London has more than its fair share of must-see sights and instantly recognisable landmarks, but hidden down the side streets and tucked away in urban backwaters is a scattered collection of equally fascinating, lesser known icons. Throw off the crowds and get to know an unfamiliar but intriguing side to London with our top ten.
Dennis Severs’ House
In this entrancing Georgian house, visitors find themselves in the home of a family of Huguenot silk weavers who, leaving half-eaten meals and candlelit rooms strewn with possessions, remain audibly just beyond reach. ‘Silent Night’ tours on Monday evenings are enchanting.
Where: 18 Folgate St E1
Underground: Liverpool St
A glorious sight, this superbly-restored windmill is an eye-catching reminder that much of town is a mosaic of once pastoral villages. The windmill is open in the afternoons for a few days a month between April and October, usually at weekends. It’s best to pre-book the (free) tour, but you can also just pitch up on open days.
Where: West end of Blenheim Gardens, off Brixton Hill SW2