It’s always fun to go off piste and discover fresh territory. Here are just a few lesser-known treats London has to offer.
Urban sustainability may not sound immediately sexy but it is interesting and important! And it can be quite beautiful too as you’ll see when you come to Victoria Docks to visit The Crystal - one of the world’s most sustainable buildings. Learn how our cities will look in 2050 and have a go at running the city for 40 years. Suitable for ages 8 and up.
Secret London Walk
Explore the forgotten alleyways, medieval courtyards and labyrinth of tiny lanes around Fleet Street and Temple on this tour of Hidden London. Your guide will stuff you full of stories and tell you secret tales that will leave you captivated with the capital.
In a listed villa in Islington’s beautiful Canonbury Square, is this collection of Italian modern art. The internationally-known collection is based around a core of Futurist works as well as figurative painting and sculpture from 1895 to the 1950s and includes works by Giorgio Morandi and Amedeo Modigliani.
House of Illustration
Founded by the (big friendly) giant of illustration Quentin Blake, this is the UK’s only public gallery dedicated solely to illustration. Housed in King’s Cross Granary Square there are many forms of illustration to enjoy; from adverts to animation, picture books to political cartoons and scientific drawings to fashion design.
A few minutes’ walk from Kew Bridge Railway Station is The Musical Museum - a weird and wonderful treasure trove containing one of the world's best collections of self-playing musical instruments. From tiny musical boxes to the "Mighty Wurlitzer" cinema organ which rises up from beneath the stage, here you can hear and learn all about the mysteries of self-playing instruments. The Riverview Tea Room opens on Sundays and special events include a monthly Tea Dance on Saturday afternoons with the Wurlitzer organ.