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Secretly brilliant bits of London

We shine a light on hidden, forgotten and amazing places in London that deserve a big high-five

Fee Fee La Fou HQ 2016
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Even dyed-in-the-wool Londoners will delight in our collection of bizarre and overlooked gems in the city. From Victorian waterbeds taken over by wildlife, to rainbow-coloured gift shops, beautiful libraries and weird museums, feel the thrill of a new discovery with our selection of amazing places below. Strap on a camera and be a tourist on your own turf. 

Mast Brothers Chocolate Factory
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Mast Brothers Chocolate Factory

Your chance to go full Augustus Gloop at this chocolate shop and factory in Shoreditch

Novelty Automation
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Novelty Automation

An eccentric games arcade and slice of English seaside slap-bang in central London

London Centre for Book Arts
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London Centre for Book Arts

A cute artist-run studio offering printing and binding facilities

Fee Fee La Fou HQ
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Fee Fee La Fou HQ

A ridiculously colourful gallery-cum-shop just off Kingsland High Street

Angels Costumes
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Angels Costumes

The largest and longest established costume supplier in the UK

Woodberry Wetlands
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Woodberry Wetlands

Reed-fringed ponds in north London's newest nature reserve

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