Exploring London’s Inspirational Hidden Spaces

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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.

Isabella Plantation Richmond Park London
American Express London's Top Inspirational Places
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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.

Isabella Plantation Richmond Park
Isabella Plantation Richmond Park American Express

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?

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  • The timing of this post is great. I’m coming to London next month and I could use all the tips I could get. If You have any recommendations for places to visit (other than the classic touristic spots) I would appreciate them. Thank you very much!

  • I’m always guilty of doing the exact same things when I visit London and although my sister and I often share other ideas to keep us busy we can’t help but steer back to familiar spots. Definitely adding this to my list, picnic in the park is always a good idea.


    p.s. you’re a total cutie, love your look! xx

    • cocos_tea_party

      Thank you!

  • Renata

    London is so rich in gorgeous places. You can never get tired of running around city, looking for them. And they are all different. It’s amazing.


  • ediot

    how fun. I love London and hope to go back there soon.
    thanks for sharing this.
    nice outfit btw