How To Find The Best Hidden Gems in London

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Whether you’re after a unique date night eatery or a diamond in the rough of a bar, finding hidden gems in London can be difficult.

Let’s face it – no one wants to do all the cliche, touristy activities for date nights or days out. There’s something satisfying about finding a spot that hasn’t been Instagrammed a million times or having your friends asking about your top picks for restaurants or activities in the big city.

Luckily for you, dear reader, we’ve put together some top tips for finding amazing dishes, fun activities and creative cocktails in the most up and coming spots in London experiences. Let’s get started.

Follow the Right Blogs

First, you’ve got to make sure that you’ve got your ear to the right places. If you want to find out about the latest hotspots in London before they go viral, find (and bookmark) blogs that do all the work for you. For example, this excellent overview of indoor activities in London by enamoree, is perfect for couples looking to ‘reignite date night’. It gives you some really good spots to check out should the ever-changing British weather (quite literally) rain on your parade.

Blogs and social media accounts that have the time to try out lots of places and provide detailed reviews of different locations can offer many interesting insights to swing your decision of where to spend your evening or day.

Do Your Research

It’s not just blogs and social media pages that’ll give you the best recommendations of leisure activities – sometimes the best suggestions come from the more traditional sources. Don’t forget about or underestimate the power of review sites, like Google Reviews and TripAdvisor. Real stories and opinions from real people will give you some of the most objective overviews of restaurants and other hospitality providers – often with photos too.

Try searching for your desired activity or restaurant cuisine in a chosen area on Google Maps and get clicking. Have a quick read of the reviews and ratings for even the smallest, hole in the wall-looking places – you might just strike gold! 

Find Them Yourself

There is another key way to find the best hidden gems in London – by discovering them yourself. It’s impossible for blogs to cover absolutely every amazing place, and if you’re looking for under-rated gems that are yet to be discovered, you’ve got the best chance of finding them this way.

The same applies for eating out, and unfortunately, we tend to flock to places that are the most popular. But in reality, the best food is found in family-owned, unsuspecting spots that don’t have ‘Instagrammable’ interiors or extensive cocktail menus. 

Sometimes all the research in the world won’t match up to just getting out in the city and having a wander. Reviews and recommendations online definitely can help narrow down your choices, but often you won’t know for sure until you try. We all have different experiences when we go out, so simply explore London. You’re bound to come across a hidden gem or two on your travels.

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