let you see under the veil, and discover the hidden treasures of London. With years of experience when providing Kings Cross hotels to those that have explored the city, we thought we would highlight some of our favourites:
St Mary’s Secret Garden
Often described as a peaceful oasis, St Mary’s Secret Garden is around 0.7 acres in size, and has four interlinked areas which include natural woodland, food growing, herb and sensory gardening, and an area of herbaceous borders. You can attend therapeutic sessions in this garden, and flower shows are also held at St Mary’s.
With tours available for adults, children and seniors alike, Chislehurst Caves are a great place to spend the day. There is no need to book a place, as tours of this cave take place every hour. The caves at Chislehurst are a labyrinth of tunnels which come with hundreds of years of stories, including tales of smuggling and murder. The guides at Chislehurst Caves are passionate about what they do, and you won’t fail to be impressed by the facts you find out. Also, be sure to look out for Chalky, the cave cat.
The Women’s Library
The Women’s Library is Britain’s main resource on women and the women’s movement, focusing primarily on Britain in the 19th and 20th century. There are many fascinating archives held here, including those of Emily Faithful, Elspeth Howe and Maude Royden to name only a few. The printed collection of the Women’s Library contains over 60,000 books and pamphlets, and over 3,500 periodical titles.
The museum inside this library has over 5,000 items, including at least 100 suffrage banners. Even if you only have a passing interest in the suffragettes, this fascinating museum is well worth a look.
Whichever ‘secret’ attraction you choose, you’re sure to discover a whole new world of amusement beyond the established norm of tourist attractions. One extra element that these locations all have in common is that they are off the tourist route, and are therefore much quieter; no long queues, no large crowds, just you and some of the city’s best hidden gems…
As a base to visit these great places, you should consider booking a room at The Swinton Hotel. Our hotel is conveniently located near the train station, underground and bus station. To book a room call us today on 020 7837 1451.