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London’s Hidden Gems

There is an abundance of iconic landmarks in London, and whilst they are all very much worth visiting, it is always nice discovering hidden gems that the city has to offer. There is less chance of being crowded out by tourists and visitors, meaning you will have more time and freedom to explore at your own pace.

 

Relax at the Queen Elizabeth Hall Roof Gardens

Designed by the Eden Project, and offering something of an oasis in the bustling Southbank area, are the Queen Elizabeth Hall Roof Gardens. The gardens offer incredible riverside views, a wildflower meadow, mini allotments, a woodland garden and a café bar where you can sit and watch the world go by around you.

 

Head for Fortnum & Mason Afternoon Tea

Everyone knows the famous food shop Fortnum & Mason, but not everyone knows that the Diamond Jubilee Tea Salon is one of the very best places in the city to indulge in some afternoon tea. This is the perfect spot in London to enjoy traditional British scones, fish finger sandwiches and the quintessential cup of English tea… or champagne, if you’d prefer!

 

Stroll Around the Kyoto Garden in Holland Park

 

The Kyoto Garden is wonderfully tucked away in Holland Park – a district and public park that covers more than 22 hectares in the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea. The garden was designed by a celebrated Japanese Garden designer in 1992 to celebrate the Japan Festival that was held in the city that year.

 

See a Show at The Royal Opera House

 

Countless visitors to London purchase theatre tickets and see world-class stage shows that come to the city, but not many venture to The Royal Opera House. It is said that the performances here closely rival La Scala. This is a must-do for anyone looking to indulge in the elegance and glamour of the city.

 

Covet some contemporary art

If you’re an admirer or collector of contemporary art then you must head to Cork Street in Mayfair – a top destination for art lovers thanks to its collection of high-end galleries. Don’t miss Browse and Darby and Waddington Custot Galleries where you’ll be able to browse and buy works from the likes of Jean Dubuffet, Henry Moore and Bill Woodrow.

 

Explore The Savoy Museum

Very few people know that right next to The Savoy Hotel’s American Bar there is a small museum displaying some of the largest hotel archives in the world. You’ll find cards from some of the hotels previous famous guests (of which there are many), old photographs, vintage alcohol and other relics from the hotels history.

 

The city of London is served by many different airports and the most popular ones we charter private jets to are London Luton Airport, Farnborough Airport, London Biggin Hill Airport. If you’re interested in travelling to one of these destinations, or any of London’s other airports please contact us for a quote.