Secret London

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Just because you call something 'secret' doesn't mean the whole city doesn't know about it, but we're sure there are still many nooks and crannies of this city you've yet to discover. Pick something from the list and get exploring!

Secret London: Hoxton

White Cube Hoxton Square

White Cube's ability to shock may be muted these days, but you can still catch interesting shows in amongst the work of Jake and Dinos Chapman, Gilbert and George et al.

  1. 48 Hoxton Square, N1 6PB
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Breakfast Club

  • Rated as: 3/5

The Breakfast Club looks across the Atlantic for inspiration, featuring fun pop-culture references. It's kitted out in colourful 1980s kitsch, from novelty knick-knacks to a neon sign emblazoned with 'Sex and drugs and bacon rolls'.

  1. 12-16 Artillery Lane, E1 7LS
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Happiness Forgets

  • Rated as: 4/5

There are some excellent cocktail bars around these days, but also plenty that have a theme or quaintly think of themselves as a 'speakeasy'. Happiness Forgets is straight up good drink, good staff and good music.

  1. 8-9 Hoxton Square, N1 6NU
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Secret London: Waterloo

The Drawing Room at Benugo

  • Rated as: 3/5

Behind an inconspicuous bookcase next to Benugo’s lounge area you’ll find a secret entrance to their recently opened cocktail bar, The Drawing Room. The bar is filled with precious handpicked curiosities, while subtle 1920s-1950s jazz tunes complement the atmosphere.

  1. BFI, Southbank Centre, Belvedere Rd, SE1 8XT

Fire Station

  • Rated as: 3/5

Stop off for a drink in this grand Edwardian fire station, which was converted into a fancy boozer in the early 1990s. Sadly there are no fireman's poles to slide down, but the high ceilings and lively atmosphere make it a good spot for a Waterloo pick-me-up.

  1. 150 Waterloo Road, SE1 8SB
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Secret London: Whitechapel

Atlantis European

A genuine east London legend, Atlantis was selling art materials well before the area's gallery explosion and hordes of hipster hangers-on. Whatever your expressive medium of choice, you 'll find it here, and it's worth a trip in itself. Helpful staff are on hand to advise.

  1. Britannia House, 68-80 Hanbury Street, E1 5JL
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East End Thrift Store

A vintage-lover's destination for its wide selection of trend-conscious clobber at genuinely afordable prices, the East End Thrift store ain't that pretty, but the stuff they sell is. If you really can't bear to rummage, the first floor displays pricier (and sometimes designer) items in a more civilised manner.

  1. Unit 1A Watermans Building, (Assembly Passage), E1 4UT
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Wilton's Music Hall

London's last surviving example of the giant popular entertainment palaces of the nineteenth century, Wilton's Music Hall is a proper East End charmer, with regular music, theatre, comedy and film in the battered but beautiful main hall, and fun live music on the equally battered piano in the Mahogany Bar.

  1. 1-4 Graces Alley, off Ensign St, E1 8JB
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8 comments
Alexander
Alexander

I been in Colombia, it's such a nice place to go. Really sad that a famous guide as time out London show more interest in demage the imagine of an exotic country.

Scot
Scot

Time Out you really Keep It Real! i have visited a few of the places on the list and think you have hit the nail on the head! I really recommend the tour at Wiltons music Hall. Its only £6 with a great history! the people that have already commented on thi list dont deserve to read time out!

Irene
Irene

Wow. This is great.

Maria
Maria

Doesn't keep things very secreative. :)

Liz Brodie
Liz Brodie

Nice idea for those who have the time to explore areas in London, not necessarily on the main sightseeing route.