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Atlas Obscura ‘An Allegory of Man’

This painting’s early history is a mystery. It dates from the 16th century at the earliest, making it a rare surviving religious painting from this era in British history. But though its origins are unclear, its details and religious symbolism are easy to spot. 

The motifs of this classic painting almost stretch beyond the imagination. To the left of the man’s shoulder is a maiden dressed in finery and wielding a bow from which she prepares to fire three arrows toward her target. If you examine this figure more closely, focusing particularly on the arrows, you will see that each is labeled with a sin: “Glotony,” “Slowth,” and “Lechery.”

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Atlas Obscura 2016
3.27km
Novelty Automation

Discover Novelty Automation in London, England: A tongue-in-cheek arcade where the games are based on everyday life.

Atlas Obscura 2019
2.01km
The World’s Oldest Family-Run Magic Shop

Davenports Magic Shop is hidden beneath a bustling London thoroughfare.

Atlas Obscura 2019
3.87km
The Charterhouse Black Death Skeleton

Discover The Charterhouse Black Death Skeleton in London, England: This historic building displays the remains of a victim of the devastating 14th-century plague.

Atlas Obscura 2019
3.32km
London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine Vectors of Disease Frieze

Discover London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine Vectors of Disease Frieze in London, England: The Art Deco artwork depicts gilded carriers of deadly illnesses.

Atlas Obscura 2021
5.1km
Wandsworth Roundabout Underpass

Discover Wandsworth Roundabout Underpass in London, England: This underpass became an unlikely piece of cinematic history after its appearance in 'A Clockwork Orange.'.

Atlas Obscura 2019
2.13km
PsychoBarn

Discover PsychoBarn in London, England: A traditional American farmhouse plopped in the middle of a Piccadilly courtyard.

Atlas Obscura 2017
3.64km
London’s Masterful Public Square That Never Was

The amazing modernist design for Mansion House Square never saw the light of day.

Atlas Obscura 2019
3.65km
The Mysterious Case of the Walbrook Skulls

These enigmatic Roman remains are displayed in the Museum of London.

Atlas Obscura 2019
1.75km
Topolski’s ‘Memoir of the Century’

Discover Topolski's 'Memoir of the Century' in London, England: Tucked inside a South Bank bar is an epic expressionist chronicle of the 20th century.

Brutalism
3.09km
Welbeck Street Car Park
Atlas Obscura 2017
4.51km
Paddington Bear Can Still Be Found at His London Train Station

A note attached to his coat reads “Please look after this bear. Thank you.”

Post 2019
1.95km
I Found My Mother With This London Tube Map From 1977
Atlas Obscura 2018
4.06km
The Executioner’s Ax

Discover The Executioner's Ax in London, England: Tucked away in the Tower of London is the weapon once used to execute high-profile prisoners.

Atlas Obscura 2017
3.13km
Memorial to a Mohegan Chief Outside Southwark Cathedral

He died in London while petitioning the king for justice for his tribe.

Atlas Obscura 2019
2.12km
10 Adam Street

Discover 10 Adam Street in London, England: England's most famous front door has an accidental doppelganger.

Audio Guide
0.99km
Audio Guide
Visit London with MP3 City Guides
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Atlas Obscura 2019
3.42km
Tower of London Barbary Lion Skulls

Discover Tower of London Barbary Lion Skulls in London, England: The bones of two medieval royal lions were discovered at the historic fortress.

Atlas Obscura 2021
4.49km
Dirty Dick’s

Discover Dirty Dick's in England: This pub boasts a curious history and ties to Charles Dickens.

Brutalism 1964
1.23km
Lambeth Towers
Atlas Obscura 2018
3.76km
Peace Garden at Tavistock Square

Discover Peace Garden at Tavistock Square in London, England: A quiet, semi-secret square with statues of Mahatma Gandhi, Virginia Woolf, and a conscientious objectors stone.

Atlas Obscura 2021
4.72km
Spitalfields Charnel House

Discover Spitalfields Charnel House in London, England: Preserved behind glass, the ruins of a medieval building used to store human remains.

Atlas Obscura 2017
4.38km
The Rose Garden Where Pongo and Perdita Met in “101 Dalmatians”

The Queen Mary's Rose Garden is a favorite oasis of busy Londoners

Brutalism
DEMOLISHED
2.5km
Sampson House
Brutalism
DEMOLISHED
2.2km
Heygate Estate
Atlas Obscura 2017
3.73km
London’s Tiny Mice Sculpture

A mysterious pair of mice eating a piece of cheese is the city's smallest public sculpture.

Brutalism 1964
2.68km
Civil Aviation Authority Building
Atlas Obscura 2018
5.44km
Nomadic Community Gardens

Discover Nomadic Community Gardens in London, England: This secret garden has bloomed into London's most unique hub of urban creativity.

Audio Guide
2.21km
Audio Guide
Let’s visit Britain!
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Atlas Obscura 2019
0.66km
S.O.E. Monument

Discover S.O.E. Monument in London, England: A bronze bust commemorates the heroism of the secret agents who led covert operations against the Nazis.

