Unsung Heroes of London: Your Favourite Hidden Gems

View of Tower Bridge in LondonAmongst social-media savvy travellers, the travel “selfie” is now an established part of any city experience. Skim through any holidaymaker’s Instagram feed and you’re almost certain to find multiple self-portraits painstakingly snapped in front of the most famous local monuments.

Earlier in the year it was announced that Tower Bridge was the sixth most-Instagrammed landmark in London, on a list headed up by Big Ben, The London Eye and Harrods. The good news for intrepid travellers in search of the perfect Tower Bridge selfie is that The Tower Hotel offers an extraordinary view of this legendary monument – in fact, the hotel was chosen by Trip Advisor to feature on its recent list of 10 hotels around the world with stunning views.

London has also become known as one of the top selfie destinations in the world, with locals and visitors alike hopping aboard the mobile phone pic bandwagon. Yet aside from grabbing those prize photos in Hyde Park, Oxford Street or Covent Garden (other London locations that made the list), locals in particular are taking selfies in a number of their favourite – yet relatively unknown – places in London…

“Unsung Heroes of London” Competition

To celebrate these lesser-known London gems, The Tower Hotel has launched its “Unsung Heroes of London” competition. Twitter users are asked to snap a selfie of themselves in their favourite lesser-known London destination and tweet it to @thetowerLDN using the hashtag #TowerSelfie, along with a link to The Tower Hotel page. In return, they’ll be entered into a draw to win one night’s stay for two people at the luxurious Tower Hotel.

To help get your creative juices flowing, we’ve asked a couple of London’s top local bloggers to take a selfie of themselves in a place they feel is an “unsung hero” of London – a great place they love to visit and feel is deserving of recognition. Here are two great examples:

Cheylene of Girl in London chose a section of the Thames Path near Canary Wharf:

“Walking along the Thames, you feel connected to the whole of London. I especially love this little spot along the Thames Path near the western entrance to Canary Wharf. On a clear day you can look up the river and spot the Shard, the Gherkin, and beautifully converted warehouses from London’s maritime days.”

A selfie of blogger Cheylene who writes www.girlinlondon.com taken along the Thames Path near Canary Wharf in London - view of the river and skyline in background

Cheylene on the Thames Path

Sarah of The Wanderblogger sang the praises of the gardens at Chiswick House:

“I believe these gardens are often overlooked because of the popularity of Kew Gardens nearby. Chiswick House itself is nice, but I think what really deserves attention are the beautiful historic gardens and walking trails surrounding it. It’s one of my favourite places in London.”

A selfie of blogger Sarah who writes The Wander Blogger taken at Chiswick House Gardens in London - view of elegant formal gardens in background

Sarah at Chiswick House Gardens

So what are you waiting for? Time to head out and snap those selfies!

In the meantime you can read more about the competition (including terms and conditions) on the hotel’s website. Best of luck!

(Top image: Paul.White on Flickr CC)

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