South East is a beautiful place by all accounts. It is endowed with numerous tourist attractions and an amazing culture, but besides the famous attractions that London is known for, there are other hidden gems worth visiting that you will never hear about in the tourism promotional messages found all over the internet. Here are the hidden gems of the South East that everyone will enjoy visiting at absolutely no cost;
1. The Thames Path
This is a 40-mile long stretch that is lined with public beaches, the village of Rotherhithe and pubs such as Prospect of Whitby which was one of Charles Dicken’s favorite joint. The Thames is also the place where some of London’s treasures can be found. You can cycle along the path and take in the marvelous scenery.
2. Little Venice
This place resembles the world-famous city of Italy hence its name. It is characterized by waterways, boats and pubs, restaurants and cafes lining the river.
3. Wilton’s Music Hall
Located in the Tower Hamlets of London, Wilton’s Music Hall is a historical Victorian music hall. It was renovated in the recent past and restored to its original splendor. You can visit the place and take a tour around it, drink at the Mahogany bar or attend the performances held at the hall.
4. Fulham Palace
Most people will jump at the chance of entering an ancient palace and picture how great it must have felt living in the building back in the days. Fulham Palace can make your fantasy a reality. The good thing about this palace is that it is absolutely free to visit it and soak in the ancient luxury. Once inside you will marvel at the history, architecture, art, and events that are held there all year round.
5. Kyoto Gardens
The Kyoto Garden is found inside the great Holland Park which is also one of London’s hidden gem. The park is magnificent, and visitors to the park usually feast their eyes on peacocks, statues, winding paths, an orangery, and an opera house. All these can be found along the Kyoto gardens.
6. New Forest
Are you an outdoor person? If you are all about nature and the fresh countryside air you should visit the New Forest. This is a National Park that is located in Hampshire in South England. The park is characterized by villages scattered all around it. You can travel to the park by rail or road.
7. Borough Market
Your visit to London should not end before you take a trip to the Borough Market. You will get to taste local beers and delicious foods such as cocoa beans and oysters.
8. Chelsea Physic Garden
This garden is home to about 5000 edible plants with medicinal properties. The garden has been around since 1673 and is considered to be the oldest botanic garden in London. It is located just next to the Thames.
9. Camden Passage
The Camden Passage is hidden behind Upper Street in Islington. It is lined with vintage shops, boutiques, and cafes where you can shop clothes and antique to take home with you.
10. Emery Walker House London
The Emery Walker House was last decorated and inhabited by Emery Walker who was William Morris’ friend. It plays host to breathtaking arts and craft décor that are greatly admired due to their authenticity.
11. Morley College Murals
Visit the refreshment room of this institution and see the magnificent murals that were painted by the renowned artists Martin Froy, John Piper and Edward Bawden.
12. Thomas Guy’s Memorial
When you visit Guy’s Hospital Chapel in Southwark, you will see the outstanding marble monument that was sculptured in 1779 by John Bacon. It portrays the hospital’s patron reaching out to a suffering begger.
13. Daunt Book
If you are a bookworm or you just love searching for knowledge, the Marylebone branch of Daunt Books will enchant you. It contains books on all subjects.