Yeah, you think you know London, but nobody can truly know every last little bit of London, can they? We’ve been rounding up some people who definitely know more than most and have asked them each for five secret places in London that they love enough to share. Kieran Meeke of the wonderful blog Secret London has kindly gone first, and we’re already itching to go out and explore.
Soho’s Secret Tearoom tucked at the back of the Coach & Horses on Greek Street is a little-known corner to take tea and scoff homemade scones, while relaxing to music played on a vintage gramophone.
London Wetland Centre is an unusual but delightful place for Sunday lunch, especially if you’d rather observe endangered birds in different habitats than rugby fans on different ales.
Redcross Garden was set up in 1888 by Octavia Hill, the co-founder of the National Trust, and provided green space for one of London’s poorest communities. It sits opposite Crossbones Graveyard, which is poignantly dedicated to the ‘outcast dead’.
The Great Western Railway Memorial in Paddington Station is by no means our most iconic statue, but must be one of the most moving. The soldier, wrapped in a homemade scarf and reading a letter from home, was created by sculptor Sargeant Jagger, who was himself wounded several times during World War I.
The Anonymous Post Box on Brompton Road has a high slot and no royal cipher, suggesting it dates all the way back to the reign of Queen Victoria. That’s over a century of post and still going strong. Ashleigh Arnott