There’s nothing wrong with the Tower Bridge, Westminster Abbey or the Buckingham Palace, all these tourist attractions are also a must for any new traveler in London. However, if you’re not such a big fan of the mainstream tourist attractions and wish to avoid the crowds, here are some places you might want to consider when visiting London.
St Dunstan’s in the East
Designed by Christopher Wren, this wonderful garden with beautiful Gothic architecture is a real oasis of peace and tranquility right in the heart of London. No matter if you come here for the architecture, for the peaceful atmosphere or for a photography session, the St Dunstan’s in the East is one of the most beautiful secret attractions in London.
The Smallest Police Station
Situated near the Trafalgar Square, this was an actual police station designed for police to be able to monitor the protest that were organized in the square. Today it is no longer used as a police station and it’s hard enough to imagine someone being able to stay in this cramped-up space that barely allows a person to stand. If you’ve visited Trafalgar Square already there’s a huge chance you walked by this tiny police station and didn’t even notice.
The Seven Noses
If you find yourself in Soho, there’s a big chance you spot these unusual sculptures made by Rick Buckley. There’s a total of 7 noses attached to walls, buildings and all kind of places you wouldn’t really expect to see a nose. The artist didn’t really comment on the meaning of these sculptures; however, it is quite an interesting site. Especially if you’re into contemporary art.
The Strand Station
No longer in use, the Strand Station which is also known as Aldwych station represents a key part of London’s history and culture as well. This station is currently closed; however, you might be able to get an organized tour by contacting the London Transport Museum. Among many other interesting facts surrounding this station, you might be interested about the fact that it was used to protect the artwork from different museum in London during the World War.
St Martin’s Window
There are multiple reasons to visit St Martin-in-the-Fields cathedral and one of them is represented by the free concerts held here in the afternoons. Besides an impressive architecture and a very interesting history, when inside make sure to take a peak through its unique window. It won’t help you see the future or win big in an Australian online casino, but it’s unusual design will certainly be a nice sight for your eyes.
The Whitechapel Bell Foundry
For those interested in where the bell in Big Ben comes from, the Whitechapel Bell foundry is the place to visit. Apart from forging bells for most of the historic and tourist attractions in London, this is the place of birth for the Liberty Bell in the United States. For those of you that are wondering what the Liberty Bell is, you will be pleased to learn that it represents a symbol of American independence. The bell was first rung on the 8th of July 1776 when the Declaration of Independence was read.
Returning to the Whitechapel Bell Foundry, visitors will be astonished to learn that it is the oldest manufacturing company in the entire United Kingdom, being operational for almost 500 years. You can also get a cool souvenir that is guaranteed to be one of the most exciting historical souvenirs you will get.
So, if you’re done visiting all the major attractions in London, it’s time to hit the streets and find check out these cool secrets that the British capital has in store for you. These are just a few of the astonishing hidden treasures that you can admire in London. If you know more such places, feel free to share them with us and our readers. Happy traveling!