London is a city with plenty of tourist destinations to offer visitors. From Buckingham Palace and the Tower of London to the London Eye, Big Ben, the Tate Modern, and more, London is a city jam-packed with well-known landmarks to see.
But for tourists who are looking for something a little bit different, London still has plenty to offer. Steer off the beaten track and check out five of London’s best hidden gems.
1.) The Churchill War Rooms
If you love British and military history, this one’s for you. The Churchill War Rooms are not usually on the list of must-see attractions for tourists visiting London — but for anybody interested in the Second World War, they are a real privilege to experience.
This attraction is located in the basement of the Cabinet Office and is home to the wartime headquarters of then Prime Minister Winston Churchill. It offers visitors a glimpse into what life was like during World War II.
2.) The London Transport Museum
Do you think trains, buses, and the London Underground sound boring? Think again. The London Transport Museum offers hours of interesting exhibits tracking history from the 1800s onwards.
This museum is dedicated to the history of transport in London. It offers visitors an interactive experience, with exhibits such as a Victorian tube train and a replica of an old London street scene.
3.) The Royal Academy of Arts
Tourists visiting London often gravitate to the Tate Modern, the National Gallery, or the British Museum for their fix of art and culture. However, the Royal Academy of Arts is an underrated gem with a lot to offer art lovers.
This art gallery is home to a large collection of paintings, sculptures, and other works of art. It features both traditional and contemporary pieces from artists around the world.
4.) The Wallace Collection
Another oft-forgotten museum for art and history lovers visiting London is the Wallace Collection, situated in the former townhouse of the Seymour family, Marquesses of Hertford. As expected from an aristocrat’s former home, the museum is a beautiful ode to opulence and style.
This museum is home to one of the largest collections of art in Europe, including paintings by Rembrandt, Rubens, and Velázquez. It also houses decorative arts from the Middle Ages to the 19th century.
5.) Greenwich Park
While Greenwich Park is a favorite of London’s locals, it is often overlooked by tourists in favor of the better-known Hyde Park and Regent’s Park. But Greenwich Park is not to be underestimated. As one of London’s largest single green spaces, it’s home to some beautiful views. Best of all, it’s completely free to enter.
This park offers visitors stunning views of the River Thames and central London. It also features gardens, a deer park, and several monuments and memorials.
London is full of hidden and underrated landmarks and locations well worth visiting. While the iconic landmarks have their own appeal, tourists will find that stepping away from the usual sights and checking out some of London’s lesser-known spots opens up a whole new way to experience England’s bustling capital city.