As you may remember, a few weeks ago I reported that American Express were on a mission to find the most inspiring hidden spaces and secret hideaways in London. They weren’t interested in highlighting the usual tourist hotspots, and instead were searching out under-the-radar markets, great running routes and secluded places to soak up the sun and read a book.
And now a digital map of the top suggestions has been released on Pinterest so we can all enjoy London’s hidden gems (there is also a map for Manchester, Leeds and Glasgow). Amongst the edit you’ll find Kentish Town City Farm, the Southbank Book Market, Postman’s Park and my personal favourite: Isabella Plantation.
I’ve been visiting Isabella Plantation in Richmond Park [pictured here] since I was a little kid, and it’s the source of so many happy childhood memories. It’s open year-round, and looks beautiful with every season, but summer is my favourite time to visit because it makes a fantastic picnic spot. And you can even take dogs into the gardens with you, as long as they’re kept on a leash at all times.
See the full selection of London’s most inspiring places here. Like Isabella Plantation they’re all free to enjoy, so if you’re staying in the city this summer make sure you check them out!
Where are your favourite hidden hideaways in London?
* This post was created in collaboration with American Express. Thanks for supporting the sponsors that make Coco’s Tea Party possible *