The hidden gems of London
Everyone knows where London’s major attractions are; Leicester Square, Madame Tussaud’s, the Tower of London. But what about the gems you don’t know about, or are off the well beaten tourist track? If you’re visiting the capital then be sure to follow Clarendon’s guide to the hidden gems of London.
St Dunstan in the East
This garden is set in the ruins of a Wren Church and is truly secluded in the heart of the city. With ornamental vines and exotic plants, cobbled paths and bright flowers it’s like a treasure trove hidden away. The walls and windows of the ruined church have gradually over time grown into a stage for the plant life. It’s secluded spot means more exotic plants can grow so the Virginia creeper and ornamental vine show off their crimson shades in the autumn. The pineapple-scented Moroccan broom, cytisus battandieri, and the New Zealand flax, phormium both thrive here. Well worth an exploration.
Location: Within walking distance of Clarendon’s Tower Hill
Sir John Soane Museum
No. 13 Lincoln’s Inn Fields was once the home of architect Sir John Soane. Since the 19th century it has been a museum and now library hosting many of Sloane’s drawings and models as well as his collection of paintings and antiquities. A glimpse into the life and taste of an 18th and 19th century gentleman, Soane is most famous for designing the Bank of England’s building. Within his collection there is an Egyptian hieroglyphic sarcophagus, an imitation monk’s parlous and slave’s chains. If you’re planning a visit then mark the first Tuesday of each month; the house is lit by candles and adds a more magical atmosphere to your visit.
Location: Within close proximity of Clarendon Holborn
Museum of Richmond
Richmond has long been known as a playground for the royal family as well as the home to London’s fashionistas. So the Museum of Richmond has a wealth of culture and heritage to inspire it. Its colourful displays depict the borough’s history from medieval times and with its exhibition’s educational strand it is ideal for family visits. Admission is free and there are plenty of activities to keep children inspired and entertained. Close to the River Thames and Richmond Green it’s also a beautiful spot to spend the day.
Note: To celebrate the 25th Anniversary of The Museum of Richmond there is an Open Day on Saturday the 30th November (11am – 4pm)
Location: Within close proximity of Clarendon Richmond
Thames Barrier Park
Who doesn’t want to discover a picturesque hidden gem on the Thames? Thames Barrier Park boasts a riverside promenade and a plaza with 32 fountains, especially popular with children when it’s sunny. Flanked by meadows boasting 120 different types of wildflower, trees and a children’s playground it is a green space in the heart of the capital. A sunken garden with wavy hedges nodding to its maritime past offers a sheltered sport. The café on site is a friendly and tasty stop-off; Clarendon can personally recommend the cappuccino and chocolate chip muffins.
Location: Within close proximity of Clarendon Canary Wharf
So if you’re planning a trip to London, don’t miss out on these hidden gems. At Clarendon Serviced Apartments, we offer short and extended stay accommodation, close to all of the attractions here. Rest assured you’re in capable hands, as we have over 25 years’