Hidden London treasures for you to discover
One thing about London that can emphasised is the fact that there are really a million different Londons. There is so much available to do and see that there are always new hidden treasures to find. Here is a selection of Hidden London gems most definitely off the beaten track……
Coronet Cinema Notting Hill
If you are a movie buff, a hidden London delight for you may very well be the Historic Coronet Cinema in Notting Hill, West London, which first opened its doors to the public in 1898. Besides an opulent and unique interior, this cinema now specialises in showing films, at great value prices, that won’t be found in more commercial cinemas. Interesting fact… A scene from the movie Notting Hill was filmed inside the cinema.
Brick Lane London E1
From the West back to the East, we find the still largely hidden delight of the vibrant and culturally-rich Brick Lane, nestling behind the great railway hub of Liverpool Street. This fascinating, long and ancient thoroughfare is now home to London’s Bangladeshi community, and is renowned for its authentic and high quality Indian restaurants. More recently it has become the focus for a pulsating art and fashion scene, including famous graffiti by the artist Banksy. A Sunday visit is recommended when you can amble through the Sunday market before sampling the culinary delights the area has to offer.
Estorick Collection of Modern Italian Art, Islington
From the East we travel to the North and the neighbourhood of Islington, where we find the hidden gem of the Estorick Collection of Modern Italian Art. Housed in a beautiful Georgian building, this lovely art gallery is the perfect site for a relaxing afternoon taking in Italian art dating mostly from 1890 to the 1950s. There is a permanent exhibition with a focus on Futurism, the Italian art movement based on an admiration for modernity, speed and technology. Other highlights include a series of drawings by Modigliani and a great collection of sculptures. After you have had a good look round the gallery, there is a delightful secluded courtyard café to finish off your visit.