London is without a doubt one of the most exciting cities in the world – but when you’re trying to enjoy its attractions it can feel overwhelming! The Natural History Museum at a weekend is full to capacity, and if you take a walk through Regent’s Park on a summer afternoon it can be difficult to find the perfect available picnic spot.
Today we’re taking a look at some of the hidden treasures of London, to help you discover the corners of the capital that are less well trodden and can belong to you!
One of the great things about London is that it has so much open, green space. The parks in the middle of the city can get very crowded, especially in good weather, but if you look a little further afield, you’ll find parks, commons and gardens that are free to use and packed with beautiful flowers, trees and ponds where you can relax and soak up some of the sights and sounds of nature even in one of the world’s most populous cities.
Wandsworth Common, for example, is over 170 acres of public common land, with open grassy spaces, woodland, and ponds. It’s also much less busy than the more popular Clapham Common just up the road – so if you’re looking for a less travelled place to spend a sunny day, it’s a perfect hidden treasure for you.
Taking Care of Yourself
London life can be as stressful as it is exciting, so you need to know the places you can go to relax and restore yourself. If you’re in need of a moisturising facial then Skinsmiths’ Skin Clinic London locations offer a respite from the stress of city living. Finding some specialists to help counteract the effects of late nights and pollution on your skin can be the key to truly enjoying life in London, not just by making you look your best, but also putting you at the peak of your confidence.
One of the big attractions of this city is the cultural life it gives you access to: museums and galleries containing some of the world’s most extraordinary relics and artworks. Unfortunately, at peak times they can be so overwhelmingly crowded, it’s hard to appreciate the beauty that’s in front of you.
There are two London life hacks that can help you enjoy more art and archaeology! Firstly, you can look further afield. Smaller collections are often less busy than the Tate Britain or Victoria and Albert Museum: the Wallace Collection lies a few streets back from Oxford Street, and is one of a large number of smaller but nonetheless beautifully stocked galleries where you can escape the crowds and drink in some of the most awe-inspiring artworks from across the world and history.
The other secret treasure London offers that you need to discover are museum and gallery lates! Most of the major museums and art galleries in the city open late at least one night a week, with some of them simply offering more time to enjoy their collections and others offering talks, events, tours and refreshments. They are hidden treasures that add a whole extra dimension to the cultural life of London!