Guest Post: Hidden Gems in London

There’s a famous Chinese saying, “it’s better to travel ten thousand miles than to read ten thousand books”. However exploration doesn’t always involve intellectual domain; few explorations are just to witness a bright light on the far end of the dark tunnel – the tunnel being the daily life routines and the concrete monstrosity of the familiarity.

A Historical city like London attracts tourists from all over the world with its inviting polarity of culture, its historicity manifesting itself with lots of places rich in cultural heritage and most importantly its geopolitical position in the modern world politics. Illustrated destinations by Treasury or tourism departments most often contain those places which, with the passage of time, have gained more prominence since a tourist is most likely to rely on available pamphlets of destinations.

It is quite a difficult task for a person visiting an unknown country for the first time let alone finding hidden places.

So, here is Frank Lee’s list of places in London which very few people are aware of.

Vicinities of Thames River
Thames River is of significant importance because London at first flourished on the banks of Thames. It flourished from a village and had remarkable sights of greenery and nature but as the city kept on expanding all one can see now is concrete architecture. However, the nature-laden touch of Thames is not entirely lost. There are many hidden spots along the bank which one can easily locate if one covers the area by bicycle. One can also have a discount on a hired vehicle on Groupon, you can save more by using coupons.

Little Venice
Little Venice becomes a paradise in the raining days of summer, and also a picnic spot because of lots of cafes and restaurants. It reminds natives of the famous Italian city as the name suggests and for foreign visitors, it gives two-fold pleasure.

Kenwood House
Kenwood House

Kenwood House
It is located on the brink of Hampstead moorland and contains in its vicinity things of high cultural value. It contains paintings as famous as “Self Portrait with Two Circles” by Rembrandt and “The Guitar Player” by Johannes Vermeer. It also contains Robert Adams’ classic library and different sculptures in the gardens.

Chelsea Physic Garden
It is a walled garden near the Thames and serves as the oldest garden regarding the cultivation of different plants – its association with botany is obvious. It contains more than 5000 species with lots of edibles and other plants which can be used for experimentation in the laboratory. For students of Botany visiting London, its importance is obvious. Apart from that, this garden is also a heaven for many vegetarians.

Camden Passage
Camden Passage

Camden Passage
Camden Passage is known for different stalls and shops that offer different antique things to sell. It is a pedestrian passage and people fond of promenading, stroll here with delight.

Pedestrian subway in crystal palace
This place is full of the aroma of fear and terror – or used to be – because it was used by the British government as a hiding place for common masses during World War 2. It links Crystal Palace with Crystal Palace High Level. Currently being close for security reasons, it is claimed by different demonstrators that it will soon be open for public thus allowing themselves a golden opportunity to feel and see a monument belonging to most horrific of times – that is, World War 2. It can be of significant interest to most historians, students studying war literature – because such places can actually make one feel the real horror – and photographers.

London’s University College
Lots of students – natives and foreigners – visit this place for educational pursuits but this is too obvious to be noteworthy. The concept of modern state is, nowadays, associated with utility and the skeleton of Jeremy Bentham – the often known father of modern Utilitarianism – can be found here in the South Cloisters of the main building, University College London. To many people, it may seem absurd or horrific but not to those who have capacity for odd desires.

This guest post is written by Frank Lee, he works at Rebates Zone, you can follow him @franklee84

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