Look Up London is about spotting little details about your eyeline then using them to unravel the secret history of your location. Here are the latest London hidden gems I’ve discovered!

London Hidden Gems

  • History of Orange Street, Westminster | Look Up London

    Hidden History on Orange Street, Westminster

    Orange Street doesn’t look very historic at first glance. The narrow Westminster street lies between the National Gallery and Leicester Square but there’s a lot more to see than you might guess. Firstly, it was only known as Orange Street from 1905, a reference to......

  • City Churches | St Margaret Lothbury | Look Up London

    City Churches | St Margaret Lothbury

    Nestled behind the Bank of England you can find St Margaret Lothbury. It’s easy to miss, hemmed in by other buildings, but if open it’s well worth popping in to admire its treasures and history. (I’ve previously written about the beautiful Italianate building next door,......

  • History of The Crystal Palace | London Remains and Its Derbyshire Inspiration

    Within the extensive grounds of Chatsworth House in Derbyshire you can find remnants of inspiration for one of London’s most extraordinary buildings, The Crystal Palace. It gave its name to an area of London (and a football team!) but thanks to a disastrous fire you......

  • Trinity House | Look Up London

    Trinity House | Inside the Corporation with a 500-year History

    Have you admired this dolls house-esque building on Tower Hill? This is Trinity House, an institution whose history stretches back to 1514, based here since 1794. What is Trinity House? Today Trinity House is a charity and its primary concern is the safety of shipping......

  • St Clement Watch House | History on Strand Lane

    St Clements Watch House | History on Strand Lane

    For the everyday passerby, there’s not much reason to venture into Strand Lane. It’s not a convenient cut through to the Strand however it has two quite amazing bits of history to discover! I’ve previously covered one of them on the blog, the history of......

  • Surrey Chapel | The Trailblazing Church and Boxing Ring

    As part of my new walking tour Hidden Wonders of Waterloo I’ve been researching the history of Surrey Chapel, an 18th century church that once stood by Southwark Station. Although it no longer stands today, it’s a prime example of the historic twists and turns......

  • The Medieval Priory in an Aldgate Office Block | Look Up London

    The Medieval Priory in an Aldgate Office Block

    Transport a 12th century monk to Aldgate today and there’s very little that they’d recognise. However inside this office block you can find a tiny part of an epic Medieval Priory where they’d feel right at home! If you’re passing 77 Leadenhall Street, peer through......

  • Sambourne House | A Victorian Time Capsule

    Sambourne House | A Victorian Time Capsule

    I was recently invited to a preview of Sambourne House, the family home of Linley Sambourne. You can find it at 18 Stafford Terrace and by stepping inside you enter a Victorian Time Capsule. Meet Linley Sambourne Edward Linley Sambourne (1844-1910) was an illustrator and......

  • History of Bunhill Fields | Look Up London

    The History of Bunhill Fields

    Today Bunhill Fields is a wonderful slice of calm alongside the busy Old Street roundabout. But its history is macabre, curious and full of surprises. History of Bunhill Fields Its name is a derivation of bone hill, literally where cartloads of bones from St Paul’s......

  • The History of Temple Bar

    Standing in the shadow of St Paul’s, this stone arch often gets overlooked. However Temple Bar is not only older than the current Cathedral, but it was designed by the same architect! Its history is a strange (and sometimes gruesome) tale… First things first. This......

  • Holborn's New Free Rooftop | Look Up London

    Holborn’s New Free Panoramic Rooftop

    Thanks to the tip off from Londonist for a new free rooftop in Holborn. I popped in to visit yesterday and not only is it spectacular but there’s some fun geeky history to find too! The rooftop can be found on top of the Post......

  • History Above 219 Oxford Street | Look Up London

    History Above Shop Level: 219 Oxford Street

    I’ve written quite a few blogs about the history hiding above shop level on Oxford Street. From grim reminders to a theatrical hotspot, there’s plenty to spot if you cast your eyes up along this famous thoroughfare. But our focus today is 219 Oxford Street.......

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