Post 2019
2.15km
Wonderful Kodachrome Photos of London in 1949
Audio Guide
2.83km
Audio Guide
London: Soho, Theatreland and Chinatown
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Atlas Obscura 2019
3.59km
The Secret Laboratory at the Monument to the Great Fire of London

The hidden underground room is part of the column's purpose as a scientific instrument.

Brutalism
3.71km
World’s End Estate
Atlas Obscura 2020
2.55km
Dinner by Heston Blumenthal

Discover Dinner by Heston Blumenthal in London, England: Historic cuisine meets fine dining in a hotel-restaurant overlooking Hyde Park.

Atlas Obscura 2019
3.45km
Ernest Shackleton Statue

Discover Ernest Shackleton Statue in London, England: An effigy of the famous polar explorer stands outside the Royal Geographical Society's headquarters.

Audio Guide
1.89km
Audio Guide
Canada in London
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Atlas Obscura 2018
3.7km
Billingsgate Roman House and Baths

Discover Billingsgate Roman House and Baths in London, England: A Roman spa buried deep beneath the City of London.

Atlas Obscura 2018
‘Titania and Bottom’

Discover 'Titania and Bottom' in London, England: This macabre painting of a Shakespearean scene looks like something out of a nightmare.

Atlas Obscura 2019
1.97km
‘A Conversation With Oscar Wilde’

Discover 'A Conversation With Oscar Wilde' in London, England: An unusual ode to the late Irish playwright, complete with a squiggly bust and coffin-shaped bench.

Atlas Obscura 2019
1.54km
The Lioness and the Lesser Kudu

Discover The Lioness and the Lesser Kudu in London, England: This striking statue brings a scene from the African savannah into central London.

Atlas Obscura 2018
The Ghost of a Flea

Discover The Ghost of a Flea in London, England: William Blake claimed to have painted this gothic masterpiece after encountering this nightmarish being in a vision.

Atlas Obscura 2018
2.76km
Temple Bar Memorial Dragon

Discover Temple Bar Memorial Dragon in London, England: The fierce beast perches atop a pedestal marking where the historic City of London gates once stood.

Audio Guide
1.67km
Audio Guide
Mapping health in19th and 21th century London
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Atlas Obscura 2017
2.29km
Michael Faraday’s Laboratory

Discover Michael Faraday's Laboratory in London, England: The lab where the scientist made his groundbreaking discoveries is preserved on the basement floor of the Faraday Museum.

Atlas Obscura 2017
7.03km
The ‘Official’ Church of London’s Clowns

Three small rooms dedicated to the gift of laughter.

Atlas Obscura 2022
3.54km
The Oldest Tree in London (Maybe)

A 70-foot-tall plane tree in Cheapside has survived fires, bombings, and estate agents.

Brutalism
7.9km
20th Century Building on South Hill Park, NW3
Atlas Obscura 2021
3.87km
The Cornhill Devils

Discover The Cornhill Devils in London, England: These Victorian era devil sculptures were designed to spite a local vicar.

Brutalism
7.9km
Showroom Hille (Furniture Hille)
Atlas Obscura 2017
3.96km
Traitors’ Gate

Discover Traitors' Gate in London, England: The watery entrance for condemned prisoners heading to the Tower of London is still visible along the Thames.

Audio Guide
1.8km
Audio Guide
Interrail Europe
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Brutalism 1961
1.88km
Hayward Gallery
Brutalism
1.09km
Ministry of Justice
Atlas Obscura 2018
4.14km
Brixton Windmill

Discover Brixton Windmill in London, England: A fully functional, 200-year-old remnant of the time when Brixton was mostly fields.

Atlas Obscura 2019
4.45km
The Labyrinths of the London Underground

Discover London Underground Labyrinths in London, England: A labyrinth hides in plain sight at each of the city's 270 Tube stations.

Atlas Obscura 2019
2.28km
Wellington Monument

Discover Wellington Monument in London, England: This once-controversial and slightly confusing statue of Achilles was built out of captured cannons.

Atlas Obscura 2020
2.21km
Rules

Discover Rules in London, England: Classic game cookery takes center stage at what's widely considered London's oldest restaurant.

Brutalism
7.88km
Brian Housden House
Atlas Obscura 2020
2.86km
The Albert Bridge

Discover The Albert Bridge in London, England: Chelsea's soldiers were given strict orders when crossing this historic bridge.

Audio Guide
1.36km
Audio Guide
The complete London Audio Guide. Part II
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Brutalism 1965
1.41km
Wates Blocks
Brutalism
3.48km
Library, SOAS University
Atlas Obscura 2020
4.47km
Myddelton Passage Police Graffiti

Discover Myddelton Passage Police Graffiti in London, England: These marks in Myddelton Passage aren't your run-of-the-mill vandalism, and they weren't made by your typical vandal.

Atlas Obscura 2019
2.36km
London Transport Museum

Discover London Transport Museum in London, England: Its collection includes a broad array of social, geographic, graphic design, and political history.

