Enjoy scenic walks, historical sights and fantastic tours around city, where you'll still manage to avoid the tourist swarms. Check out our favourite hiddens days out in London.
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London’s leading theatrical costumier began trading in 1840, but until now the inner workings of a company that has worked on 33 Best Costume Oscarwinning films have remained unknown to the public. Now a new tour takes fancydress fans into a treasure trove of more than 6 million costumes. Expect to see dressing gowns and corsets as well as flapper dresses, French legal robes and custom-made samurai outfits hanging on the warehouse’s eight miles of rails. Anybody with an interest in clothes, film, fashion, history or theatre will love this tour, which reveals the secrets of the business (for five generations Angels have bought everyday outfits for future reference) and allows you to get up close to garments you could normally only see – and definitely not touch – behind glass at the V&A.
See Angels website for tour details
Palace of Westminster Clock Tower
Hidden away in a corner of Finsbury Park is the main entrance to this four-and-a-half-mile-long nature reserve. The entrance is often swarming with runners, but you’ll encounter only the more adventurous dog walkers in the peaceful stretch between Crouch End and Highgate. Your inner calm may be shattered when you hit the exit to Holmesdale Road but press on and you will be rewarded with an extra section leading up to Highgate Wood.
See our guide to walks in London
This Italian restaurant and bar popped up on Old Compton Street at the end of 2015 with barely a squeak – a rare feat for any new central London venue, let alone one taking up a prime spot in Soho. There's a wine and cocktail bar on the ground floor and a restaurant upstairs. The focus is on Italy, with a drinks list comprising Italian-influenced cocktails and Italian wines, and a food menu ranging from pizzas, pasta and piattini to a pan-fried mackerel fillet 'burger' in ciabatta with avocado, tomato, baby gem lettuce and aioli, and roasted lamb fillet with sweet and sour caponata and a pine nut houmous. Bar food also features – think arancini, calamari fritti, bruschetta piccante or polenta al parmigiana. Keep an eye out for special wine and prosecco tasting sessions, some of which are free.
Venue says: “Come check out our daily prosecco party! £30 per head for bottomless prosecco and piattini!”