7 Incredible Places in London You Never Knew Existed
London is well-known as an exciting metropolis bursting with culture and history. However, some of this magnificent city’s most remarkable spots are easy to miss if you don’t know where to look. Same goes when looking for a place to stay while in London although travel sites like Expedia are always a great starting point.
Below are seven of the most incredible places London has to offer that you’ve probably never heard of.
1. Britain’s Smallest Police Station
On the south-east corner of busy Trafalgar Square you’ll find an ornamental light post hung with a black, glass-paned door. In the 1920s, when Trafalgar was a known hotspot for political protests, Scotland Yard had this structure hollowed and fitted with lights and a telephone so that officers could surreptitiously monitor activity in the Square.
2. The Rolling Bridge
Located on South Wharf Road, Paddington Basin, the Rolling Bridge was completed in 2005 based on a concept by designer Thomas Heatherwick. Although this looks like any other pedestrian bridge in the area, every Friday at noon the Rolling Bridge uses hydraulic pistons to curl into an octagonal shape.
3. Samuel Johnson’s Cat
In the center of Gough Square, Farringdon, you’ll find a monument to poet and essayist Samuel Johnson’s beloved cat Hodge, who frequented the square in the late 1700s. The sculpture was created in 1997 by the artist Jon Bickley whose own feline friend, Thomas Henry, served as the model.
4. St James Park
Although the park itself is often frequented by tourists, most people are surprised to learn that St James is home to its own official flock of pelicans. The birds were originally introduced by a Russian Ambassador in 1664, and are fed between 2:30 and 3:00 every day.
5. Strand Station
Strand Station, also known as Aldwych Station, was built in 1907 as part of the Piccadilly Line but closed down permanently in the 1990s. Now abandoned, Strand Station has been featured in dozens of films and television shows, including V is for Vendetta, 28 Weeks Later, and Sherlock. Tours are available through The London Transport Museum, but only offered a few times a year.
6. St Dunstan-in-the-East
Originally built in 1100 as a parish church halfway between London Bridge and the Tower of London, St Dunstan-in-the-East was mostly destroyed during the Blitz of World War II, and the ruins of the cathedral were re-designated an incredibly beautiful public garden in 1971.
7. Bunhill Fields Burial and Gardens
Though Bunhill Fields, originally called “Bone Hill,” has been used as a burial ground for centuries, it’s perhaps most famous for its literary residents like William Blake, Daniel Dafoe, and John Bunyan. Guided tours are available every Wednesday between April and October, beginning at 12:30 pm.
Photo Credit: Eric Gjerde