Being a true Londoner, I get to discover plenty of hidden gems over the years. If you know me, I love to explore my local neighbourhood and be willing to travel far for a fun-filled adventure. Here are my 5 totally free spots in London, I love and go to over and over again.
Gods Own Junkyard
This neon-filled paradise playground is located in a warehouse in Walthamstow. Works from the late Chris Bracey’s personal collection. You can find iconic pieces made for the famous photographer David la Chappelle, and signs for sex shops on Soho. Chris restores and salvages old signs that get thrown away, and turned them into new art. Once you finish exploring the wonderland head to the rolling stones café for a break. Just a note that professional SLR cameras are not allowed in the venue. Mobile smartphones are fine to use.
For more information visit Gods Own Junkyard website
Address: Unit 12, Ravenswood Industrial Estate, Shernhall St, Walthamstow, London E17 9HQ
Tel: 020 8521 8066
Kyoto Garden, inside of Holland Park
This park in West London has a beautiful Japanese garden hidden inside, Kyoto gardens opened in 1991 was a gift from the city to the UK. The Japanese inspired garden provides a tranquil environment and you may even see the peacocks roaming around. Gushing waterfalls and miniature bonsai trees surrounds this little area.
Address: Holland Park, Ilchester Pl, Kensington, London W8 6LU, UK
This free public garden in the Walkie Talkie building makes a great attraction to visit in London, but you must book tickets in advance for a timeslot to visit the gardens. Once you step out the lift you be rewarded with 360 views of the London skyline. See if you can spot the buildings with names like The Gherkin, Cheesegrater, The Shard etc.
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For more information visit Sky Gardens website
Address: 20 Fenchurch St, London EC3M 8AF
As the name suggests, in one of the tunnels in Lambeth, Leake Street you find a whole tunnel of graffiti art. The art is always changing, with graffiti artists working live repainting on other people’s work.
Address: Leake St, Lambeth, London
Stepney City farm
I like visiting here on a Saturday to grab some local produce treats and source fresh meats from the farmers market. You can then visit and feed the animals on the farm.
For more information visit Stepney City Farm website
Address: Stepney Way, London, E1 3DG