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London's Hidden Walks: Volumes 1-3

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Looking to travel a little further out of London? West Norwood Cemetery is a 40-acre rural cemetery with plenty of space to socially distance yourselves. The grounds of this secret walking spot are made up of monuments and gravestones, with catacombs, cremation plots and a columbarium. Head here and you’ll discover a fascinating mix of historical, architectural and ecological interests while enjoying a government-approved walk. Next on my list of secret London walks is one in Islington. This local area in north London has bustling shopping streets, peaceful canals, and lots of colorful doors to take in. You see, the whole of the South Bank area used to be a breeding ground of rather scandalous occupations – whoring, gambling, fighting – it all used to happen on the South Bank. There were brothels aplenty, as well as some of the city’s poorest slums. Start at Hampton Court (nearest tube: Hampton Court Station): begin at the iconic National Trail, starting from Hampton Court to Radnor Gardens. And yet, history, like nature, can prove incredibly resilient. Its tenacious roots run deep in this area, and from its germ have grown more hidden wonders that will surprise, astonish and fascinate you. BLEEDING HEARTS AND DIAMOND GEEZERS

The tour then delves deeper into London's past as we Na na na na na na na na our way through some fascinating old streets. AN OLD MEDIEVAL GATE There are aquatic displays, musical instruments, ethnography, natural history – all thoughtfully curated and engagingly presented. It really is one of the most underrated things to do in London. Situated on the 15th floor of 10 Fenchurch Avenue, the Garden is a quiet oasis of peace in the otherwise busy city. Might we tempt you with a visual snifter, as you look up at some of the curious reliefs that adorn the walls of a famous old gin distiller's former premises?

10. Regent’s Canal, from Paddington to Limehouse

Follow the Thames Path, enjoying open views of the Thames and passing by Hampton Court Park and Golf Course. Far from the stuffy suit-fest some people assume it to be, the financial district of The City of London is filled with hidden treasures including many a Roman ruin. London is a city that pays dividends – if you take the time to invest in it that is. There are so many hidden gems in London that if we’re frank, if you’re not taking the time to explore the city, you are not doing it justice. The last of my secret London walks is in Holland Park. This local area in west London is not only full of elegant houses, but also home to one of London’s most beautiful parks. The old signs, advertising bygone traders that may have occupied the premises, are still there to be savoured, at least they are for those who know where to look - and, wait, why are all those cows heads staring down at us from the upper gables?

We then force our way through an even narrower section of the passage to squeeze past an ancient device that was intended to keep unsavoury characters out of the tour's final location, a delightful 18th and early 19th century enclave that was once part of Cambridgeshire. He will people the places you will encounter with those who have lived in them, and he will give those long ago citizens a voice so that you can hear their stories and, in so doing, see the City through their eyes. You’re probably aware of the British Library. It’s a bit of a Meca for people trying to find a quiet spot to get productive in the city centre, and an iconic place in its own right. Do you know about its reading rooms though? The streets of London are inexhaustible in their tales they have to tell. Following the success of Stephen Millar’s first three volumes, London’s Hidden Walks Vol.4 introduces twelve new walks that will surprise and entertain the intrepid explorer. Join the Thames Path as it passes Eel Pie Island, home of Ted Lasso fame and historic music legends.HighlightsElegant architecture, The British Library, St Pancras International Station, The British Museum, Sir John Soane’s Museum.

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