Post 2019
2.37km
Hidden London: New Book Explores the City’s Forgotten Underground
Atlas Obscura 2019
3.65km
Viking Tombstone

Discover Viking Tombstone in London, England: This Viking gravestone carved in a rare runic style was dug up from a London churchyard.

Atlas Obscura 2017
3.93km
Two Princes Staircase

Discover Two Princes Staircase in London, England: Richard III supposedly disposed of his nephews' bodies here in an effort to seal his claim to the throne.

Atlas Obscura 2019
3.15km
Shield of Parade

Discover Shield of Parade in London, England: This magnificently macabre shield shows the power of chivalrous love in medieval times.

Atlas Obscura 2018
3.42km
Mary Anning’s Plesiosaur

Discover Mary Anning's Plesiosaur in London, England: This marine reptile was discovered by one of the 19th century's greatest fossil hunters.

Atlas Obscura 2019
2.19km
Booksellers’ Row

This charming 17th-century alley is lined with secondhand bookstores and antiquarian shops.

Atlas Obscura 2018
4.08km
The Tower of London Ravens

Six ravens are kept captive (but well-fed) at the tower to prevent the fall of the Crown.

Atlas Obscura 2017
3.43km
The Golden Boy at Pye Corner

Discover The Golden Boy at Pye Corner in London, England: A portly statue of a golden boy commemorates an unusual cause of the Great Fire of London: the sin of gluttony.

Atlas Obscura 2021
2.58km
Odeon Covent Garden

Discover Odeon Covent Garden in London, England: Formerly known as Saville Theatre, this mid-20th-century entertainment hub includes an ornate frieze.

Brutalism
2.01km
National Theatre
Atlas Obscura 2019
1.47km
Fleet Air Arm Memorial

Discover Fleet Air Arm Memorial in London, England: A haunting monument dedicated to the Royal Naval Air Service and the Fleet Air Arm.

Atlas Obscura 2019
3.15km
The Spectacular Mold Gold Cape

Discover Mold Gold Cape in London, England: This intriguing Bronze Age artifact spent centuries hidden within a Welsh faerie hill.

Wikipedia Landmark
1.37km
10 Downing Street

10 Downing Street in London, also known colloquially in the United Kingdom as Number 10, is the official residence and executive office of the First Lord of the Treasury, usually also the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom. Along with the adjoining Ca…

Atlas Obscura 2020
2.54km
575 Wandsworth Road

Discover 575 Wandsworth Road in London, England: What started as a way to address damp basement walls turned into a house filled with intricate hand-carved designs.

Brutalism 1969
1.88km
Perronet House
Atlas Obscura 2018
7.03km
The Clown Egg Register

Discover Clown Egg Register in London, England: An archive of ceramic eggs painted to record clowns' personal makeup designs.

Atlas Obscura 2019
3.12km
The Burney Relief

Discover The Burney Relief in London, England: This bewitching Babylonian goddess haunts a hallway of the British Museum.

Brutalism
6.56km
Workshops & Housing, Loudoun Road
Atlas Obscura 2021
2.57km
Mount Street Gardens

Discover Mount Street Gardens in London, England: Tucked away behind the mansions of Mayfair, this picturesque garden is a hidden London treasure with a spooky past.

Atlas Obscura 2021
3.57km
Goldsmith’s Garden

Discover Goldsmith's Garden in London, England: A secluded green oasis amidst the towering skyscrapers, bears an unusual moniker that reflects one of the city's oldest guilds.

Atlas Obscura 2018
6.98km
Isokon Flats

Discover Isokon Flats in London, England: An exercise in radical design and social living that became the epicenter of Soviet spy networks in London.

Atlas Obscura 2021
2.95km
The Champion

Discover The Champion in London, England: This 19th-century pub features stained-glass windows celebrating Victorian-era "champions.".

Atlas Obscura 2019
2.46km
Kirkaldy Testing Museum

Discover Kirkaldy Testing Museum in London, England: A collection of machines designed to break things for science.

Atlas Obscura 2019
3.15km
Wolf-God of Woodeaton

Discover Wolf-God of Woodeaton in London, England: A gruesome and mysterious ancient sculpture of a pagan deity from the Roman occupation of Celtic Britain.

Atlas Obscura 2019
3.65km
The Aurochs Skull

Discover The Aurochs Skull in London, England: The gigantic skull of a long-extinct species that once roamed the forests of England and Ireland.

Atlas Obscura 2017
2.21km
Goodwin’s Court

Discover Goodwin's Court in London, England: An easily overlooked stretch of ornate window fronts and gaslight lamps that could be right from the pages of Dickens.

Brutalism
2.87km
Hyde Park Barracks
Atlas Obscura 2017
2.32km
Metropolitan Police Coat Hook

Discover Metropolitan Police Coat Hook in London, England: Installed at a chaotic intersection, this gave London traffic cops a place to hang their heavy woolen coats.

Atlas Obscura 2018
3.45km
London’s Secret Shelters

These bright green huts give cabbies a place to rest and hunker down with a hot meal.

