Secret London locations – as recommended by locals

Food on offer at a food market in Brick Lane, East LondonEvery city has its hidden gems – those edgy shops, authentic restaurants and other cool destinations easily missed by the casual visitor. London is no exception – indeed, because of its size, diversity and fascinating history, London is packed with secret locations just waiting to be explored.

Tucked away off the beaten track, these establishments are generally only frequented by those in the know, so it’s always worth seeking out insider tips from locals if you wish to unlock London’s secret hotspots. To get started, we asked Adam at Eating London Food Tours to share some of his favourite places in East London. Here’s what he recommends:

“It’s no secret that East London is cool, but finding the right spots to hit up is the real challenge. For the truly trendy, visit Present London (140 Shoreditch High Street E1 6JE) — a menswear shop that not only sells the coolest fashion, but also housewares, books and a great flat white. Pitfield London (31-35 Pitfield Street N1 6HB) is another fashion-forward hotspot in East London. It’s a cafe, exhibition space and furniture store all rolled into one!

“If it’s food in the East End that you’re after, you can’t go wrong with any of the East London markets. Brick Lane usually gets all the attention on Sundays, but if you’re after some true food gems, visit the Broadway Market on Saturdays near London Fields Park. With over 100 vendors (most of them food), the street food market has everything from Indian thalis to local fruits and vegetables.”

Keen to uncover more of London’s hidden hotspots? Book a room in the Guoman Hotels Top Secret Sale and set off on your own unforgettable London adventure. The sale has been extended for a limited period only, so be sure to seize this great opportunity to explore the city and all it has to offer.

Do you have a favourite “secret” destination in London you’d like to share? We’d love to hear about it in the comments below.

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