5 ‘hidden’ places in London you need to visit!

Dear fellow budget hunters

I have recently spent a bit of time in London and I had seen loads of different articles of fun things to go and see. I have seen the main sights many times over the past few years so I wanted to go on an adventure and find some interesting places.

1. The pretend 10 Downing Street, The Strand

The pretend one

The Real One

Number 10 Adam Street, The Strand looks almost exactly like its more famous counterpart over on Downing Street – making it the perfect backdrop for photos.

2. The hidden ears of Covent Garden

The hidden ears of Covent Garden were installed by the artist Tim Fishlock. There are two on Floral Street but (allegedly) several more dotted around the city.

The hidden ears of Covent Garden were installed by the artist Tim Fishlock. There are two on Floral Street but there is (allegedly) several more dotted around the city.

3. Visit Britain’s smallest police station, Trafalgar Square

This tiny police station is on the east side of Trafalgar Square. It was built in the 1800s and was used for police to stand inside to keep an eye on protests and marches.It's said that the lamp on top came from Nelson's ship, HMS Victory. Nowadays, it's used for storage by the council.

This tiny police station is on the east side of Trafalgar Square.

It was built in the 1800s and was used for police to stand inside to keep an eye on protests and marches.

Rumour has it that the lamp on top came from Nelson’s ship, HMS Victory. Nowadays, it’s boring and used for storage by the council.

4. The pelicans at St James’s Park

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While St James’s Park is pretty well-known, not many people know about its colony of pelicans. I was told I had to go and visit them on my first visit to London when I was 15 and I took this photo back in the day.

They were first introduced to the park in 1664 by a Russian Ambassador and the numbers topped up again in 2013 as a gift from the city of Prague.

The pelicans are fed between 2:30 and 3:00 each day.

5. The Victorian Pet Cemetery in Hyde Park, Westminster

Of course Hyde Park isn't a secret, but did you know about the Victorian Pet Cemetery in the north west corner by Victoria Gate Lodge. The cemetery is closed to the public and can only be seen through the bars, but it's worth taking a peek to read the heart-breakingly sweet inscriptions like "Darling Dolly – my sunbeam, my consolation, my joy".

Of course Hyde Park isn’t a secret, but did you know about the Victorian Pet Cemetery in the north west corner by Victoria Gate Lodge. The cemetery is closed to the public and can only be seen through the bars, but it’s worth taking a peek.

Hope you enjoy this random post – I had a great day wondering around London discovering new places!

Love

The Great Ambini

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