Atlas Obscura 2018
3.52km
Roman Wharf Timber

Discover Roman Wharf Timber in London, England: The 2,000-year-old beam is tucked within the pedestrian entrance to the old London Bridge.

Atlas Obscura 2017
2.93km
The Last Ferryman’s Seat in London

Discover The Ferryman's Seat in London, England: The last remaining example of the boatmen's perches that once dotted the south bank of the Thames.

Atlas Obscura 2019
1.69km
Giro the Dog’s Grave

Discover Giro the Dog's Grave in London, England: The final resting place of a German diplomat's beloved companion.

Atlas Obscura 2018
2.06km
The Largest Dog Library in London

The Kennel Club Library is packed with a plethora of canine-themed books.

Atlas Obscura 2018
2.85km
Whitefriars Crypt

Discover Whitefriars Crypt in London, England: Buried for centuries, this hidden cellar is all that remains of London's medieval Whitefriars Monastery.

Atlas Obscura 2021
3.38km
Christchurch Greyfriars Church Garden

Discover Christchurch Greyfriars Church Garden in London, England: The ruins of a church destroyed by both the Great Fire of London and the Blitz, now turned into a peaceful garden.

Brutalism
4.04km
Royal College of Physicians
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1.81km
London
Atlas Obscura 2019
4km
Blenheim Gardens Estate

Discover Blenheim Gardens Estate in London, England: A wonderfully preserved example of London's 1960s-style high-density, low-rise public housing.

Brutalism 1972
2.4km
Macadam Building, King’s College London
Atlas Obscura 2019
2.1km
The Map that Changed the World

Created by "father of English geology," this iconic map is hidden behind a curtain in the Geological Society building.

Atlas Obscura 2019
3.14km
The Luck of Edenhall

Discover The Luck of Edenhall in England: At over 600 years old, this enchanting glass has a long history, and its name, the Luck of Edenhall, reflects just how enchanted it just might be.

Brutalism 1971
2.93km
St. Giles Hotel
Brutalism 1966
3.42km
Imperial Hotel
Audio Guide
3.17km
Audio Guide
London Churches
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Brutalism
6.66km
Alexandra and Ainsworth Road Estate
Atlas Obscura 2019
4.45km
The London Bridge That Curls Up Like a Caterpillar

It unfurls to let passengers cross a small canal.

Atlas Obscura 2019
2.43km
Strand Lane ‘Roman Baths’

Discover Strand Lane 'Roman Baths' in London, England: Victorian-era Londoners really wanted to believe this 17th-century cistern was actually an ancient artifact.

Atlas Obscura 2021
3.97km
Tower Bridge’s Dead Man’s Hole

Discover Tower Bridge’s Dead Man’s Hole in London, England: This unassuming alcove in London’s famous Tower Bridge once served to capture, store, and display dead bodies from the River Thames.

Atlas Obscura 2018
1.92km
The London Library

Discover The London Library in London, England: More than a million titles fill the labyrinthine shelves of this prestigious private library.

Atlas Obscura 2017
7.24km
Freud Museum London

Discover Freud Museum London in London, England: The pioneer of psychoanalysis spent the final year of his life here, still seeing patients on that famous couch.

Atlas Obscura 2020
3.91km
The Tower of London Menagerie

Discover The Tower of London Menagerie in London, England: These wire animal sculptures commemorate the exotic inhabitants that once called the Tower of London home.

Atlas Obscura 2017
2.18km
The Original Prototype of London’s Iconic Telephone Box

The wooden model phone booth is tucked away in Piccadilly Circus in the same spot it was originally placed.

Brutalism 1967
3.76km
Brunswick Centre (Fonding Estate)
Brutalism 1968
3.91km
Salter’s Hall
Atlas Obscura 2017
3.86km
London’s Peter Pan Statue

Discover Peter Pan Statue in London, England: A statue marks the exact spot where The Boy Who Never Grows Up made his first literary appearance.

Audio Guide
2.45km
Audio Guide
Georgian London
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Atlas Obscura 2022
2.51km
This London Statue is Part King, Part Goddess

A monument to Alfred the Great was built on the legs of a much older statue of the goddess Minerva.

Atlas Obscura 2018
2.34km
The Deadhouse

Discover The Deadhouse in London, England: Tombstones and enigmatic inscriptions hide within a vault beneath a popular London arts venue.

Brutalism
DEMOLISHED
6.63km
Marquess Road Estate
Audio Guide
5.74km
Audio Guide
The Beatles vs The Rolling Stones
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Atlas Obscura 2018
2.05km
Churchill’s Secret Tube Station

The secret wartime bunker built on the platforms of an abandoned Underground station.

Audio Guide 2014
2.39km
Audio Guide
The London of Bridget Jones
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Atlas Obscura 2018
3.99km
Beauchamp Tower

Discover Beauchamp Tower in London, England: Graffiti from the 16th and 17th centuries cover the walls of this part of the Tower of London.

Audio Guide
2.97km
Audio Guide
Public Museums of London – a detailed story
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Atlas Obscura 2017
0.21km
A London Pub With Underground Prison Cells and a Spy Room

The pub was once a deportation holding centre for convicts being shipped off to Australia.

