Top five secret places in London you need to visitfriendzr
There are so many amazing secret places in London to visit and it can be overwhelming figuring out where to start! To help the Friendzr community narrow down this list, we’ve brought in expert London hunters – welcome StreetHunt Games!
StreetHunt Games is a one-of-a-kind adult scavenger hunt game played on your phone. The game takes you through quirky parts of the city that aren’t your typical tourist spots, so if you’re looking for a unique and engaging activity to do that also uncovers secret places in London, check them out here.
Not only do our players tell us they have great fun playing our game, we also love the added benefits of much-needed connection with your friends, family, colleagues or new acquaintances.
This links us to Friendzr, as we’re also passionate about increasing connection and whilst playing our game; you’ll also be physically active without even realising it. You’ll also be challenging yourself to solve a mystery, and in doing so, you’ll be living in the present and forgetting about any worries you may have.
So back to our brief! Another wonderful side-effect of creating our games is we discover some brilliant secret places in London.
The hidden gems and fascinating history along Fleet Street
One of the many streets you will go on while playing the game is Fleet Street. As for the other cool streets, well, you’ll have to play to find out!
Fleet Street is one of the oldest streets in the city, dating back to the middle ages and named after the (now subterranean) River Fleet. The street became famous in the 16th century for printing and publishing. Nowadays, it is known for iconic buildings such as Ye Olde Cock Tavern, views of St Paul’s Cathedral and being the location of luxury hotels, cafes, pubs and restaurants.
Top Tip: Stop for a drink at Ye Olde Cheshire Cheese pub and grab a drink. It’s known for surviving the great fire of London in 1966 and has Charles Dickens and Mark Twain as past regulars.
Find tranquillity in Temple Gardens
Wondering where to wander in London for the perfect picnic spot? Look no further than a beautiful garden nestled in the heart of London— the Temple Gardens, named after the Knights Templar. The park has been conserved since 1608, free from vehicular traffic and these garden spaces portray an eighteenth-century character. Relax with your friends, and make sure to stop to smell the roses!
Get active in Lincoln Inns Fields
Once designed as a field for planting and harvesting, these gardens became the largest public square in London— the Lincoln Inn Fields. In the 1700s, the field was used as a theatre for public performances. Then, 100 years later, it transformed into an area for cricket and other sports. Nowadays, it contains a court for tennis and netball, or simply a place to lay down and hang out with friends.
Hidden secrets a stone’s throw from St Paul’s
Featured in BBC TV series, The Split and the 2004 movie, Closer, the Memorial of self-sacrifice is a unique insight into stories that would likely have otherwise been forgotten – selfless acts by ordinary people to save the lives of others. The memorial sits in Postman’s Park, a five minute walk from the very popular tourist spot, St Paul’s Cathedral. There are spaces for 120 plaques with 54 tablets filled out commemorating events taking place from 1863 to 2007.
A further 20 minute walk away you’ll find the Church of St Dunstan which was not only damaged in the 1666 Great Fire of London but again in the Blitz in 1941. Originally built in 1100 the damage from these two historical events has resulted in a beautiful public garden full of greenery draping the dilapidated walls – a popular spot for wedding photos!
There’s more to Bloomsbury than students
If you read this far, good job! Last but not least, Bloomsbury, known for its high density of prestigious educational facilities. We’ll let you in on an inside secret – Bloomsbury will be featured in the next edition of StreetHunt Games! Shhh, don’t spread the word (or do). Want to take a break from your busy life and relax? Settle down in the Bloomsbury Square Gardens – one of London’s quietest places to be. Looking for something to do in the area? Go to some of London’s best museums like the British Museum, Ripley’s Believe It or Not and the Museum of Comedy housed in the crypt of the pyramid that topped St George’s Bloomsbury Church.
Book a StreetHunt Games Event!
Players have raved about our engaging game – if you want to read what they had to say, check out our TripAdvisor and Google Reviews. StreetHunt Games will take you through numerous secret places in London while you investigate a murder and drug cartel! After the game, continue the fun by booking one of StreetHunt Games’ partner food/drink venues – speak to us about our group package to find out how you can access 10% off food/drink.
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Let us know in the comments which secret place in London you’re checking out first, or if you’ve got any others, we should all add to our list.