The Hidden Gems in Each London Borough That You Must Visit

Spanish Garden | Courtesy of Kensington Roof Gardens
Spanish Garden | Courtesy of Kensington Roof Gardens
The 33 London boroughs are home to some hidden gems just waiting to be discovered, whether they be underground bars, ice cream parlours or even an inner-city farm. Make sure get off that beaten track and start exploring.

Barnet

Zoo
A hedgehog at Belmont Children's Farm
A hedgehog at Belmont Children's Farm | Courtesy of Belmont Children's Farm
Belmont Children’s Farm – Mill Hill

Find some respite from busy city life on Mill Hill – from ferrets to alpacas you’ll be able to cuddle over 30 types of animal at this animal oasis, and feel your stress simply melt away. If that wasn’t enough to convince you, there’s also an on-site waffle cafe.
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Camden

Chin Chin Labs Ice Cream – Camden Lock

Futuristic, scientific desserts with a variety of delicious flavours served by Europe’s first ever liquid nitrogen ice-cream parlour. You had better hurry as this will not be a hidden gem for long – they’ve already opened a second location.

Ice cream sandwich Courtesy of Chin Chin Labs

Croydon

Building
Matthews Yard decorated for a wedding
Matthews Yard decorated for a wedding | Courtesy of Matthews Yard
Matthews Yard – Surrey Street

Nestled between Croydon’s east and west train stations, Matthews Yard is an exciting 10,000 square foot hub of creative activity, containing a crowd-funded theatre, an art gallery featuring local artists, two high-quality restaurants, as well as coworking spaces and artists’ studios. Why would you ever need to leave!
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Enfield

Theater
Theatre performance
Theatre performance | Courtesy of Chickenshed
Chickenshed – Southgate

This vibrant young theatre started out exactly as their name suggests – in a chicken shed. The company has grown considerably but their values have remained the same – they seek to bring together people of all backgrounds to produce outstanding theatre productions and educational experiences.
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Greenwich

Market
Rubys at Greenwich Market
Rubys at Greenwich Market | © Courtesy of Greenwich Market
Greenwich Market – Greenwich

Set within a World Heritage site, this historic, vibrant market makes for a great day out in Greenwich. Whittle away the hours looking at products from designer-makers, original artworks and eating mouth-watering street food, all under one roof.
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Hackney

Cinema, Movie Theater
Rio Cinema, London, United Kingdom. Architect: Burrell Foley Fischer LLP + F E Bromige, 1937.
The Rio Cinema not only screens films but also hosts special events | © Alastair Philip Wiper-VIEW / Alamy Stock Photo
Rio Cinema – Dalston

This gem comes in the form of a Grade II listed independent Art Deco cinema with a comprehensive programme of films and events throughout the year. The plush velvet seats, atmospheric music and red curtains also help create the great ambience.
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Hounslow

Brewery
Fuller's Brewery Tour
Fuller's Brewery Tour | Courtesy of Fuller's
Fuller’s Brewery – Chiswick

Curious about how your beer is made? Pay a visit to London’s last family brewery and take a tour behind the scenes to have an insight into ale-making. Make sure you stay until the end, when you will have the opportunity to sample a full range of ales and impress your friends with your newfound knowledge.
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Kensington and Chelsea

Bar, Restaurant, British
Spanish Garden
Spanish Garden | Courtesy of Kensington Roof Gardens
The Roof GardensKensington High Street

A hundred feet above High Street Kensington, you’ll find one of the most glorious, glamorous and leafy spaces in London, offering amazing views of the city skyline complete with a swanky bar and restaurant. The best part? This garden is also home to a friendly flock of flamingos!
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Lewisham

Museum, Forest, Hill Station, Aquarium
Summer garden party
Summer garden party | Courtesy of the Horniman Museum and Gardens
Horniman Museum and Gardens – Forest Hill

Open since the Victorian times, this free museum offers visitors the unusual opportunity to get up close and personal with its artefacts, allowing you to pick them up and play with them as you please. The gardens also make for a beautiful outdoor spot in the summer.
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Redbridge

Cocktail Bar, Pub Grub, American, $$$
Green Pea G&T
Green Pea G&T | Courtesy of Lizard Lounge
Lizard Lounge – South Woodford

For a range of delectable cocktails, head over to Lizard Lounge in South Woodford, an independent craft cocktail bar that also puts on a great show. Their experimental cocktail makes the most of fresh ingredients and will have you coming back for more – handy, then, that they are open every day of the week!
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Southwark

Bar, Cafe, Restaurant, Cocktail Bar, British, 0
Frank’s Cafe – Peckham

As soon as summer comes along, this Peckham pop-up appears on the top of a multi-storey car park, serving its legendary Campari alongside cooling cocktails, whilst also playing host to a number of art installations – a hipster’s paradise!
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Tower Hamlets

Cinema, Concert Hall, Music Venue, Theater, Theatre
Wilton's Music Hall
Wilton's Music Hall | Courtesy of Hélene Benet
Wilton’s Music Hall – Tower Hill

Wilton’s Music Hall is the oldest grand music hall in the world, with over 300 years of history behind it. Today, it retains its natural charm and is a beautiful location where theatre, opera, dance, music, cinema, circus acts and other art forms find their natural home.

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Waltham Forest

Music Venue
Live music
Live music | Courtesy of Luna - The home of live music
Luna Lounge – Leytonstone

Luna Lounge is proud of its reputation as the independent home of live music for the last 13 years. Having started out as a basement bar before extending into two whole floors of entertainment and live music, this funky bar offers an eclectic mix of music to suit all tastes, from open mic to psychedelic jazz funk.
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Westminster

Bar, Cocktail Bar, Restaurant, Fusion, $$$
At The Bar
At The Bar | Courtesy of Cahoots
Cahoots – Soho

Although tricky to find, the search is worth it for this tube-themed cocktail bar, complete with vintage, ’40s-style decor and an actor portraying a train guide to welcome you inside. The menus, in the form of broadsheet newspapers, reveal an endless choice of cocktails. All aboard for a night to remember!

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