Posted by: hiddenlondon | June 5, 2015

Discover Nordic London

Photo: Fin Fahey

Photo: Fin Fahey

The people at Shared City are keen to open our eyes to all the different cultures that make up this wonderful city.  This weekend it’s the turn of Norway and Finland with visits to sites in Rotherhithe key to the history of the Nordic community.  The day includes visits to the Nordic and Finnish churches with a typical Norwegian buffet lunch.  Lunch, coffee and cake are all included in the ticket price.

Nordic London with Shared City
Sunday 7th June 2015 10.30am, £30

Posted by: hiddenlondon | May 23, 2015

Hidden London Gem – Turner’s House


If you’ve been inspired this year by the movie and the exhibition, then this hidden gem is the perfect way to find out more about artist, JMW Turner.  200 years ago Turner designed this house himself as a country retreat for himself and his father.

The house is finally being restored and will now be open to visitors on the first Saturday of the month.

Turner’s House, Sandycombe Lodge, 40 Sandycoombe Road, Twickenham TW1 2LR
Open the first Saturday  afternoon of each month, between 2.00 and 4.30 pm

JMW Turner

Posted by: hiddenlondon | May 14, 2015

Ways to Walk in London

waystowalkWays to Walk in London : Hidden Places and New Perspectives by Alice Stevenson is lovely new book with a personal take on a variety of walks around London.  Each of the walks reads like a short story as Alice describes her own experience of the walk in delightfully concise prose.  She also illustrated the book herself with a selection of works evoking the various findings and from her journeys.  A great read for discovering more of London’s hidden pathways.

Posted by: hiddenlondon | May 5, 2015

Regent Street Cinema Opens Tomorrow

Regent Street Cinema

It’s great to hear of a new cinema opening in the heart of London, and it’s a cinema with an amazing historical pedigree at that!  The Regent Street Cinema was the location for the first performance in Britain of the Lumiere brothers first films in 1896.  It was also the cinema which screened the first X-rated film in the UK in 1951 (‘Life Begins Tomorrow’).

Now part of the University of Westminster, the cinema will screen double bills, new and classic British films, world cinema and act as a platform for the work of students.  The restoration of the building looks gorgeous, with a welcoming bar area.

The Regent Street Cinema opens tomorrow 6th April, with ‘Lambert and Stamp’ a 2014 documentary about the two men who discovered West London mods, The Who.  On Thursday 7th April there’s a screening of the 1939 film ‘Only Angels Have Wings’ with Cary Grant, Jean Arthur and Rita Hayworth.

Cary Grant

Posted by: hiddenlondon | April 27, 2015

Where is this?


Where is this gorgeous building clad in London’s signature Portland Stone, with some beautiful sgraffito elevations?

Well, it used to be the St Paul’s Cathedral choir boys school, home to the boy choristers who sing the daily services in St Paul’s Cathedral.  These days it’s a YHA youth hostel and thus open for anyone to stay there!  Hidden in the winding streets close to St Paul’s, the address is 36 Carter Lane EC4V 5AB.

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