Following Chris Osburn’s charming recommendations are five picturesque places that showcase the best of London’s history from blogger Pete Stean of The Londoneer. There’s nothing that warms the cockles of your cockney heart like discovering that there’s a pie shop which has been open for over a hundred years and will still serve you jellied eels and Sarsaparilla. Ashleigh Arnott
The resting place of both Victorian grandees and pop impresarios, I love Highgate Cemetery because of its peaceful setting and gently decaying monuments – the Circle of Lebanon and the Egyptian Avenue are particularly beautiful.
A Victorian treasure, Manze’s Pie & Mash Shop still sports the green and white tiles that lined its walls a hundred years ago. It’s a real relief from the sophisticated menus of restaurants in London’s trendy districts – the only choice on the menu is how many pies or how much mash you want on your plate!
The Green Way
A meandering path that sits on top of the Northern Outfall Sewer and goes from Bromley to Beckton, the Green Way is just about the quietest walking route in London – even though you’re surrounded by busy districts you can walk for a mile or more and not see another living soul.
St Dunstan In The East
St Dunstan In The East is a charming ruined church which was partially destroyed by the bombing of World War II. It is now a peaceful enclosed garden that takes you away from the bustle of the surrounding City of London beyond. Visit at weekends and you can spend your time there entirely on your own.
Once the grounds of the the private home of Sir Josiah Child, a major stockholder in the East India Company, Wanstead Park is one of the most under-used public spaces in London. It retains many of its commanding vistas, is full of local wildlife and has a lovely network of canals and pools as well as a hidden grotto to discover.