London's Hidden Travel Gems

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When people think of London, they automatically think of Big Ben and Buckingham Palace. And they should, as these types of tourist attractions in London make it what it is – a fantastic city with lots to see and do! There is much more to England’s capital city than you may think though. Hidden away, there are a few hidden gems scattered in and around London, which we are about to help you discover.

Gordon’s Wine Bar

Wine connoisseurs definitely need to pay Gordon’s Wine Bar a visit. It is located on Villiers Street, close to Embankment station. Gordon’s Wine Bar is London’s oldest wine bar, which was established in 1890. Going there will give you the opportunity to gain fascinating insight into the capital’s past. This building was also the home of naval administrator Samuel Pepys in the 1680s.

London treasure hunts

Sightseeing in London just got a lot more fun! Navigate your way around the city using a GPS app on a tablet to find clues, answer trivia questions, solve problems and beat the clock to get to your next ‘hotspot’. You can do a treasure hunt on foot, in a black cab or even on a red London bus - check out Wild goose for more information on London treasure hunts.

Old Truman Brewery

The Old Truman Brewery is a great location to get to if you wants to get some serious shopping done while you are in London on holiday. Every Sunday from 10am, this location is transformed into Up Market, where you will be able to get your hands on a variety of crafts, clothes and interior design goods. With over 140 stalls, you are sure to find something that you are looking for. You will have until 5pm to look for that unique piece of jewelry or clothing. Prices are reasonable and the people are friendly and helpful. Be sure to pop into one of the many foods stalls after your bargain hunting is complete.

Court auld Gallery

This is one of London’s not so well-known art galleries. Situated in the Strand, the art gallery is in an 18th century Somerset House and contains permanent collections, which date back to the Renaissance period. There are also a number of modern pieces as well. Works by Vincent van Gogh, Leonardo da Vinci and Michelangelo are only some of the pieces that can be seen here. Throughout the year, you can also be part of number of lectures, temporary exhibits, and special events.

Estorick Collection of Modern Italian Art

The Estorick Collection of Modern Italian Art may be just what you are looking for if you are a culture vulture. It is the only museum in the United Kingdom that is completely devoted to contemporary Italian art. Here you will have the opportunity to see works of art done by Giorgio de Chirico and Amedeo Modigliani. There are also paintings from Milanese artists Carlo Carra and Umberto Boccioni.

You can also see temporary exhibitions which are held throughout the year, which mixes things up nicely. After your fill of art, you should stop for a bite to eat in the magnificent gardens. You can get to view these collections from Wednesday to Sunday every week, except for Easter Sunday.

Geffrye Museum
The Geffrye Museum in Shoreditch focuses on the development of English interior design from the 1600s to the present day.  The museum consists of many rooms which recreate the trends and styles of the middle class decor.

An 18th century almshouse is where the museum is situated.  The museum’s main period rooms and gardens are free, but if you want to see the special exhibitions, you will need to pay £2. All disabled visitors and children under the age of 16 do not need to pay.

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