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

  • A Closer Look at Norwest House | Formerly Imperial Chemical House

    Crossing Lambeth Bridge provides an epic panoramic view of the House of Parliament, London Eye and Lambeth Palace. However, a building that doesn’t get as much attention is Norwest House, previously Imperial Chemical House. This post is why it’s worth having a closer look. But......

  • City Churches | St Margaret Pattens

    If you find yourself in the City of London with a bit of spare time, it’s always worthwhile to soak up some history by popping into one of the 50-odd City churches. This week, with some time between private tours, I did just that and......

  • History in the Brickwork at the Peabody St John’s Hill Estate

    I’ve come to expect that there’s nearly always an historic reason behind things you spot in London. From street names to sculptures, there’s always a story! Such is the case with this curious brickwork on the Peabody St John’s Hill Estate. On the face of......

  • Discover the West End’s Royal Warrant Holders

    In celebration of Her Majesty’s Platinum Jubilee, I’m working with Art of London to put together a special ‘Royal Warrants’ tour of historic businesses with Royal connections in the West End. Art of London brings together the UK’s biggest cultural institutions and showcases art in......

  • The Mohegan Chief Buried at Southwark Cathedral

    In the shadow of Southwark Cathedral there is a curious-shaped memorial stone which remembers a Mohegan Chief who travelled to London in the 18th Century. The Mohegan Tribe The Mohegan Tribe is a sovereign, federally-recognised Indian Nation. It has its own constitution and government and......

  • Mark Lane Ghost Station | Look Up London

    Mark Lane | The Tower Hill Ghost Station

    As you walk along the traffic-packed Byward Street, with All Hallows Barking, the Tower of London and Tower Bridge in the distance, it’s thoroughly understandable that you’d miss a ghost station hiding in plain sight. Abandoned or ‘Ghost’ stations can be seen all over London......

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    The Bull and Mouth: A Lost London Coaching Inn

    By the Museum of London you can see an amazing little clue to uncover the history of the Bull and Mouth Coaching Inn...

  • Putney Bridge WWII Pillbox | Look Up London

    A WWII Relic at Putney Bridge Station

    If you look up along Ranelagh Gardens, atop the railway viaduct for Putney Bridge Tube Station, you can spy a curious WWII Relic; a Pillbox. This concrete pillbox was erected in 1940 across Britain, a final line of defence should Germany invade during WWII. They......

  • St Giles-in-the-Fields Gateway | Look Up London

    The Gates of Hell? | St Giles-in-the-Fields Gateway

    Take a closer look at St Giles-in-the-Fields Gateway, a carving from 1800 that reflects the pretty grisly history of the area....

  • Brown Hart Gardens History | Look Up London

    Brown Hart Gardens History | Electricity, Elephants and Giants

    Opposite Bond Street Station is a statue of a lion on a pillar. It's a reminder of an 18th century mansion......

  • Walking the Mail Rail Tunnels | Look Up London

    Walking the Mail Rail Tunnels | Explore Under London!

    You can now descend 70ft below Farringdon and walk through the Mail Rail Tunnels. Here's what you'll find......

  • The Cottage 3 Hayne Street | Look Up London

    What’s The Story of The Cottage, 3 Hayne Street?

    Off Charterhouse Square is the 19th century survivor; The Cottage at 3 Hayne Street. But how long will it last?...

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