Your favourite secret London spots
Last week we asked you all to share your favourite London spots with us, over on our Facebook page.
True to our word, we’ve selected and highlighted our favourite responses right here on London Living. So without further ado, let’s look at a couple of our favourite secret suggestions you’ve managed to come up with.
Jane Wrighton let us in on her favourite secret London location, The Dickens Inn, at St. Katharine Dock – a delightful “restyled and reconstructed wooden warehouse building thought to have housed tea or to have been owned by a local brewery” before becoming the historic drinking tavern that it is today.
Standing the test of time from the eighteenth century onwards, this place has seen it all and its rich heritage runs deep; moved dockside from its original site back in the Seventies, it was Charles Dickens’ grandson, Cedric Dickens, who formally opened the Inn’s doors in 1976. Since then, it has become a very popular spot for thirsty Londoners keen for a riverside pint.
But it has still managed to keep a low profile, as London-Larder makes note, “you might be forgiven for thinking that The Dickens Inn would be just another tourist trap, full of loud visitors to our city, but in fact it’s just enough away from the beaten track for this to be a pub for Londoners in the know”. Very secretive indeed!
Adam Lister’s favourite secret London spot is Thames Beach.
Yes, London has a beach(s) guys.
And no, it’s not a sorry stretch of litter strewn pebbles either; there are some really rather nice stretches of sand that hug the Thames, just check out the above shot.
It’s worth noting the London beach idyll is not a new phenomenon – back in 1934, Tower Foreshore by Tower Bridge, was opened to the public with King George V declaring it was “to be used by the children of London, promising free access forever.”
Have you got a favourite secret London spot? Let us know right here.