Atlas Obscura 2017
7.12km
Where the Man Behind the Hit Record ‘Telstar’ Lived and Died

Discover Meeksville Sound Plaque in London, England: The home studio one of Britain's first independent record producers is also the site of a murder-suicide.

Audio Guide
4.83km
Audio Guide
Regent’s Canal History Audio Walk
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Atlas Obscura 2019
3.34km
Electric Avenue

Discover Electric Avenue in London, England: "We gonna rock down to Electric Avenue, and then we'll take it higher…".

Atlas Obscura 2017
3.71km
The Last of London’s Extravagant Street Signs

Just four remain.

Atlas Obscura 2018
3.03km
Animals in War Memorial

Discover Animals in War Memorial in London, England: A unique tribute to the millions of animals who served and died for the British military.

Atlas Obscura 2019
0.93km
Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Galleries

Discover Queen's Diamond Jubilee Galleries in London, England: This long-hidden space above Westminster Abbey now displays the battle gear of the legendary King Henry V.

Atlas Obscura 2021
4.22km
Silver Jubilee Crystal Crown

Discover Silver Jubilee Crystal Crown in London, England: A discarded movie prop that was the original monolith for "2001: A Space Odyssey.".

Atlas Obscura 2019
2.88km
Millennium Bridge Tiny Chewing Gum Art

Discover Millennium Bridge Tiny Chewing Gum Art in London, England: The bridge is a secret gallery of discarded gum that has been transformed into miniature masterpieces.

Atlas Obscura 2018
3.38km
Panyer Boy

Discover Panyer Boy in London, England: A mysterious carving from 17th-century London seemingly depicts a young boy sitting on a bread basket.

Audio Guide
2.46km
Audio Guide
London: The Covent Garden
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Atlas Obscura 2019
4.33km
British Library Treasures Gallery

Discover British Library Treasures Gallery in London, England: The library houses an incredible collection of some of the world's most impressive books and manuscripts.

Atlas Obscura 2018
4.94km
London’s Floating Bookstore

At Word on the Water, it's all books on deck.

Brutalism
4.77km
Peckham Car Park (today: Peckham Levels)
Atlas Obscura 2019
3.65km
The Four Mother Goddesses

Discover The Four Mother Goddesses in London, England: One of the figures in this Celtic sculpture continues to puzzle archaeologists.

Atlas Obscura 2018
1.92km
Trafalgar Square Imperial Measurements

Discover Trafalgar Square Imperial Measurements in London, England: These official units of measurement—including chains and perches—lie hidden beneath tourists' feet in a popular London hub.

Brutalism 1959
1.81km
St James’s Place
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3.37km
Audio Guide
London’s anaesthetic history
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Atlas Obscura 2019
3.97km
Tower Bridge Chimney

Discover Tower Bridge Chimney in London, England: An architectural oddity hides in plain sight on this iconic London bridge.

Atlas Obscura 2019
2.97km
The Beaumont Hotel

Discover The Beaumont Hotel in London, England: This five-star hotel was originally a swanky parking garage.

Brutalism 1965
3.87km
Barbican Estate
Atlas Obscura 2017
3.53km
London’s Only Public Statue of Henry VIII

This tribute to the much-married monarch is easy to miss if you are not looking. 

Atlas Obscura 2016
3.64km
Petrie Museum of Egyptian Archaeology

Discover Petrie Museum of Egyptian Archaeology in London, England: An small and easily overlooked archaeology museum chock full of Egyptian artifacts.

Atlas Obscura 2018
2.95km
Brown Hart Gardens

Discover Brown Hart Gardens in London, England: It is still illegal to "quarrel" at this unlikely urban oasis built on top of an electrical substation.

Atlas Obscura 2018
3.35km
Tyburn Tree Marker

Discover Tyburn Tree Marker in London, England: Never actually a tree at all, this spot was the site of London's public hangings for nearly 600 years.

Brutalism
1.76km
Annex “Old Vic” Theater
Atlas Obscura 2017
3.45km
Sake Dean Mahomed Plaque

Discover Sake Dean Mahomed Plaque in London, England: The "shampooer of kings" who opened London's first curry cafe was a celebrity in the 19th century, but is all but forgotten now.

Audio Guide
3.77km
Audio Guide
Forbidden Fruit: Gay Hidden Heritage
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Atlas Obscura 2016
4.86km
The Ten Bells Pub

Discover The Ten Bells Pub in London, England: Mary Kelly was last seen here before she was murdered by Jack the Ripper.

Audio Guide
2.84km
Audio Guide
Rock’n’London
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Atlas Obscura 2019
3.83km
The Gardener Statue

Discover The Gardener Statue in London, England: A tribute to all the green-thumbed workers who tend London’s public parks and gardens.

Atlas Obscura 2019
Torso in Metal from Rock Drill

Discover Torso in Metal from Rock Drill in London, England: This haunting sculpture was created as a statement on the mechanized warfare of the First World War.

