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5 secret spots in London

5 secret spots in London you have to see!

Since I have started my instagram journey three years ago, I received a lot of comments asking me what were my favorite hidden spots in London! That’s such a hard question isn’t it? So today in collaboration with Whisperocity, I have decided to share with you my 5 favorite hidden spots in London! And that’s not all: We will be giving to 5 lucky winners a hotel voucher to spend a night in our beautiful city! See below how to enter the giveaway!

Host Cafe

Who would have thought that in the middle of the City, located inside an 900 years old church,the St Mary Aldermary Church, a really nice and cozy coffee shop would be hidden! I am always fascinated by those unexpected discoveries that I am still making after three years in London! You think you know the city very well and still…there is always something new to see!

Host Cafe in London

Churchill Arms

If London was a pub, it would definitely be the Churchill Arms! A lot of people on Instagram have fallen in love with the thousands of flowers that literally recover the whole facade of that establishment located between High Street Kensington and Notting Hill. If you follow me on Instagram, you may have seen it quite a few times on my feed as well but what I never told you until now is that the inside of the pub is definitely worth a visit too! And believe me, if you loved the flowers outside you are going to love the jungle inside! And as if it was not enough, the pub is actually a delicious Thaï restaurant!

5 secret spots in London

Codrington mews

Hello? It’s me…I am sure all Adele’s fans will recognize those lyrics!? Right!? And so why are we talking about Adele in this 5 hidden spots of London today? Well…the reason is that the most famous British singer of all time actually signed her first record in one of the most charming and hidden little street of Notting Hill: Codrington Mews! Most of the people go to Portobello Road or St. Luke’s mews when they visit Notting Hill, try Codrington Mews next time you are around: The cuteness of a hidden mews and a beautiful black and white giant mural on top of it! What else to ask?

most beautiful street in london

St.Paul’s and the London skyline for free!

We all know that having access to the skyscrapers’ views in London could be pricey! So if I told you could have a beautiful view over St.Paul’s, the river Thames and the London skyline for free…would you believe me? And in order to do that, you just need to go to the One New Change shopping mall in the city and take the lift to the top floor to have access to a beautiful rooftop garden! The view from there is incredible and that’s another hidden gems in London!

Best view in London

Best view in London

The garden of the Museum of the Order of St.John

Here is a spot I have discovered by chance recently! I was trying to avoid a sudden rain in Clerkerwell when I stumbled on this beautiful garden attached to the St.John’s museum. It’s really small but you won’t regret your visit: The place looks like a hidden garden of a castle: A few arches, a couple of benches, flowers everywhere and even a fountain! It’s the perfect place to enjoy a break in the middle of the city!

Hidden garden in London

*** It’s Giveaway time! ***

So here is some of the tips I already added to Whisperocity app, which is a new travel app curated by locals! I have used it a couple of months ago while in Vienna and it’s full of amazing ressources to explore a city! Now, ladies and gentlemen, here is your chance to win a hotel night stay in London! Whisperocity and I are giving away 5 hotel vouchers to use with a +1 whenever you want in London! The only thing we ask in return is that if you are picked up, just like me, add your 10 tips to Whisperocity! It’s really easy and don’t forget, this is only if you are randomly picked up!

So if you want to participate, just leave me a comment below and tell me what is your favorite hidden spots in London? Or if you don’t have one, which one of the five above would you be tempted to see??


Parisian of heart, recently Londoner and former New-Yorker, Alex, 28, teacher by day and passionate blogger and photographer the rest of the time, has developed a strong interest for travels and adventures since he decided to move to Beijing in 2011. Always ready to go back on the road, Alex is more than decided to hump on new adventures that will lead him all around the world!

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  • Chrchill arms pour moi c’est sûr !

    20 septembre 2017 at 2:52
  • Top c’est 5 adresses ! À tester lors de notre prochain passage à London City. Un endroit génial aussi à Londres c’est le sky garden mais je crois pas que ça soit vraiment un secret spot ahah !

    20 septembre 2017 at 3:02
  • Pinchi

    I would want to attend this giveaway! I have added Churchill arms into my next pocket list.

    20 septembre 2017 at 3:13
  • Marie Monsallier

    L’intérieur du Churchill Arms est vraiment à voir! Après je dirais le SkyGarden même si il n’est pas réellement caché bien au contraire… Le haut du Tate Mordern qui est sympa aussi, sinon en plus caché je dirais toutes les petites mews cachés et bien sympathique.

    20 septembre 2017 at 3:25
  • Oscar Bergström

    My favourite hidden spot in London is Manson mews ! Instagram: oscahrund

    20 septembre 2017 at 3:46
  • Nikola Perknerova


    20 septembre 2017 at 4:15
  • Michaela V

    Definitely Host Cafe. It’s such a beautiful place. And I love Neal’s Yard in Covent Garden as well. Such a beautiful hidden treasures.

    20 septembre 2017 at 4:44
  • Chandler

    I studied abroad in London a couple years ago and haven’t been to any of these places! I would love to check out the Host cafe- I love hidden gems when you least expect them!

    20 septembre 2017 at 5:47
  • Paul Tromeur

    Je trouve que les vues depuis le centre commercial de « One New Change » ne sont pas à manquer. Surtout si le soleil est présent (ce qui est quand même rare à Londres!). En plus ça fait toujours plaisir de pouvoir contempler une cathédrale qui porte son nom! 🙂

    20 septembre 2017 at 7:52
  • Emma Digney

    I’d love to check out the mews!

    20 septembre 2017 at 9:53
  • María Hernandez

    I Would love to visit Codrignton Mews, I cant believe I didn’t know of this location before. I love murals and this would definitely be one of my top 5 new places to visit. Until my next trip.

    21 septembre 2017 at 12:13
  • Julie Bou(ssemart)

    My boyfriend has never been to london. I want to fulfill his dream.
    I also truly want to drink a little cocktail in a hidden bar on rooftops like Aqua Shard and a coffee in Host Cafe.
    (PS : it’s really cool to organize giveaway like this)

    21 septembre 2017 at 6:47
  • Veronica

    Im from Italy, but I love London with every beat of heart, I’ve been there twice already and I’m looking forward to move in the city in a couple of years to complete my uni studies hopefully Anyway the place I love the most about the city is doubtless neals yard in Covent Garden ❤️❤️

    21 septembre 2017 at 9:34
  • Let’s see all of them ! But if I really really have to choose I would go for Churchill Arms, so pretty (and the Thaï food made this choice easier).

    21 septembre 2017 at 10:46
  • Stephanie Archibald

    They all sound fabulous! I would really lo e to see them all! @paul Archibald

    21 septembre 2017 at 1:20
  • Lisa

    When my sister used to live in London I would stroll through the streets of the city all day long while she was at University or work. I really love the little mews all around Notting Hill and Kensington, but I have never been to Codrington Mews! One of my favourite spots is Clifton Nurseries in Little Venice, just a fiew steps from Warwick Avenue Tube Station. It is the loveliest garden centre I know and apparently also the oldest in town. It even has a beautiful Café inside, where you can have tea!
    I’d love to spend time there again and also explore the rest of your hidden spots!

    Warm regards from Germany!


    22 septembre 2017 at 10:16
  • Jana Klein

    Lovely post, just wrote down some of your hidden spots for my next trip. My London treasure is definitely Mr Fogg’s Tavern. I do enjoy their interiors and the food they serve is rather delicious as well. I also love the SkyGarden and the Conservatory in Barbican but both aren’t really secret anymore. 🙂

    28 septembre 2017 at 3:19

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