London’s Hidden Gems part 4: Unforgettable attractions to complete your visit

As the UK’s capital, it’s no secret London boasts some of the world’s best and most exciting attractions.

But in a city that spans roughly 600 square miles, there’s more to the tourist scene than first meets the eye. Experience The Big Smoke in a whole new way and discover London’s hidden gems and most underestimated spots below. Let’s go!

Royal Exchange Building

The front of the London Exchange with a bus passing byIf you’re up for a full-on day of shopping and eating, The Royal Exchange is our top recommendation. This mesmerising building was originally built as a trading centre back in 1566. Every inch is doused in history, from the stunning pillars to its iconic arches and spectacular glass ceiling. Inside, you’ll find an array of high-end shops and one-of-a-kind restaurants.

Why not indulge in a fine dining experience at The Fortnum’s Bar & Restaurant in the central courtyard? It’s the ultimate place to admire architecture. Or, grab a cocktail in The Libertine, an eatery hidden in the vaults of The Royal Exchange. Without a doubt, this sensational building is worth a visit no matter what you choose to do.

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Thames Barrier Park

Decorative hedges in the Thames Barrier ParkYou simply cannot go wrong with a trip to the local park, and the Thames Barrier Park is an excellent choice. Located in the Royal Docks, this 7-hectare haven is an ideal spot for adults and little ones alike, and is a perfect place to indulge in a family picnic. With a children’s play area, a coffee shop with stunning views of the Thames river, and a basketball court, there’s so much to do.

And you may even see some wildlife. The Green Dock is a sunken garden inside the park, designed to provide a protected area for a myriad of plants and wildlife, such as birds and insects. Whether visiting for a quick stroll or staying for the day, we know you’ll leave with a smile on your face!

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Postman’s Park

Two benches overlooking flowerbeds in Postman's ParkNestled in the heart of London, with St Paul’s Cathedral just a short distance away, is Postman’s Park. This stunning inner-city escape got its name many years ago when workers from the General Post Office would stop by to eat their lunch. Consider it a peaceful place to take in the sights and sounds of the City as you admire the endless flower displays.

If you fancy soaking up a bit of history whilst you’re there, you can also visit the Watts Memorial. This is a wall of 54 plaques dedicated to some of London’s heroes who died saving others.

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London Mithraeum

Reflection of the sky upon windows of the London MithraeumReady to discover Roman London? The London Mithraeum was once a temple belonging to Mithras, the God of light. Today, you can visit this ancient site to immerse in the temple’s history, and see a collection of Roman artefacts from a recent excavation. Throughout the year, you can even view incredible art installations at the venue.

Suitable for kids and adults, this is a fantastic way to learn a little more about our capital city. And when you’re ready for a sit-down, there are several drool-worthy eatery options on-site. Plus, you’re just a stone’s throw away from independent cafes and restaurants in the area.

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The Garden at 120

Rooftop view over London at The Garden at 120, one of London's hidden gemsWant to see the capital’s most expansive public rooftop space? The Garden at 120 sits at the peak of the 15-storey Fen Court building in the City. Free to visit whenever you fancy, you’ll be treated to gasp-worthy 360-degree views extending over greater London.

With a stunning oasis of greenery implemented by German landscape architects, Latz and Partner, the sky-high secluded spot brings a sense of calm amidst the clamour of the city. Take a seat or visit the coffee hut whilst staring out at 85 blooming wisteria trees and 30 fresh fruit trees. The Garden at 120 is one of the most stunning ways to see the capital.

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