Brutalism 1960
1.91km
Economist Cluster
Atlas Obscura 2017
2.53km
The London Statue That Imitates Passersby

The Monument to the Unknown Artist seems like any other bronze statue until it strikes the same pose as someone in its vicinity.

Atlas Obscura 2017
3.38km
Think Modern Dentists Are Scary?

Their tools have nothing on the pain-inducing tools displayed at the British Dental Museum.

Audio Guide
3.34km
Audio Guide
Shakespeare’s Riverside London
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Atlas Obscura 2017
4.23km
The Notorious East London Aldgate Pump

The water from its wolf-shaped spigot was found to contain sewage and human remains.

Atlas Obscura 2019
3.14km
Victoria and Albert Museum WWII Battle Scars

Discover Victoria and Albert Museum WWII Battle Scars in London, England: The pockmarks across the building's facade are remnants of the Blitz.

Atlas Obscura 2020
3.63km
Pudding Lane

Discover Pudding Lane in London, England: The Great Fire of London and the regulation of one-way streets both started in this alley.

Atlas Obscura 2019
2.67km
These Fences Are Actually World War II-Era Stretchers

The fences outside some of South London's estates are made from recycled medical equipment.

Audio Guide
1.09km
Audio Guide
London: Westminster and Parliament
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Audio Guide
4.12km
Audio Guide
The complete London Audio Guide. Part I
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Atlas Obscura 2019
3.12km
V&A Dog Memorials

Discover V&A Dog Memorials in London, England: Hidden in the courtyard of the Victoria and Albert Museum is a little-known tribute to two celebrity pooches.

Brutalism
4.16km
Tower Hotel
Atlas Obscura 2019
2.08km
Epstein’s Medical Sculptures

Discover Epstein's Medical Sculptures in London, England: A series of carved figures that scandalized British society.

Atlas Obscura 2019
1.39km
Memorial to the Women of World War II

Discover Memorial to the Women of World War II in London, England: The bronze uniforms commemorate the vital role of women during World War II.

Atlas Obscura 2019
2.01km
Cleopatra’s Needle Shrapnel Scars

Discover Cleopatra's Needle Shrapnel Scars in London, England: This ancient Egyptian obelisk still bears the wounds of World War I.

Atlas Obscura 2019
1.99km
‘The Ambassadors’

Discover 'The Ambassadors' in London, England: A mysterious shape catches the eye in this 16th-century painting.

Atlas Obscura 2018
2.71km
The Strange Hut in Soho Square

Discover The Soho Square Hut in London, England: The Tudor-style cottage in the middle of the square is not quite what it seems.

Audio Guide
3.73km
Audio Guide
Pub crawling in London.
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Atlas Obscura 2019
2.45km
Algerian Coffee Stores

Discover Algerian Coffee Stores in London, England: Since 1887, this old-school shop has stacked its shelves with extraordinary coffees and teas.

Atlas Obscura 2020
1.17km
William Blake Mosaics

Discover William Blake Mosaics in London, England: This open-air mosaic gallery honoring an English artist took hundreds of volunteers more than seven years to create.

Post 2019
1.95km
BATH, England—One of the best collections of historical and contemporary dresses can be found…
Atlas Obscura 2019
3.42km
Chi-Chi the Giant Panda

Discover Chi-Chi the Giant Panda in London, England: The beloved beast's taxidermy remains sit in the Natural History Museum's cafe.

Audio Guide
3.37km
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BRITISH UNIVERSITIES
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World Heritage Site 1987
0.96km
Palace of Westminster and Westminster Abbey including Saint Margaret’s Church

Westminster Palace, rebuilt from the year 1840 on the site of important medieval remains, is a fine example of neo-Gothic architecture. The site – which also comprises the small medieval Church of Saint Margaret, built in Perpendicular Gothic styl…

World Heritage Site 1988
4.05km
Tower of London

The massive White Tower is a typical example of Norman military architecture, whose influence was felt throughout the kingdom. It was built on the Thames by William the Conqueror to protect London and assert his power. The Tower of London – an imp…

Atlas Obscura 2019
1.97km
Charing Cross Storm Tree

Discover Charing Cross Storm Tree in London, England: A living memorial to the trees London lost during the Great Storm of 1987.

Atlas Obscura 2019
3.41km
Francis Bacon’s Studio and Home

Discover Francis Bacon's Studio and Home in London, England: A plaque pays tribute to the artist's longtime London home.

Atlas Obscura 2017
1.98km
Gravestone of the Original Pearly King

A life-size statue of a London legend is hidden under a church.

Atlas Obscura 2019
0.38km
Vauxhall Bridge’s Miniature St. Paul’s Cathedral

Discover Vauxhall Bridge's Miniature St. Paul's Cathedral in London, England: A tiny replica of the iconic London landmark hides on the side of the steel structure.

Atlas Obscura 2019
1.91km
Charing Cross Mural

Discover Charing Cross Mural in London, England: The medieval woodcut-style artwork chronicles life in medieval London.

