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5 of London's Best Kept Secrets

London has countless reasons for a visit. From the incredible range of museums to its number of world-class restaurants, most people can list at least a handful of things to see and do in this bustling city.

However, London has a lot of things to discover that are a little more well hidden. These secret spots will have you seeing a brand new side to the UK capital during your next break.

Japanese Roof Gardens

Kensington is a place of natural beauty and, as such, has plenty of areas that will make you feel tranquil and calm. You don't need to go far from our hotel to find such a place, with Kensington Gardens on the doorstep and Hyde Park nearby. However, if you're looking for something a little different, the Roof Gardens are the perfect place to head.

They are completely free of charge but you may want to check ahead to make sure they're not closed for a private function. The plentiful space is divided into three different areas, ensuring there is enough room for people to explore this beautiful retreat.

The University of London may not be the first place on your itinerary, but you won't want to miss it once you discover the Rooftop Garden. The serene space is designed with the principle of forgiveness in mind and is the ideal way to get away from the hustle and bustle of city life. It features perfectly manicured gravel areas surrounded by hanging wisterias, making it ideal for taking a little rest. You can visit the garden anytime the Brunei Gallery is open, which is normally between Tuesday and Saturday 10:30am to 5pm.

Little Venice

At the start of Regent's Canal is a collection of waterways and canals fondly known as Little Venice. As well as being beautiful to look at, it's home to some of the most thriving independent theatre venues in London. Here you can enjoy some award-winning comedy from the romantically lit tables at Canal Café Theatre or free shows during the summer months

It's also a great opportunity to explore this part of London a little better, with the canal forging a route that takes you to London Zoo, Camden Town, or any of the scenic pubs that serve up tasty meals along the waterway.

Chislehurst Caves

If you fancy getting away from the city centre, the Chislehurst Caves are a fantastic trip out. The chalk caves, which were mined for thousands of years until the early 19th century, offer a fantastic insight into our history. The area, aside from being used for mining, has also been used as a location for Doctor Who and even for storing ammunition during the First World War.

Terrace Catacombs

A short walk from Hampstead Heath will bring you to Highgate Cemetery, which may not sound like the best day out but if you don't mind a touch of the macabre, you'll be surprised. The area is home to the Terrace Catacombs, which were part of the original building constructed in 1838. You need to get a guided tour in order to look round the cemetery, but it's well worth the extra planning as you can see the chapel with its ornate ceiling and Mausoleum of Julius Beer.

St Dunstan in the East

There is a rich history to St Dunstan in the East that makes it well worth the trip. The church, which is a Grade I-listed building, is in the centre of the city and was originally built in the 12th century but became severely damaged by the Great Fire of London. Instead of being completely repaired, it was patched up and a steeple and tower were later added by Sir Christopher Wren, the mind behind nearby St Paul's Cathedral.

It took further damage in the Blitz at the start of World War Two, but the tower and steeple survived. The City of London then decided to transform the remains into a public garden in the late 1960s, making it a peaceful place to enjoy in the heart of the capital.

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