Hidden Gems In London

Want to hear a secret? So do we. This is why we've picked our brains to come up with a guide to undiscovered restaurants, secret bars, and quirky unknown city spots that will take you off the beaten track. Whether you're after a date night with a difference or simply want to escape the crowds, we're filling you in with our list of hidden gems London has to offer - now just keep it on the dl, ok?

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Last updated on 1st March 2024

Midnight Apothecary

Midnight Apothecary is (as far as we know) the only venue in London where marshmallow toasting meets botanical cocktails and rooftop views. Sat atop Brunel Museum, this leafy garden is a haven of fairy lights and firepits. You can also tour the historic Thames Tunnel that lies beneath if you're looking for a quirky weekend activity. 


Found may only offer a selection of 12 cocktails, but their mantra of quality over quantity is something that really rings true. Make your way to this basement bar in Shoreditch, for a drinking experience that promises speakeasy vibes and killer drinks combined. 

Night Tales Loft

Found in Hackney, Night Tales Loft is a New York-inspired rooftop bar that boasts 180-degree views of East London, alongside a heated and covered outdoor terrace. This leafy space transitions from cafe to bar as the day goes on, so swing by for quality coffee or cocktails like the Loft Rum Punch or a frozen negroni. There are some unmissable events on offer here too, from Ibiza-themed brunches to jazz nights every Wednesday.

The Little Venice Guide

As a favourite location for canalside strolls and picturesque dates, you can bet that Little Venice has some of the prettiest hidden gems around. From wine bars with outdoor seating to boat restaurants and cosy pubs, you'll find it hard to stay away after your first visit to this famous district. 

Sky Garden

Sat on the 35th floor of the famous Walkie Talkie building, Sky Garden has a lot more going for it than people think. Known for its far-reaching views of the city, this spot also has a range of events to keep visitors entertained after they've had a good look out the window. We're talkin' yoga sessions, VIP music nights and tea and coffee served during sunrise. 

La Terraza

Inspired by alfresco Spanish dining, La Terraza is a cute, laid-back terrace in Canary Wharf where you can indulge in a range of scrumptious bites from Iberica. Chow down on cured meats, artisan cheeses and beautifully prepared mains, washed down with a glorious glass of vino.

The Mayor Of Scaredy Cat Town

Arguably the most hidden bar of them all, The Mayor of Scaredy Cat Town is concealed behind a Smeg fridge at The Breakfast Club in Spitalfields. Keep a low profile while climbing through the door and take in all the wonders that lie within; think incredible food, from buffalo wings to nachos and corn ribs, and signature cocktails including the exotic Rumble in The Jungle and caramel-flavoured Cinema Paradiso. 

The Murdér Express

@ Pedley Street Station on Various dates from Thursday 23rd May 2024

Save 10% on ticket Sunday 6pm Evening VIP Table with discount code MAYBANKHOLIDAY
Valid on the following dates: 24/05/2024, 25/05/2024 and 26/05/2024.

The Murdér Express is an award-winning immersive dining experience, where you'll be transported to the early 20th century. And guess what? A murder has taken place and there's a mystery to be solved... Plus, while you enjoy the entertainment, indulge in a four-course meal.

The Turks Head

Tucked away along Wapping's Green Bank, The Turks Head is a brilliant traditional pub touting a gorgeous outdoor terrace. This hidden gem also serves a range of brunch fare, as well as exquisite French-inspired bites that are sure to go down a storm.