Travel Guide to Lesser Known Areas of London

Travel Guide to Lesser Known Areas of London

London may be the UK’s capital and the beating heart of England but its charm lies in much more than just its iconic landmarks and bustling centre. Beyond the obvious tourist hotspots, hidden gems are waiting to be discovered. In this travel guide, we’ll be shining a spotlight on lesser-known areas of London that offer a glimpse into the city’s diverse culture, history, and appeal.

Balham in South London is bordered by Wandsworth Common, Clapham Common and Tooting Bec, meaning it has no shortage of green spaces to enjoy. The area is popular with young families and professionals and wandering its tree-lined streets, you’ll find the neighbourhood has a laid-back vibe and community spirit. Visit Hildreth Street Market, where local traders offer an array of artisanal delights or catch a film at The Exhibit, a bar, restaurant and cinema all in one! With its eclectic mix of independent shops, cosy cafes, and lively pubs, Balham is a delightful retreat away from the hustle and bustle of central London.

Five miles south of London, you’ll find the village of Dulwich. This charming and picturesque neighbourhood is renowned for its historic landmarks and natural beauty as well as its private boys school, Dulwich College.

Here you can explore the tranquil grounds of Dulwich Park with its pretty boating lake or admire the world-class art collection at the Dulwich Picture Gallery. There are also plenty of historic pubs, artisan cafes where you can grab a drink and a bite to eat, and independent shops selling everything from books and flowers to toys, home décor and cheese!

This stunning leafy suburb feels a million miles away from central London but is still within easy reach via public transport and makes a perfect day out.

South End Green
A North London jewel, South End Green boasts beautiful Victorian architecture and olde-worlde charm.

Here you can discover a treasure trove of independent shops and artisanal cafes along the bustling streets. Bookworms won’t want to miss Daunt Books or a trip to Keats House Museum – once home of the Romantic poet John Keats.

On sunny days, you can enjoy a picnic on Hampstead Heath or walk up Parliament Hill for a breathtaking view of the city. There’s even an open-air lido that’s open 365 days a year if you fancy a dip – but you might want to bear in mind that it’s unheated!

Muswell Hill
Perched atop a hilltop ridge, the North London suburb of Muswell Hill offers panoramic views of London’s skyline amidst a backdrop of leafy greenery and Victorian architecture.

The area offers an eclectic mix of boutiques, galleries, and eateries along Muswell Hill Broadway. Alternatively, you can get away from it all in Alexandra Park. With a whopping 196 acres of trees and green space, you’ll never believe you’re a stone’s throw from central London!