Atlas Obscura 2019
1.07km
Parliamentary Division Bells

Discover Parliamentary Division Bells in London, England: A network of bells in the pubs and restaurants around Westminster alerts politicians when it's time to cast their votes.

Atlas Obscura 2019
3.42km
Alfred Russel Wallace Statue

Discover Alfred Russel Wallace Statue in London, England: A tribute to an explorer and naturalist often overlooked by history.

Atlas Obscura 2019
3.15km
The Lewis Chessmen Are a Priceless Viking Treasure

The mysterious pieces spent centuries hidden on a remote Scottish island.

Atlas Obscura 2019
5.1km
Whitechapel Bell Foundry

Discover Whitechapel Bell Foundry in London, England: This unassuming building produced some of the world's most famous bells.

Atlas Obscura 2019
3.08km
Pink Floyd Plaque

Discover Pink Floyd Plaque in London, England: This London marker celebrates the spot where the world-famous English band was founded.

Brutalism 1964
6.43km
Dawson’s Heights
Atlas Obscura 2017
2.87km
William Blake’s Last Surviving London Home

The London townhouse where the poet created some of his most influential work has been preserved in tribute.

Atlas Obscura 2017
3.46km
Fetter Lane Moravian Burial Ground

Discover Fetter Lane Moravian Burial Ground in London, England: Some of the earliest leaders of the Moravian congregation are buried here.

Atlas Obscura 2017
1.88km
British Optical Museum

Discover British Optical Association Museum in London, England: The world's oldest optical museum is an odd collection where the exhibits look at you.

Post 2020
4.07km
Cyclist draws festive reindeer on map of London
Atlas Obscura 2019
3.9km
Tower of London’s Ceremony of the Keys

Discover Tower of London's Ceremony of the Keys in London, England: The ritual has been performed uninterrupted for nearly 700 years.

Atlas Obscura 2019
0.62km
Smith Square World War II Ghost Sign

Discover Smith Square World War II Ghost Sign in London, England: A faded reminder of what was once a common sight in London during the Blitz.

Atlas Obscura 2020
2.48km
Aldwych Tube Station

Discover Aldwych Tube Station in London, England: This Underground station has been a popular filming location for decades, even before it closed.

Atlas Obscura 2018
4.66km
This Unassuming Park Is a Pilgrimage Site for Clowns

Visit the grave of Joseph Grimaldi, the father of modern clowning.

Atlas Obscura 2017
3.17km
A Trace of London’s ‘Lost River’ Tyburn

A plaque marks the underground site of one of the city's ancient rivers.

Atlas Obscura 2018
4.08km
Euston’s Lost Tunnels

Discover Euston's Lost Tunnels in London, England: A network of concealed passageways lies within a busy London Underground station.

Atlas Obscura 2019
3.27km
The Attendant, Fitzrovia

Discover The Attendant, Fitzrovia in London, England: Drink your espresso at a Victorian-era urinal in this underground-restroom-turned-coffee-bar.

Brutalism 1962
5.18km
Casson Pavilion, London Zoo
Atlas Obscura 2018
4.02km
Coade Stone Caryatids

Discover Coade Stone Caryatids in London, England: A measuring mishap led to these artificial stone ladies losing their stomachs.

Atlas Obscura 2019
1.15km
Remembering Boadicea, the Fierce Celtic Warrior Queen

A statue of the queen stands in one of the cities she once destroyed.

Atlas Obscura 2018
3.32km
The Clockmakers’ Museum

Discover The Clockmakers' Museum in London, England: This museum inside a museum tells the story of London's timepieces.

Atlas Obscura 2019
3.82km
‘Tapestry of Life’ Mural

Discover 'Tapestry of Life' Mural in London, England: This peeling mural of Adam and Eve was inspired by the greenhouses at Kew Gardens.

Atlas Obscura 2019
2.83km
Urine Deflectors of Fleet Street

Discover Urine Deflectors of Fleet Street in London, England: One of the few remaining examples of 19th-century London’s attempt to clean up its reputation.

Audio Guide
5.73km
Audio Guide
Home-City Stories
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Atlas Obscura 2019
3.35km
St. Sepulchre’s Execution Bell

Discover St. Sepulchre's Execution Bell in London, England: On the eve of a condemned prisoner's death, this bell rang 12 times outside their cell.

Atlas Obscura 2019
3.14km
Victoria & Albert Museum Dining Rooms

Discover Victoria & Albert Museum Dining Rooms in London, England: Revel in the Victorian splendor of the world's oldest eating establishment inside a museum.

Atlas Obscura 2018
2.96km
Camera Museum

Discover Camera Museum in London, England: This museum tucked below a charming cafe gives a brief snapshot of photographic history.

Atlas Obscura 2018
3.38km
Anaesthesia Heritage Centre

Discover Anaesthesia Heritage Centre in London, England: This knockout museum lies in a sleepy corner of London.

Atlas Obscura 2020
4.34km
Chequer Street Wooden Paving

Discover Chequer Street Wooden Paving in London, England: This may be the last of London's wooden pavements, which were once a common sight in the city.

