The following is in partnership with Attraction Tix but as always all thoughts and opinions are entirely my own.
London is a city just waiting to be explored. From ancient sites to modern marvels, there’s plenty here to sink your teeth into. However, if take a step back from the ordinary tourist hotspots and delve a little deeper, you’ll find a city full of hidden gems and secret hideaways for you and your family to discover. Get to grips with some of the real sights of London with this guide to some of the cities secrets.
Jack the Ripper Tour
The infamous serial killer is remembered in this sinister tour that traces his footsteps around old Whitechapel. Although never caught, the grisly way in which his victims died continues to capture the imaginations of many. It’s possible to get some great deals for this and many other London attractions with AttractionTix, which includes a trip to the Old Bailey, a visit to Fleet Street and much more, all guided by an experienced Ripperologist.
Ghost sightings at Hampton Court
One of Henry VIII’s famous palaces, many of his unfortunate wives are said to still haunt these halls. Test your nerves with a night-time tour of this eerie palace while a tour guide sets your spine a-tingling with tales of past ghostly sightings. When the tour is all but over, if you can bear to face the haunted gallery alone then surely you deserve a hearty drink!
Freemasonry has long been a tradition steeped in mystery and intrigue. With a guided tour of the Freemason’s lodge in central London, you may come a little closer to understanding this ancient tradition. The beautiful Art Deco building is open for tours when the Grand Temple is not in use, and there are up to five tours per day. Exploring this interesting building and its lavish interior may bring help shed some light on London’s secret freemasonry past, and you could even apply to join while you’re there!
Perfect for movie buffs and factual historians alike, this hidden medieval church is famous for its role in Dan Brown’s The Da Vinci Code, and intrigues historians for its association with the Knights Templar. Although entry to the church is free during services, it is not always open to the public. However, if you hang about the entrance for long enough, you may find that a kindly barrister will let you in on his or her way to the Chambers.
These are just a few of the weird and wonderful experiences to be had in London if you veer a little off the beaten track. A city full of ancient surprises awaits you, so why not do something a little different with your next London adventure?