Secret London

by Ben Johnson

Welcome to our newest Destinations UK section; Secret London. These pages are dedicated to all of the unusual, secret, little-known wonders of the metropolis. From the long-forgotten Tower Subway to the wonderfully opulent Leadenhall Market, from Henry VIII’s birthplace in East London to the many Roman remains that are scattered around the city. This unique guide will take you on a journey through London that few others get to see…

To start your journey simply navigate using the map below. Alternatively, if you scroll down the page you will see that we have listed each of our Secret London articles.

= Garden or cemetery = Museum = Roman site = Historic Site

41 Cloth Fair – The oldest house in the city of London, and one of the few survivors of the Great Fire of London.
Alderman’s Walk – A little passageway in the City of London with a wealth of history.
Aldgate PumpAn ancient well with a rather gruesome history.
Blackwall PointNext time you take a trip to the o2, have a think about the 100’s of dead pirates that were once on display here for all to see!
Britain’s Smallest Police Station – Sitting quietly on the edge of Trafalgar Square lies an often overlooked record holder; Britain’s smallest police station.
Cockpit StepsThe last remaining part of the Royal Cockpit, a venue for the upper classes to watch and wager on cock fights.
Licensed by the Museum of London
ColdharbourStep back in time to when London was the greatest port in the world…
Cross Bones GraveyardRead about this unconsecrated memorial to the thousands of prostitutes who once worked in Southwark.
The Duke of Wellington’s Mounting StoneWho wouldn’t want their own mounting stone?
Execution Dock, WappingWhere pirates were once hung over the River Thames.
Farting LaneLurking around the back of the world famous Savoy lies an ingenious – if not slightly nauseating – piece of Victorian engineering; London’s last remaining sewage lamp.
French Cannons as Street BollardsNapoleonic bling on the streets of London.
Giro, The Nazi Dog’s GraveSituated just off the Mall in London, close to both the heart of British government and monarchy, lies the country’s only memorial to a Nazi… a Nazi dog, that is.
Hampstead Pergola & Hill GardensA hidden but wonderful example of faded grandeur.
Highgate CemeteryThe final resting place of Karl Marx.
Harry Potter’s Platform Nine and Three QuartersNeeds no introduction!
Inner Temple LaneAnother unique survivor of the Great Fire of London, and the City’s sole surviving timber-framed Jacobean townhouse.
London’s First Drinking FountainOnce used by around 7000 people a day!
London’s Only LighthouseGood luck trying to find it…
London’s Plague Pits – Interactive Map – Not for the faint hearted.
London’s Roman AmphitheatreGuildhall Art Gallery’s little secret.
London’s Roman Basilica and Forum – At one time the largest Roman building north of the Alps, but to see the remains you’ll need a haircut first…
London’s Roman BathsOkay… maybe it’s Tudor.
London’s Roman City WallA surprising amount of it still remains.
London’s Roman FortThe remains of which are situated in a dark and dingy underground car park!
London’s Roman Temple of Mithras – unfortunately you won’t be able to see it for another few years.
Mendelssohn’s Tree – Standing proudly on the Barbican’s concrete walkway is the remains of a 500 year old tree, once thought to have provided shade for Mendelssohn whilst he wrote the music to ‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream’.
Millwall – A short history of this often overlooked corner of East London.
Museum of London DocklandsHistoric UK’s favourite London museum.
Narrow StreetThe home to one of Historic UK’s favourite London pubs!
Newgate Prison WallThe last remaining fragment of this once notorious prison.
The Oldest Terraced Houses in LondonStanding as they did over 350 years ago.
The Palace of Placentia – Buckingham Palace’s ancestor in Greenwich was once the favourite residence of the Tudors, and was also the location where Sir Walter Raleigh placed his coat over a puddle for Queen Elizabeth I.
Pickering PlaceThe smallest square in Britain, the location of the old Texan embassy, and the place where the last duel in London was fought.
Queen Elizabeth’s OakA hidden treasure nestled in the heart of Greenwich Park.
Remains of the Old London Bridge – A look at the last remaining fragments of the old medieval London Bridge.
Red Lion Square – This small public square has a very intriguing history. It has been the scene of a pitched battle and may also be the final resting place of Oliver Cromwell.
The SS Great Eastern’s Launch Ramp – At the south eastern tip of the Isle of Dogs lies the remains of the SS Great Eastern’s launch ramp.
St Dunstan in the East GardensOften referred to as the most beautiful gardens in the City of London.
The Elms, Smithfield The spot where William Wallace was hung, drawn and quartered.
The Ferryman’s SeatA shuttle service to the ‘darker side’ of London.
The Golden Boy of Pye CornerOnce a sordid corner of Medieval London, it is perhaps rather ironic that this is also the spot where the Great Fire of London finally stopped!
The Tabard Inn, Southwark – The starting place of the Canterbury Tales
Tower SubwayThe world’s first “tube” railway.
St Bartholomew’s Gatehouse – Standing proudly at the entrance to one of the oldest churches in the City lies St Bartholomew’s gatehouse, a rare survivor of Tudor London.
Tyburn Tree and Speakers CornerSome gallows and the centre of free speech in London, curiously positioned next to each other!
Tower RavensTheir presence surrounded by myth and legend.
York WatergateMarking the original course of the Thames.

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