Brutalism
DEMOLISHED
0.77km
Pimlico Academy
Atlas Obscura 2017
4.01km
London’s Hidden Green Gem

The vast conservatory atop the Barbican Center can be visited only at select times.

Atlas Obscura 2020
3.48km
The College of Psychic Studies

Discover The College of Psychic Studies in London, England: This educational institution and reference library specialize in the psychic arts and mediumship.

Atlas Obscura 2019
1.93km
York Water Gate

Discover York Water Gate in London, England: These ornate arches show how the course of the River Thames has changed.

Brutalism 1961
0.59km
Lillington Gardens
Post 2019
5.61km
A 1980s Grocery Store Is London’s Latest Protected Building
Atlas Obscura 2018
4.8km
The Black Cats of London’s Old Egyptian Revival Factory

Two feline statues guard the temple-like former cigarette company.

Atlas Obscura 2019
1.95km
Sherling Backstage Walkway

Discover Sherling Backstage Walkway in London, England: A hidden path at the National Theatre lets you look behind the scenes of the latest productions.

Audio Guide
3.75km
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Bloomsbury Tour for Students
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Atlas Obscura 2017
8.43km
The Ship-Shaped House That Inspired Mary Poppins

An eccentric 18th century naval officer added a ship's quarterdeck to his roof, including canons from which he fired occasional salutes.

Audio Guide
4.21km
Audio Guide
The London of Sherlock
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Audio Guide
3.27km
Audio Guide
The Blitz
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Atlas Obscura 2018
2.38km
London’s KGB Lamp Post

Discover Audley Square Spy Lamp Post in London, England: This overlooked street light once served as a KGB dead letter box.

Atlas Obscura 2021
2.86km
Michelin House

Discover Michelin

Atlas Obscura 2017
3.33km
The Hidden Cells of London’s Notorious Newgate Prison

Remnants from the most feared London prison may lie in the basement of a rare Victorian Gin Palace.

Atlas Obscura 2019
3.19km
London’s Rose-Ringed Parakeets

Discover London's Rose-Ringed Parakeets in London, England: Legend says these colorful, invasive residents are the descendants of birds released by Jimi Hendrix.

Atlas Obscura 2019
2.13km
London’s Sewer-Fed Streetlight

The pretty iron lamp is a reminder of the architecture underneath the city's streets.

Atlas Obscura 2021
3.4km
The Wallace Collection Armory

Discover The Wallace Collection Armory in London, England: An eccentric Victorian aristocrat's enormous collection of medieval armor and weapons from around the world.

Brutalism 1971
3.22km
Brixton Recreation Centre
Atlas Obscura 2018
4.05km
The Secret Beefeaters Pub Inside the Tower of London

The exclusive club of the Yeoman Warders is tucked within the tower's southern wall.

Atlas Obscura 2022
5.2km
Shepherdess Walk Mosaics

Discover Shepherdess Walk Mosaics in London, England: A display of everyday life in the area that was unveiled during the 2012 Summer Olympics.

Atlas Obscura 2018
3.12km
Hoa Hakananai’a

Discover Hoa Hakananai'a in London, England: The "lost friend” is the most famous of the six moai statues that were removed from Easter Island.

Brutalism 1963
7.42km
Acland Burghley School
Atlas Obscura 2021
3.72km
Benedict Arnold’s London Residence

Discover Benedict Arnold's London Residence in London, England: A commemorative plaque at the door pays tribute to an "American Patriot" known for his betrayal.

Atlas Obscura 2021
3.4km
The Wiener Holocaust Library

Discover The

Atlas Obscura 2019
2.75km
Handel & Hendrix in London

Discover Handel & Hendrix in London in London, England: The next-door homes of two very different musicians, George Frideric Handel and Jimi Hendrix.

Atlas Obscura 2019
‘Merry-Go-Round’ Painting

Discover 'Merry-Go-Round' Painting in London, England: A haunting painting meant to capture the calamity of World War I.

Audio Guide
4.79km
Audio Guide
The ultimate festival experience
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Atlas Obscura 2021
1.99km
Café in the Crypt

Discover Café in the Crypt in London, England: This coffee shop hides beneath a historic church.

Atlas Obscura 2016
3.57km
William Wallace Memorial

Discover William Wallace Memorial in London, England: A plaque hangs near the execution place of the Scottish Independence leader famously depicted in "Braveheart.".

Atlas Obscura 2019
1.51km
Rubens Ceiling at the Banqueting House

Discover Rubens Ceiling at the Banqueting House in London, England: The sumptuous ceiling was one of the last things Charles I saw before his execution.

Atlas Obscura 2019
3.11km
London Silver Vaults

Discover London Silver Vaults in London, England: Behind one of the world's most impenetrable vaults is a massive collection of retail silver.

Atlas Obscura 2021
2.95km
Lincoln’s Inn

Discover Lincoln's Inn in London, England: This inn of the court provides a fascinating window into London’s legal and architectural history.

Atlas Obscura 2019
2.26km
The Jean Cocteau Murals at the Church of Notre Dame de France

His colorful artwork hides within a peaceful London sanctuary.