There’s no doubt that London has it all: rich history, a vibrant cultural scene, and many famed landmarks. It’s no surprise that tourists continue to be drawn to London to bask in the glory of the old favourites: the London Eye, Tower Bridge, Big Ben and of course, Buckingham Palace.
However, some tourists find themselves looking for a more unique experience in the capital. Perhaps you’re looking to discover a different side of London, or fancy heading off the beaten path? Well, you’re in luck: London is packed with hidden gems, and we’ve rounded up the 5 most underrated areas of the city you should be checking out this autumn.
Located south of the river, Dulwich is an under-the-radar neighbourhood of London, famous for its luxury housing, cute shops and impressive street art. The Dulwich Picture Gallery is well worth a visit, having recently been coined “one of Britain’s most beautiful galleries”.
Head to the American Garden in the stunning Dulwich Park and check out its famous rhododendron plants, before hitting up North Cross Road Market to shop for treasures and trinkets.
Shepherd’s Bush is famed for its shopping, being home to Westfield shopping centre, but the area offers a whole host of fun activities. Enjoy an authentic and multicultural shopping experience at Shepherd’s Bush Market, which is packed full of street stalls selling spices, fruits, and vegetables.
For a night out, head to Bush Hall – an independent live music venue with a huge history. Bush Hall was used as a dancehall in the 1920s, a World War II soup kitchen and, later still, a rehearsal venue for Cliff Richard! Looking for somewhere to stay? We recommend the Dorsett Hotel, Shepherds Bush, where heritage meets contemporary elegance.
Sure, you’ve heard of Notting Hill, but have you thought about visiting Ladbroke Grove? This neighbour is often overlooked in favour of Notting Hill, but it boasts a similarly great range of vibrant shops, markets and eateries. The side streets of Ladbroke Grove are well worth exploring, given this particular area’s many nooks and crannies!
Those native to London will be aware of Fulham, but tourists are less so. Fulham is one of the prettiest underrated spots in London! Its streets are brimming with colour and home to an array of famous shops and pubs. We suggest having a wander down New King’s Road and Fulham Road before a well-earned pint in The White Horse pub on Parsons Green.
A stone’s throw away from Richmond, Chiswick has lots to offer. It’s a hugely underrated area, despite it having something for everyone – it’s a true feast of variety! If you like a museum trip, there’s Hogarth’s House – and then there are the beautiful gardens surrounding Chiswick House, the breweries like Fuller’s and a bustling high street.
Chiswick is also on the Thames, so you’d be amiss not to visit the river while you’re in the area. Walk the Thames path from Hammersmith to Chiswick and take in the boats and waterfront homes along the way.