5 ‘hidden’ places in London you need to visit!

Dear fellow budget hunters

I have recently spent a bit of time in London and I had seen loads of different articles of fun things to go and see. I have seen the main sights many times over the past few years so I wanted to go on an adventure and find some interesting places.

I saw a lot of different posts about the hidden sights of London and I decided to go on an adventure to find some of the best. These are my top 5 places to find in London and these are some of the easier ones to find (I promise)

1. The pretend 10 Downing Street, The Strand

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Number 10 Adam Street, The Strand looks almost exactly like its more famous counterpart over on Downing Street – making it the perfect backdrop for photos and you can pretend you went to visit Downing street – even if you didn’t.

2. The hidden ears of Covent Garden

The hidden ears of Covent Garden were installed by the artist Tim Fishlock. There are two on Floral Street but (allegedly) several more dotted around the city.
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The hidden ears of Covent Garden were installed by the artist Tim Fishlock.

It is now a great game to find them all and visit the different ears.

3. Visit Britain’s former smallest police station, Trafalgar Square

This tiny police station is on the east side of Trafalgar Square. It was built in the 1800s and was used for police to stand inside to keep an eye on protests and marches.It's said that the lamp on top came from Nelson's ship, HMS Victory. Nowadays, it's used for storage by the council.
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This tiny police station is on the east side of Trafalgar Square.

It was built in the 1800s and was used for police to stand inside to keep an eye on protests and marches.

Next time you are in Trafalgar Square, have a look for this little hut and take your photo with it.

4. The pelicans at St James’s Park

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While St James’s Park is pretty well-known, not many people know about its colony of pelicans.

I was told I had to go and visit them on my first visit to London when I was 15 and I just remember how bizarre it was to see them in London.

They were first introduced to the park in 1664 by a Russian Ambassador and the numbers topped up again in 2013 as a gift from the city of Prague.

The pelicans are fed between 2:30 and 3:00 each day.

5. The Victorian Pet Cemetery in Hyde Park, Westminster

Of course Hyde Park isn't a secret, but did you know about the Victorian Pet Cemetery in the north west corner by Victoria Gate Lodge. The cemetery is closed to the public and can only be seen through the bars, but it's worth taking a peek to read the heart-breakingly sweet inscriptions like "Darling Dolly – my sunbeam, my consolation, my joy".
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Of course Hyde Park also isn’t a secret!!

But it has a hidden secret.  Did you know about the Victorian Pet Cemetery in the north west corner by Victoria Gate Lodge?

The cemetery is closed to the public and can only be seen through the bars, but it’s worth taking a peek and looking at these gravestones for people’s former pets. It is well worth a look!

Hope you enjoy this random post – I had a great day wondering around London discovering new places!

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12 Replies to “5 ‘hidden’ places in London you need to visit!”

  1. How absolutely fun. We would love to make a stop at the smallest police station, or see the pelicans at feeding time, or go on a hunt for the hidden ears.

  2. These are some unusual and hidden gems of London, beyond the iconic sights of the city. I never knew that a clone of 10, Downing Street, existed in London. Would love to visit this. London has been on our bucket list and this is one city we must visit someday. These hidden places will be added to our itinerary when we do get there. Thanks for revealing the secret of these hidden places.

  3. I love to see offbeat places or hidden treasures of some place. These all 5 hidden places of London are really worthvisiting. 10 Downing Street is on my list.

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