Hidden away in Somerset House, just a couple of minutes walk from The Savoy, the Courtauld Gallery has masterpieces by artists such as Cezanne, Monet, Renoir and Botticelli but often without the crowds of more well-known galleries.
The Last Sewer Lamp
In a small alley that runs along the side of the hotel, is London’s last sewer lamp. A Victorian invention, the flame in the lamp burns 24 hours/day lit by vapours from the sewers below.
Westminster Abbey Cloisters and Gardens
Westminster Abbey is one of the most famous of London’s attractions but not all visitors find the cloisters and gardens. The peaceful College Garden contains a 17th century knot garden.
Originally an ancient church, The Temple is now home to some of London’s lawyers. It was built by the Knights Templars, whose task was to protect pilgrims en route to the Holy Land, and was consecrated in 1185. The Temple is located just off Fleet Street not far from the hotel.
London Underground Lost Property Office
One of London’s more unusual attractions, this office has been running since 1933 and collects items left on London buses, tube trains and black taxis. In addition to hundreds of umbrellas, there are items as unexpected as false teeth and artificial limbs.
The Hard Rock Cafe may not seem like a secret place, but not everyone knows about the Vault underneath the gift shop. Visitors can see musical items such as John Lennon’s hand-written lyrics for Imagine.
This London landmark commemorates the Great Fire of London which started in a bakery in 1666. Monument is close to that infamous Pudding Lane shop and boasts spectacular views from the top. However it’s not for the faint of heart – to reach the top visitors must climb 311 steps as there’s no lift.
Dennis Severs’ House
Located in Spitalfields in East London, this house has been dressed to look as though an 18th century family has just left the building. The theatrical interiors give visitors a colourful glimpse into London’s past.