It’s London time!
We are back sharing our London summer adventures, and this time it’s a very special post because we have gathered together two hidden gems that both new visitors and old timers will appreciate: the Victorian Leadenhall market, with the plus of being the entrance to Diagon Alley, and the Gothic ruins of St. Dunstan in the East church, converted into the most peaceful city garden.
Would you maybe consider changing the most famous Covent Garden for Leadenhall? Let’s have a look!
One of the oldest markets in London from the XIV. Its green, blue, cream and maroon colors in the amazing ornate rooftop (can you see the stars?! dreamy) and in its walls and columns is totally swoony. I can’t give you lots of details about the shops because we visited on a Saturday and (surprisingly for us!) they close that day of the week, but from a quick glance, you will now find less glamorous shops like Pizza Express.
In the first Harry Potter movie (Philosopher’s stone) the market is the entrance to the Leaky Cauldron. Rumor has it, that it was shot at the optic shop, keep an eye!
After visiting the market, going to St. Dunstan becomes a perfect stroll towards the Thames river. Hiding right next to the Tower of London, you will find yourself in a very quiet corner, to sit and relax. It’s amazing how the atmosphere is completely opposite to the grounds next to the Tower of London buzzing with tourists. Here you will find yourself amongst locals and with the need to have a book in your hands.
St. Dunstan in the east is a church originally from the XII that was damaged with the attack of the Germans during World War II. The city of London decided that instead or rebuilding it, they would re-purpose it as a garden and precisely for this decision I think it becomes a special rare gem.
Have you been to any of the two? We definitely recommend leaving a gap in your itinerary to fit them! Do you know any other hidden gem in London? Let us know in the comment section, we love the city, so we’ll surely use your recommendation for the next visit!