London is known to be one of the major tourist cities of the world, with major attractions including the London Eye, Westminster and Buckingham Palace. In such a big city, however, it makes sense that some of the best attractions are not so well known and hidden away. Here are some of them.
London Stock Exchange
The London Stock Exchange is certainly well known to traders across the world who invest in the global markets. It is here where assets are traded on a daily basis, often by large businesses and corporations. Therefore, this major economic hub is a fascinating place to visit if you take an interest in all things economic.
You can see how cfd trading occurs, how gold is bought and sold or how regular stocks and shares constantly fluctuate in value. Even If this does not interest you, the building and area itself is well worth a quick look if you’re walking past.
This is a snug little street hidden away in Camden, which doubles up as a marketplace for antiques, collectibles, vintage clothes and other general second hand items. There is also an antique market on Wednesdays and Saturdays where traders and buyers meet to find a bargain.
Originally an alleyway, the passage was built in 1767, and since then many businesses have opened on the street. This hidden gem is well worth a visit to explore London’s less famous points of historical interest, and to immerse yourself in a buzzing marketplace full of character and charm.
The Seven Noses
These are certainly one of the stranger attractions which inhabit London’s streets, but interesting nonetheless. Within the Soho area there are seven noses scattered around various public buildings and landmarks, each glued there by artist Rick Buckley. They are in fact moulds of his own nose, and were put up as a protest against the introduction of more CCTV cameras in the 90s.
Many people go searching for these noses, some of which can be fairly challenging to find, given that they are so small. As you might expect, urban myths have also surfaced regarding some of the noses’ origins. If anything, walking around in the hopes of finding these noses will get you exploring London and seeing a host of other sights you might otherwise miss.
The English writer Samuel Johnson had a cat named Hodge, which he was apparently very fond of. In honour of this, a small bronze statue was erected outside Johnson’s old house on Gough Square in 1997. It bears the inscription ‘a very fine cat indeed’, and sits atop a copy of Johnson’s famous dictionary.
This is a nice tribute to one of the city’s most famed writers, and provides an insight into the love he had for his cat. If you are interested in Johnson’s history and life, this could be an attraction worthy of your attention.
There are many niche attractions to visit in London, and far too many to put into a single list. It is well worth having a wander to see if you can find any more which are hidden from the average tourist’s eye.