London's Hidden Gems
Wilton’s Music Hall
What would you say if you heard that the world’s oldest standing music and arts venue was in East London? This Victorian hall of wonder in Whitechapel is first on the list of many who want to be immersed in London culture. Housing a charming bar and a selection of performance spaces, this will undoubtedly become your local arts and culture haunt once you’ve discovered it.
When in Central London, you can guarantee that the market on everyone’s lips is Borough Market. Well, let me tell you that these people have not yet been to Maltby Street Market. Boasting a more secretive location within the Bermondsey arches, this market sees less hustle and bustle than its renowned counterpart but if you like top-notch street food, casual yet cool cafés and choice vintage furniture then this place is calling your name.
Hidden Bar at The Breakfast Club
The Breakfast Club, we all know it, we all love it, what could be wrong about pancakes at any time of the day? However, did you know about the concealed bar behind the Smeg fridge door in the Shoreditch branch? Or even the hidden location behind the shutter at Battersea Rise? Well if you give the password to a member of staff, they will escort you to these undercover watering holes, so it will be bye-bye pancakes and bacon and hello to innovative cocktails and ambiance.
Imposing brutalist architecture and unparalleled cultural offerings are just a couple of the things that the Barbican Centre is known for. But what a lot of people don’t know is that it is also home to London’s second biggest conservatory and over 2,000 types of exotic vegetation – bet you wouldn’t expect to find that in the centre of London?! A day of exploring this exceptional setting coupled with afternoon tea is my idea of a great weekend.