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London's secret spots mapped

Explore our map of hidden London secrets: find underground bars, quirky shops and unusual restaurants for a unique day out in the city.

For the past year, we've been asking London's smartest bloggers for their secret London tips. Below, we've brought together over one hundred of their ideas into one glorious map, full of unusual sights and quirky venues for you to explore. You'll no doubt be familiar with some, but you're sure to discover others you never knew existed. It's the ultimate tool to plan a day out with a difference.

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Nicola L

Lewisham Model Market - tucked away behind the High Street this Friday/Saturday night playground is one of the most unusual and authentic places I've been to in a while. A mix of street food stall and bars, the old market shops (hairdressers and tv shops) have been partly left with new surroundings fitting in around them. The results is a bit like stepping into Cuba. Soulful tunes blare out as the crowd dance around pit fires and roast marshmallows. It has a brilliant atmosphere and the crowd is a friendly mix of locals.  

Sushi Samba

Located on the 38th Floor of Heron Tower in Bishopsgate, London. I took my very stylish cousin there as she was over on hols - we were very impressed by the whole experience! Fantastic lively atmosphere, great sushi and outdoor terrace on the 38th floor was the icing on the cake. Staff very attentive, good background music and great cocktails. Need to book in advance if you wish to guarantee a seat as it was packed but we managed to get a table after waiting but it wasn't a bad wait as we were attended to very well and when we finally eat, it was devine!


Think Happy Kitchen has closed now, replaced by Coffee is my Cup of Tea?


It's already a crowded city full of tourists, and some of these secrets are the few places where we the local residents can breathe. Why are you sharing them?