Hidden Gems in Melbourne

Uncover 27 hidden gems in Melbourne, perfect for off-the-beaten-path adventures.

Mercato Mayfair

Mercato Mayfair

An artisanal food hall based in a Greek revival church, Mercato Mayfair has it all... if by 'it all' you mean delicious food, stained-glass windows and craft beer brewed in a crypt.… more

Leadenhall Market

Leadenhall Market

Leadenhall Market was used as the film location to Harry Potter’s Leaky Cauldron pub, was once home to a runaway goose and even features in Mario Kart 8 (Deluxe).… more

Barbican Conservatory

Barbican Conservatory

A rainforest in the centre of London, Barbican Conservatory is the unlikely home of a reformed gang of turtles that once terrorised nearby Hampstead Heath.… more

The Garden at 120

The Garden at 120

A rooftop Eden in a concrete jungle, Garden at 120 is London's biggest public rooftop garden with some of the best views in the city - all free of charge!… more

Seven Dials Market

Seven Dials Market

A huge foodhall in the heart of one of London's most vibrant and bizarre neighbourhoods, Seven Dials Market is the perfect place to unwind after a day exploring the city.… more

Neasden Temple

Neasden Temple

Neasden Temple (or BAPS Shri Swaminarayan Mandir as it is properly known) was the first traditional Hindu temple in Europe.… more

Vinegar Yard

Vinegar Yard

Featuring the mutoid sculptures of a man infamous for making his own stonehenge out of tanks, Vinegar Yard is London's most outlandish food and drinks market, and one of its tastiest too.… more

God’s Own Junkyard

God’s Own Junkyard

God’s Own Junkyard: the dazzling neon wonderland in the heart of London.… more

St Dunstan-in-the-East

St Dunstan-in-the-East

The overgrown ruins of a 900 year old London church, St Dunstan-in-the-East is like a window into an alternate history.… more

Leake Street Arches

Leake Street Arches

Hidden beneath Waterloo station, Leake Street Arches is a disused Eurostar tunnel that's been transformed into a street art haven.… more

Word on the Water

Word on the Water

Word on the Water: a floating bookstore in London.… more

Cecil Court aka Flicker Alley

Cecil Court aka Flicker Alley

Known locally as Flicker Alley, Cecil Court was a vital hub of early British cinema with international connections.… more

Bush House

Bush House

Bush House: The Home of Broadcasting.… more

Lincoln's Inn

Lincoln's Inn

With elements dating back to the 1400s, and from every century since, Lincoln's Inn is a treasure trove of London architecture through the ages.… more

Hosier Lane

Hosier Lane

Hosier Lane is not just a static gallery but a living, breathing canvas that’s always changing.… more

Bunhill Fields

Bunhill Fields

A spooky legacy of London’s most turbulent historical events; Bunhill Fields is a nonconformist burial ground built on centuries-old mounds of human remains.… more

Kynance Mews

Kynance Mews

Described as "Insta-famous," Kynance Mews has been listed as one of the most "instagrammable" places to photograph wisteria in London by the Evening Standard.… more

Brown Hart Gardens

Brown Hart Gardens

Idle, disorderly and verminous persons beware: enter Brown Hart Gardens at your risk. And don't even think about practicing gymnastics!… more

Temple of Mithras

Temple of Mithras

The remnants of an ancient military cult that once threatened to takeover the world, the Temple of Mithras is a London must see.… more

Pelican Stairs: A Hidden London Beach

Pelican Stairs: A Hidden London Beach

Pelican Stairs is an alleyway in East London that leads to a hidden London beach. It runs alongside a historic pub, the Prospect of Whitby. Here is our guide on how to get there, complete with info on the pub and facts about the beach's sinister history.… more

Goodwin's Court

Goodwin's Court

A Georgian alley thought to be one of the main inspirations of Harry Potter's Diagon Alley, Goodwin's Court is the perfect place to take a step back in time, or into another reality altogether.… more

Crosby Moran Hall

Crosby Moran Hall

Crosby Moran Hall is a private residence in Chelsea that contains the remains of a 15th-century building; notable occupiers include Richard III, Catherine of Aragon, Sir Thomas More, William Shakespeare, and Sir Walter Raleigh.… more

Mount Street Gardens

Mount Street Gardens

Hidden next to Mayfair's Grosvenor Chapel, Mount Street Gardens is one of London's most peaceful beauty spots. Then again, would you expect anything less from a former burial ground?… more

Goldney Grotto

Goldney Grotto

Goldney Grotto is the only whimsical garden structure of its kind in Britain, to feature both a shell room and a running water fountain.… more

Leinster Gardens

Leinster Gardens

An opulent Victorian terrace concealing secrets that link the railway, BBC’s Sherlock and the author of Peter Pan, J.M Barrie in Bayswater, London.… more

Three Mills Island

Three Mills Island

A site of mills since Doomsday (the book, not the end of time), Three Mills Island is part of the oldest recorded example of a tidal mill system, and over the years its mills have ground it all, from flour to gunpowder to grain for gin.… more

Little Compton Street

Little Compton Street

Little Compton Street: A buried Bohemian time capsule beneath London's modern roads?… more